Reading Challenges

Today, I was exploring one of my favorite book blogs, the Book Wars, and I saw that they had this really cool section called Reading Challenges. So below I have written my reading challenge for 2016. Thanks for the inspiration ladies! To read the original post by the Book Wars, click here.

When I read the Wright Brothers by David McCullough in December, I was reminded of how much I love to read well-written historical non-fiction. Not only do I get to enjoy a riveting story, but I get to learn about something that interests me! If there is one thing I love, it is learning a lot about weird, obscure things. To this end, my 2016 reading challenge is to read as many nonfiction books that interest me as possible. Some topics I have enjoyed in the past include: historical nonfiction (JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, amiright?), books about food and the food industry, nonfiction about lost civilizations, books about killer whales in captivity, and books about birds of prey. My taste in nonfiction is very specific and wide-ranging. I can definitely comfortably read five this year, so I will set a goal of ten.  Below are the nonfiction titles I have already read in 2016, and some that I am interested in trying. Let me know if you have read any of those mentioned, and if they are worth a try!

What I have read so far:

  1. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  2. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

What I want to try:

  1. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. This is a popular nonfiction that sounds equally interesting and terrifying.
  2. Death at Seaword: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity by David Kirby OR Killer in the Pool by Tim Zimmermann. I don’t want to read too much about killer whales in captivity, as I have already read Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish, by John Hargrove, and it was depressing.
  3. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I borrowed this from the library last night, yippee!! My first e-book!!
  4. The Peregrine by J.A. Baker OR The Goshawk by T.H. White. Both of these books were mentioned in Helen’s H is for Hawk. I honestly might read both, because I am obsessed with BOP (birds of prey).
  5. Jungle of Stone by Willliam Carlsen. This is the story of two men in search of the lost civilization of the Maya.
  6. Dead Wake by Eric Larson OR The Devil in the White City. Eric Larson, like David McCullough, is one of those rare authors whose historical nonfiction breaks into the best seller category. I can’t believe I haven’t tried any of his books yet! So excited for these ones.

“M” has also created a reading challenge for 2016. You can read that here!

-A