April 25, 2007

New Notions 5 Reading Challenge - Join Now!

New Notions 5.JPGA Little Background:
Not long ago, I was challenged to rethink some notions I had previously held near and dear to my heart. Wrestling with the issue and trying to make it fit within my worldview made me abandon some antiquated (for me) ideas and adopt new ones. It was that occurrence that led me to think up the New Notions 5 Reading Challenge.

The Challenge:

The challenge is to pick 5 books that you believe will challenge your thinking about any topic. For me, it was rethinking some religious issues that led to this idea. For you, it might be tackling a political viewpoint, a stance on a social issue, and notions about a color of skin, a creed, or an “ism”. You might challenge your notions about science, the world, or economics. You might want to read a book about something you already agree with that presents a whole new take on it. Anything that YOU believe is outside your normal viewpoint or that will make you rethink your preconceptions or assumptions is fair game.


The challenge will take place from May 1 till September 30, 2007. Five books in Five months seems doable to me, and if you need examples, you can see my list of books here.

Other Matters:

Please link through the comments section at the bottom of this post or use the Mr. Linky below to link to your post containing your list of books. You can sign up anytime even up till the end!

Feel free to write book reviews and link to them in the comments section below or click the “email me” link in the navbar above. I will periodically (at least monthly, likely weekly) put up a posting with links to the reviews.

There will be a few token prizes to be awarded randomly to those that meet the requirement of one book a month. Feel free to read books at your own pace. But remember that there will be a prize awarded to one person at random who finished a book that month and who lets me know by comment or email. At the end of the five months a grand prize will awarded at random.

Feel free to overlap with any other challenges. Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing 2007 and Joy’s Non-Fiction 5 are good places to look for ideas on books to read, and you can join their challenges and mine and it won’t matter to me if you overlap (although it might them, so be courteous).

Please link only to the post where your book list appears.

Posted by John on April 25, 2007 08:04 PM | Posted to New Notions 5
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Here is my list.

John's List

Posted by: John on April 25, 2007 02:20 PM

Thank you so much for letting me know about this challenge. Since I'm moving right now and all my books are packed up, I am going to pass but if you run this next year then count me in!!

Posted by: Heather on April 25, 2007 04:05 PM

I'll definitely be participating...but it will take a few days to compile a list. I'll be back to add my link then.

Posted by: Becky on April 25, 2007 04:31 PM

I'm definitely participating, but I'll be back with a list later.

Posted by: Sabrina on April 25, 2007 05:07 PM

I am linking to my list here since I put the wrong link in the Mr. Linky.

My Challenge List

Posted by: Sabrina on April 25, 2007 07:10 PM

This does sound interesting. Thanks for letting me know!

Posted by: Debi on April 25, 2007 07:37 PM

Sounds like a fun challenge. I might be all a little challenge-heavy, already, but I'll give it some thought. I like the premise. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Posted by: Nancy, aka Bookfool on April 25, 2007 09:14 PM

Very interesting idea. I will certainly give it some thought. I struggle with reading non-fiction unless it is written in a very fiction-like manner or memoir. I will spend some time thinking about what I could read and come back to see what others are reading.

Posted by: nicole on April 25, 2007 09:28 PM

This is not only non-fiction. In fact, I am reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy because I heard that his writing style was unique and I wanted to learn from that, even though it is in the genre I normally read and on a subject I usually enjoy.

There is no limit on what you can read if you think about it.

Posted by: John on April 26, 2007 09:19 AM

Okay, maybe I am just lazy and stubborn. ;) You see, I took a break from reading my usual stuff during Lent and am just now picking things back up. I am planning on reading The Kite-Runner, which I had picked up and put down many times at the bookstore, but have since been convinced to try. I'm also planning on reading Reading Lolita in Tehran, which I'm thinking might be a little different. I will keep looking and thinking about it. I told you I was stubborn.

Posted by: nicole on April 26, 2007 12:31 PM

Great challenge! I shouldn't have any issues finding five books to challenge my view points on something or other. Your list looks very interesting, I have to say.

Posted by: Traveller on April 26, 2007 01:56 PM

What a great challenge! I think I'll try it, but I'm afraid that if I really choose books that will challenge my ideas and beliefs, I'll just get mad and fruatrated with the authors and the books. I have some well entrenched beliefs.

Posted by: Sherry Early on April 26, 2007 03:25 PM

Wow! No fluff for a while, huh? I might give it a try. I have a big stack of books; I'll see if some fit your challenge.

Posted by: Nancy on April 26, 2007 04:22 PM

I'll think about this - thanks for contacting me.

Posted by: teabird / melanie on April 27, 2007 03:09 PM

Thanks for letting me know about this challenge! And since you say speed isn't a requirement, I do believe I'll take you up on this challenge (it's my first reading challenge, yeah!). I'll have to do some thinking about my five so I'll have to post back with my selections. Humm...

Posted by: J.S. Peyton on April 27, 2007 05:33 PM

I am in - just posted about it on my blog. I have a few ideas and I am definately going to overlap one or two books. I will get my choices posted by Sunday evening. Thanks for the invite.

Posted by: Juliann on April 28, 2007 04:07 PM

Great challenge idea this one, it'll be a good way to shake up my reading list :)

Posted by: naridu on April 30, 2007 09:31 PM

I think I will join in, although I have quite a few challenges on the go right now. But this one is very worthwhile.

I just have to think about what I'll read.

Posted by: Amy on May 5, 2007 07:49 AM

1) Milton Friedman Capitalism and and Freedom
b/c i dont think the two go together at all
2) Rosseu (sp) The Confessions
b/c i have spent so long rallingly aganist it
3) The Dialectic of Secularism: On Reason and Religion (Ratzinger, et al)
b/c i am a queer, secualr catholic
4) Imperial Grunts, Kaplan
5) The Art of War--Sun Tzu
b/c i am a pacifist

Posted by: anthony on May 5, 2007 10:08 PM

I've finished my June New Notions 5 pick: This I Believe! The link to my review can be found above. Onwards and upwards to July!

Posted by: J.S. Peyton on July 1, 2007 07:12 PM

Well, I'm finished with my July pick (see link above). You know I'm kind of surprised at how well I've been keeping up with this challenge. I knew I worked better when I had a deadline in other parts of my life, I just wasn't aware that it worked so well when it came to my reading as well. Perhaps I should set a finishing date for all of my books. : )

Posted by: J,S. Peyton on July 27, 2007 10:50 AM

Finished Against Depression. Link above. Challenge is going slow with the slew of review books I've got, but I'm determined!

Posted by: Breeni on July 31, 2007 10:35 PM

New review link added!

Posted by: Breeni Books on September 4, 2007 08:25 PM
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