Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hi, My Name Is Susan and I'm a Challenge-aholic...

Yes, I am obsessed. I love challenges. The funny thing is, I always hated being told what to read in high school and college. But, now, I am having a blast reading the books on my list and (best of all) crossing them off when I'm done. So, here we go with another reading challenge. This one is called In Their Shoes, and it runs from January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008. All you have to do is read memoirs, biographies and/or autobiographies. Nice and easy, huh? So, here's my list:

1. The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
2. The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton - Dean Jensen
3. A Woman in Berlin: 3 Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary - Anonymous
4. Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women - Cornelia Meigs (also reading for Newbery Challenge)
5. The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
6. Beatrix Potter: A Life In Nature - Lida Lear
7. Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind - Marianne Walker
8. The Liars Club: A Memoir - Mary Karr
9. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School At a Time - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
10. The Education of Little Tree - Forest Carter
11. Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood - Alexandra Fuller
12. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee - Charles J. Shields
13. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana - Haven Kimmel

Alternates/Bonuses:

1. Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder - Donald Zochert
2. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson
3. A Mind in Prison: The Memoir of a Son and Soldier of the 3rd Reich - Bruno Manz
4. The History of Joseph Smith By His Mother Lucy Mack Smith - R. Virnon Ingleton

6 comments:

  1. I've taken on too many challenges as well...failed to finish one on time, so seeing a challenge that is truly up my alley is heartbreaking. I adore biographies and memoirs. Sigh. Should I join or not? Would it be sensible? Probably not. Do I care? Hmmph.

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  2. Obviously, you should go for it! It goes for a year, and you can choose how many books you want to read, so it should be a piece of cake, right? Seriously, I'm excited for this challenge.

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  3. Your list looks great. I'm considering having the Hiding place as an alternate if I have space. (Though my own list as it is is pretty long.) And I have read the Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh book and absolutely loved it. :)

    I'll be looking forward to your reviews.

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  4. The Hiding Place is a life-changing book, i think. when i read it several years ago, i was amazed i hadn't read it sooner!

    of those on your list, i've also read The Glass Castle. i think you'll enjoy it.

    there are so many great possibilities for this challenge! i just posted my "long list" - and i'm already seeing others i'd like to read!

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  5. I'm delighted that you have chosen my book, Eden's Outcasts, as an alternate title on your challenge list. If you have any questions or comments about the book, I would be happy to respond. Cheers!

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  6. Hi John - I'm so glad you stopped by. I don't have a copy of your book yet, so if you have a spare, I would love to have it :) Once I read it, I'm sure I will have questions - an interview would be great. I'll get back to you.

    I love Louisa May Alcott, and I've always thought Bronson sounded interesting, so I'm excited to read your book. It just may take me awhile to get to it.

    Thanks again for stopping by!

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