Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A genre you will never read

There was a "Nope book tag" going on on YouTube, and one of the prompts was
"7. NOPE. Genre:
A genre you will never read."
Most people have nothing to say about this, because most people are pretty omnivorous when it comes to reading, but I think it might also be because people don't know much about genres.

So... is there anything on this list that sounds uninteresting or downright repugnant?

Absurdist/surreal/whimsical
Action
Adult Literature
Adventure Fiction
Airport Novel
Alien Invasion
Allegory
Alternative History
Antinovel
Apocalyptic
Atompunk
Bildungsroman
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
Biopunk
Bizarro Fiction
Black Comedy
Body Horror
Campus Novel / Varsity Novel
Children's Books
Christian Fiction, Islamic Fiction, Jewish Fiction, religious fiction of any kind
Classic
Climate Fiction (cli-fi)
Clockpunk
Comedy
Comedy Horror
Comedy of Errors (farce)
Comedy of Manners
Comedy-drama
Comic Fantasy
Comics/graphic Novel
Contemporary
Contradiction
Cosmic
Crime
Cyberpunk
Dark Fantasy
Detective Fiction
Dieselpunk
Disaster Thriller
Drama
Dying Earth
Dystopian Fiction
Education Fiction
Epic
Epistolary Fiction
Ergodic Literature
Erotica
Existentialist Fiction
Experimental Fiction
Fable
Fairy Tale
Family Saga
Fan Fiction
Fantasy
Fictional Biography
Folktale
Ghost Story
Gothic Fiction
Heroic Fantasy
High Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Holocaust Novels
Horror
Humor
Imaginary Voyage
Juvenile Fantasy
Lab Lit
Legal Thriller
Legend
LGBT Fiction
Light Novel
Literary Fiction
Literary Nonsense
Lost World
Low Fantasy
Magical Realism
Mathematical Fiction
Matron Literature
Medical Fiction
Medieval Fantasy
Melodrama
Men's Adventure
Metafiction
Milesian Tale
Military Fiction
Monster Literature
Musical Fiction
Mystery Fiction
Mythic
Mythology
Mythopoeia
Nanopunk
Neo-slave Narrative
New Weird
Nonfiction Novel
Novel of Ideas
Occult
Occupational Fiction
Parallel Universe, Aka Alternative Universe
Paranoid Fiction
Paranormal Fantasy
Parody
Pastiche
Philosophical Fiction
Picaresque Novel (picaresco)
Play
Political Fiction
Post-apocalyptic
Prehistoric Fiction
Psychological
Psychological Thriller
Pulp Fiction
Punk
Quantum Fiction
Realistic Fiction
Regency Novel
Roman à Clef
Romance
Romp
Saga
Satire
School Story
Science Fantasy
Science Fiction
Scientific Romance
Screwball Comedy
Sea Story
Slasher Fiction
Slave Narrative
Slipstream
Social Fiction
Soft Science Fiction
Space Opera
Speculative Fiction
Splatterpunk
Sports Fiction
Spy Fiction
Steampunk
Subterranean Fiction
Superhero Fiction
Supernatural / Paranormal
Survival Horror
Survivalism
Suspense/thriller
Swashbuckler
Tall Tale
Thriller, Suspense
Tragedy
Tragicomedy
Travelogue
Urban Fantasy
Urban Fiction
Utopian Fiction
Vampire Fiction
Weird Fiction
Werewolf Fiction
Western
Women's Fiction
Workplace Tell-all
Young Adult Fiction
Zombie Fiction


I know Slasher fiction is something that sounds abhorrent to me and I find no way I would ever willingly read anything like that. Marquis de Sade is close enough. I wish I had never read a word by him, I wish books like that were never written, my disgust is so strong that I would accept liking his books as a reason of capital punishment, because I can't imagine there's anything right with those people, and they will end up sooner or later hurting people or justifying people being hurt. Brr.
So Body Horror and Splatterpunk are out, obviously.

Another literary genre - or sub-genre I find hard to see me reading is celebrity memoirs, and with celebrity I mean the people who are famous just because they are famous, like "known from TV", most every famous person who is younger than 30, people who are famous because they are pretty or married some other famous person, person who are famous because they did something stupid or are involved in some scandal or another. I mean, I read happily Michelle Obama's, Katherine Hepburn's or J.R.R.Tolkien's biography, but I will never read Kim Kardashian's or Paris Hilton's memoirs.

Workplace tell-all sounds really stupid also.

Other genres I'll probably never read are: survivalism, sports fiction, political fiction, paranoid fiction, military fiction, medical fiction, mathematical fiction, lablit, existentialist fiction, Ergodic Literature sounds boring as hell, too, I'm not into Dying Earth and Dystopian novels, either, though I know I'm going to read those subgenres. Most punks sound uninteresting as well, like cyberpunk, atompunk, nanopunk etc. Steampunk sounds good, though :-D Alien Invasion sci-fi is also non-interesting to me. I'm not into misery, suffering and oppression.

Anyway, it would be a good reading challenge.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Writing book reviews

1. The purpose of a review is to inform others if they might be interested in reading this book. Talk about the things that make you interested in reading a book, or if you wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, the things that make you not wanting to read a book.

