September 29, 2007

Nonfiction Five Challenge - Finished!

I finished Joy's Nonfiction Five Challenge earlier this month and am quite pleased with the results. While I didn't read all 14 that were on my original list, I did read the specified five. Here are the results:

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas (4/5)

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (4.5/5)

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (3.5/5)

Loud and Clear by Anna Quindlen (4/5)

Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West (2/5)

I thoroughly enjoyed A Three Dog Life, I Feel Bad About My Neck, and Loud and Clear. These are all keepers and will most likely wind up on my Top Ten List for 2007. I liked A Walk in the Woods and am glad I read it, but it wasn't nearly as good as I anticipated. Consuming Passions was my only disappointment, although with all the tempting recipes I plan to test, it may turn out to be one I can recommend.

Thanks, Joy, for hosting this fun challenge. I was able to knock a couple of older titles off my TBR stack, as well as pick up some newer books I'd been eyeing.


  1. I'm glad it was a success! :)

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I keep meaning to read something by Anna Quindlen but have yet to do so.

  3. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Lesley! This was a fun challenge. I definitely want to read Three Dog Life one of these days.

  4. Joy - It was! I hope you host another next year!!

    Nat - Thanks. It was a fun (read: easy!) challenge. You really can't go wrong with any of Quindlen's books, although her first novel (title escapes me right now) wasn't anything great. Blessings, Black & Blue, and One True Thing are all wonderful. Her essays are excellent.

    Literary Feline - Thank you! It was fun, wasn't it. Oh, Three Dog Life is sooooo good. I've got it as a staff recommendation at work this month. I love the cover as much as the content.

  5. Congrats on completing the challenge Les! I read more than the required 5 books for the non-fiction challenge but unfortunately, I didn't stick to my original list, so I guess that means I didn't quite complete it!

    I want to read your review of the Nora Ephron book, I've heard good things about it.

  6. Lotus - Thanks! It was a fun challenge and one I plan to participate in again (if Joy hosts it!).

    I've been recommending the Ephron book to a lot of customers and so far most are enthusiastic after hearing my praise. Hope you enjoy it!


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