Thursday, February 01, 2007

Join the Non-Fiction Five Challenge

You must formally sign up through Mister Linky (see box below) to participate in the Non-Fiction Five Challenge, which will take place during the months of May - September. Mister Linky is providing a place to store all the participants' sites for everybody to peruse. If you choose to join, you must have your final list posted by April 30, 2007. Meanwhile, I encourage you to post non-fiction options from which others can gather ideas. Happy Hunting!

Clinking on the button (books) will take you to the Non-Fiction Five Challenge Basics.

This is what Mister Linky will ask you to fill out:

Your name: Your name (please put the name of your blog in parentheses)
Your URL: Please link ONLY the actual post in your blog where you have listed your 5 challenge book choices or options; please do NOT link your entire blog site. This will be helpful to others, so they don’t have to search through an entire blog to see your list.


Non-Fiction Five Challenge Participants:



118 comments:

  1. Oh, looks like I've jumped on the bandwagon early. Lucky me!

    I have posted my list at Adventures in bookland, but I might change my mind between now and May. Hope that's OK!

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  2. I can't wait to see what everybody else is reading. I love Challenges.

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  3. Joy - I'm in! I've got my five listed. I'm glad you're doing this.

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  4. I will go post my list at my site. I have 5 with an alternate. :)

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  5. I've got some ideas already posted, but nothing's set in stone yet.

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  6. Hi, just posted my list! Although it might change, as I will probably end up reading 1 or 2 of those books before April.

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  7. I've posted my list - I have set up a challenge blog - separate from my "musings"

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  8. Yay! Love the time frame! I've got a list of possibles posted, but will wait till I'm sure to 'officially' join. I do plan on joining, though. Thanks!!!

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  9. I'm definitely committed to doing this! I have a stack of non-fiction on my shelf just waiting to be read...this will give me the incentive to read at least a portion of them!

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  10. I'm looking forward to adding some non-fiction to the mix. I'll post my list in the sidebar of my blog sometime soon.

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  11. Ok, I've semi-signed up. The post link I put is my list of possibilities. I will need to narrow it down to five. Any suggestions would be helpful. Can we post a new link with our finalized list in April?

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  12. No struggle for me! I'll just have to hold off on declaring the books. Thanks for doing this! :P

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  13. Ooops! I didn't read the instructions! Can you delete me and let me start again? I was too enthusiastic!

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  14. Looking forward to the challenge, Joy. I forgot to add my blog's name (#15) can you edit or delete me to begin again?

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  15. I look forward to not only taking part in this challenge but also seeing what everyone else is reading. Thanks!

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  16. Ahhh, I messed up...I did exactly what you said not to do, I posted the link to my blog instead of the link to my post! Arrrggggh! Can that be amended, Joy?

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  17. Thanks, Joy! I'll make my list soon and try again! :)

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  18. Alright so I think I am signed up through Mr. Linky. I have to work on my list though...I'll post that soon. May to September will be a bit of a challenge for me but I'm going to give it a shot anyway!

    Heather T.
    www.thelibraryladder.blogspot.com

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  19. I've perused my shelves and am ready to post my list! Looking forward to yet another challenge. Thanks for hosting this one, Joy.

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  20. Oh, crud. I did this wrong. Can you delete me until I have my blog posted so the url goes directly to the post as you so kindly asked.

    Les, who needs to learn to read instructions!

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  21. I am ready to go! I have posted a preliminary list of five, with a bunch of alternates/extra credit books. I am really looking forward to it. Thanks, Joy!

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  22. I'm really excited about doing this Joy! Thanks!

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  23. This looks like a great challenge! Thanks!

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  24. I can't believe how many non-fiction books I found on my list. I hope I can get some of them read with this challenge.

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  25. I'm looking forward to this challenge as I rarely read non-fiction, however,I've got a few in mind. :)

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  26. I am looking forward to joining in. Though I usually read fiction, I found many non-fiction on my TBR list! I'm excited to actually get to them.