2. Review the story, the book, the writing.
Don't review the cover, cover blurbs, publisher, marketing, other readers, the author, political opinions etc. etc. That is, a book is not bad because you don't agree with the author's political opinion, you didn't like a character or the character's political opinion or sexual orientation, you don't agree with the message presented in the book. It's naturally OK to say this, but don't mark a book down just because of this.

3. Be civil. Be kind. Be polite. Try to think the author is a person you like and how you would feel if someone spoke to or about that person the way you talk about the author. What if it was you and your book?
Be honest. Don't use the review to hurt the author, to make an impression of yourself, to promote some other books

4. Start with a short description what this book is about, so that people know you have actually read the book :-D (Don't review books you haven't read. It's OK to review books you didn't finish, if you read at least 1/4 of them, because the reasons why you didn't finish it are important. Reviewing hearsay or blurb is stupid.)

5. What did you like about the book? What did you dislike? What irritated you, what enchanted you?
How did the story affect you? How did you feel about it? How did it leave you?
I really like reading people's reactions, especially the illustrated ones :-D
Was it an easy or a hard read? Why
Personal connections?
Why did you choose to read the book?
Did it keep the promises? Fail them? Exceed them?
What did you learn, realize from this book?
How are you different since reading this book?
Would you recommend it? To whom?

Think that maybe the author actually reads your review, and learns from it. If you just pour bile over it, the author will just get sad and won't change anything, but if you give constructive criticism.
You give constructive criticism by following the sandwich theory :-D Sandwich the body of criticism and everything negative between two pieces of something positive, good, nice, encouraging.

Be sure to state your opinion as just that, by saying "I think, I love, I hate, I like, in my mind, I feel, I
believe..." Avoid absolutes and excess.

Always say what you think the author could have done differently, better, how the author could fix this problem etc. Give solutions, suggestions and advice, not just judgment and condemnation. :-D

Explain both good and bad critique. Don't just say you liked the book, tell us why. Don't just say the book was boring, tell us why. If you can't, don't say it.

6. Most books should get 3-4 stars.
1 star - OMG! I HATE THIS! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS CRAP GOT PUBLISHED!!!
2 stars - I didn't like it
3 stars - it was OK, nothing special
4 stars - I liked it
5 stars - OMG! AMAZING!!! THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!

7. Be careful with spoilers! That being said, I like one or two quotes from the book in reviews.

8. Proofread your review. Check your spelling, grammar, facts, especially check the spelling of names, and quotes.

9. To get better, read reviews and learn - emulate what you like, avoid what you don't like.
(Really, if you don't like reading a scathing mean review of your favorite book, don't write scathing mean reviews.)



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Reading again!

So... since I posted about the reading challenges, I have been reading. At least 1 book every day.
I'm so happy about this! 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Reading challenges as writing prompts

So - why have I been posting all these writing prompts here?

The first rule of good writing is "READ!" Read good literature, read bad literature, read more, read everything!

Also, when I was reading these reading challenge lists, I got inspired. It felt like a list of books I WANT TO WRITE.

Instead of "read a comic written and drawn by the same person", I start thinking about writing and drawing a comic book."

"A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries" How would a story set in Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa look... hmm...

"A book about nature" What would that be? How would my Walden be? Maybe some sort of combination of Walden, Blue Castle and Two Little Savages... written from the point of view of Valancy and Barney's daughter... maybe add a bit of The Bear And The Nightingale to it... I like Vasilissa. She reminds me of myself when I was little.

"A western". Karl May never visited the American West.

A book of colonial or postcolonial literature. My first thought was "how could I write this, I'm not from a formerly colonized country." But then I realised that I most certainly am :-D Finland was colonized by the Swedes from 13th century and by the Russians from 1809 to 1917. I can most certainly write postcolonial literature!

On top of this, I am inspired by the books I write... I was thinking of writing fan fiction of all the books I read, but... I have read like a book a day since I started this, and I have no time for writing :-D
Uh, I know... excuses, excuses. If I spend less time writing on my blog and more time writing, I would have all the time needed :-D After all, I am not reading 24/7. (or 16/7) I COULD give writing a couple of hours every day, after all, I do think of me as a writer.

Bah.
There was a blonde woman named, Cindy, that was in deep financial problems.
So she got on her knees and prayed "Dear God, please let me win the lottery. I really need your help or I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
She doesn't win.
The next day she prays to God "God! I really really need your help! I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
Once again, she doesn't win.
The next day she says the same prayer; then God speaks to her " Cindy! work with me here, BUY A TICKET!!"
God tells me "Ket! Work with me here! WRITE THE BOOK!"

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Even more reading challenges!

Apparently there's a LOT of these!

