A Non-Fiction Adventure

The premise:

(Note: Actually, I started this challenge over, or gave those who were participating the opportunity to start again with me...see below under updates)

*Updates to the challenge info below, marked with an asterisk

Original sign-up info (slightly revised for this site):
Taking the lead from the awesome creators of the Fill in the Gaps: 100 Project and The Classics Club, I have decided to create a similar challenge focusing on non-fiction books.  The fruition of this idea came to me yesterday as I was looking at my shelves of non-fiction books.  In my library of 3000+ books, non-fiction makes up about 1000+ of that total.  I focus so heavily on fiction I never take the time to squeeze in some non-fiction reads which I do love to read.  So I thought, why not follow the lead of those I mentioned above and create this challenge for the non-fiction genre.

Here are the guidelines:
  • choose 50+ non-fiction books; the number is up to you.  Choose 50, 75, 100, 200.  It's entirely your choice
  • Books must be non-fiction--biography, autobiography, history, memoir, cooking, travel, science, etc.
  • list them at your blog (or on Goodreads or another social media site, if you do not have a blog)
  • choose your completion goal date five to ten years in the future and make note of it with your list of titles (like this:  reading goal--50 books  goal dates (ten years) --March 20, 2012 - March 20, 2022)
  • come back here and post the link to your list in the linky below
  • write a review (or a short summary, or star rating on Goodreads) on the book when finished and link it to the title in your list (or link to your review on Goodreads, again, if you don't have a blog)
  • link your reviews in the Reviews linky below (past review linkys can be seen here)
  • when you have completed the challenge, come add your link to the Completed Challenges linky below.
  • grab the button above and link it back to this blog
  • check out the links below for various online sources with lists of reading ideas
  • If you are host an event or challenge surrounding a non-fiction title, post about it at the Read-Along/Events linky below
A couple more important details:
  • this challenge can be crossed over with any other challenges
  • your link in the linky below must lead to your list, not just your main blog address.  Any links that are blog links only will be deleted
*I was asked if the list has to be made in advance.  The idea is to work toward reading non-fiction that you've been wanting to read so the list is mandatory. However, the list does not have to be set in stone. You can change out titles as the mood suits you.

*Starting over and I'm opening up the number of years from five years to anywhere from five years to ten. That's right. If you want to change your goal and make it 7 years, go for it. If you want to make it 10 years, be my guest. I, for one, am making mine ten years. See my list here...my new dates: January 3, 2016 - January 3, 2026. January 2022 - January 2032

You do not have to sign up again, but if you do revise your list, or readjust your timeline, add your link to the linky on the below, adding revised list and/or timeline to your link text. For example, Michelle @ True Book Addict (revised list/timeline).


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Modern Library--100 Best Non-Fiction

The Guardian--100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

All-TIME 100 Non-Fiction Books

100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

National Book Awards (this is a comprehensive list of all genres--non-fiction lists indicated by individual category headers) 

*There are a ton of non-fiction lists over at Goodreads HERE, but be aware that despite the site stipulating non-fiction only on the lists, some people do not heed the instructions so there may be some fiction mixed in on some of the lists.


Liz's (Too Busy Reading) Recommended Non-Fiction List

If you know of any other good non-fiction book lists, or if you have a list of personal non-fiction recommendations, please let me know in the comments. Also, browse the lists of other participants. I'm sure you can get some great ideas from there as well.


  1. Hey! I accidentally posted my link without the list! I can't seem to delete #26, which is just the link to my website. The second one is the correct one :D Thanks! Looking forward to this.

    1. No problem, Christina. I'll take care of it. Welcome to the challenge!

  2. Hi! I've joined up too - some of my non-fiction books have been on my shelf for over ten years and I really do want to read them!

    1. And I just thought I'd come back and tell you I'm more than half-way through - and somehow this books on the shelf haven't been disappearing, or not fast enough, anyway!

  3. This idea looks super fun! I almost always read fiction and simply don't read enough nonfiction. I'll definitely start work on my list and once it gets to 50 I'll add my link. :-)


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