Monday, April 23, 2012

Another long-term challenge

I saw this non-fiction challenge tonight and it appealed to me. It will take me a few days to completely assemble my list, but here is the beginning. I may make some adjustments. This is a list of at least 50 non-fiction books that I want to read in the next five years. I'm using the NF from my Filling in the Gaps list and the NF from my TBR pile to start with. My starting date is April 23, 2012, to be completed April 23, 2017.

  1. Zion on the Mississippi by Walter Forster
  2. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie
  3. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
  4. The President and the Assassin:Terror and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller
  5. Handling the Word of Truth by John Pless
  6. Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
  7. The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
  8. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  9. The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar
  10. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
  11. Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
  12. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  13. A Life Worth Living by John Holt
  14. Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 by Reston
  15. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  16. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  17. The Guns of August by Barabara Tuchman
  18. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  19. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shales
  20. The Histories by Herodotus
  21. The New Vichy Syndrome by Theodore Dalrymple
  22. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
  23. Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
  24. The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
  25. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
  26. Decision Points by George W. Bush
  27. Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove
  28. Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld      
  29. The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World by John O'Sullivan
  30. Statecraft by Margaret Thatcher     
  31. Wodehouse: A life
  32. John Adams by David McCollough
  33. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson
  34. In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson
  35. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
  36. 1491 by Charles C. Mann
  37. A Mountain of Crumbs  
  38. They Came in Ships
  39. Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough
  40.  Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
  41. City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era by Michael Gerson
  42. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
  43. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Shell 
  44. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 
  45. Remaking the Heartland: Middle America Since the 1950s by Robert Wuthnow
  46. Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster (5/4/2012)
  47. My Love Affair With England: A Traveler's Memoir by Susan Toth
  48. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)
  49.  Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl (4/7/2014)
  50. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  51. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  52.  The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
  53.  Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (12/5/2014)
  54. West from Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  55. 1453 by Roger Crowley
  56. Finding Your German Ancestors by Kevan Hansen 
  57. Brunellesci's Dome by Ross King (1/9/2015)
  58. The New Testament in His Blood by Burnell F. Eckardt, Jr. 
  59. Women Pastors Edited by Matthew Harrison & John Pless
  60. Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester (5/15/2012)


  1. I'm sorry I'm just now stopping by and checking out your list. You have a great list here! I spot several of the same from my list, like Catherine the Great, John Adams, Thunderstruck, The Monster of Florence, to name a few. I hope you're enjoying your non-fiction adventure! I'll be checking out your reviews soon. =O)

  2. HI! Just found your sitting here going "oo-OOOO" at your booklist :D
    btw, Fort Wayne is getting a total gem musically speaking. We just sang Bach's Ascension cantatas under direction of Jonathan Busarow, who has taken the post at Children's Chorus. LCMS Lutheran couple. Lucky you guys!

    1. Hi Jenny, I just noticed this comment again and had to say that you are right, the Busarows are an excellent addition. My son is a music student at IPFW and has enjoyed having Jonathan as his choir director and his wife sings with the Bach Collegium.