A little while ago I read about a new reading project: A Non-Fiction Adventure.
At first I thought I would be mad to take on another reading project, but when I thought a little more I decided that it was something I really should do.
Because I used to read a lot of non-fiction, but over the last few years I have read next to nothing. It isn’t that I haven’t found books that I’ve wanted to read – I’ve found lots – but I haven’t picked them up.
So I need a push, to make me re-balance my reading, and this is it.
Here’s how it works:
These 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 years in the future…
I’m listing fifty books. I’ve kept the number low because, I hope, many of these books will lead me to other books. And because who knows what might happen over the next five years.
Here’s the list:
Interesting Women & Their Lives
- A Profound Secret: May Gaskell, her daughter Amy, and Edward Burne-Jones by Josceline Dimbleby
- Becoming Queen by Kate Williams
- Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe by Julia Gelardi
- England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams
- Katey: The Life and Loves of Dickens’s Artist Daughter by Lucinda Hawksley
- Love Among the Butterflies: Travels and Adventures of a Victorian Lady by Margaret Fountaine
- Period Piece by Gwen Raverat
- Red Princess: A Revolutionary Life by Sofka Zinovieff
- The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey by Leanda de Lisle
- Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match by Wendy Moore
Houses, Homes & Domesticity
- Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
- Four Hedges by Clare Leighton
- We Bought an Island by Evelyn E Atkins
- Madresfield: One house, one family, one thousand years by Jane Mulvagh
- The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton by Kathryn Hughes
- If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley
- Other People’s Daughters: The Life And Times Of The Governess by Ruth Brandon
- Buried Treasure: Travels Through the Jewel Box by Victoria Finlay
Writers and Writing
- Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade
- Colette: Secrets of the Flesh by Judith Thurman
- I Find Four people by Pamela Frankau
- One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty
- Slipstream by Elizabeth Jane Howard
- Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man by Claire Tomalin
- Words of Love: Passionate Women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath by Pamela Norris
- Young Romantics by Daisy Hay
- A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival by Julie Moorhead
- Arbella: England’s Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood
- From East End to Land’s End: The Evacuation of Jews’ Free School, London, to Mousehole in Cornwall During World War Two by Susan Soyinka
- How Girl Guides Helped to Win the War by Janie Hampton
- Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt
- Moltov’s Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky
- The Blitz: The British Under Attack by Juliet Gardiner
- The Great Silence: 1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicholson
- The Thirties: An Intimate History of Britain by Juliet Gardiner
- Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor Englamd by William Penn
- A Late Beginner by Priscilla Napier
- Corduroy by Adrian Bell
- Look Back With Love by Dodie Smith
- Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School by Ysenda Maxtone Graham
- My Grandmothers and I by Diana Holman-Hunt
- Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
- The Young Ardizzone by Edward Ardizzone
The Big, Wide World
- Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King
- Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives by Katie Hickman
- Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France by Lucy Moore
- Maharinis: The Lives and Times of Three Indian Princesses by Lucy Moore
- The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders
- The World That Was Ours by Hilda Bernstein
- Up the Country: Letters from India by Emily Eden
And five years from today the date will be 10th April 2017.
Wish me luck!