Burns' 26 books to read in 2015

A book you own but haven't read
A book that was made into a movie
A book you pick solely because of the cover
A book your friend loves
A book published this year
A book by an author you've never read before
A book by an author you love
A book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
A book with a color in the title
A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
A book you started but never finished
A book with a lion, a witch OR a wardrobe
A book with a female heroine
A book set in the summer
A book of poems
A book you learend about because of this challenge
A book that will make you smarter
A book with a blue cover
A book you were supposed to read in school bu didn't
A book "everyone" but you has read
A book with a great first line
A book with pictures
A book from the library
A book you loved - read it again!
A book that is more than 10 years old
A book based on a true story

Burns' 26 books to read in 2016

A book with water on the cover
A book set on a school campus
A book with a murder or a mystery
A book about siblings
A book with a great first line
A book written in the decade you were born
A book with a number in the title
A book that will help you grow
A book from the library
A book about a vacation or a road trip
A book with food in the title
A book based on a historical event
A book you've been meaning to read
A book that won an award
A book you read with a friend
An autobiography or memoir
A book with a one-word title
A book with over 400 pages
A book set in the future
A book with magic in it
A book you learned about because of this challenge
A book based on a true story
A New York Times bestseller
A book of ALA's Banned & Challenged Classics list
A book that will make you laugh
A favorite book from your childhood
A book of your choice, any book


Burns' 26 books to read in 2017

A book with a one-word title
A book about a place/time you wish you lived in
A book based on a historical event
A book in a genre you generally avoid
A book taht's becoming a movie this year
A book with yellow on the cover
A book you listen to
A book you can get for free
A book you planned to read last year but didn't
A book you read on a trip or vacation break
A book suggested by a friend
A book from a series you started b have yet to finish
A book you can finish in a day
A book published this year
A book you learned about because of this challenge
A book with an epic romance
A book that takes place somewhere warm
A book outside of your comfort zone
A book that will help you achieve one of your goals for this year
A book considered a 20th century classic
A book set in the future
A book you choose because of the cover
A book with a mother/daughter relationship
A book with a reputation of being "un-put-down-able"
A book of short stories or under 200 pages
A book, any book

Around the year in 52 books

The 2019 List

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2
9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
10. A book featuring an historical figure
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character
31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
32. A book with more than 500 pages
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
34. A book with a person's name in the title
35. A psychological thriller
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
37. A book set in a school or university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
45. A multi-generational saga
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)
48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title

The 2018 List

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book*
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
11. A literary fiction
12. A book set in Africa or South America
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018

The 2017 List

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016
4. A title that doesn't contain the letter "E"
5. A historical fiction
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
8. A book written by a person of color
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
10. A dual-timeline novel
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery
17. A book with illustrations
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
19. A New York Times best-seller
20. A book that you've owned for a while but haven't gotten around to reading
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you've already read
22. A book by an author you haven't read before
23. A book from the BBC "The Big Read" list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book
27. A book by one of your favorite authors
28. A non-fiction
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) - check all the editions
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
37. A book you choose randomly
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
39. An epistolary fiction
40. A book published in 2017
41. A book with an unreliable narrator
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
44. A recommendation from "What Should I Read Next" (link)
45. A book with a one-word title
46. A time travel novel
47. A past suggestion that didn't win (link)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else's bookshelf
50. A Penguin Modern Classic - any edition
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
52. A book set in a fictional location

The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't
2. A book set in a different continent
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
6. The highest rated on your TBR
7. A book about books
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
12. A childhood classic
13. Reader’s Choice
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
17. A book with a beautiful cover
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
19. A non-fiction book
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series
23. The next book in a series you are reading
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
26. A book everyone is talking about
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction
32. A historical fiction book
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness
35. An award winning book
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
38. A book about an anti hero
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
46. A crime story
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016

Book Challenge by Erin 10.0

Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Read a book that was made into a movie
Read a book that is set in Europe
Read a book that was a Newberry Award winner (medal winner or honor book)
Read a book that is a friend or family member's favorite
Read a book originally published over 100 years ago.
Read a book with six words (and only six words) in the title.
Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title.
Read a book that was originally published in a different language from your own.
Read a book that begins with the letter "N."

Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Read a book that starts with the letter “N”
Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover
Read a book with an unlikeable character
Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” (although, they aren’t all by American authors); helpful link: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/
Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.
Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet
Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc.
Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter
Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0

Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
Read a book with a character’s name in the title
Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists https://bookriot.com/2017/04/11/100-books-with-plot-twists/
Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter
Read a book originally published in a different language than your own
Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc.
Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness


Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover
Read a book that was published in 2017
Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title
The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening.  Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America
Read a fictional book about mental illness
Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc.
Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie

Book Challenge by Erin 6.0

Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.
Read a book with six words in the title.
Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.
Read a book with a homonym in the title (inspired by the book Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin that I read last challenge with a character who is obsessed with homonyms.)  Only one word in the title needs to be a homonym.  Helpful link:  https://www.cooper.com/alan/homonym_list.html
Read a book by your favorite author.
Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live.
Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.  The character of Rory from the Gilmore Girls was shown reading over 300 different books throughout the series.  Choose one of them from this helpful link:  https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls
Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Read a book with time travel.

Book Challenge by Erin 5.0

Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Read a book that starts with the letter “R”.
Read a book with five words in the title. 
Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover.
Read a book with twins as characters. 
Read a book made into a movie
Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit. 
Read a historical fiction book.
Read a music related book.
Read a book originally published over 100 years ago.

