Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Non-Fiction Five Challenge 2008

I've been planning to join this since even before Joy announced it officially but somehow I never got around to posting about it until now. I really enjoyed the challenge last year because it encouraged me to actually read some non-fiction, something I rarely do even though I often tell myself I should read it more often. So it's little wonder I wanted that extra nudge to help me read more non-fiction this year too.

The goal is to read 5 books between May and September. I can't quite narrow it down so I'll let my mood decide along the way, but I'll most likely choose from the following:

Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land – Patrick French (TRAVEL/HISTORY)
Cave in the Snow – Vicki MacKenzie (BIOGRAPHY/RELIGION)
Goodbye Madame Butterfly – Sumie Kawakami (HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES)
A Geisha’s Journey – Komomo (MEMOIR)
Farewell to Manzanar – Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (AUTOBIOGRAPHY)
Embracing Defeat – John Dower (HISTORY)
Polite Lies – Kyoko Mori (MEMOIR)


  1. I don't think I've heard of any of these books! I really want to join the challenge but I'm already starting to fall behind on my others... We'll see. Anyway good luck and have fun :)

  2. I wish I could participate in this one this year, but I won't let myself join any more challenges this year (because I'm doing so poorly with the ones I'm in).

    I am excited that you will be reading Farewell to Manzanar. It was required reading for my 8th grade English class and it made a huge impression on me that still exists today.

  3. I haven't read any of those, but they sound interesting - especially Goodbye Madame Butterfly. I look forward to your reviews!

  4. The only one I've heard of is the Embracing Defeat book. I was going to pick it up for a club read, but decided it wasn't exactly my cup of tea!

    Hope you enjoy. I'm really looking forward to this challenge!

  5. There was a time when I read only non fiction then I stoped...there are 2 on your list I would like to read and will probably buy



  6. I'm totally embarrassed to admit that I cannot find your address in spite of just running across an envelope from you, two days ago. blush. You won the copy of Leftovers in my drawing. Could you send me your snail mail, pretty please with chocolate on top? You know where to find me, right?

  7. I wasn't going to join any reading challenges at all; and now I'm in two, plus the Weekly Geek; I'm visiting your blog from there. :)

  8. Iliana- Oh I thought you were joining this one too. I always need a push to read non-fiction so this one is good for me. :)

    Literary Feline- I can understand that. I'm not doing too badly with my current challenges, and that extra nudge is nice.
    And I'm looking forward to finally reading 'Farewell to Manzanar'.

    Nymeth- They all sound interesting to me too. :)
    Hopefully I can get through most of them this year.

    Stephanie- I've been putting off reading it for years thinking it may be a bit dry but it did win the Pulitzer for NF so I'm hoping it'll be interesting.

    Madeleine- I don't know why I've never really read much NF, some of it can be very interesting and informative. Maybe I just prefer getting lost in a story. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading the two you mentioned.

    Nancy- Oh cool! Thank you! I'm so behind on blogging and blog reading this week that I haven't stopped by for a couple of days. I'm always misplacing things too so no worries. I'll send you an email. Thanks again! :)

    Maree- Sometimes I feel like I've taken on too much but the challenges are so fun I can't stay away! Nice to have you stop by. :)

  9. Nice one. Although I am compelled to neter, I am at a lack of time to read all those boosk. sadly I will have a full time job during the summer + writing obligatiosn. Impossible. Maybe next year. I have several non-fiction books that I want to read. Mainly esoterics.

  10. daydream- But writing obligations are good, no? :)

  11. Of course they are! Very good indeed. One has to make the proper amount of time for them.

  12. daydream- I hope you write some great stuff this summer! :)

  13. Hey! I'm finally catching up with the NFF participants. Welcome!!! I'm glad you're joining us, Tanabata. :)

  14. Joy- Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading some, if not all, the books on my list. :)


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