A Non-Fiction Adventure

March 24, 2012 Whitney Reading Challenge 3 Comments


Inspired by Jillian’s Classic Club Michelle of The True Book Addict has put together a spin-off for non-fiction novels, A Non-Fiction Adventure.

Here are the guidelines: 
-choose 50+ non-fiction books; the number is up to you. Choose 50, 75, 100, 200. It’s entirely your choice 
-Books must be non-fiction–biography, autobiography, history, memoir, cooking, travel, science, etc. 
-list them at your blog (or on Goodreads or another social media site, if you do not have a blog) 
-choose your completion goal date five years in the future and make note of it with your list of titles (like this: reading goal–50 books goal dates–March 20, 2012 – March 20, 2017) 
-go back to dedicated blog and post the link to your list in the linky list 
-write a review (or a short summary) on the book when finished and link it to the title in your list (or link to your review on Goodreads, again, if you don’t have a blog) 

Below are my 50 titles with a target date of March 24, 2017

  1. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  2. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp
  3. Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
  4. A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy
  5. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
  6. Undaunted Courage by Stephan E. Ambrose
  7. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  8. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
  9. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  10. The Girlhood Diaries of Louisa May Alcott by Kerry A. Graves
  11. The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  12. Dark Victory: the life of Bette Davis by Ed Sikov
  13. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
  14. Naked by David Sedaris
  15. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  16. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  17. The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
  18. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  19. The Obamas by Peter Firstbrook
  20. Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
  21. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  22. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
  23. The Romanovs: the final chapter by Robert K. Massie
  24. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
  25. God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
  26. A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway
  27. the Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  28. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  29. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot
  30. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  31. Jesus Land by Julie Scheeres
  32. My Bondage and My Freedom by Fredrick Douglas
  33. Sybil by Rheta Scheiber
  34. The Story of Titanic as told by its survivors by Jack Winocour
  35. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  36. The Exectioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  37. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by john Berendt
  38. Margaret Mitchell: Reporter by Patrick Allen
  39. Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt
  40. Almost Home: my life story by Damien Echols
  41. The Case of Mary Bell: a portrait of a child who murdered by Gitta Sereny
  42. The Falling Sickness by Owsei Temkin
  43. Seized by Eve LaPlante
  44. Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik
  45. Mary Todd Lincoln by Jean H. Baker
  46. Margaret Sanger: a life of passion by Jean H. Baker
  47. Gay New York by George Chauncey
  48. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
  49. A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck
  50. Bombs Away by John Steinbeck


3 responses to “A Non-Fiction Adventure

  1. I added a whole non-fiction section to my Classics Club list (mostly author biographies, info on Victorian England, etc.). I'm really tempted to tag along for this adventure, but I'm worried I'll be stretching myself too thin.

    You've got a great list here! I'm intrigued by the Maria von Trapp memoir. 🙂

  2. Great list, Whitney! I'm so glad that the challenge has inspired you and that you're joining me on this adventure!

    Can you believe that I still haven't compiled my list? I've been so busy lately! But my official start date wasn't going to be until April 1 anyway so I have a few days. Hoping to work on it tonight. =O)

  3. What a great idea. May I suggest a great non-fiction travel/adventure book… "Drifting on a Headwind" by Jim Harlan… it is a fabulous book that chronicles the author's travels around the world (in some of the most remote corners of the earth), over the past 30 years. Amazing book.

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