Book Challenge by Erin 4.0

Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long. 
Read a book that begins with the letter “D”. 
Read a book with a four word title. 
Read a book with one of the following words in the title: “mother(s)”, “father(s)”, “son(s)”, “daughter(s)”, or “child(ren)”. 
Amazon ranks their “most popular authors”, and they update this list hourly.  When you make your reading list, choose one of the 100 most popular authors YOU HAVEN'T READ and pick on book by this author.
Read a book set in any country in Asia.
Read a book with a “Season” in the title.
Read a book that will make you laugh from the list attached. http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/books-guaranteed-to-make-you-laugh-out-loud
Read a book that is a friend or family member’s favorite book
Read a book published the year you were born.

Swedish reading challenge 2019

1. Läs en bok som har ett blått omslag (Book with blue cover)
2. På bokens pärm finns människoansikten (human faces on the cover)
3. Läs en SF-bok. (Sci-Fi book)
4. Läs en hyllvärmare (read a "shelf warmer")
5. Läs en bok som skrevs före 1900. (book written before 1900)
6. Boken har varit kandidat till ett inhemskt litteraturpris (candidate to domestic literature prize)
7. Läs en översatt bok vars originalspråk inte är engelska (translated book not from English)
8. Boken berättar om en plats där du har varit (about a place where you have been)
9. Läs en bok där ingen kör bil. (book where no-one drives a car)
10. Läs en roman som bygger på verkliga händelser (based on true events)
11. Läs en bok av en nordisk författare som inte är svensk. (Nordic but not Swedish author)
12. Författarens släktnamn börjar på samma bokstav som ditt (Author's last name starts with same letter as yours)
13. En bok du tagit ur hyllan utan att titta (a book you took from the shelf without looking)
14. En publikation ett litet förlag gett ut (book from a small publishing company)
15. Läs en bok där det förekommer eller tros förekomma något övernaturligt (book where something supernatural happens or is believed to happen)
16. Läs en biografi (a biography)
17. En bok som blir till film eller tv-serie 2019. (A book that will become a movie or tv serie 2019)
18. En bok med ett fult omslag (with ugly cover)
19. En bok med minst en miljon betyg på Goodreads (1.000.000+ reviews on Goodreads)
20. Läs en rysare/skräck/spöhistoria (thriller/horror/ghost story)
21. Läs en bok som någon på ditt arbete rekommenderar. (book someone from your work recommends)
22. Läs en författare som fått pris i en speciell genre (t ex deckare, fantasy) (by an author who received a genre speficif prize)
23. Läs en författare som inte är nordisk eller anglosaxisk (An author not Scandinavian/Nordic or Anglosaxon)
24. En bok skriven av en kändis (som inte är författare till yrket) (by a celebrity, not an author)
25. Läs en bok vars titel består av 1 ord (1 word title)
26. Läs en roman som är skriven helt eller delvis i form av dagbok, brev, tidningsartiklar eller liknande (novel totally or partially written as a diary, letters, newspaper articles or similar, that is epistolary novel)
27. Läs en bok som utspelas i minst två länder (book set in at least two countries)
28. Läs en bok med en blomma på omslaget (with a flower on cover)
29. En bok som du ser någon läsa i en film eller tv-serie. (a book you see someone read in a movie or tv series)
30. Läs en bok med ett djur på omslaget. (book with an animal on the cover)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Christian reading challenges

I was very surprised to find one, which is surprising by itself, because there is no reason for it to surprise anyone :-D Of course there's spiritual reading challenges.

So, here's Tim Challies' 2016 reading challenge

I like the ideas:
Ideas:
Take the challenge with your spouse and divide the list in two
Take the challenge with your family and divide the books between the entire family
Take the challenge with a small group (like your youth group) and divide the books between all of you.
Read the books in order, from light to extra credit, or in any order, or use the list as a guide to diversifying your reading.

Light (book every 4 weeks)

A book about Christian living
A biography
A classic novel
A book that "changed someone's life"
A commentary on a book of the Bible
A book about theology
A book with the word "Gospel" in the title
A book your pastor recommends
A book more than 100 years old
A book for children
A mystery or detective novel
A book published in [the current year]
A book about a current issue/events

Avid (a book every 2 weeks)

A book written by a Puritan (A list of 10 Puritan authors)
A book recommended by a family member
A book by or about a missionary
A novel that won the Pulitzer prize
A book written by an Anglican
A book with at least 400 pages
A book by C.S.Lewis or J.R.R.Tolkien
A book that has a Fruit of the Spirit in the title
A book with a great cover
A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
A book about church history
A graphic novel
A book of poetry

Committed (A book every week)

A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
A book written by an author with initials in their name
A book that won an ECPA Christian book award
A book about worldview
A play by William Shakespeare
A humorous book
A book based on a true story
A book written by Jane Austen
A book by or about Martin Luther
A book with 100 pages or less
A book with a one word title
A book about money or finance
A novel set in a country that's not your own
A book about music
A memoir
A book about joy or happiness
A book by a female author
A book whose title comes from a Bible verse
A book you started but never finished
A self-improvement book
A book by David McCullough
A book you own but have never read
A book about abortion
A book targeted at the other gender
A book by a speaker at a conference you have attended
A book written by someone of a different ethnicity than you

Obsessed (two books a week)

