Thanks, Joy, for hosting this again! Last year after the challenge, I won The Only Road North from Joy, and I just finished it last month. Thanks for that, too; it was an excellent book!
I usually have to be forced to read non-fiction these days, so this challenge will be good for me. I’ll pick 5 from the following, making sure I have at least one that’s not a memoir:
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel memoir)
- Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel memoir)
- Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel memoir)
- The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary (graphic novel true crime)
- Darkness Visible by William Styron (memoir)
- X Stands for Unknown by Isaac Asimov
- Reading Lolita in Tehran
- With Borges by Alberto Manuel
- Darkness Visible by William Styron
- The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Both Melody from Melody’s Reading Corner and Bellezza from Dolce Bellezza tagged me for this meme.
a) What issues/topic interests you most–non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
Christianity, history, computer programming, and science.
b) Would you like to review books concerning those?
Not really, though I did review a few last year. I much prefer fiction.
c) Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
I’m not a good enough reviewer to be paid, but no, I wouldn’t be interested at this time of my life anyway. I have too many other commitments.
d) Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
Yes, with caution. Only if I know someone is interested in those topics.
e) If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
My best non-fiction titles from last year were the following:
1. Wild Swans ****1/2 by Jung Chang (2007 #1 Best Non-Fiction)
2. The Bookseller of Kabul **** by Seierstad (2007 #2 Best Non-Fiction)
f) Please don’t forget to link to whoever tags you.
I linked to the two people who tagged me above.
If you haven’t done this meme yet and want to, consider yourself tagged!
I don’t plan on reading any more non-fiction titles this year either, so here’s how I would rank the measly 7! titles I read. Wild Swans also made my Best of 2007 list, and it was easily the best of the bunch. I don’t know if I should increase my non-fiction reading percentage next year or not. If I do, it will probably still be no more than 10% (as opposed to 6-7%) of my reading.
1. Wild Swans ****1/2 by Jung Chang (Best of 2007) (2007 Best Non-Fiction)
2. The Bookseller of Kabul **** by Seierstad (2007 Best Non-Fiction)
3. A Severe Mercy **** by Sheldon Vanauken
4. The Travels of Marco Polo **** by Marco Polo
5. Eat, Pray, Love ***1/2 by Elizabeth Gilbert
6. Blue Like Jazz ***1/2 by Donald Miller
6. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books ***1/2 by Zane