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  27. I didn't realizes I'd done anything wrong until I read Les' "crud". I just linked to my blog, so will need to be removed, too. I'll come back and sign up when I have my list decided. Sorry, Joy.

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  28. It was fun choosing my books. Some of these have been sitting on the shelf for years.

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  29. This is my first reading challenge. I'm looking forward to it!

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  30. Rachel8:14 AM

    Now maybe, I will be able to read at least five of the 250 nonfiction books on my shelf!

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  31. Joy, thanks so much for this challenge! I really needed this one.

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  32. Hi, Joy! I meant to officially sign up last night, but I was so tired it slipped my mind. I'm glad you reminded me! As you can see, I have a lot of decisions to make to get my list down to five. This is going to be a lot of fun. Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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  33. *slappy head for forgetfulness*
    I seem to have a problem with putting the name of my blog in parentheses. Sorry, Joy!

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  34. RACHEL DILBERT ~ Sorry, but I have no other way to contact you other than this. Your link went to a blank page, so I had to delete it. Feel free to re-join with another link. We'd love to have you! :)

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  35. Ok, My list is posted on the sidebar of my blog under the code for the challenge. I am excited and I might even add a list of other non-fiction books that I'd like to read.

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  36. I read a lot of non-fiction anyway, so I'm not certain it's much of a challenge, though it'll be interesting to be in good company while doing it.

    RR

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  37. I have no capacity to resist such a challenge! I'll list my books on the sidebar of my blog
    Jenny in Canberra

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  38. I'm taking up the challenge, I've posted my list. Thanks :)

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  39. I want to join the challange, but not sure if I am doing it right. Every time I click on the picture that says to click on it if you want to join, it takes me here but I'm not sure - since I never am asked for my name or URL.
    So...let me know if I need to go somewhere else to sign up. I'll be posting my books on my blog

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  40. OK. Arm has been sufficiently twisted! I'm in! Of course, now I have 11 books I need to choose from. I went ahead and linked to my original post. I guess I can change that when I make it all the way down to 5!

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  41. Jenny (jc-s) ~ You don't have a link on Mister Linky, so people cannot access your blog to see your list. If you need help to do that, just let me know. :)

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  42. Anonymous9:04 PM

    I would love to join in on this challenge, but I don't have a URL.

    Rachel

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  43. Hi, Joy! This is my first challenge and I am excited because I never read non-fiction! I am trying to expand my reading horizons :0) Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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  44. Ooops, Joy, my link to my site doesn't work! I am at www.allthingsbookish.blogspot.com and my list will be in my sidebar! Thanks!
    Kim

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  45. Rachel ~ Are you Rachel Dilbert? I can't think of another place to post them other than here. If that's okay with you, it's okay with me. :)

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  46. What a great idea! Thanks!! Can't wait to get started. -JAU

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  47. Please delete my previous entry as just "JAU". I didn't include my blog's name nor did I link to the right thing (this doesn't say anything about my general i.q., I hope). THANKS.

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  48. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Joy,
    It 's fine with me to post here!
    As soon as I get back from my vacation (Houston), I will choose my books.

    Rachel

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  49. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Joy,
    Yes, I am Rachel Dilbert.

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  50. Finally I've got the motivation I need to get into those long-unread books of Australian history sitting on the living room shelves . . . and a few other books as well! This sounds like it's going to be a great challenge.

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  51. This is a great challenge! It was hard to pick just 5, I did not realize how many non-fiction books I have added to my collection. Of course, some of the titles I see other people posting sound good...maybe the next challenge!

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  52. Great idea! Looking forward to checking out what everyone is reading and seeing their reviews.

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  53. Anonymous9:53 AM

    My five books are:
    A history of London-Stephen Inwood
    Thomas Cranmer-Diarmaid MacCulloch
    Complete letters of Oscar Wilde
    Plato: complete works-Ed. John Cooper
    Memoirs of Elias Canetti

    Is this ok, Joy? (Sorry if this posred twice)

    Rachel D.

