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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Non-Fiction 5 Challenge Recap

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 19 books I read (or listened to) for this challenge:
  1. Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean, by Richard Logan and Tere Duperrault Fassbender - fascinating story of a child who survived the unthinkable.
  2. Indian Chieftains and Great Heroes, by Charles Eastman - short stories shedding new light on Native American history (audiobook)
  3. The Basque History of the World, by Mark Kurlansky - a bit dry but still education and worth reading (audiobook)
  4. The Lost City of Z, by David Grann - fascinating look at jungle exploration and treasure hunting (audiobook)
  5. 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
  6. Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad - another child survival story, this time on a mountain
  7. Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America, by Jim Murphy - excellent short book that taught me a great deal (audiobook)
  8. Beyond Smart, by Linda Morgan - this parenting book wasn't much help to me
  9. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown - heartbreaking look Native American history from the Native American perspective - A MUST READ (audiobook)
  10. 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 
  11. 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
  12. We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway - important story of a turning-point battle in Vietnam (audiobook)
  13. 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)
  14. American Widow, by Alissa Torres - a 9/11 widow's story told in graphic (comic) format
  15. Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl - fascinating story of a raft journey across the Pacific Ocean
  16. Outcasts United, by Warren St. John - bringing together refugee boys to create a soccer team - excellent book
  17. Naked In Eden, by Robin Easton - had a promising start but fell flat for me
  18. Smile, by Raina Telgemeier - hilarious memoir in graphic novel format about getting braces and being a pre-teen 
  19. 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 ...


    Melissa said...

    I didn't participate in this challenge but I LOVED the Lost City of Z - wonderful choice!

    bermudaonion said...

    You are quite the over-achiever! Way to go!

    Trish said...

    You are a TOTAL ROCKSTAR! Seeing posts like this make me sad that I'm not going to host again, but I hope someone carries on the tradition. You read some really great books--loved The Lost City of Z!

    Alyce said...

    I meant to join the challenge but somehow missed it this year. I love reading nonfiction!

    Heather J. said...

    Melissa - I agree, it was a great book! Thanks for coming to my blog - it's always great to see new names/blogs in the comment section. :)

    bermudaonion - Yeah ... um ... can you tell I like non-fiction? Just a little bit? ;)

    Trish - I really hope you can find someone to take this challenge over - I'd hate to lose the only challenge I excel at! LOL

    Alyce - You'd be great at this one too I'm sure!

    Erin said...

    I didn't know about this challenge, so I didn't participate! I have a lot of nonfiction that's just staring at me from my shelves, though, so maybe I should consider it.

    I've heard really good things about The Lost City of Z, and Smile has already made it onto my list. I'm impressed by how many books you got through...and nonfiction at that!

    Cyndel said...

    I didn't actually participate in the challenge, but I definitely should have! Was it only between May and September? If so, I read:
    - Steve and Me
    - The Happiness Project
    - Writing Alone and With Others
    - Lies My Teacher Told Me
    - The World has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker

    I can't remember any other non-fictions books I read. This probably means I didn't read very much this summer at all since I usually read almost entirely non-fiction.

    Heather J. said...

    Erin - I hope Trish finds someone to host it again next year because this is one of my favorite challenges! (Oh, and thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!)

    Cyndel - How did you like Steve & Me? And Lies My Teacher Told Me? I couldn't get into that one despite really wanting to read it...

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