Sunday, September 30, 2007

Non-Fiction Five Challenge Completed

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.

Books read:
(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.


  1. Congrats on finishing the challenge. I tend to read only fiction as well, but one of the things I discovered about doing this challenge, is that a well-written non-fiction book can sometimes read like a novel. I love those unexpected finds.

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge, Tanabata! As you know, I tend to gravitate towards fiction more often than not too, and so this challenge gave me an excuse to read some of the nonfiction books I'd been meaning to.

  3. I'm the same way! I'll always choose fiction over nonfiction, but when I do read nonfiction, I enjoy it so much and wonder why I don't do it more often.

  4. Yay! You finished just in the nick of time. I'm like you; the pull of a good story is always far more tempting than nonfiction, but then I'm usually quite pleased when I do read NF. It was great of Joy to host the challenge. I had a few winners, too.

  5. Congratulations on finishing the NFF! Hitching Rides with Buddha sounds really fun. I'll have to add that one to my wish list.

  6. Kookie,
    Very true how good NF reads like fiction. I really should try to fit it in more often.

    Literary Feline,
    It was the perfect excuse especially since I still do buy NF from time to time but never seem to read it!

    NF and Classics. I always put them off but usually end up enjoying them when I read them. Silly that I don't read them more often.

    Yup, just in the nick of time! I hope Joy hosts it again next year so I can get some more of the NF on my shelves read! It seems to be a common theme that we tend not to choose NF but do enjoy it when we finally get around to it.

    You read another living in Japan type memoir earlier this year, didn't you? I've forgotten the name. HRwB is a fun read. I believe it's called 'Hokkaido Highway Blues' in the US.


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