>> Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Okay - for some of us it was the Non-Fiction Nine . . .
The Non-Fiction Five Challenge sponsored by my friend Joy was one that I wasn’t sure about, but finally decided to make a list and join. The goal was to to read five Non-Fiction books in five months (May through September). When I started looking for five books to read for this challenge, I ended up listing at least 11 that I wanted to read. I broke that list down to five that I would read and an additional five potential bonus reads.
I kind of overachieved on this one and ended up reading 9 of my original list of 11.
My completed challenge books are:
The Original Five -
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
The Colony by John Tayman
Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts
Bonus Reads -
Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust by Sarah Olgivie and Scott Miller
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr
The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins by Dean Jensen
The best book: Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
What book could I have done without? No Shortcuts to the Top was the biggest disappointment.
Any new authors? All but Edmund Morris were new authors for me.
Books I did not finish: I finished reading all that I started, but No Shortcuts to the Top was almost a DNF.
What did I learn? The books were on such a variety of subjects that I learned a lot along the way. The biographies of Teddy Roosevelt and the Hilton Twins were both biographies but such very different subjects that it didn’t feel like they were the same genre. Two of the books were very much about the research process as part of the story (Refuge Denied and The Lost Painting). Lansing’s story of the Shackleton expedition was a story I hadn’t encountered before. Although the book wasn’t fabulous, it did make me want to learn more about this expedition.
All in all, I enjoyed the majority of the books I read for this challenge. Thanks to my friend, Joy for inspiring me to read these.