Okay, I knew all along that I would be joining the Non-Fiction Five again. There's a new hostess this year, our sweet friend Trish. The lovely Joy, founder of Non-Fiction Five and many other wonderful, popular challenges, stepped down as hostess to enjoy a much-deserved break. Anyway, I love, love, love this challenge! My biggest problem has been coming up with a list. I really wanted to weed it down to the required 5 books...but I'm just hopeless. I need options. I did eventually manage to weed it down so that I had just one book per category (though I suspect these labeling attempts are far from perfect).
My tentative list:
*Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer (science)
*The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (history)
*Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (graphic memoir)
*The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarte Troost (travel)
*Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul by Edward Humes (current events)
*Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (diary)
*The Hot Zone by Richard Preston (medicine)
*Zodiac by Robert Graysmith (true crime)
*College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling through High School by David P. Byers, Ph.D. and Chandra Byers (how-to)
*Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (economics/sociology)
*Walden by Henry David Thoreau (environmental essay)
Herding Cats II. Now this challenge just sort of did a sneak attack. I didn't even have it on my radar. But yesterday when I saw that Renay was hosting this again, well, I knew I was a freakin' goner. Why? Well, for one thing Renay is so awesomely cool. (In fact, truth be told, she's so cool that she sort of scares me.) For another thing, I always regretted not joining last year...and if I didn't join this year, well, I'd likely regret that, too, wouldn't I?
This challenge is a bit unique...here's how Renay explained it:
Here are the rules Herding Cats II (April 1st, 2009 - December 31st, 2009):
1. Make a list of five books you love. Directions:
* Five. I'm as serious as a beached whale.
* All titles must be books you've read in 2007, 2008 or 2009.
* Please don't list a series; just the first book. If you really want to list a book in the middle of a series, you can, but it has to be that specific book.
* Feel free to share why you're putting the book on your list, because I am nosy.
2. Post your list:
* in your own journal, in the comments here, whatever is fine. Share the list here.
* Lists should be public (no locked entries, no logging in to view).
3. Browse the new book list. Stay a while. Read a few.
4. If you review your books, you can share the reviews. You know, if you want. No pressure. Definitely not.
So, five books I loved. Harder than I thought. Not that's it's hard to come up with five books I love, but well, I don't know...it was just hard. But here's what I came up with:
*The Stand by Stephen King (Though I've read it several times in the past, I did read it again last year, so I hope that counts. And yes, I do realize I'm not surprising anyone who knows me with this particular choice.)
*We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
*And the Band Played On: People, Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
*Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
*The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Ha. And if I thought that was hard...well, how am I going to feel about choosing books to read from the list everyone puts together. Will probably lead to mental breakdown of the "But I want to read them all RIGHT NOW" sort.
The Sisterhood Award. (Oh crap. I forgot to snag the button.) Anyway, two incredibly lovely ladies, Trish and Melody, passed along this award to me. And while I've adopted the policy of not passing along awards, I did want to say how much this means to me. I always wanted to have a real sister, in fact, I used to daydream about it from time to time. And when I did, my "sister" had all those wonderful traits that these two special ladies share...warmth, generosity of spirit, supportiveness, a truly kind heart. Thank you! I love you both!
And finally a wee bit of babble. Max and I read another book for dear Becky's Young Readers Challenge.
Cat, What Is That? by Tony Johnston, with paintings by Wendell Minor.
Me: So, what did you think of this one, Maxidoodle?
Max: *gives two thumbs up sign*
Me: Two thumbs up, huh?
Max: Nope. Ten thumbs up. Except some of them aren't thumbs. And ten toes up. And belly button up, too.
Me: Okay, so we've determined that this book is a winner, huh? What did you like about it?
Max: All the cats. (Said with that "Duh, Mom" exasperation that I've grown so accustomed to.)
Me: You mean all the pictures?
(Beautiful examples of what he's talking about.)
Me: And what about the words?
Max: They rhymed.
Me: They sure did. Did you like them?
Max: Well, I didn't really understand them, but I liked them anyway.
And there you have it...one 6-year-old's opinion.