A book published by The Banner of Truth
A book about the Reformation
A book written by a first time author
A biography of a world leader
A book used as a seminary textbook
A book about food
A book about productivity
A book about relationships or friendship
A book about parenting
A book about philosophy
A book about art
A book with magic
A book about prayer
A book about marriage
A book about a hobby
A book of comics
A book about the second World War
A book about sports
A book by or about a pastor's wife
A book about suffering
A book by your favorite author
A book you have read before
A book about homosexuality
A Christian novel
A book about psychology
A book about the natural world
A book by or about Charles Dickens
A novel longer than 400 pages
A historical book
A book about the Bible
A book about a country or city
A book about astronomy
A book with an ugly cover
A book by or about a martyr
A book by a woman conference speaker
A book by or about the church fathers
A book about language
A book by or about a Russian
A book about leadership
A book about public speaking
A book by Francis Schaeffer
A book by a Presbyterian
A book about science
A book about revival
A book about writing
A book about evangelism
A book about ancient history
A book about preaching
A book about the church
A book about adoption
A photo essay book
A book written in the 20th century.

Extra Credit
A book from a library
A book about business
A book by an author less than 30
A book published by a UK-based publisher
A book you borrow

The other three years are basically the same, with some different prompts:
A biography of a Christian
A biography of an American President
A book about a book of the Bible
A book about a worldview
A book about aging
A book about an interest of yours
A book about animals
A book about apologetics
A book about books or reading
A book about Canada, set in Canada, or written by a Canadian
A book about Christian history
A book about church membership
A book about counseling
A book about Europe
A book about gender or sexuality
A book about heaven
A book about history
A book about holiness or sanctification
A book about race or racial issues
A book about sexuality
A book about singleness
A book about spiritual disciplines
A book about the early church
A book about time management
A book about war
A book by Albert Mohler
A book by Iain Murray
A book by Jerry Bridges
A book by John MacArthur
A book by John Piper
A book by Kevin DeYoung
A book by R.C.Sproul
A book by Sinclair Ferguson
A book by a Southern Baptist
A book by a male author
A book by a speaker from Together for the Gospel
A book by an author who is no longer alive
A book by an author who is still alive
A book by an author you've always meant to read
A book by or about Francis Schaeffer
A book by or about a pastor
A book by or about a politician
A book by or about a world leader
A book by someone from a different continent than you
A book endorsed by J.I.Packer
A book for children or teens
A book for teens or young adults
A book from a "best of 2018" list (previous year)
A book of 100 pages or less
A book of 240 pages or more
A book of your choice
A book on the ECPA bestseller list
A book produced by 9marks Ministries
A book published by Christian Focus
A book published by Crossway
A book published by New Growth Press
A book published by P&R Publications
A book recommended by a pastor or church leader
A book recommended by a friend
A book targeted at the opposite gender
A book targeted at your gender
A book that looks easy to read
A book that won a prize
A book with a picture of the author on the cover
A book with a two word title
A book with a verb in the title
A book written in the 19th century
A book you have always wanted to read but haven't
A book you read in the past three years
A book you think you can finish in a weekend
A book you think you may disagree with
A book you're pretty sure you won't like
A book your best friend recommends
A memoir or autobiography
A novel
A novel by an author you have never read before
A novel for young adults
A novel longer than 300 pages
A play
a sad book

So, a reader based her reading list to this and came up with

Broaden Your Literary Horizons

Biography of a notable Christian
Biography of anyone
Book that changed someone’s life
Commentary on a book of the Bible
Book about theology
Book with the word “gospel” in title/subtitle
Book about Christian living
Book your pastor recommends
Book written by a Puritan
Book about a current issue
Book about leadership
Book of poetry
Book for children
Classic novel
Mystery or detective novel
Sci-fi or fantasy novel
Book of short stories
Book published 100 years ago
Book published 50 years ago
Book published in 2016

A Year of Literary Adventures

1. Biography of a notable Christian
2. Biography of anyone
3. Autobiography or memoir
4. Book that changed someone’s life
5. Book for children —
6. Book for young adults
7. Bestselling book
8. Older mystery novel
9. Newer mystery novel
10. Book of short stories
11. Classic novel for children
12. Classic novel for adults
13. Sci-fiction/fantasy novel
14. Book about a hobby
15. Book about leadership
16. Book about the universe
17. Book of regional interest
18. Book with the word “gospel” in title
19. Book your pastor recommends
20. Book your pastor’s wife recommends
21. Book about theology
22. Book about a current issue
23. Book about Bible study
24. Book about Christian living
25. Book published about 100 years ago
26. Book published about 50 years ago
27. Book published in 2016
28. Commentary
29. Book of poetry
30. Book written by a Puritan

The Reading Challenge in 2017

Biography of anyone
Biography of a notable Christian
Autobiography or memoir
Graphic novel
Book for children
Book for young adults
Book of short stories
General fiction novel
Mystery or detective novel
Historical or biographical novel
Science fiction or fantasy novel
Classic novel for children
Classic novel for adults
Book related to a tv show or movie
Book on the bestseller list
book published 100 years ago
Book published 50 years ago
Book published this year
Book of poetry
Book about a hobby
Book about science
Book about history
Book about a specific region
Book about physical health
Book about business/leadership
Book about current events
Book about suffering
Book written by a Puritan
Book about the Gospel
Book about theology
Book about studying the Bible
Book about Christian living
Book recommended by your pastor
Book recommended by a pastor's wife
Book recommended by a friend

