This Non-Fiction Adventure is an interesting challenge from Gather Together and Read. The challenge is to read 50 non-fiction books over ten years.  I chose that target – 50 books is the minimum, and five to ten years the suggested timescale. You can change either or both; book numbers up and timescale down!

non-fiction adventure

I started 1st January 2017, and aim to complete the challenge by 31st December 2026.

Some qualifying books I bought ten years ago, so it’s about time I read them. I’ll update the list with numbers and how long they’ve been on my TBR as I read them.



    1. Climate Change and the Health of Nations (TBR Jun-16, read Jan-17, Net-galley, kindle)
    2. Flight: 100 years of aviation (TBR Dec-16, read Jan-17, impromptu library selection)
    3. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (TBR Mar-16, read Mar-17, own paperback)
    4. Perilous Question (TBR Jul-17 – read Aug-17, bookclub – from library )
    5. Science and Islam (TBR Dec-16 – read Dec-17, own hardback) ***Target for 2017 achieved***
    6. My Animals and Other Family (TBR Dec-16 – read Feb-18, own hardback)
    7. A Brief History of Time (TBR Jan-15 but on my shelf since 1988, read Jun-18, own hardback)
    8. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (TBR Jul-18 – read Jul-18, bookclub – from library)
    9. Bloody Brilliant Women (TBR Aug-18 – read Sep-18, Net-galley, kindle)
    10. Hello, Is This Planet Earth (TBR Dec-16 – read Nov-18, own hardback) *** Target for 2018 achieved ***
    11. A Little History of British Gardening (TBR Jan-12 – read Dec-18, own softcover)
    12. The A-Zs of Worldbuilding by Rebekah Loper (TBR Jan-19, read Feb 19, ibook)
    13. Writing Book Reviews as an Author by J Lenni Dorner (TBR Jan-19, Read Feb-19, kindle)
    14. Heiða: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir (TBR Mar-19, Read Mar-19, Netgalley,kindle)
    15. Kill the Black One First by MIchael Fuller (TBR Feb-19, read Apr-19, Netgalley, kindle) *** Target for 2019 achieved ***
    16. Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer (TBR Apr-19, Read May-19, Netgalley, kindle)
    17. Crow Country by Mark Cocker (TBR Jun-18, Read Jun-19, own paperback)
    18. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang (TBR Jul-19, Read Oct-19, Netgalley, kindle)
    19. The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueras and Tom Rivett-Carnac (TBR Dec-19, read Feb-20) net-galley, kindle)
    20. Marram by Leonie Charlton (tbr Jan-20, read Feb-20, net-galley, kindle) *** easy target for 2020 achieved ***
    21. Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel (tbr Jun-19, read Jun-20, own paperback)
    22. Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregmen (tbr May-20, read Jul-20, Netgalley, kindle)
    23. Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (tbr May-20, read Aug-20, netgalley, kindle)
    24. Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics by Leonard Mlodinow (tbr Aug-20, read Sep-20, netgalley, kindle)
    25. A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough (tbr Oct-20, read Oct-20, netgalley, kindle) *** stretch target for 2020 achieved ***
    26. The Light Ages by Seb Falk (tbr Aug-20, read Sep-20 – Jan-21, netgalley, kindle)
    27. Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner (bought 2016, tbr 2020! read Jan-21, kindle)
    28. Finding Sustainability by Trent A Romer (tbr Nov-20, read Apr-21, netgalley, kindle)
    29. The Saturn System: Through the Eyes of Cassini by NASA (tbr Sep-17, read May-21, iPad)
    30. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard (tbr Apr-21, read Jun-21, kindle) *** target for 2021 achieved ***
    31. The Art of Enough by Becky Hall (tbr Oct-21, read Oct-21, netgalley, kindle)
    32. Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim (tbr Dec-17, read Dec-21, hardback birthday gift)
    33. Otherlands: Journeys in Earth’s Extinct Ecosystems (tbr Jan-22, read Mar-22, netgalley)
    34. When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed (tbr Feb-22, read Mar-22, bookclub-library)
    35. The Ship Asunder by Tom Nancollas (tbr Feb-22, read May-22, netgalley) *** easy target for 2022 achieved ***
    36. Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig (tbr May-22, read Jun-22, netgalley)
    37. Femina by Janina Ramirez (tbr Jul-22, read Aug-22, netgalley)
    38. He Knew He Was Right: The Life of James Lovelock by John Gribbin (tbr Dec-16, read Aug-22, owned)
    39. The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklöf (tbr Sep-22, read Oct-22, netgalley)


    Some of those on my TBR shelf

    Now these are all unpacked again, I really should read at least one a month – but if I do, another one gets added…

    1. Blueprint for a Safer Planet
    2. Transition Handbook
    3. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
    4. The Elegant Universe
    5. The History of Natural Philosophy
    6. Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
    7. The Secret Listeners
    8. The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are
    9. The Cosmic Tourist
    10. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale
    11. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
    12. Tschiffely’s Ride
    13. The Making of the British Landscape
    14. Ask an Astronaut
    15. The Glass Bathyscape
    16. Claxton
    17. How to Read Water
    18. The Butterfly Isles
    19. Wildwood
    20. Tigers of the Snow
    21. Red Sixty Seven
    22. Rare Birds of Hampshire
    23. The Business of Short Stories
    24. Corsairville


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