I finished my 5th and last book for the challenge yesterday. With only a day to spare it was just in time! Whew! I ended up reading 4 from my original list and one of my alternates. And I feel like a got in a pretty good variety: memoir, religion, travel, language, biography.
(clicking on the title will take you to my review)
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Buddhism: Plain & Simple - Steve Hagen
Hitching Rides with Buddha - Will Ferguson
The Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson
Princess Masako - Ben Hills
The best book(s) I read for the challenge?
The Diary of a Young Girl and Hitching Rides with Buddha. I'm so glad I finally read Anne's Diary and I really enjoyed Will's sense of humour and could relate to many of his experiences in Japan.
A book I could've done without?
Buddhism: Plain & Simple. Instead of teaching me about Buddhism it just annoyed the heck out of me!
Any new authors in the bunch? Will I read them again?
All 5 were new-to-me. I've already read the short book of Anne's other writings, so I don't believe there is anything else of hers available. I'll certainly be reading more by Will Ferguson, and I have a couple more books by Bill Bryson so I'll read him again too at some point. Ben Hills wrote another book about Japan that I may try someday.
Best thing about the challenge?
I tend not to pick up Non-Fiction very often, the lure of a good fiction story is too strong. But I do enjoy reading NF when I do finally get around to it and it's a topic I'm interested in. So a big thank you to Joy for hosting this challenge as it was a great incentive for me to finally read some of the books I've had here for awhile and to break out of my usual diet of fiction.