"My Year of Reading Dangerously: A Challenge" will begin on January 1, 2008 and consist of some very simple rules. Namely, read authors or genres that intimidate you.(click on the button for more info)
1. Read along with the "official" Estella's Revenge "Dangerous" novels.
2. If you don't want to read our list, your other choice is simply to complete 12 books that you deem "dangerous" and intimidating.
3. A combination of numbers one and two.
I'm going with option number 3. I hope to read along with some of the "official" choices but will substitute in other books for some of the selections. As in all the challenges I join, I'm trying to read from my shelves as much as possible but I also enjoy the 'excuse' to search out some of the ones that I don't already have. You naughty girls forcing me to buy more books! ;)
OFFICIAL SELECTION --> My Choice
January: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (since Estella is our namesake) --> A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
I've already read Great Expectations and I've had Tale on my shelves for far too long.
February: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (African American) --> Beloved, by Toni Morrison
I already own Beloved so I'll read it and then if that goes well I may be encouraged to try more.
March: Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood (Atwood for Atwood's sake)
I don't have this one but since I'm not as averse to reading Atwood as I was a few years ago, it's a good chance to read another of her books.
April: Transformations, by Anne Sexton (Poetry) --> In keeping with the poetry theme, I'll read Ariel, by Sylvia Plath, and then maybe The Bell Jar as well, which I've never read.
May: Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote (Southern) --> I'm not sure yet whether I'll read this title by Capote or not. I read In Cold Blood last year and I already have the Capote biography by Gerald Clarke so I may read that instead, or maybe something else entirely.
June: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (Russian)
I've been meaning to read Lolita for several years now. It's time I finally did.
July: The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (adolescent) --> Daisy Miller, by Henry James. Henry and I don't always get along so I'd like to try reading something else by him. I also have A Portrait of a Lady on hand.
August: Maus I and II, by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel, Pulitzer winner)
Another I've been meaning to read for some time.
September: The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy (Independent)
Ever since Nancy raved about this and then interviewed Simon I've had it in mind to read so I think I'll just have to finally order myself a copy.
October: The Human Stain, by Philip Roth (Contemporary/Jewish)
I've never read anything by Roth, and I've been interested in reading this since seeing the movie a couple of years ago.
November: A Month of Classic Short Stories, Various - watch for a list
OK. I'm game for some short stories.
December: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (Dusty) --> The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Just because I feel I should.
Whew! That should keep me busy. Hopefully reading along with others, at least for some of them, will encourage me to read them on schedule. Wish me luck!