Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2018

***Challenge complete. See my wrap-up post HERE.***

Host: Doing Dewey
Dates: January - December 2018

  • Read nonfiction.
  • Set your own goals. Read as much as you want from any nonfiction genres.
  • Sign up by January 15th.
Set your own goals:
  • Read X nonfiction books
  • Read X% nonfiction
  • Read nonfiction in certain categories
  • Read X books from a list, such as buzzfeed’s important nonfiction you should be reading, the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, or something from a  Goodreads list.
⁕ I'm going with the first option here, and just reading as much nonfiction as I can. Hope to read at least four books that qualify.

See my original post about the challenge HERE.
See my challenge wrap-up post HERE.
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
For review linkup, see the Nonfiction Friday posts HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews/notes):
  1. Balthus: Cats and Girls. Sabine Rewald (2013; art/art history; 176 pages)
  2. Just Kids. Patti Smith (2010; memoir; 304 pages)

POSSIBILITIES (A) - Books I'd definitely like to read this year.
  • Blue Nights. Joan Didion (autobiography/memoir)
  • Books. Larry McMurtry (memoir)
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith (memoir)
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws. Margaret Drabble (autobiography/memoir)
  • South and West: From a Notebook. Joan Didion (essays, notes)
  • The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion (autobiography/memoir)

POSSIBILITIES (B) - Other books I'm considering; many from my TBR stacks.
  • American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century. Paula Uruburu (history) 
  • A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin. Judith Flanders (history)
  • Clover: The Tragic Love Story of Clover and Henry Adams and Their Brilliant Life in America's Gilded Age. Otto Friedrich (biography) 
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. Ann Fadiman (essays)
  • A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. Nicholas A. Basbanes (cultural history)
  • The Hemingses of Monticello. Annette Gordon-Reed (history)
  • Here at The New Yorker. Brendan Gill (literary history) 
  • A History of Reading. Alberto Manguel (history) 
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote (true crime) 
  • The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination. Fiona MacCarthy (biography, art history)
  • The Life of Emily Dickinson. Richard B. Sewall (biography)
  • Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. A. Scott Berg (literary history)
  • The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created "Alice in Wonderland". Jenny Woolf (biography)
  • The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsy Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh: The Lives and Times of the Fabulous Cushing Sisters. David Grafton (biography, history)
  • The Writing Life. Annie Dillard (autobiography/memoir)


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