Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Challenges

It's that time of year...a ton of new challenges are announced and I'm having a hard time not to pick too many. So in addition to the Library challenge and the Classics challenge, I'm going to add only two more. At least, that's the plan.

The third challenge will be the non-fiction challenge:

I've decided to host a challenge to motivate myself and others to read more nonfiction. To make it more of a challenge, the Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge will exclude memoirs, which seem to be the most read type of nonfiction among the book blogs I follow. Instead, we'll focus on learning about a variety of different topics and discovering new facts. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

What Counts:
- Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio) but must be written for adults or young adults.
- Books can cover many different topics, including science, technology, religion, sociology, business, biography, politics, economics, history, food, art/design, etc.
- How-to, self-help and travel books are permitted, as long as you actual read them cover to cover, and don't just use them as a reference.
- Crossovers with other challenges are permitted.

I'm going for the Diploma level, 10 books.

1. Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
2. Oppenheimer and the Bomb by Paul Strathern
3. The End by Ian Kershaw
4. Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The fourth one is the War Through the Generations challenge:

War Through the Generation’s 2012 reading challenge will be World War I. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the WWI as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

I'm going for three books. One of those maybe All Quiet on the Western Front. It would be a re-read, but it's a brilliant book well worth a second look.

1. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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