Intentional Christian reading challenge

1. A book about Prayer.
2. A book about Forgiveness
3. A book by a Christian conference speaker.
4. A book by or about a Pastor's wife.
5. A Christian Novel.
6. A Christian Non¬Fiction book.
7. A Memoir.
8. A book on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Awards list.
9. A book by or about a missionary.
10. A book by C.S. Lewis.
11. A book with the word "Gospel" in the title.
12. A book about Christian Living.
13. A book someone tells you "Changed My Life".
14. A book by your Favorite Christian Author.
15. A book on Marriage or Living a single life or as a widow/widower for Christ.
16. A book longer than 400 pages.
17. A book you own but have never read.
18. A book about a current controversial issue.
19. A book with a one¬word title.
20. A book more than 100 years old or takes place more than 100 years ago.
21. A book published in 2017 or 2018.
23. A book recommended by a Christian Friend.
24. A book about Joy or Happiness.
25. A book whose title comes from a Bible Verse.
26. A book on Theology.
27. A book by an Indie Christian Author.
28. A book on Christian Growth.
29. A book about Church or a specific Church.
30. A book with Heaven in the title.
31. A Christian Romance novel.
32. A book about Christian Persecution.
33. A book on Spiritual Warfare.
34. A Wilbur Award winning book.
35. A book about a Religious Cult.
36. A Christian Dystopian book.
37. A book about Biblical Prophecy.
38. A book by a Christian Author you've never read before.
39. A book that was a Christy Award winner.
40. A book on any of the Goodreads Christian book lists.
41. A Christian science fiction/fantasy book.
42. A book on depression or how to help a friend/family member who suffers from depression.
43. A Christian fiction book with a beautiful cover.
44. A book with 100 pages or less.
45. A historical Christian book.
46. A Historical Christian Fiction book.
47. A book on Evangelism.
48. A book about a Faith different than yours.
49. A book with God in the title.
50. A book with Jesus or Christ in the title.
51. A book of the Bible.
52. A book of your choice. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Non-Fiction Reading Challenges

Doing Dewey non-fiction reading challenge

As you can see, there's no specific reading challenge, just suggestions on what one could use as such.

For example:

January - Biracial Awareness
February - Black History Month
March - Women's History Month
April - Arab Heritage Month
May - Asian/Pacific Islander History Month
June/July - LGBT Pride Summer
August - Mental Health Awareness
September - Hispanic History Month
October - Physical Disability Awareness Month
November - Native American History Month
​December - Religious Minorities

Or
Read a non-fiction book from each Dewey Decimal System Category

Read a book from the 000s - Computer science, information & general works
Read a book from the 100s - Philosophy and psychology
Read a book from the 200s - Religion
Read a book from the 300s - Social Sciences
Read a book from the 400s - Language
Read a book from the 500s - Pure Science
Read a book from the 600s - Technology
Read a book from the 700s - Arts and Recreation
Read a book from the 800s - Literature
Read a book from the 900s - History and Geography

26 Very Important Nonfiction Books You Should Be Reading

1. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
2. This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
4. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
5. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman
6. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
7. The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
8. The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
9. The Sex Myth by Rachel Hills
10. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
11. The Sisters Are Alright By Tamara Winfrey Harris
12. What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
13. Severed by Frances Larson
14. Blackout by Sarah Hepola
15. Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
16. Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? by Katrine Marçal
17. Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy
18. Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee
19. Spinster by Kate Bolick
20. Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques
21. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and 639 others
22. Long Time No See by Hannah Lowe
23. Scandals of Classic Hollywood by Anne Helen Petersen
24. It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan
25. On Immunity by Eula Biss
26. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Or perhaps the Pulitzer Prize winners for Non-Fiction or the Baillie Gifford Prize winners

One could also choose to read the winners of European Book Prize for non-fiction.

United States of Europe by Guy Verhofstadt
Postwar by Tony Judt
Europe for Dummies by Sylvie Goulard
Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano
The Crime and the Silence by Anna Bikont
Europe's passage by Luuk van Middelaar
The French, Gravediggers of the Euro by Arnaud Leparmentier
Turbulent and Mighty Continent by Anthony Giddens

You could choose any of the GoodReads' non-fiction lists and read it through
Lists that look interesting to me are
Best Science Books - Non-Fiction Only
Must Read Non-Fiction
Recommended Nonfiction Books
Non-fiction - Something for Everyone
Interesting and Readable NonFiction
Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Best Non-Fiction Books

Best Non-Fiction Books

Atomic Habits by James Clear (the list creator's own book, so...)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Sure You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Manual for Living by Epictetus
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This is Water by David Foster Wallace

Read through this list The Greatest Nonfiction Books by The Greatest Books - the book lists here are created by algorithm from several sources

The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century by National Review

The Guardian's list of the100 best nonfiction books of all time
Now... I do not recommend this list, as there are books like a couple of dictionaries, the Bible, Modest Proposal and Shakespeare's tales on this list, but use your discernment.

