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!

7 comments:

  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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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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