Jamie & co. over at Broke and Bookish ( http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/ ) are hosting a wonderful 2011 challenge for non-fiction reading! Non-fiction is one of my newest interests and I've been meaning to read more, so the challenge fits my plans for my reading year perrrrrrfectly. Since this is my first reading challenge I'm going to do it at the easiest level. It's called "Master of Trivial Pursuit" and requires me to read 1-3 books from a bunch of different categories. Here are my tentative challenge picks:
Culture: I have The River of Lost Footsteps by Thant Myint-U out of the library right now - it's a memoir/history of Burma.
Art: Been meaning to read Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans! Also, any books-about-books I pick up would fall into this category.
Food: No ideas yet - maybe I'll pick up a book about veganism for this one?
Medical: Oxygen by Carol Cassella, a memoir of an anesthesiologist coping with losing a patient
Travel: Hmmm - think Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer would count for this? Or is that more Culture? Maybe I'll try a Bill Bryson too.
Memoir/Biography: Oh geez, there are way too many choices for this one. Though The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann is waving at me. Ooh, and I have the new George Washington biography on hold too!
Money: This is going to be the toughest one for me to find... maybe Freakonomics?
Science/Nature: I could read another Gerald Durrell!! *happy dance*
History: Columbine by Dave Cullen, and I'm sure I'll pick up another David McCullough soon too.
There's the list!! I'm excited. Any suggestions for others?