1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
3. No Logo by Naomi Klein (1999)
4. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (1998)
5. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (1995)
6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)
7. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (1979)
8. Orientalism by Edward Said (1978)
9. Dispatches by Michael Herr (1977)
10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (1976)
11. North by Seamus Heaney (1975)
12. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks (1973)
13. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer (1970)
14. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom by Nik Cohn (1969)
15. The Double Helix by James D Watson (1968)
16. Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag (1966)
17. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965)
18. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (1963)
19. The Making of the English Working Class by EP Thompson (1963)
20. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)
21. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn (1962)
22. A Grief Observed by CS Lewis (1961)
23. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and EB White (1959)
24. The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith (1958)
25. The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life by Richard Hoggart (1957)
26. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin (1955)
27. The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art by Kenneth Clark (1956)
28. The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin (1953)
29. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1952/53)
30. A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David (1950)
31. The Great Tradition by FR Leavis (1948)
32. The Last Days of Hitler by Hugh Trevor-Roper (1947)
33. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (1946)
34. Hiroshima by John Hersey (1946)
35. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper (1945)
36. Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright (1945)
37. How to Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher (1942)
38. Enemies of Promise by Cyril Connolly (1938)
39. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell (1937)
40. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron (1937)
41. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)
42. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (1933)
43. My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill (1930)
44. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves (1929)
45. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)
46. The Waste Land by TS Eliot (1922)
47. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed (1919)
48. The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes (1919)
49. The American Language by HL Mencken (1919)
50. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey (1918)
51. The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois (1903)
52. De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (1905)
53. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)
54. Brief Lives by John Aubrey, edited by Andrew Clark (1898)
55. Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S Grant (1885)
56. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
57. Travels With a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson (1879)
58. Nonsense Songs by Edward Lear (1871)
59. Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold (1869)
60. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)
61. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (1859)
62. The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole (1857)
63. The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell (1857)
64. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
65. Thesaurus by Dr Peter Mark Roget (1852)
66. London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew (1851)
67. Household Education by Harriet Martineau (1848)
68. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass (1845)
69. Essays by RW Emerson (1841)
70. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope (1832)
71. An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (1828)
72. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey (1822)
73. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (1807)
74. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa by Mungo Park (1799)
75. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (1793)
76. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)
77. The Life of Samuel Johnson LLD by James Boswell (1791)
78. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke (1790)
79. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (1789)
80. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White (1789)
81. The Federalist Papers by ‘Publius’ (1788)
82. The Diary of Fanny Burney (1778)
83. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1776-1788)
84. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776)
85. Common Sense by Tom Paine (1776)
86. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1755)
87. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1739)
88. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (1729)
89. A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain by Daniel Defoe (1727)
90. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1689)
91. The Book of Common Prayer by Thomas Cranmer (1662)
92. The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys (1660)
93. Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or A Brief Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns Lately Found in Norfolk by Sir Thomas Browne (1658)
94. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1651)
95. Areopagitica by John Milton (1644)
96. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne (1624)
97. The First Folio by William Shakespeare (1623)
98. The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (1621)
99. The History of the World by Walter Raleigh (1614)
100. King James Bible: The Authorised Version (1611)

Non-Fiction Book Bingo

a book that’s been made into a movie
a self-help title –
a title by an indigenous author –
a biography –
a title by a Canadian author –
a Baillie Gifford award winner –
a celebrity or public figure memoir –
a true crime title –
a title by a person of colour –
a book about science & technology –
a book about feminism –
a book about nature or the environment –
a 2019 release –
a book about parenting or relationships –
a book on religion or spirituality –
a pre-2000 non-fiction title –
a book about a medical condition –
a title that was a 5-star read for a friend –
a book about travel –
an essay collection –
a book about food, wine, or cooking –
a book set outside of North America –
a Goodreads winner (from any year) –
a non-fiction book that has been translated –

Another non-fiction book bingo:
Art and Photography
Autobiography and Biography
Diary and Memoirs
Business and Finance
Food and Lifestyle
Cultural and Social Issues
Current Affairs and Politics
Gift Book or Coffee Table Book
Health and Medical
History, Home Decorating and Design
How To, Humor
Journalism
Military
Music and Entertainment
Nature and Ecology
Outdoor Adventuring
Philosophy
Pop Culture and Celebrity
Psychology
Relationships
Religion and Spirituality
Science and Technology
Self-Help
Sports
Travel
True Adventure
True Crime
Women’s Issues

and yet another (this one is for kids, and it's quite possible to read a children's non-fiction book a day - and there's nothing wrong with reading children's non-fiction for non-fiction reading challenges :-D)

Read a book from the window display
Read a book from the 700s section
Read a nonfiction book about an animal
Watch a learning video on Epic
Read a recipe, cook/bake the dish
Read a how-to book
Read a nonfiction book recommended by a teacher
Read an article from SIRS Discoverer
Read a Nat Geo Kids magazine article
Read a book from the bottom shelf of the nonfiction section
Read a Ranger Rick magazine article
Read a biography
Learn something new on the DK Find Out! website
Read a book from the 500s section
Explore Culture Grams
Read a book from the top shelf of the nonfiction section
Read a book about North Carolina
Re-read a nonfiction book you love
Read or listen to a Pebble Go article
Read a book about art or an artist
Read a World Book Online article
Read a nonfiction book recommended by a friend
Read a book from the 300s section
Read a nonfiction Eager Reader

