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)


    Some of those on my TBR list/shelf

    Now these are all unpacked again, I really should read at least one a month!

    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 Bletchley Girls
    8. Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition
    9. Cultural Babbage
    10. Going Solo
    11. The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are
    12. The Cosmic Tourist
    13. The Dhammapada
    14. A Pattern of Islands
    15. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale
    16. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
    17. Galapagos Dreams
    18. High Road to Tibet
    19. A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII.
    20. 1066: The Year of Conquest
    21. Tolkien on Fairy Stories
    22. Endurance: The Life and Times of Emil Zatopek
    23. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
    24. Owls: Our Most Enchanting Birds
    25. Tschiffely’s Ride
    26. The Making of the British Landscape
    27. Ask an Astronaut



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