Monday, May 14, 2007

Non-Fiction Five Challenge


Well, I'm late, as usual.

I'm finally joining in on the Non-Fiction Five Challenge, hosted by Joy at Thoughts of Joy. Check out the link to see what it's all about. It goes from May to September, so I'll try to read my first book really quickly, before the end of this month!

I've been reading about this challenge for awhile now, and thinking it was a great idea. But I've never actually joined in on a challenge, so I hesitated.

Then I looked at my TBR list and saw so many non-fiction books on it that I realized I would be reading five before September, anyway.

And then I would be annoyed with myself if I hadn't done the challenge, but had read the books anyway. Because I like to have that kind of satisfaction, darn it. I want to say I finished a challenge!

So here's my list for the Non-Fiction Five:

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56, by Rafe Esquith

How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman, M.D.

My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, by Jane Smiley

I'm excited to start! I'll put the list on my sidebar, soon...

17 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I'm so glad you are joining in! I haven't read any of your choices, but I'll be curious to read what you think of them as you go.

Tara said...

Hello! I like your list. I've read the Julia Child and really enjoyed being immersed in her world; I have read Dr Groopman before and enjoyed him; and Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral arrived on my doorstep today. I can't wait to get to it!

Gentle Reader said...

literary feline--thanks for the words of welcome. I'm anxious to start my first challenge :) I'll keep you posted about the books!

tara--sounds like we're on the same page (excuse the pun)! I'm really looking forward to the Barbara Kingsolver, too--I've heard really good things. Have you read The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan? I haven't finished it, but I imagine it's an interesting companion to the Kingsolver book...

Jen said...

good morning! how about the kingsolver book for book club? her last few have been a little spotty but loved her before that.

iliana said...

Good luck on your first challenge! It sounds like it'll be fun. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Barbara Kingsolver's book.

Stephanie said...

Me too! I'm in this challenge also. I'm not much of a non-fiction reader. Never have been. So this is one challenge totally out of my comfort zone. I'm still waiting on my book to come from the library. Thought I would start out easy...with a memoir!!

By the way, I "tagged" you with a meme on my blog. It's a "Something About You" one. Hope you don't mind!

Gentle Reader said...

jen--it's non-fiction, do you think the gals will want to go that way? I think it sounds really interesting...let's talk!

Iliana--thanks! I'm looking forward to being nudged along in my non-fiction reading! I'll let you know about the Kingsolver...

Stephanie--I'm glad we're being challenged together :) It's not my comfort zone, either--I figured for my first challenge, I might as well actually be challenged...

And no worries, I don't mind being tagged at all!

J.S. Peyton said...

I've heard good things about the Groopman book. I plan on getting around to that one some time this summer myself. I hope you like it!

On a side note - Tag! You're it! I'm tagging you for the "8 Things Meme". This seems like a good way for everyone to get to know each other better. The details are at my blog. Of course, no obligation if you don't feel like it!

Gentle Reader said...

JS--he he he--I was already tagged by stephanie, and I would have tagged YOU but I saw that you were tagged already. We've got an incestuous little world here, don't we? But thanks! You can read my "8 things" post anyway--I look forward to reading yours :)

Tara said...

I loved The Omnivore's Dilemma! What an amazing book, both in writing and content. It will be interesting to see how the 2 books compare and compliment one another.

Gentle Reader said...

tara--I agree, I'm going to have to finish the Michael Pollan. We'll have to check back in with each other and compare thoughts about both books!

Lotus Reads said...

The Barbara Kingsolver book has been generating a lot of discussion over the airwaves...I'd be very keen to hear your thoughts on it and whether you would be prompted to eat like her family did. I am definitely more conscious of the way I shop for fruits and vegetables now than ever before!

Gentle Reader said...

lotus--I'm interested to see if my eating/shopping habits change, too. They changed a little after getting half way through Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, a book with a similar theme that made me eliminate high-fructose corn syrup from my diet as much as possible.

I also shop at our local farmer's market for the most locally grown produce I can, but that's only here once a week. It's hard for me because I have three kids, so shopping and eating the way I really would like to is prohibitively expensive, and takes up way more time than I have. As it is, I do the rounds between Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the regular market, just to try to get healthier fruits, vegetables, meats and snacks for the kids...it's a pain in the neck!

Whoa, that's probably more than you wanted to know, but I got on a roll, there...sorry!

Joy said...

I didn't see a comment from me, so I'm assuming I didn't welcome you yet. ???

Sooo...I formally welcome you to the Non-Fiction Five Challenge. I only read one of your choices and heard of a couple others. I look forward to reading what you think about them. Happy Reading! :)

Gentle Reader said...

Joy--thanks for welcoming me! Yes, I joined in VERY late, so I'm glad you found me! I'm looking forward to all my non-fiction reads, and I even have a couple of back-ups in case I have to put something down--The Mistress's Daughter, by A.M. Homes and Spook, by Mary Roach.

Lesley said...

I joined late to this one too, and am scrambling to finish my May selection. Good luck! By the way, I've put the Kingsolver book as a possible bonus/alternate for the Southern challenge. I'll be watching for your post on that one!

Gentle Reader said...

lesley--I'm scrambling to finish my May selection, too! Yikes!