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!


Joy said...

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

maggie moran said...

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

Amat Libris 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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