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2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge Review Link-Up

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader
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Please link your reviews for the 2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge here. Looking for the "rules" or the sign up page? Click here or click on the button.

I'm signing up at the Seeker level, 11-15 books. I'll track my progress here.
  1. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  2. The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
  3. All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  4. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
  5. Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? by Alan Parks
  6. Rome, 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss
  7. Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
  8. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
  9. Ex Libris: Adventures of an Uncommon Reader by Anne Fadiman
  10. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
  11. Moon Coastal Maine by Hilary Nangle
Update as of January 1, 2016: I barely completed this challenge! I almost forgot about my guidebook. I read it all so I'm counting it. Thanks for joining me!

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24 comments:

  1. Book title is "Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love." Short review on Goodreads. Enjoyed it! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1171752100

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  2. Very short review for my 1st book but I really did enjoy it as a philosophy of science nerd.

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  3. # 9 which I never seem to have commented about and #10-#14. Oh. Which seems to mean I have reached my claimed initial goal of "Seeker–Read 11-15." Guess I'm on my way to Master after all.

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    2. #15-#20 Full-level Master completed as of 4 April. [Corrected to say April, not March.]

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  4. I have to say, I've been a Star Trek fan (in all its incarnations) for as long as I can remember. Up until now, I had not read any of the memoirs of the original crew, except for one of William Shatner's (which I also really enjoyed). I had had this book on my TBR shelf for quite awhile, must have picked it up at a used book sale somewhere. With Leonard Nimoy's recent death, I decided I needed to read it. I totally enjoyed it, didn't want to put it down. His writing style was so enjoyable, it just flowed. The book was mostly about the Star Trek times in his life, making the original series and afterward, the movies. He continually used "conversations" between himself and his alter ego, Spock, to drive the story onward, which I thought was humorous. Totally enjoyable read for a trekkie. I'm thinking about going back and reading his other book which was actually written before this one, "I am not Spock."

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  5. Today I finished reading Ann Rule's latest Crime Files installment, "Lying in Wait." I have read most of her books and usually enjoy them, but I feel that the last 2 or 3 have just not been as good as her earlier ones. This book was actually quite a bit shorter than most of her earlier Crime Files and didn't seem as detailed as some.

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  6. Just finished reading "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed. For me, the book was just okay. Didn't love the writing or Cheryl very much for that matter. I'm having trouble seeing how they got a movie out of this, seems to me it would be pretty boring, but I guess I'll just have to rent it and see what they did with this.

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  7. Today, I finished reading, "Comfort Me with Apples" by Ruth Reichl. I found her writing to be engaging and honest and I never wanted to put it down. Her food descriptions made me want to cook and eat! Excellent read.

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  8. My review of "Eleanor and Franklin" by Joseph P. Lash about the relationship between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. It takes you from Eleanor's childhood up through the death of Franklin and is based on Eleanor's papers and letters. I read this book a while back, but was eager to get something posted. Another soon to come.

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  9. I just realized I screwed up and put a couple of reviews on the sign up page. My deepest apologies for my lack of reading properly.

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    1. No problem. I think it's more complicated than it has to be. I can never decide whether it's better to lump everything together or break it out like this. I think I got all your links moved over. You're doing great!

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  10. As of now, finished reading AND reviewing 11 books, which gets me to complete the low end of the Seeker level. I have read others, which I need to review, so I should be able to complete it, and I will probably upgrade. Finding some nice ideas from other folks here too. Best, and keep on reading.

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  11. I hope I am not too late to join in. I started getting into non-fiction very recently and would like to read more of it this year! I added my first review, The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford, a book that really surprised me! And I will definitely have more reviews coming up. I am so glad I found this challenge!

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  12. Late last night, early this morning I finished "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel. If you are in any way interested in the space race of the 60s/70s, this book about the wives of the Mercury 7, Gemini 9 and Apollo 14 wives is a really interesting, informative and enjoyable read. The only problem I had was keeping all the ladies straight, there were so many of them, but that didn't take away from the enjoyment!

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  13. I've read a lot of great books about animals this year, and the first was Animal Teachings. My review is at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1073749402?book_show_action=false

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  14. I made a mistake adding my book in comment 166 but I don't know how to delete it. Sorry! :(

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  15. I made a mistake adding my book in comment 166 but I don't know how to delete it. Sorry! :(

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  16. Hi, just wondering if you have a section to upload challenge completion posts? Thanks.

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    1. I haven't done that in the past, so feel free to add a wrap-up post here. Thanks for participating and congratulations on completing the challenge!

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