Ok, there must be a 12 step program out there for these challenges - I love them and can't seem to get enough . . . kind of like books - even though I am not finished with what I have, I want more! But I did complete another challenge . . . The Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge hosted by Melissa of The Betty and Boo Chronicles!
Over the past few years, I have discovered that I really enjoy a well-written memoir so I was excited to see this challenge come up this year! Check out the review page - there are a lot of great memoirs linked there - I know I will be going back to check them out! Here is what I read for the challenge (with links to reviews):
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster - I love her snarky humor and spent part of my vacation by a pool laughing out loud while reading this one!
I'll Know It When I See It by Alice Carey - this memoir tells the story of a first generation NY daughter of Irish parents who ultimately moves back to Ireland as an adult to purchase and restore a home.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman - I love to travel so any memoir about travel is a real draw for me. I love the humor in this one as Gilman recounts her travels through China after college with a friend on the verge of a mental breakdown. I will definitely read this author's other books!
Somewhere Inside by Laura and Lisa Ling - this recently published memoir tells the story of Laura Ling's capture and imprisonment in North Korea and her sister, Lisa Ling's, tireless work to get her released.
New Challenge Sign-Ups
So I know my reading of memoirs will not stop at the 4 listed above for the Memorable Memoirs Challenge so I have also decided to join The Non-Fiction Five Challenge which asks you to read 5 works of non-fiction between May 1 2010 and Sept 30 2010; the other twist is that one work needs to be different from the other 4 (for example, 4 memoirs and one self-help) - I like how that stipulation promotes a little diversity in my non-fiction reading!
I have also decided to join Jill at Fizzy Thoughts's World Party Challenge. This challenge runs from April 2010-April 2011 - twelve months in which each month will feature a country and you read a book from that country. Jill also has them cleverly themed around little known holidays in that month that relate to the chosen country. I am a little late in getting on board so I will have to go back to France which was April's selection but I did read a book from/set in a communist country in May. Hopefully I will stay on track from here . . . .