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  54. Rachel ~ Yep...that's fine! :) Remember, you can make changes up through April 30. Also, you may want to have some backups. There's plenty of ideas on the blogs. Happy Reading!

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  55. Anonymous8:38 PM

    Thanks Joy! Actually, I do want to make one change. Instead of Plato, I will read The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wileniz.

    Rachel

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  56. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Hi Joy,

    I will post my books shortly on my blog, this is a great challenge, can't wait to participate.

    Thanks,
    Paige

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  57. I saw on Janet's blog:
    http://joyfuljottings-janet.blogspot.com/
    your comment that she didn't need to create a post because it was listed on her sidebar. Because I also have it on the sidebar, I also just posted my blog address.
    This is a great challenge!

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  58. signed up but it will take a day or two for me to look through all my boxes to choose my books. I like the restrictions that you set up. I agree - this is about being CHALLENGED.

    many thanks

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  59. This will be a great challenge for me. Thanks!

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  60. I don't know if my previous comment made it through the blogger guards or not.

    I posted my books today for the nonfiction five. Most of my choices are from my stacks, so I'll be killing two birds with one stone.

    Thanks, Joy, for coming up with the idea for this wonderful challenge.

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  61. Hi Joy,

    Can you delete me so I can repost the link to the books I have chosen as the existing link is to my site?

    Thanks Pamela (aka Paige - my nickname)

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  62. Paige ~ I fixed that a long time ago! Click on your name and you'll see. :)

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  63. I hope I followed all the instructions. I also hope I don't read my books before then, but there will always be more. Thanks for the idea; I tend to not read nonfiction as much as fiction.

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  64. I'm in. I've posted my list on my livejournal site but I'll be writing the reviews on my main site.

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  65. OK - I finally got around to narrowing it down to 10. From that list of probables and possibles I'll somehow pick five.

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  66. Joy, I've finally posted my list. Hope it was ok to have a few extras.

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  67. Joy, I'm writing to let you know that I've decided not to do the non-fiction challenge. Life is busy, plus I've got a lot of books coming in for me at the library.

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/

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  68. Life some others, I didn't read the instructions first! Darn enthusiasm! Therefore, I'm numbers 57 and 58...57 can go. Can't wait to do this!

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  69. I apologize...I also linked my site....I will post the list tomorrow and come back and re-link....not sure how to delete the wrong link from Mr. Linky (Danielle B.) I'm sorry.

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  70. I finally came up with my list!

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  71. I'll post my list soon...

    melanie

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  72. Just signed up since I see the challenge reading begins in May. Hope it is okay. I have two nonfiction books I want to read so this will help me get a good list.

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  73. Sorry, I didn't post the link to my list. Can I be deleted so I can sign up again properly? thanks --

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  74. Awesome, I can't wait to participate!

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  75. Joy - I changed one of my book choices. The new list is in my sidebar. Can't wait to get started.

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  76. This is so funny. I just posted my idea of a Non-Fiction challenge about 6 hours ago on my own blog.
    http://bibliobiography.blogspot.com/

    I named 4 genres for reading 4 books between now and Sept 21st. The genres I chose were History, Memoirs/Biography, Literature/Literary and Travel.

    As I surfed the blogosphere some more, I started seeing mentions of a Non-Fiction Challenge. It took a while to track down the originating blog, but here I am.

    So I am officially joining with my 5 choices - and one of them is also being done for the Chunkster Challenge as well.

    Oh, and I am starting this challenge tomorrow (April 1st) coz the chunky book one could take me a while. LOL

    Historia

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  77. I hope you dont mind my posting a second comment. A few days ago when I started my blog, I listed a number of books - all non fiction. I thought I would re-post them in case boggers doing this challenge need some new ideas.


    These 15 books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed.

