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Saturday, November 24, 2012

2013 Nerdy Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Bookmark to Blog and runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.  The rules are as follows:


Geek: 4-6 books in at least 2-3 different categories
Dork: 7-10 books in at least 4-5 different categories
Dweeb: 11- 14 books in at least 6-7 different categories
Nerd: 15+ books in at least 8+ different categories


* Health, Medicine, Fitness, Wellness
* History- US, World, European, etc
* Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy
* Technology, Engineering, Computers, etc
* Business, Finance, Management
* Sports, Adventure
* Food- Cookbooks, Cooks, Vegan Vegetarianism, etc
* Autobiography, Biography, Memoir
* Art, Photography, Architecture
* Music, Film, TV
* Self Improvement, Self Help, How To
* Home, Garden
* Science-Nature, Weather, Biology, Geology
* Anthropology, Archaeology
* Animals-Insects, Mammals, Dinosaurs, etc
* Family, Relationships, Parenting, Dating, Love
* Crime, Law
* Poetry, Theatre
* Politics, Government, Current Affairs
* Literary Criticism/Theory
* Cultural Studies
* Travel
* Crafts

*  It is not necessary to pick your categories ahead of time, but try not to read more than two books in each category so you can broaden your horizons.

I'll be participating at the Dweeb level (11-14 books) with my target being to read one nonfiction book per month.  I'm challenging myself to read specific books that have been languishing on my TBR pile for longer than I'd care to think about.  Those books are:

Packing for Mars: The Curious History of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through History's Best Bits
Maphead by Ken Jennings
Eating for Autism by Elizabeth Strickland
Autism's False Prophets by Paul A. Offit
Millionaire Teacher: Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam

I'm adding another level to my personal approach to the challenge- I have a ton of articles from my ABA classes waiting to be read, it's kind of sad.  I'm challenging myself to read at least two articles per month from my backlist of articles.

This should be fun!  I've been saying for a long time that I want to read more nonfiction for a long time and this challenge is the perfect way to go about it.  
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