50 Nonfiction Titles in 5 Years

This is a list of 50 nonfiction books I'd like to complete by June 1, 2017.  Titles in blue are books on my TBR shelves.

Completed 33/50

  1. The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper  12/6/12
  2. White Mischief by James Fox
  3. The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
  4. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
  1. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang  10/28/13
  2. The River's Tale: A Year in the Mekong by Edward Gargan
  3. Sword and Blossom by Peter Pagnamenta and Momoka Williams  4/17/13
  4. Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi  2/12/14
  5. The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester 5/8/15

Biographies and Memoirs
  1. My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley  6/7/13
  2. The Girls from Winnetka by Marcia Chellis  1/19/15
  3. The Duchess by Amanda Foreman  11/14/13
  4. Marie Antoinette:  The Journey by Antonia Fraser  2/13/14
  5. Wait for Me! by Deborah Mitford
  6. Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosely
  7. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell  1/5/13
  8. Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  6/21/12
  10. All the Dogs of My Life by Elizabeth von Arnim  11/8/13
British History
  1. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon 5/27/12
  2. Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson 7/19/14
  3. Round about a Pound a Week by Maud Pember Reeves
  4. If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley 6/15/12
  1. As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto edited by Joan Reardon 9/6/12
  2. The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher
  3. From Hardtack to Home Fries by Frances Haber 12/28/16
  4. Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Fitch Riley 9/15/16
  5. 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman 10/14/16
  1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  2. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky 11/15/16
  3. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard.  5/29/14
  1. Jane Austen and Crime by Susannah Fullerton 4/8/15
  2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott  7/11/12
  3. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell 6/15/14
  4. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin  2/19/13
  5. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope 10/9/16
  1. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens
  2. Letters from Hawaii by Mark Twain
  3. In Morocco by Edith Wharton
Victorian England
  1. The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme  7/4/2012
  2. To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace
  3. Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard  2/12/15
  4. A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death that Changed the English Monarchy by Helen Rappaport
  5. Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose
  1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand  2/23/2013
  2. Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson 2/24/14
  3. Nella Last's War by Nella Last  5/27/2013
  4. Operation Mincemeat  by Ben Macintyre  11/18/2012
  5. Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson
  6. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal 11/20/13


  1. This is an excellent idea to set up a goal for non-fiction. I have so many good intentions to read non-fiction (and so many books on my shelf) but somehow the fiction always seems to be what I grab first. You have many interesting titles here. Good luck with your challenge, Karen!

  2. I've been focused on reading more classics lately, but I love the idea of setting a goal to read more non-fiction. (For me at least, it often gets put on the back-burner, or the never ending TBR shelf) Very diverse list, and interesting titles!