    Madeleine Albright, A Twentieth-Century Odyssey by Michael Dobbs

    Carolyn 101 by Carolyn Kepcher & Stephen Fenichell - Business Lessons from The Apprentice's Straight Shooter

    Cities of Gold by William Hartmenn - A Novel of the Ancient and Modern Southwest

    84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (This was probably the first book I read that influenced me to think about opening a bookstore)

    Mistress of the Elgin Marbles by Susan Nagel - A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin

    Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith - A Novel

    The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt by William Nothdurft

    Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Baigent, Lincon & Leigh

    How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb - Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

    Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

    King of the Confessors by Thomas Hoving (This is the book that got me interested in Art History)

    Connections by James Burke (It's the little details and accidents of history that turn out to be the real gems)

    Contact by Carl Sagan (While the Book was good, the Movie was brilliant)

    Bush on the Couch by Justin Franck - Inside the Mind of the President

    The Ambassadors' Secret by John North - Holbein and the World of the Renaissance

    Here are 16 book that I have not yet read.

    On a Grander Scale by Lisa Jardine - The Outstanding Career of Sir Christopher Wren

    The Jigsaw Puzzle by Ann Williams

    The Dragon Seekers by Christopher McGowan - How an Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs and Paved the Way for Darwin

    The Gnostic Discoveries by Marvin Meyer

    The Secrets of Judas by James Robinson - The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel

    Leonardo da Vinci Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl

    American Jezebel by Eve LaPlante - The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

    A Pirate of Exquisite Mind by Diana & Michael Preston - Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer, The Life of William Dampier

    Kepler's Witch by James Connor - An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother

    A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield - Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

    A Benjamin Franklin Reader by Walter Isaacson

    The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester - William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

    God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson - The Making of the King James Bible

    The Last Days of Henry VIII by Robert Hutchinson

    Players by Bertram Fields - The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare

    Alexander the Corrector by Julia Keay - The Tormented Genius who Unwrote the Bible

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  78. I'm joining up, I just now need to consider which books to read, so far I have 4 in mind and I would like to read a book about India or Buddhism as my 5th - just need to seek one out.

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  79. Joy, non-fiction is new territory for me, and I didn't think I'd be able to come up with 5 books to read. I've now barely managed to narrow it down to 7! Thanks for the challenge. I'm looking forward to it.

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  80. Just joined the challenge. Looking forward to it! My list will be complete of time for sure.

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  81. I've finally posted my list of books for the challenge. I'm looking forward to it- thanks for organizing it.

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  82. This is my first challenge and I am looking forward to participating. Thanks!

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  83. I apologize, I'm new at this - can someone give me an idea of how to get the little picture icon, not sure what it's called, onto my blog. Thanks in advance.

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  84. This is also my first challenge. Should be a lot of fun, now I just have to make sure I don't start any of my books before May!

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  85. It's all Dana's fault (ha ha!). I posted my five books from the Mt. TBR at my house.

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  86. I need another challenge like I need a hole in my head, but what the heck. I'm in.

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  87. I'm in...I went through my "to read" list and found 4 non-fiction books already that I literally had just bought so I figured what was adding one more :)

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  88. Alright, enough excitement about this challenge, you've talked me into it! I realized I have quite a few non-fiction books that I never seem to get around to. So here it goes!

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  89. I've seen your banner on peoples blogs, but had assumed the challenge was already underway. I was so excited to find out this morning that it hadn't actually started yet!
    Thanks so much for hosting this!

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  90. All righty,.I've posted my list but when I signed up, the link is to my blog.Here's the link to the post: http://incitefulmama.blogspot.com/2007/04/non-fiction-five-challenge.html

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  91. I recently started a reading blog (my mind on books) that is mostly devoted to nonfiction. I was very happy to come across your challenge and have just posted a list (some super books outside my usual reading sphere)... This seems like a great added benefit for blogging, to be able to participate in a group activity like this one! Thanks so much.

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  92. My non-fiction collection seems to have fallen by the wayside since I had my son. Hopefully, I'll make a nice little dent with this challenge.

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  93. Just updated my sidebar and posted my final list. I've got 5 planned and 5 possible bonus reads simply because I want to read all of them. At least this way I won't feel obligated to get the bonus 5 read by the end of September, but might read at least some of them in addition to the planned 5.

