Friday, May 26, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge

I had to think it over for a few days to decide if I wanted to publicly challenge myself to read certain books over the next 3 months. But Amanda's Summer Reading Challenge seems the thing to do this summer.
Coming up with the list of books took another couple of days but I've finally settled on which ones to rescue from TBR purgatory. I've set my goal at 10 books, as I hope to throw in a few fun, light reads in between as well, cause it *is* summer after all!

The list:

1. Deafening - Frances Itani --Finished
2. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
3. I, Elizabeth - Rosalind Miles
4. Peace Like a River - Leif Enger --Finished
5. I am a Cat - Natsume Soseki
6. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe --Finished
7. Flu - Gina Kolata --Finished
8. Geisha of Gion - Mineko Iwasaki --Finished
9. The Way the Crow Flies - Ann-Marie MacDonald
10. Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre --Finished
Bonus - something by Joyce Carol Oates --Finished "I am No One You Know" and "
Black Water"

Last updated Aug 28, 2006


  1. Great list! I wasn't ambitious enough to make a specific list of books for myself.

    I'm especially interested to hear what you think of I, Elizabeth. I've wanted to read it for a while. :)

  2. I had to make a list so I'd finally get around to reading some of these!

    Actually you introduced me to Miles way back when, with The Women's History of the World. :)

  3. Thank you for reading I am a Cat :) I saw that book three years ago and didn't pick it up and then couldn't recall the title or author until I recognized it on your blog :)***CV

  4. I have several of the same titles on my own TBR pile (though for summer I am reading classic crime/detective novels). I look forward to seeing what you think of Deafening! I also have heard lots about the Philippa Gregory book!

  5. I absolutely LOVED Achebe's Things Fall Apart!

    I had a hard time reading it b/c of the various characters, so I listened to it on tape.

    Is that cheating? :-)

  6. chittavrtti, you're welcome! :)

    Danielle, I've just started Deafening, literally a couple of pages, but have high hopes for it although I've heard some not great comments about it.

    library lady, nah, that's not cheating! :P I read Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible last year and have heard it's interesting to compare to Things Fall Apart.


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