Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Fall In Love With History Challenge

For reasons that will confound me until the day I die, people hate history.  I just don't get it.  History is full of swashbuckling pirates, badass princesses, brilliant military strategists, genuine heroes who outdo any Marvel creation, ancient empires with scientific understanding better than many Americans, presidential legacies marred by bathtubs, civil rights pioneers, no fewer than two defenestrations in's the best.  You can pick up any history book and I guarantee you'll find something really fascinating in there.

But apparently decades of boring high school instruction has made a majority of people hate this fine subject, the one so dear to my heart, and I'd like to change that.  Or at least put in a good effort, anyway.

Introducing the 2014 Fall In Love With History Challenge!

From the first day of autumn (September 23) through the last day (December 21) -- in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway -- commit to reading at least three non-fiction history books, or about one per month.  So many people think back to boring history classes in school and completely avoid the subject, so if that's you, now is the time to change that!

The guidelines are:

1. Only non-fiction books count.
2. Books should be at the adult level.
3. Historical biography can count.
4. View it as fun, not torture.  :)

How Prizes Work

There will even be prizes!  Yes, that's how determined I am to make historians out of the bookworm community.

If you want to be eligible for prizes, you need to leave a comment here each time you finish a history book.  Each comment should say, even in just one sentence if that's what you want, why someone who doesn't like history should give the book a try.  (In the end, we'll have a great list of recommendations to share!)

Everyone who comments on at least three books between September 23 - December 21 will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including new-release books, magazine subscriptions, and gift cards.  Winners will be selected by a numerical randomization program, and the number of winners will depend on the number of entries.

What to Read...

Do you need some ideas for topics?  Why not try reading about...

- Russian royalty
- World explorers
- Suffrage movements
- Ancient Egypt
- Civil rights movements
- The British Empire
- Famous women
- Africa pre-slave trade
- Colonial America
- The Mayan Empire
- Jerusalem
- The Catholic Church
- Joan of Arc
- The Opium Wars
- Roma in the Holocaust
- The Irish in Australia
- Exploration of Antarctica
- Early years of cinema
- The Olympic Games

And on and on.  Everyone can find something they love!


  1. Aaah, I love this idea! I have so much on my urgent-to-read list right now, but I'm going to try. Challenge accepted!

    (We have matching Goodreads goals, by the way. Except you're actually caught up, whereas I'm a book behind! Haha)

  2. Excellent! :) If you're on, there's a challenge page up there as well.

    Goodreads goes the same way for me each year -- I'm constantly either two ahead or four behind. I'll never figure out how I pull that off! But there's usually a mad scramble at the end. :)

  3. Finally a way to connect with fellow history lovers.
    Just finished reading Indian Summer by Alex Von Tunzelmann.
    The book is full of anecdotes about few British and Indian leaders.So even if you are not a history fan,you are gonna enjoy reading about the funny quirks of some famous personalities