2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #1

 

Welcome to the Monthly Spotlight for the

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge!

Each month I highlight some of the reviews shared for the challenge in the linky

Don’t forget to link each book you read as you read during the year!

I encourage you to support all participants who have shared what they are reading for the challenge. Give them a like, leave them a comment, share their posts on Facebook, twitter, or instagram #ReadNonFicChal

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IN JANUARY…


[THE ARTS]

As a fan, Tracey at Carpe Librum says “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera Companion [by Martin Knowlden]  is a book I’ll never part with and I’m so glad I now have my own ready reference to all of the lyrics….Highly recommended!”

 


[CRIME AND PUNISHMENT]

Carol of Carol’s Notebook listened to Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free by Sarah Weinman narrated by Gabra Zackman, and found it to be a, “well-researched book. [but] would have liked a bit more discussion about how his experiences fit in with the larger issues regarding prison reform, race, and politics of the era.”

 


[HISTORY]

Amy at A Novel Start recommends The Sixteenth Century in 100 Women by Amy Licence “Absolutely, without reservation.” she writes, “The diversity in this book is amazing. The care and research Licence put into the book is clear.

 


[MEMOIR]

“This isn’t just my opinion; this is the consensus of my book group — everyone should read this book.”, writes Joy of Joy’s Book Blog about Disablity Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong.

 

[SCIENCE]

Though she cites some flaws, Janette of Wicked Witch’s Blog says, “ I did enjoy [The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklof translated by Elizabeth DeNomo ] and certainly learned a lot from it. It is obviously an important issue and I especially liked the final part which is his Darkness Manifesto, a series of simple actions that anyone can do.”

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What will you be reading in February?

Need some inspiration? Check out these posts

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #TheArts #Publishedin2023

 

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

ARTS


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PUBLISHED IN 2023

 

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Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Sport #Relationships

 

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

SPORT



 

RELATIONSHIPS

Parents, friends, lovers, colleagues, neighbours, siblings


 

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Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

 

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Food #SocialMedia

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’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

FOOD

Any subject related to food or the food industry, this can include recipe books.


 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 




 

Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

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2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023


Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

 

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Health #Travel


I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

HEALTH

Any subject related to physical or mental health or wellbeing.



TRAVEL

This can include travelogues or guides


 

 

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2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

 

Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #CrimePunishment #Science

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Related to crime or law, past or present


 



SCIENCE

Science explores or explains scientific concepts and topics with regards to the natural or physical world

   


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2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

 

 

Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

xxx

 

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #History #Memoir/Biography

 

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.

The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category (or can opt to just read whatever you want)

This years categories are: 

History
Memoir/Biography
Crime & Punishment
Science
Health
Travel
Food
Social Media
Sport
Relationships
The Arts
Published in 2023

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join in the fun.

For the next few weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections. Use your best judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not, this is supposed to be a challenge, not a chore, and you only really need suit yourself.

Please feel free to comment with your own recommendations or suggestions . You can find more inspiration via other participating bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists.


Click the covers to learn more at Goodreads

HISTORY

Historical nonfiction consists of true accounts of historical eras, events and objects, supported by evidence.




 


MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY

Memoirs, autobiographies and biographies all focus on retelling a life story however there are distinctions between them. I don’t mind which you choose.


 
   

 

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2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HISTORY #MEMOIR

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SCIENCE #CRIME&PUNISHMENT

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #FOOD #SOCIALMEDIA

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SPORT #RELATIONSHIPS

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #THEARTS #PUBLISHEDIN2023

 

Just a reminder, it is helpful when you post your review if you indicate which category it fulfils for when I put together the Monthly Spotlight.

And don’t forget to share your latest read/review in the Linky

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Wrap Up

 

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Wrap Up


Thank you for joining me for the 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge!

A total of 41 people signed up to the challenge, but I like to think that by taking part and sharing your reads you will have motivated others to read nonfiction.

During the year there were 149 reviews shared via the Linky, though I know there were more books read and reviews written than that as not everyone makes use of it. Thank you to those who took the time to like, comment or share the posts added to the Linky. Connection is how we build a community.

Congratulations to all of you who attempted the challenge, my hope is that even if you didn’t achieve your goal you gained something valuable from the effort, whether that be new knowledge, perspective, or empathy.

And if you completed your challenge goal, well done on your accomplishment!