(You could replace some of these categories with
1) recommended by a celebrity, bookclub, publisher, magazine etc.
2) go to Wikiroulette, read the random article and find a non-fiction book about the subject. Feel free to wiggle, twist and tweak as much as you need to, to find a book to read. It's easy if you get Queen Elizabeth I, but not so easy if you get an obscure geographical place. Just remember, this is supposed to challenge you, so don't just take an easy way out. (I don't believe in coincidences... there is a reason to why you got that article, you will find a book that fits and will read something that will be of great value to you.
3) You could read a book about North Carolina, but I think you should learn more about the history of the city, state, country, region, you live in. Try to pinpoint it. The country you live in, the state/county/region of the country, the city/town/village you live in, the neighborhood you live in...


The Non-Fiction Growth Challenge

1. Read a book that teaches you how to problem solve.
2. Read a book that teaches you how to think critically.
3. Read a book that teaches you how to become more creative.
4. Read a book that teaches you how to make better decisions.
5. Read a book on emotional intelligence.
6. Read a book to improve your communication skills.
7. Read a book about how to learn.
8. Read a book that teaches you leadership skills.
9. Read a book about extroversion or introversion.
10. Read a book about psychology.
11. Read a book about an ideology that is not your own.
12. Read a book to help you master social media.
13. Read a book about your favorite hobby to become better at it.
14. Read a collection of essays.
15. Read an autobiography/biography of a woman written by a woman.
16. Read an autobiography/biography of a man written by a man.
17. Read a book about someone’s journey; inner or outer.
18. Read a book about science or technology.
19. Read a book about a religion or philosophy
20. Read a book about a topic you have always wanted to learn more about.

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books Of All Time You Should Not Miss

10. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
9. Hiroshima by John Hersey
8. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
7. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
6. Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
5. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
2. Black Boy by Richard Wright
1. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Bookriot's 50 of the Best Nonfiction Books

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Hunger: a Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Negroland by Margo Jefferson
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The White Album by Joan Didion
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
1776 by David Mccullough
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the Fbi by David Grann
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
S.p.q.r.: a History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Unbroken: a World War Ii Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Borderlands/la Frontera: the New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Nickel and Dimed: on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
White Trash: the 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

50 Essential Non-Fiction Books (You'll Actually Read)

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
Hiroshima by John Hersey
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
H is For Hawk by Helen Mcdonald
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
We Wisht To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Night by Elie Wiesel
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Alive by Piers Paul Read
How To Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher
Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
Kitchen Confidential by Athony Bourdain
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
If They Come In The Morning by Angela Y. Davis
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
How to Win Friends and Influene People by Dale Carnegie
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Himself
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Himself
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
No Logo by Naomi Klein
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B.White
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

A couple of suggestions from the comments:
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
In The Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Gerrard
Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd

Barnes and Nobles' 50 Nonfiction Books that Will Make You Smarter in 2018

1776, by David McCullough
Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt
The Six Wives of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir
Cleopatra, A Life, by Stacy Schiff
MAUS I, by Art Spiegelman
We Were Eight Years In Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Night, by Elie Wiesel
How Google Works, by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
The Crown, by Robert Lacey
Mistress of the Vatican, by Eleanor Herman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle
It’s Okay to Laugh, by Nora McIerney
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X
Devil’s Bargain, by Joshua Green
Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo
Bullies, by Alex Abramovich
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi
Being Nixon, by Evan Thomas
In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
Escape from Camp 14, by Blaine Harden
Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli
What Happened, by Hillary Clinton
World Without Mind, by Franklin Foer
The Blood of Emmett Till, by Timothy B. Tyson
Shrill, by Lindy West
Sex Object, by Jessica Valenti
Muslim Girl, by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Orientalism, by Edward Said
Welcome to the Universe, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott
Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky
Cooked, by Michael Pollan
Yes Please, by Amy Poheler
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Victoria the Queen, by Julia Baird
A Season With the Witch, by J.W. Ocker
Radium Girls, by Kate Moore
Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes
We Should All be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Memoir Reading Challenge

Mental Illness Memoir
Other Illness Memoir
Political Memoir
Food Memoir
Animal Memoir
Music Memoir
Travel Memoir
Written by a person of color
Written by a woman
Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
Written by an actor or a comedian
Written by an author or journalist
Written by any other celebrity
Written by someone under 40
Written by someone over 40
Written by someone from a country different from your own
Memoir of high school or college events
One you find thought-provoking
Made into a movie
Graphic Novel memoir
Bestselling memoir
Humorous memoir
Fictional memoir
Published in 2019
Published in 2018 or earlier
Under 300 pages
One you want to re-read
Subject of your choice
Author of your choice
3 memoirs of your own choice

(I do have some STRONG opinions about this list...)

A couple of biographies that are NOT about a USonian person:
Mary, Queen of Scots by Emily Hahn
Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada by Frances Winwar
The Birkenhead Drill by Douglas W. Phillips
My Enemy... My Brother: God's Grace in the Life of a Palestinian by Hanna Shahin
Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
Artist of the Reformation: The Story of Albrecht Dürer by Joyce McPherson