It has long been a thought of mine to read more non-fiction. When I was studying for my MPhil, I was required to do a lot of non-fiction reading and although I enjoyed that, I haven’t kept up the habit. I read five non-fiction books last year out of 65 altogether. So this year, in order to ensure I do a little better, I am signing up to The Introverted Reader’s Non-fiction reading challenge.
The challenge is as follows:
The Challenge: Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That’s it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge.
I always like levels in my challenges, so here are mine:
Dilettante–Read 1-5 non-fiction books
This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2016. You can sign up anytime throughout the year.
I am going to sign up at Explorer level – I think 10 non-fiction books is reasonable to aim for. I already have two definite that I am reading for another challenge – The Power of Beauty by Nancy Friday and The Art of Fiction by David Lodge. I also received Patti Smith’s autobiography for Christmas so that is high on the to read list. I’ll add books as I read or decide to read them. This is the list so far,
- The Hell of It All – Charlie Brooker
- The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
- The Power of Beauty – Nancy Friday
- We of the Never Never – Jeannie Gunn
- Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Classes – Owen Jones
- If this is a Man / The Truce – Primo Levi
- The Art of Fiction – David Lodge
- Suffragette: My Own Story – Emmeline Pankhurst
- Just Kids – Patti Smith