Sunday, January 23, 2011

2011 Nonfiction Challenge


The Broke and the Bookish (love that name!) is hosting a fabulous Nonfiction Challenge.

The great thing about this challenge is that you are challenged to read across various types of nonfiction. All of that is explained below. Here are the rules, etc., from the mother ship:

Rules:
- The challenge runs from January 17th to December 31st 2011.
- Anyone who links a review up is eligible to be entered to win a book of their choice (under $15).
- Anyone can join. If you don't have a blog, you can link reviews on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you have your reviews.
- You can join the challenge at any point throughout the year.

Here's the challenge:

Culture: Non-fiction books about different cultures, religions and foreign lands; memoirs & biographies count.

Art: Non-fiction books about anything art related (painters, music, architecture, photography, dance, literature, film, etc.). Memoirs/biographies of any people related to the arts count.

Food: Food memoirs, anything related to food industry, food lifestyles

Medical: anything related to the medical field--industry memoirs, memoirs about illnesses (mental included) /diseases, etc.

Travel: travelogues, industry memoirs, travel guides, etc.

Memoir/Biography: Self explanatory

Money: Anything related to finances, economics, history of money, financial improvement etc.

Science/Nature: Anything related to any scientific field, memoirs count.

History: Anything history related-- events, biographies of historic figures, etc.



Levels:
1-3 books from different categories: Master of Trivial Pursuit
4-6 books from different categories: Apply For Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion


I'm going to participate at the "Future Jeopardy Champion" level, which means I'll read from all but 2 of the categories above. I strongly suspect I know which ones I'll avoid, but sometimes I surprise myself.


This page will be my home base for the project.


Books Read

1. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards (memoir/biography)


2. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn (art)


3. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein (culture)


4. The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy by Liz Weston (money)


5. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (history)


6. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (science/nature)


7. Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop that Could by Frances ark and Ginger Park (food)



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