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  94. Joy: could you please change my Mr. Linky link to this one (it's my finalized list post)? Thanks!

    finalized list post

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  95. I finally joined - I had the list figured out, but kept putting off posting it! I'm looking forward to reading these books.

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  96. Anonymous9:36 PM

    Joy, I'd like to make one more change .
    I want to substitute Warren Treadgold's A history of the Byzantine State and Society, instead of Canetti's memoirs.

    Rachel D.

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  97. Rachel ~ Oh my goodness! I forgot about your list in the comments. I'm sorry. We have 89 participants! :) Hope you enjoy your first read of the challenge.

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  98. Oops, I posted after the post-by date. Can I still play? Pretty please?

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  99. Stefanie ~ Sure, you can play! Please post your URL here that links to your list on your blog. There's no more Mister Linky here.

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  100. Oh Drat! It looks liked I just missed this challenge. I found out about it from Stephanie's Books. Darn and double darn!

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  101. Debd ~ No "darn"! You can join in. Follow the plan I told Stephanie. And...welcome!

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  102. my books are

    lucky by alice sebold

    dynamics of time and space by tarthang tulku

    fast food nation by eric schlosser

    writings on an ethical life by peter singer

    and starting and managing a nonprofit organization

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  103. Gretchen8:07 AM

    My books are:

    1. OTHER POWERS: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull;
    2. FIGURES OF ILL REPUTE: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Art;
    3. MALLARME: The Poet and His Circle;
    4, THE ARCADES PROJECT by Walter Benajmin;
    5. AM OMELETTE AND A GLASS OF WINE by Elizabeth David.

    I'm a bit of nineteenth-century buff.

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  104. Gretchen ~ Do you have a blog? Mister Linky is being used to allow us to visit your site and read your review of the books you have chosen for this challenge.

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  105. yipee!! Thanks for letting me join. I already had a list for a spring reading challenge that had 3-4 more Non-Fiction choices left.


    href="http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/debdillon/325672/"
    >Here's My link
    - I'll also add it to the linky thingy.

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  106. Okay, that didn't work and it ran off the page

    Link to my list

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  107. Oh no! I just realized I'm late! Can I still join? My list is posted here: http://www.alifeinbooks.com/?p=117 - if not, I'll just 'unofficially' participate. :)

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  108. Oops, I should have made that a hyperlink: Here's my list again! The post includes info about the other challenges I've signed up for.

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  109. Here's my list

    May: The Day I Became An Autodidact
    by Kendall Hailey


    June: Eat, Pray Love
    by Elizabeth Gilbert


    July: A Walk in the Woods
    by Bill Bryson


    August: A Girl Named Zippy
    by Haven Kimmel


    September: How To Read Literature Like A Professor
    by Thomas C. Foster


    I just realized I have 3 memoirs, sorry! They've been on my TR list for a while. :)
    ~Becky

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  110. DebD, Lesley, & Rebecca ~ Thanks for posting your list here or on your blog! I'm glad you have joined us in this reading challenge. Happy Reading! :)

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  111. I've changed blogs, I was Classical Educator, now I'm at blogspot
    Sorry about the confusion.
    ~Rebecca

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  112. I'm super-late, but I have to join in on this one! I'm posting my list on my blog. Hope that's okay...let me know if I need to do anything else...

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  113. So I'm a little late, but like gentle reader, I couldn't pass it up. Just for fun, of course. :)

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  114. Gentle Reader & Trish ~ It's never too late to pick up a book! :)

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  115. I've finished my list today but the challenge has inspired me to read a lot more nonfiction beyond my initial list.

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  116. Deirdre11:06 AM

    Arrgh! It's clear I can't follow directions, sorry.
    Thanks for opening up this challenge, maybe I'll be inspired to read a few of the books I optimistically bought at the beginning of the summer.
    For my entire reading list go here.

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  117. Pussreboots ~ That's great! :)

    Deirdre ~ No problem. It's all fixed. :) And welcome!

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