Archive for October, 2009


I’ve completed my first challenge!  Actually, I suppose I half completed it, as I haven’t written all of my reviews yet (still trying to re-learn how to balance work with life with blogging – that month off really spoiled me!).  But the books are all read, so I’m going to consider it complete for now.

I didn’t have much trouble reading all of the books for the Non-Fiction Five 2009 challenge, especially since I had already personally committed to reading one non-fiction book a month this year.  Some of the books I loved more than others (which you’ll see when I post all of the reviews), but I enjoyed all of them.  There was a pretty wide variety – three memoirs (two on food, one on politics), a self-help, and a book about the science of sex (how do you classify that?).  Here’s my list:

  1. My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme
  2. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  3. Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadah Moaveni
  4. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
  5. Your Time-Starved Marriage by Les and Leslie Parrott

My favorite of the five was definitely A Homemade Life – but then, how could I not love something written by Molly Wizenberg?  My least favorite was Your Time-Starved Marriage, but I still felt the read was worthwhile.  Thanks to Trish at Trish’s Reading Nook for hosting this great challenge.

Stay tuned for my full reviews on the rest of these books!


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