Day 20 – Love a good book

I read a lot.  Always have – my Mom used to refuse to buy  me thin paperbacks when I was a teenager, because I’d read them too fast.  It’s always been my favourite hobby.  Only problem is, I’m a fiction junkie.  I don’t know what the mental difference is, but I struggle to work up the same enthusiasm for non-fiction.  There are exceptions – historical fiction, autobiography, anything with a personal story.  But hardcore non-fiction… takes some commitment.

And this bothers me, because there are so many great non-fiction books out there I would like to read.  Just today, a friend posted suggestions for two great books  – this one in particular I hadn’t heard of:  Thanks Catherine!

Catherine’s post gave me the idea for today’s post – I’m going to resolve to read one non-fiction book per month for the next year.  There was a time that I would have pledged to do one a week, but let’s be realistic, I have a toddler.  And a job.  And a husband.  Nuff said.  So now I need to come up the list of top twelve books that will be on the list for this year.  And they don’t have to be pure green reads.  One of my favourite non-fiction reads of all time is “Good to Great”, by Jim Collins (

Please send along any suggestions for the top twelve non-fiction reads that should make my list for the next year.  I’ll post the completed list on a future blog.  In the meantime, here are some of my favourite green non-fiction books:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Ecoholic by Adria Vasil
  • The 100 Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J. B. McKinnon
  • GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto, Edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt
  • The Complete Pregnancy by Deirdre Dolan



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