It seems that Reading Challenges are going to be even more of a temptation for me than Knit-a-Longs. I just hope I do a little better at them.
Today, I stumbled on the Off the Shelf Challenge at Bookish Ardour, and it happens to fit perfectly with a personal goal of mine for 2011. I’ve already pulled out 12 unread non-fiction books from my shelves to read over the next year. So, why not add another three and go for the Trying level of the Challenge?
- Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein’s Brain by Carolyn Abraham
- Crossword Obsession: The History And Lore of the World’s Most Popular Pastime by Coral Amende
- Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity edited by Anna Camilleri and Chloë T. Brushwood Rose
- Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death by Mark Essig
- Life So Far by Betty Friedan
- Almost Heaven: Women on the Frontiers of Space by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles
- Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles
- Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale by Catherine Orenstein
- Wild Heart: A Life: Natalie Clifford Barney and the Decadence of Literary Paris by Suzanne Rodriguez
- We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands by Rachel Shabi
- Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping by Paco Underhill
- The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury by Sam Weller
- The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet by Margaret Wertheim
- A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
There’s no rule in the Challenge that it’s supposed to be non-fiction. It’s just that I have a lot of non-fiction that’s been hanging out on my shelves, unread. And I think this makes a good balance to the YA fiction I’ll be reading for the Debut Author Challenge.