Sunday, February 24, 2008

Non-Fiction Meme and a Prize

With all that I had going on this week (you know...that whole dying with the flu thing), I haven't had a chance to complete the Non-Fiction Meme created by Gautami. Isn't it funny how these work their way through the blogging world?? Anyway, I was tagged by both Iliana, from Bookgirl's Nightstand and Nancy, the Bookfool herself.

So here it is: Non-Fiction Meme

a). What issues/topic interests you most--non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?

I have to be honest here. Until very recently, Non-Fiction was probably one of my least favorite genres. For some reason, I had written off most non-fiction as boring. But enter the world of blogging and challenges, and somehow I ended up smack in the middle of the Non-Fiction Five Challenge hosted by Joy from Thoughts of Joy. And I found some really good books!!

Of course, the books in this genre that interest me the most are memoirs. I really do find it enjoyable to read about the lives of people in different places, times and cultures.

I also like books on politics. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it interests me.

And I love Cook books. Not really to read, per se. But I love to skim the recipes for new ways to torture my family.

b). Would you like to review books concerning those?

Sure. I'm always up for a good book, no matter what genre it is!

c). Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.

I'm not sure I know how to answer this. Would I like to be paid to read?? YEAH! But I have received a lot of books to review, and that is actually a great payment!! Or would I like to be paid to cook?? Well....sure. In the back of my mind, I've always wanted to be a chef in some fancy-smancy restaurant. I think it's the hat that appeals.

d). Would you recommend those to your friends and how?

When I review a book, especially if it's a good one, I'm always recommending them to others.

e). If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.

2 of the best books I read last year were memoirs. The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer and Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan. Both were excellent books!

f). Please don't forget to link back here or whoever tags you.

I already linked to them at the beginning of this post, in case you missed it!

If you haven't done this meme, consider yourself tagged. Yes, again a cop out, but I think this one has really made the rounds!!

Dear Annie from Words by Annie is hosting the What's in a Name Challenge. Annie is a remarkable 11-year-old. I'm telling you, this girl rocks!! She made my day a couple of weeks ago by telling me I had won the contest from her challenge for the month of January. This week I received my prize in the mail. Many apologies Annie for not posting my sincere thank you sooner. She sent me the neatest journal (which I LOVE), a beautiful angel bookmark, and Dove Dark Chocolate Raspberry Caramel chocolates (YUMMY!) Annie, I think you are my new best friend!! I love all of it!! So....THANK YOU!!

Finally, a quick shout-out to Bibliolartist for bestowing upon me the You Make My Day award. I really appreciate it, and just know you made MY day!!


Joy said...

Congratulations on that fabulous win!!! :)

Debi said...

Crap. You just reminded me that I never did that non-fiction meme either. I really did mean to, but...
If I had gotten around to it, I would have answered almost identically to you for question 1. I almost never read non-fiction until Joy's challenge last year...and then a few of those turned out to be some of my favorite reads of the year. I've been mentally putting together a list of books hoping she does it again this year. You know, because I don't have enough challenges going...HA.

Glad you're package arrived safely...I'll be sure and tell Annie to check your blog.

Debi said...

I'm so glad that you liked the prize! Thanks for all the nice things you said!


Stephanie said...

Joy - Thanks!! I'm sitting here typing and munching away at the wonderful chocolates right now!!

Debi - Seriously, those two memoirs I linked to were in my top 5 of books I read last year!! So much for boring non-fiction! And yes, I'm actually looking forward to another Non-Fiction Five challenge!! (hear that Joy??)

Annie - The prize was wonderful and extremely thoughtful. Thank you again! And to be honest, ever word I said was true. You are an amazing person!

Nymeth said...

You reminded me that I still have to do this meme..

Congratulations on the prize! The journal and the bookmark are just beautiful :)

Melody said...

I rarely read non-fictions, unless they're memoirs and parenting. And oh yeah, I forgot about Marley & Me! That's such a great book! Should've put it where the question asked for a link...*sigh*.

Congrats on the win! The prizes are all so cool! And I agree Annie is one amazing girl! :D

Joy said...

Yep, I hear ya, Stephanie! :) I'll be posting the Non-Fiction Five Challenge in the beginning of March so people can start thinking about their lists. It will be the same as last year: 5 books (not all memoirs)/May - September.

Anonymous said...

congrats! annie's amazing!

i love the bookmark and the journal...

Bookfool said...

I loved your answers! So sorry you've been down with the flu. Thanks for the reminder -- I need to add Guatami to my sidebar; I keep forgetting. And, very cool gift!

DesLily said...

congrats on the win!! Mmmmm dark chocolate!! (care to share???) heh.. hadda ask!

Kim L said...

Congrats on your prize! Looks like a very cute journal.

kookiejar said...

Glad you are feeling a little better. That notebook is awesome, lucky girl! :D

jenclair said...

Oh, lucky you! Especially the chocolate...mmmm.

Iliana said...

Thanks for playing Stephanie! And, congrats on winning the Annie's gift prize - very cute journal!

naida said...

very nice prize!
I dont know if you've been tagged with this meme, but i'm tagging ya

She Became a Butterfly said...

i found you via the tbr challenge!

a friend and i just started a book lovers message board. we'd love for you to join!


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