I've participated in this challenge for the past few years and it is one of my favorites. For some reason I seem to read a great deal of non-fiction over the summer months and easily surpass the goal of 5 books between May and September.
I made a list of books that were already on my shelf and decided to work from that list for this challenge. In the end I read only 3 of the 10 books on that list, but I read a total of 19 non-fiction books.
Here are the
- Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean, by Richard Logan and Tere Duperrault Fassbender - fascinating story of a child who survived the unthinkable.
- Indian Chieftains and Great Heroes, by Charles Eastman - short stories shedding new light on Native American history (audiobook)
- The Basque History of the World, by Mark Kurlansky - a bit dry but still education and worth reading (audiobook)
- The Lost City of Z, by David Grann - fascinating look at jungle exploration and treasure hunting (audiobook)
- The Eyes of Willie McGee, by Alex Heard - racism and rape charges in the 1940's American South, and the repercussion that last to this day
- Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad - another child survival story, this time on a mountain
- Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America, by Jim Murphy - excellent short book that taught me a great deal (audiobook)
- Beyond Smart, by Linda Morgan - this parenting book wasn't much help to me
- Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown - heartbreaking look Native American history from the Native American perspective - A MUST READ (audiobook)
- The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer - an inspiring reminder of what you can do if you simply put your mind to it
- Steve and Me, by Terri Irwin - heartwarming love story between the Crocodile Hunter and his wife, and between the both of them and the natural world
- We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway - important story of a turning-point battle in Vietnam (audiobook)
- We Are Soldiers Still, by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway - Vietnam veterans return to the scene of their greatest battle and reconcile with their enemy - I liked parts of this book (audiobook)
- American Widow, by Alissa Torres - a 9/11 widow's story told in graphic (comic) format
- Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl - fascinating story of a raft journey across the Pacific Ocean
- Outcasts United, by Warren St. John - bringing together refugee boys to create a soccer team - excellent book
- Naked In Eden, by Robin Easton - had a promising start but fell flat for me
- Smile, by Raina Telgemeier - hilarious memoir in graphic novel format about getting braces and being a pre-teen
- Once A Warrior King, by David Donovan - a very different look at the war in Vietnam - highly recommended
Did anyone else participate in this challenge? How did you do? What was the best book you read for the challenge? I enjoyed so many of these, I'd be hard pressed to pick just one ...