August 10, 2006
My Favorite Non-Fiction Books
When I entered the blogosphere last October with Stop All the Clocks, I had no idea what I was doing and had to ask for lots of help from my very smart and computer-savy hubby (who, by the way, is not only my own personal geek squad and editor, but the Editor for a very helpful computer magazine with a great monthly column found on the back page - end of plug).
Now, almost a year later, I have not one, not two, but three blogs (and am considering a new one for my other passion - cooking)! Along with the creative challenge of posting on a regular basis, I've come across some wonderful blogs (mostly having to do with books or gardening) and as a result, I've "met" some incredibly articulate, passionate, and well-read bloggers who have not only added to my ever-growing To Be Read list, but have given me many ideas for future blog topics.
In addition to learning the blog lingo (sounds like a Tom Lehrer song) such as "tag," "meme," "buttons," and how to change my template using HTML (argh!), I've recently come across a new version of a meme. One of my favorite bloggers participates in an activity called Thursday Thirteen in which bloggers post thirteen things about anything they desire, thus allowing their readers to get to know them a bit better. When I first heard about this, I thought it was a little silly and didn't really give it much consideration. But as the day wore on, I kept thinking about it in terms of books and have decided to give it a try. (How can I resist the opportunity to make a list?) I may not post a list every Thursday, but you never know. Until recently, I never thought I'd have three blogs!
So... here's today's lucky 13 (I like the sound of that so much better than Thursday Thirteen):
13 of My Favorite Non-Fiction Books (in no particular order!)
1. Rocket Boys (aka October Sky) by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
2. Birdbaths and Paper Cranes: A Family Tale by Sharon Randall
3. Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage by Madeleine L'Engle
4. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
5. High Tide in Tucson: Essays From Now or Never by Barbara Kingsolver
6. Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas
7. The Sewing Room: Uncommon Reflections on Life, Love, and Work by Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
8. Hollyhocks, Lambs and Other Passions: A Memoir of Thornill Farm by Dee Hardie
9. Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement by Dominique Browning
10. Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neal Peart
11. All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
12. Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
13. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
There you have it. Wonder what this list says about me.