- The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014.
- "The Challenge: Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge." [Yes, that easy.]
- I will have to remember to check to post my reviews over there as I read them.
I will upgrade the level if I read more. I will be adding the books to the list as I read them.
List of books read for this challenge:
- Box Brown, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (review)
- John Lewis, et.al., March, Book One (review).
- Oz Clarke, Let Me Tell You About Wine (review).
- Ashanti White, Not Your Ordinary Librarian (review).
- Harry Fisch, The New Naked (review).
- Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night (review).
- Andrew Knapp, Finding Momo (review).
- Becky Siegel Spratford, The Reader's Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd ed. (review).
- Carol Leifer, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying (review).
- Russ Phillips, Canned! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can (review).
- Dwight Garner, Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements (review).
- William Stadiem, Jet Set (review).
- Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite.
- Zac Bissonnette, Good Advice from Bad People.
- Michael Bemis, Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources (review).
- Daniel Yaffe, Drink More Whiskey!.
- Andrew Walsh and Padma Inala, Active Learning Techniques for Librarians.
- Tristan Taormino, 50 Shades of Kink: an Introduction to BDSM (review submitted to Cara Sutra).
- Joanne O'Sullivan, Bizarre Weather.
- Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore, The Artist's Library: A Field Guide.
- Donald Nausbaum, Cuba: Portrait of an Island.
- Ruth Ashby, The Great American Documents: Volume 1: 1620-1830.
- Robert Dawson, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
- Rachel Maddow, Drift: the Unmooring of American Military Power.
Update note at end of challenge (12/19/14):
And we come to the end of this reading challenge. I am closing the shop a bit earlier because, though I have read a few more books that could qualify, I know I will not have the reviews on the blog up in time by the end of the year. I can say that I read some interesting things in nonfiction this year. Not everything was great; there were one or two disappointments, but you live and read on.
The challenge was a success. I officially read and reviewed 24 nonfiction books. There was only one book I had listed that I removed because I did not review it on time, and that was Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes. I do have my written notes for it in my journal, so stay tuned to read that review down the road. Also, stay tuned to this blog as I will soon post my end of year reading review, where I list everything I read for 2014 and provide highlights on what was good and what I probably should have avoided.
The challenge, as a result of the final number, can be upgraded, so I finish the year at the following level:
This is the highest level offered, and I managed to beat it, officially by four books. Will I sign up for next year? If I hear they are doing it again, it is highly probable. If I do, you will see the post announcing it soon.
In the meantime, happy holidays and keep on reading.