If you've read my personal blog post regarding challenges you'll find that I'm all about learning new things this year, finding new interests and building on the interests I've already made. I thought it might be fun to do a non-fiction reading challenge with different categories to really broaden your non-fiction reading.
So, I decided to create a fun Non-Fiction Challenge!
- 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). How many reviews you link up determines how many entries you get. Additional prizes may be added once I organize this more and depending on how many people sign up. (International readers welcome if Book Depository ships to you).
- 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.
Sample Challenge Plan (this is just to give some ideas; you can pick your own titles):
Culture: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi or Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki
Art: Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash or The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Food: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer or Waiter Rants by Steve Dublanica
Medical: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science or Madness: A Bipolar Life
Travel: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson or Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo
Memoir/Biography: The Color of Water by James MacBride or Washington: A Life
Money: Freakanomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything or The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman
Science/Nature: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot or Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
History: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson or The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
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
Better explanation of the levels: So let's say you read a book from science, medical and art, you would be on the trivial pursuit level and then if you read from the history one you’d be moved up to the Millionaire category. But if you read another book from science, it wouldn’t count.
Put your link in Mr. Linky if you are wanting to participate. The link should be of a blog post that you did declaring your intent to participate. It doesn't have to be its own blog post--feel free to put it with any challenge post, weekly wrap-up, or meme. Each month I'll make a new post to link up your reviews. Your entry should look like this (Science) Name of Book and should be linked to your review.
AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS: Have a non-fiction book you'd like to donate as a prize for the non-fiction reading challenge? Email me at brokeandbookish (at) gmail (dot) com !