Lotus Reads found a great reading challenge that might finally get some of those books on my sidebar out of the way, making room for some new ones. This sounds like a really good idea to me, so I’m in.
Here’s the premise, from the woman with the great idea, Michelle at overdue books:
“If you are anything like me your stack of purchased to-be-read books is teetering over. So for this challenge we would be reading 5 books that we have already purchased, have been meaning to get to, have been sitting on the nightstand and haven’t read before. No going out and buying new books. No getting sidetracked by the lure of the holiday bookstore displays.
The bonus would be that we would finally get to some of those titles (you know you picked them for a reason!) and we wouldn’t be spending any extra money over the holidays.
The time frame would be Nov. 1st until Jan. 30 and there will be some small, fun prizes awarded to random participants and/or those with clever review posts. There will be one random drawing for a prize to those who submit their list of books in the comment section by Nov. 15th but feel free to join any time. There will be another random drawing for those who submit five reviews by Jan. 30 for a small gift certificate to Amazon.”
I have many books sitting on my bedside table, waiting semi-patiently for me to get to them. A couple of them I received for Christmas last year, or maybe my birthday. A couple I have purchased since then. I have a new one that I got last week that’s tempting me, but since that’s not the idea here, it will have to be pushed to the rear, and WAIT its turn. Hopefully, this will make some room for the books on my holiday wish list. 😉
Here’s my list:
- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathanial Hawthorne. I’ve barely started this book. Mostly I’ve found out that Nathaniel Hawthorne was from Salem, MA, and since I had a lot of family from there in the early part of our nation’s history, I kind of wonder if we might be distant cousins. I’ll have to find out, so I can add him to the list.
- The Jump Off Creek, by Molly Gloss. I picked this book up in Oregon this summer, on our vacation to Portland, and thus to Powells books. If you’re ever in Portland, you should really check out Powells. It’s pretty great. The Jump Off Creek is a story of a woman homesteading alone in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. I intended to read this while in Oregon, but I got distracted and put it aside. Good chance now to pick it up again.
- Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks I had been thinking of reading another book by the same author, March, which is the story of Mr. March from Little Women, and his experiences in the Civil War. The book store I was at on the day I was looking for March didn’t have it in paperback, however, so I found this book. Year of Wonders is the story of a small village in England, which is infected with the plague in the year 1666. It sounds like an intriguing story…I’ll let you know.
- My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. Wow…this book promises to pack an emotional punch. A family has a child, who suffers from leukemia, and they are unable to find a matching bone-marrow donor for her. So they have another child, hoping this child will be able to help save her sister. The book comes in when Anna, the donor child, is 13 years old, and is starting to really question her role in life, and to wonder if she might have any say over her destiny.
- Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell. From Amazon:”Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell’s attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones’ Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption.”This book is the work of Julie Powell, who chronicled her culinary adventures on her blog, and looks to be a great read. I received this as a Christmas gift last year, and it’s been calling out to me ever since, but I’m easily distracted. So I’m looking forward to getting to it via this challenge.