2015 Non-fiction Reading Challenge
I wanted to read more non-fiction this year, but realised it wasn’t something I instinctively picked up in my leisure time. I committed to reading 5 non-fiction titles – challenge completed!
1. What is The Business of Literature? by Richard Nash
2. Lion Attack! by Oliver Mol
3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
4. Longitude by Dava Sobel
5. A Short History of Stupid by Bernard Keane & Helen Razer
They were all very different propositions, but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the concise and compelling writing of Richard Nash.
Back to the Classics Challenge 2015
Classics were another area I wanted to do better in, so my challenge target was a title from 6 of the 12 classic categories – challenge completed!
A Classic by a Woman Author – Under the Net by Iris Murdoch (1954)
A Classic in Translation – Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo (1965)
A Classic Novella – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
A Humorous or Satirical Classic – Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (1930)
A Classic Children’s Book – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Of these I was most impressed by Stevenson’s writing in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and charmed by The Little Prince.