Archive of Non-fiction

04Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #6 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Have you ever met someone that you instantly clicked with?  You don’t have to be exactly the same, but you seem to just ride the same wavelength?  I love that feeling and I hang on to those people.  I love authors like that too, and it is even easier to hang on to them because I can buy their books and read them over and over and feel that connection.  Whether the connection is to the charac

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06Jan2018
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Book #2: The 21 Day Sugar Detox

I just went through a mental argument, telling myself that a cookbook shouldn’t count toward my 100 book goal, but then reminding myself that I read cookbooks cover to cover, so therefore it counts.  Then I told myself that it’s lame to blog about it, but I told that Negative Nellie voice to get over myself and just write something down, you stinker.  I’m very nice to my inner critic, as y

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03Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction
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Book #1: Teaching from Rest

I admit, I’m going for the easy win on the first book of my 100 book challenge.  This book is less than 100 pages long and started out as an e-book that eventually had enough demand to print.  Baby steps, right? I’m a homeschooling mom, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see some of the books I read show up in that category, but I did find lots of parallels to motherhood and life in gene

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20Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Goodreads, Non-fiction

Five Star Non-Fiction, 2017 Edition

This post contains affiliate links. Some of you will ignore this post because you don’t read non-fiction.  That is perfectly acceptable.  If you don’t read non-fiction but are curious as to what you might like if you were to read non-fiction, this is a good place to start. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth I always thought of myself as a gritty person,

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19Dec2017
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Fiction, Goodreads, Non-fiction

How I rate books

I’ve read 59 books this year so far and there were hardly any stinkers.  It’s not that I had good luck, it’s that I’ve gotten good at only guessing which books won’t be a waste of time.  I’ve spent so many hours of my life on books that weren’t worth the investment and I’m just too picky now to follow that same model. When I pulled up my 2017 list on Goodreads and sorted it my

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09Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Did anyone read this article, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" by Amy Chua, back when it was circulating around in the social networks six months ago? Please tell me you were just as astonished by it as I was. When my book group recommended we read Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I was all for it. I knew there had to be more to the story than just that article, which is an

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05Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Remember that whole debacle a while ago about Pluto no longer being a planet?  It was such a kerfuffle!  People took sides and got really passionate about it.  I vaguely remember my mother-in-law wearing a pin that said something along the lines of "It is SO a planet, jerks."  Hopefully she'll correct me on that if I've got it wrong. The man who killed Pluto's planetary status is Mike B

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18Nov2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Parenting at its worst

There's nothing quite like reading a book with some truly horrific family situations to make you feel like a stellar parent.  I don't often read books like this to build up my motherhood self-esteem, since mostly it just makes me sad, but when books are recommended highly enough by people I trust, I do it anyway. Jeannette Walls' book, The Glass Castle, is a memoir of her highly unconventional

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08Oct2011
Author
Caren
Category
Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow

Every so often I read a book that hits me so hard I know that I will never see the world the same way again.  All good literature changes me to some degree, but then there are those special books whose imprint is so strong that I know I will still be thinking about it years from now.  Susan Campbell Bartoletti's award-winning Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow is one of those.  It wa

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17Sep2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Cooking, Non-fiction
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What’s Eating Your Child?

I'm a bit obsessed with food, but not in a bad way.  It's more like the whole process of making, growing, preparing, and eating food is utterly fascinating to me.  I think it's because I discovered food later in life.  Yes, I have eaten food my entire life, but I was a terribly picky eater as a child, then became a young adult who found the whole process of preparing food to be tedious and "dom

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