14 February 2007

The Non-Fiction 5 Reading Challenge

Non-Fiction 5

As soon as I heard about this challenge, I knew I had to be part of it. Trouble was my TBR box was a little lacking in non-fiction. I raided my mother’s bookshelves for anything that might qualify, but I was still one short, unless I wanted three biographies on the list. Then today I had to go into the city to return some library books ... and there’s that discount book place in the Queen Street Mall . . . and there was goodbye to my optimistic determination not to spend any more money on books this year (or at least this semester). But it was in a good cause. And they were on sale. (I am so good at justification.)

I soon found a suitable book for a mere $1. Then I saw Peter Hill’s Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper, recommended to me only the other day. Figuring it was not for me to argue with serendipity, I bought that as well.

My list for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge is, in random order:

Journal to Stella - Jonathan Swift (overlap with the TBR Challenge)
Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
Governors’ Wives in Colonial Australia - Anita Selzer
Was Australia Charted Before 1606? The Java la Grande Inscriptions - William A. R. Richardson
Fearless - Julia Holden

At least, that’s what I’m currently planning on reading. More than likely there’ll be a last-minute substitution in late April after a trip to the library. It’s a good thing I have until 30 April to finalise the list; I don’t know what my chances are of being able to hold out on reading all of them!

3 comments:

Joy said...

Hi Coversgirl! Welcome to the NFF Challenge! I'm so glad you were able to find some non-fiction. :) Happy Reading!

Maggie said...

Notes from a Small Island will be one of my extra credits...I love Bill Bryson. :)

CoversGirl said...

Joy: So am I! I'sure it will be worth the bookhunting effort.

Maggie: I wish I had extra books! I've been wanting to read something by Bill Bryson for years and can't wait to finally manage it.

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