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 adventureI 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)


    Some of those on my TBR list/shelf

    • Blueprint for a Safer Planet
    • Transition Handbook
    • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
    • The Elegant Universe
    • He Knew He Was Right
    • The History of Natural Philosophy
    • Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
    • The Bletchley Girls
    • Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition
    • Cultural Babbage
    • Going Solo
    • The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are
    • The Cosmic Tourist
    • The Dhammapada
    • A Pattern of Islands
    • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale
    • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
    • Galapagos Dreams
    • High Road to Tibet
    • Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself
    • Writing Fight Scenes
    • A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII.
    • 1066: The Year of Conquest
    • Tolkien on Fairy Stories
    • Endurance: The Life and Times of Emil Zatopek
    • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
    • Owls: Our Most Enchanting Birds
    • Tschiffely’s Ride
    • The Making of the British Landscape
    • Ask an Astronaut
    • The Saturn System through the eyes of Cassini




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