There were different levels of participation for this challenge. I chose "The Minor Level" which meant I had to read three books from at least two different categories (as explained on this page).
Here are the books I read, along with the categories they fit into. As usual, links take you to my reviews.
- The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, by Simon Winchester - History - the story of a fascinating man who made recording the history of China his life's work
- The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Colony That Shaped America, by Russell Shorto - History - the story of the Dutch settlement on Manhattan and how its influence is still felt there (and across America) today
- Emmanuel Kolini: The Unlikely Archbishop of Rwanda, by Mary Weeks Millard - Politics - how an Anglican priest worked to restore peace to the shattered Rwandan population after the 1994 genocide
I really liked the idea of this challenge but I think the hostess might have had some health issues this year and so the challenge blog wasn't kept up to date. That was a bit disappointing, but I'm still glad I participated.