Special congratulations to those who listed the challenge as complete in the Challenge Completed Linky

 

 

Jen @ The Introverted Reader

Barbara @ Stray Thoughts

Stranger Than Fiction

Tracey @ Carpe Librum

Laura @ Reading Books Again

Denise @ Denise Newton Writes

and me @ Book’d Out

 

I hope you will join the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge.
You can select to read from the categories provided, or work through your own nonfiction reading list. All the details, including links to sign up and share your reviews, can be found HERE, or you can use the menu link at top right

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting details about each category, along with titles for each that might inspire your own selections, so make sure you follow Book’d Out by subscribing via email, or the WordPress Reader or your preferred feed reader … links to my social media are in the sidebar, or visit my Linktree

 

Review: Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags by Jim Haynes

 

Title: Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags

Author: Jim Haynes

Published: 1st November 2022, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read November 2022 courtesy Allen & Unwin

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An incredible collection of true crime characters from Australia’s master storyteller.

The bold, the bad, and the slightly mad…

Criminality, some say, is part of Australia’s national identity, and in Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags Jim Haynes profiles fifteen larger-than-life Aussie rogues – some of our greatest ne’er-do-wells from colonial times to the modern era. These stories uncover the truth and expose the myths about characters ranging from the most despicable examples of humanity, to those whose courage has to be admired and whose so-called ‘crimes’ were unjustly punished.

This fascinating collection features felons who have sprung from Australia’s underbelly since 1788, such as the infamous Kate Leigh of the razor gangs; the convict Mary Bryant, who in 1791 escaped from the Sydney penal settlement and somehow made it back to England; James Hardy Vaux, who was sent to Australia no less than three times; Henry James O’Farrell, the madman who attempted to murder Prince Alfred in Sydney in 1868; and John Leak, who was repeatedly charged with insolence, disobedience and being absent without leave in World War I – and awarded the Victoria Cross.

Told with Jim’s inimitable combination of history and humour, Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags is packed with murders, mystery and miscreants: true stories of true criminals from Australia’s past.

 

My Thoughts:

In Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags author Jim Haynes counters the romanticised vision of some of our nation’s historical criminal figures.

Drawing on trusted sources including contemporaneous newspaper articles and court transcripts Haynes relates the crimes of fifteen real life people of the 19th and early 20th century. Divided into three parts, broadly by the severity of their misdeeds, Haynes includes convict escapee Mary Bryant, cattle rustler Harry Readford, swindler James Hardy Vaux, gangster Kate Leigh, and killer Eugenie Fallini. Haynes attempts to seperate the legend from truth, provides some social and cultural context and compelling detail.

There are a few illustrations, mainly portraits, and reprints of notices etc. that enhance the text.

A fascinating read, especially for those interested in Australian history and true crime.

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Review: The Nocturnal Brain by Dr. Guy Leschziner

 

Title: The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep

Author: Dr. Guy Leschziner

Published: 23rd July 2019, St Martin’s Press

Status: Read November 2022

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My Thoughts:

“You can survive longer without food than without sleep. The fact that sleep is fundamental to life is unarguable, but in modern society, at least until recently, we have taken for granted that sleep simply happens, and is a necessary evil to allow us to live our waking lives.”

I’ve been plagued by insomnia since I was a teenager, and nothing has ever really resolved the issue, though I’ve tried everything from hypnotherapy to sleeping tablets. It’s something I’ve always just managed, but I am finding as I get older that its having increasingly negative effects. So I was curious as to what I might learn about disordered sleep in The Nocturnal Brain, from neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Guy Leschziner.

In each chapter of The Nocturnal Brain, Leschziner introduces a patient with a particular sleep issue. He provides a case history, presented with commentary from the patient, and explains the diagnosis, causes and subsequent treatment. From snoring to sleep-walking, narcolepsy to night terrors, the disorders examined range from the common to the bizarre, and I found them all quite fascinating.

Leschziner has made a good attempt at making the science accessible for a lay person though at times it can become a little dense. What is clear is that for many people sleep is a complicated process. It can be affected by a combination of biological and psychological factors, and as such sleep medicine often requires a multidisciplinary approach.

I found The Nocturnal Brain to be an interesting and engaging read, and Leschziner has convinced me to look into arranging a consultation with a sleep specialist.

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