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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Up for a Challenge

I've been writing my little book blog for awhile now, but it's only lately that I've discovered other people's book blogs. I happened upon Amanda's fun site, A Patchwork of Books, and I'm addicted to following all her links. The sites I've found are amazing - I love reading everyone's opinions and recommendations. One thing I've noticed is that lots of other book bloggers participate in book "challenges." I think this is an awesome idea. Amanda mentioned the "Unread Authors Challenge" and I thought, "This is my chance!" So, I'm going for it. I had been thinking about creating my own personal challenge to read the books on my bookshelf before buying any new ones - this way, I can kill two birds with one stone. Without further ado (sorry for all the ado, I'm a little wordy today), here's my list:

1. The March by E.L. Doctorow
2. The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
3. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
4. Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman
5. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
6. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Alternates/Extra Credit:

1. 1776 by David McCullough
2. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
3. Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian
4. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning Or, Orphans by Lemony Snicket
6. Middlemarch by George Eliot

Wish me luck!


  1. Welcome to the challenge, Susan! Is this your first blogging/reading challenge? If so, DOUBLE welcome!

    I love your list - Doctorow and Doig are both also sorely neglected by me, and "Reading Lolita in Tehran" has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a shameful length of time. I will be interested to hear your recommendations!

    -Sycorax Pine/Pour of Tor

  2. So glad you're joining in on the challenge. I--like Amanda--am quite addicted to challenges :)

  3. I highly recommend the Lemony Snicket books...I love them!!! Glad you're in for the challenge!

  4. This was my first challenge, as well. It looks to be a lot of fun. I don't recognize any of your unread authors, though. This is my favorite part of it, getting introduced to so many new writers.

    I've read A Series of Unfortunate Events and liked them. Make sure when you get to later books you have the sequels on hand. Some of Snicket's cliffhangers are hardcore!

  5. Thanks, everybody. I'm really excited about this one. Can't wait to get started!

  6. it appears that we've taken on three of the same challenges! you've got some good choices here, i think, several that i've thought about reading but nothing that i've yet read. i'll be looking forward to your reviews.

  7. Hi Alison - I'm excited for these challenges. They're going to be fun. I'll be checking your reviews out, too!


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