Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dewey's Books Reading Challenge

I think this is such a nice way to honour Dewey's love of books. Thank you Chris and Robin for hosting it. The challenge runs throughout 2009 and I'm going with Option 2, which is to read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. (Click on the button for more info).

Dewey had great taste in books and there are plenty of reviews on her blog of books that I'd like to read. I already have quite a few of them in my TBR piles, and I'll most likely choose from them for the challenge. There are some others too though that I don't yet own but that are on my wishlist, so I may end up reading some of those instead. But here are some of the ones that I already have waiting for me and that I really would like to read next year.

After Dark - Haruki Murakami
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
Helpless - Barbara Gowdy
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer

I've heard good things about all of them. So which one should I read first?


  1. She really did have great taste in books. I've read three from that list and loved all three! After Dark, The Graveyard Book and The Book of Lost Things.

  2. You picked a great list! I read The Book of Lost Things and The Invention of Hugo Cabret because of Dewey. I say Hugo Cabret first! It's a short but great read.

  3. I've been going through some of Dewey's reviews and we had quite a lot of books read in common. Of course I still found a lot more to add to my TBR pile :)

    I'm going to join this one too. Oh and I'd say start with Purple Hibiscus - beautiful.

    Have fun!

  4. I love your picks. I've read 3 of those (The Graveyard Book, The Book of Lost Things and Everything is Illuminated) and they are easily among my favourite books. I'm considering reading Purple Hibiscus and Hugo Cabret too.

  5. I'd say start with A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's fantastic!

  6. Hugo Cabret is fabulous and so is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Everyone's right -- Dewey had such great taste! For purely selfish reasons, I'd like you to read Helpless, first. But, that's just because I've never heard of it.

  7. Great list! We have a few books in common! As to the ones that I have read, I have read Helpless, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Graveyard Book and can't think of many bad things to say about any of them.

  8. We have a lot of overlap in our lists! The Gaiman fan in me wants you to read The Graveyard Book first, but I have to tell you...I'm in the middle of After Dark right now and it's really freakin good! So maybe that one.

  9. This is a nice way to honor Dewey and you've got a great list of books there. Good luck with the challenge!

  10. Michelle - I ended up starting After Dark, and I'm looking forward to reading the other two you mentioned as well.

    N. Vasillis - I really want to finally read The Invention of Hugo Cabret next year. It looks great!

    Iliana - I've been meaning to read Purple Hibiscus for quite a while. I actually had it on a couple of challenge lists for this year but never got around to it. I'll have to make sure to do so next year!

    Nymeth - Among your favourite books? That's high praise! I'm determined to read The Graveyard Book and The Book of Lost Things next year for sure. I think they'll also fit Carl's challenges nicely. :)

    Les - First vote for A Thousand Splendid Suns. I liked but didn't love The Kite Runner but I think I may like this one better, especially since you say it's fantastic! :P

    Nancy - LOL. I do hope to read Helpless sometime soonish since it'll count for the Canadian Reading Challenge too. :)

    Kailana - The Graveyard Book has been sitting in my immediate TBR pile since I got it so hopefully I'll get to it soon, although it would be a good one for the next R.I.P. Challenge. I've had the other 2 waiting for far too long.

    Chris - Well, you win! :P
    I ended up taking After Dark with me for our trip since it's quite slim. I'm only a little ways in but I'm enjoying it so far. So Murakami! :)

    Wendy - Thanks. They are all books I'd like to read sooner rather than later, but you know how that goes. :)


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