Apr 2, 2008

Why not?

I decided to adhere to the "The more the merrier" school of thought when it comes to reading challenges. Let me post about this before I change my mind.

Joy's second Non-Fiction Five challenge fits my goal of reading more non-fiction. The challenge runs from May to September, and you have to read 5 non-fiction books, at least one of which should be about a different topic than the others. I decided to make mine about 5 different topics. Here's what I picked:
  • Going Solo by Roald Dahl (Memoir)
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (True Crime)
  • Medieval Death: Ritual and Representation by Paul Binski (History)
  • Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (Nature/Travelogue)
  • The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (Literature/Essays)

Becky is hosting the Initials Challenge, which runs from April to November. The goal is to read 5-8 books by authors who published under their initials. I was tempted to join this one, but the final straw was realizing that I have six books on my list of 25 Books for 2008 (I'm doing badly - only one down so far) that I could use for this challenge. They are:
  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montegomery
  • Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Virgin in the Garden by A. S. Byatt
  • The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
Not too long ago, I was inspired by Dewey to check the nationality of the authors I've read so far this year, and I was surprised to find out that the crushing majority is American, with a handful of British ones thrown in the mix. So I'm joining the the Orbis Terrarum Challenge and reading nine books by authors of nine different nationalities between April 1st and December 20th. The only rule I made myself follow was the good old "only books I already own or can find at the library" rule. Also, I am cheating a little bit by using books from other challenges, so that it doesn't get too overwhelming. But only a little bit. Here's where my world tour will stop:
  • Nigeria: The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Japan: Strangers by Taichi Yamada
  • India: The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai
  • Iran: Persepolis 1 and 2 by Marjane Satrapi
  • Italy: The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino
  • Russia: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Ireland: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • Canada: Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
  • Mexico: Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo

In further BAFAB Week news, Valentina is also having a giveaway. She's giving away 3 books, plus some World Book Day books. Click here for details.

Verbatim is buying a lucky person whichever paperback they want from Amazon. Details here.

At carp(e) libris reviews, you can win a copy of Chronicle of San Gabriel by Julio Ramon Ribeyro.

And ravenous reader is giving away a copy of Jackfish, The Vanishing Village by Sarah Felix Burns here.

Is it me or this is the best BAFAB Week yet?


  1. When I saw your comment over at my blog that you joined 3 new challenges, I literally let out a cheer! No one was around so I didn't have to explain myself :)

    Now you've gone and got me itching to join the Orbis Terrarum challenge, too. I've thought about it, but am somewhat intimidated. I'm really, really bad about just reading American and English authors, and I really do need to change that.

  2. Thanks for mentioning my contest! And what a beautiful site you have. All my favorite shades of purple. :) I'll be spending some time here, for sure.

  3. I am thinking about joining the non-fiction challenge as I don't have any non-fiction at all on my list for this year which is rubbish! I can't do any more than that I don't think, I am completely maxed out already!

  4. Debi: I know what you mean about being intimidated. But most of the time branching out is really rewarding! Plus these are all books I meant to read anyway. And lol about the cheer :D

    Diana: Aww, thank you. I'm glad you like it! :)

    Rhinoa: These make a total of 13 that I have going on at the moment. But I'm almost done with the Margaret A. Edwards and the Themed challenges..I should finish both this month. And the Chunkster doesn't quite count as all the books are also for other challenges. Still, it's a bit crazy, I know :P You should totally join the non-fiction five!

  5. Sure...why not? lol...I've been so so so tempted by all of those as well, but I haven't joined...yet! We'll see how much longer I last. I've just been having such a bad reading year, I'd hate to commit to more. Love your lists!

  6. Have fun with the challenges! I'm planning to join the non-fiction one too but just haven't chosen my books. I like how you also went with five different subjects. I may have to try that otherwise I may just end up reading all memoirs.
    And, I really hope you'll like Pedro Paramo. I think it's a fantastic story.

  7. Woo-hoo! I also subscribe to the more the merrier re: challenges. :)

  8. Welcome!! Glad you are going to travel along on this one! yay. I love your book choices...can't wait to see what you have to say when you've finished them!

    Oh, if you want...when you have made a post on anything Orbis Terrarum, I will have a monthly Mr. linky so that everyone can take a look at what you have to say! I can't wait!!

  9. Welcome to the Non-Fiction Five Challenge, Nymeth!!! I'm so glad you are joining us and with a varied list of choices. :) I hope they are all great reads.

  10. Man...and I thought *I* was nuts!! You have some fantastic choices, that's for sure. I really want to know how the Nick Hornby book is. I already joined the Non-fiction 5 challenge...and i'm still debating the other two as well!!

  11. Chris: The good thing about challenges is that it's okay not to finish them, but sometimes it's a good idea not to pressure yourself. I'd love to see you join, but I'm sure you'll decide whatever feels right for you.

    Iliana: I look forward to seeing what you pick for the Non-Fiction 5. And I can't wait to get to Pedro Paramo! It's been on my "someday" list for so long.

    Eva: I can definitely tell that you do :P

    Bethany: Thank you for welcoming me :) I'll be sure to come back and post my reviews on the Mr. Linky.

    Joy: Thanks! I hope so too. You always have such great ideas for challenges!

    Stephanie: The Nick Hornby book is one of the ones I'm looking forward to the most. I've heard nothing but good things about it. You should join...the more the merrier, right? :P I'm a terrible influence, I know.

  12. Three more challenges? Slow down! :)

  13. I plan to join the NF Challenge too. I just haven't finished making my list yet. And of course I couldn't resist the Orbis Terrarum one! You've got some great books ahead of you. I look forward to reading your reviews, as always.
    BTW, I forgot to thank you for mentioning my giveaway in your previous post.

  14. I've decided that when it comes to challenges, it's the more the scarier. I just can't keep track. You seem very organized, though, so I'm sure you can handle it and still manage to have fun!

  15. Dark Orpheus: lol, I should. But I promised myself I'd not hesitate to drop a few if it stopped being fun and started feeling like a chore.

    Tanabata: No problem :) I look forward to seeing what you pick for the NF5. You always read such interesting books.

    Dewey: I have been able to so far, yes. Let's hope I still can as the year goes by and time starts running short!

  16. Ah, you're just tempting me to join these now! Your book lists are looking good. Can't wait to hear about them (i.e. be tempted to read these books over other books). :]

  17. orchidus, sorry for adding to the temptation :P I do hope you end up joining!

  18. More challenges!! And it's the more the merrier, hehe... I can't wait to read your reviews about them, Nymeth. :)


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