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Non-Fiction Five Challenge

>> Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yes – it’s time to sign up for another one. Now that I’ve completed the Winter Classics it’s time to update that “Participating In” section of my sidebar.

My good friend Joy, over at Thoughts of Joy is sponsoring a Non Fiction Five Challenge. This one is scheduled for May – September, so that gives me plenty of time to read 5 non-fiction books without having to read exclusively non-fiction for the duration of the challenge. I hate self-help books, but I do enjoy history, biography, and the occasional true-crime book. It looks like Joy has made the rules lenient enough that I can legally join in.

I’ve been pondering possible titles for NF5 ever since Joy announced it, and it’s time to officially sign up and post a list of probable and possible titles. I don’t have to finalize this list till the end of April, but here are the books I’m considering:

Actually I really want to read all of these eventually, but I’ll need to narrow down which of them I’ll plan to read within the NF5 Challenge time frame.


Booklogged 3/14/2007 8:10 PM  

I haven't heard of any of these. I look forward to your reviews - except I'll probably adding more titles to my list. YIKES!

Karen :) 3/14/2007 9:27 PM  

I want to read the one about Daisy and Violet Hilton. I read about them in a book when I was a teen and was fascinated!

Les 3/15/2007 2:14 PM  

Great list, SuziQ! My husband is currently reading the Mayflower book, but I haven't had a chance to ask him how he's enjoying it.

Have you read Molokai (the novel)? I read it a couple of years ago. Pretty good story and very informative (I knew nothing about the leper colony!

I posted my list today. I'm hoping to read all the titles listed; just not in the five month timeframe!

Bellezza 3/15/2007 5:11 PM  

I'd be interested in Endurance about Shackleton. I like adventure/courage stories, but phew! Most nonfiction? P.U.

SuziQoregon 3/16/2007 9:05 PM  

Booklogged - well since my plan is to eventually read all of them, I'll let you know which ones are worth it.

Karen: I'd never heard of that one till a fellow reader at work showed up with it. She said it was good.

Les: Oh - be sure to let me know what your husband thinks of Mayflower!! I haven't read Molokai, but it's on my list. I first read about the Leper colony on Molokai in Hawaii by Michener (still one of my all time favorites).

Bellezza: I'm sticking with History, True Adventure and Biography because those are really the only categories of non-fiction that I enjoy.

Joy 3/17/2007 10:21 AM  

Woo Hoo! Glad to see you have joined us for the NF5 challenge and what a list you have! :)

My husband has read the Mayflower book and he really enjoyed it.

I've had the novel Molokai on my TBR list for quite some time, but don't know much about it.

Happy Reading!

SuziQoregon 3/20/2007 8:13 AM  

Joy - thanks! Glad to hear another positive comment about Mayflower. Like I said, I really want to read all of these, just not all of them during the challenge time frame.

Bookfool 3/20/2007 7:55 PM  

For a minute, there, I thought I'd actually found a list of books about which I could say I didn't own a single one. Then, I got to Endurance. That's a good one for the NFF. I haven't written up a list, yet, but thanks for the reminder.

kookie 3/21/2007 1:21 PM  

'Endurace' is a great, great book. I love Shackleton's story and I have nothing but the utmost admiration for him and his brave men. I hope you like it, too.

john 3/21/2007 7:02 PM  

By all means, go with The Colony!

And let me know how you liked it.

John Tayman

Eleanor 3/21/2007 7:32 PM  


Put all those others aside.

Oh, and John? You and I never met, but I'm the reason you were begged to come to the Alabama Festival of the Book last year. I work for the sponsoring bookseller, and went TOTALLY NUTS on your book, and begged them to have you. And then I didn't get to GO, and didn't get to meet you, because I had to keep the actual bookstore open.

But, back to the really important stuff -- Q -- READ COLONY!

It is an amazing social history, examination of medical ethics, and a study in human dynamics, the politics of the disenfranchised, and well, it's just amazing is all.

And -- to John's great credit -- it is, to my knowledge -- the first book to fully address the human beings who actually suffered with Hansens' (leprosy), rather than solely focusing on Fr. Damien.

Truly. Read it.

Trust me.

SuziQoregon 3/21/2007 7:38 PM  

Bookfool: I'm really leaning toward putting Endurance on the Challenge list. I'll definitely read it soon if I don't get to it during the challenge time frame. Too funny that I'd almost made a list of books you didn't have :-) I'll keep you posted on which of these you might have to get.

Kookiejar: thanks for stopping by - another vote for Endurance.

John: Thanks so much for visiting! I've heard so many great comments about Colony that it's definitely on the list for the Challenge.

El: I remember you just raving about Colony - it's a sure thing for the list - I've already got a copy and don't want to wait too much longer to read it.

nessie 3/21/2007 8:03 PM  

i'm the opposite! I have had my five pile ready for a million years am just waiting for the right moment to post it!

Framed 3/21/2007 9:00 PM  

Mayflower just arrived at my house, so I am looking forward to your review. I wasn't even aware that it was non-fiction. I'd better change its genre on my list. It looks so good and so does the rest of your list.

SuziQoregon 3/22/2007 8:01 AM  

Nessie: looking forward to seeing what you've selected :-)

Framed: I agree Mayflower looks good and I keep hearing good things about it.

Bookfool 3/24/2007 4:57 PM  

Thanks, Suzi. I'll be watching to see which of those nonfiction books you enjoy most. You could get me in all sorts of trouble. :)

BabelBabe 4/07/2007 3:47 PM  

am anxious to read the Parrado book. Alive was a heck of a read.

Your last six are all wanna-reads for me. looks like we have slightly similar nonfiction tastes...

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