Thursday, November 1, 2007

My Year of Reading Dangerously

See all the fun things blog hopping brings? More challenges. Like I said in an earlier post, I think I already have my 2008 reads lined up!! Why not add a few more??

The lovely ladies from Estella's Revenge came up with this really cool challenge. They are hosting "My Year of Reading Dangerously". The idea is to read authors of genres that are intimidating! They even have their own "official Dangerous" reading list. You can join in with the official list, or make up one of your own. The challenge starts on January 1, 2008 and runs throughout the year.

Here is the Official list:

January: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (since Estella is our namesake)
February: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (African American)
March: Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood (Atwood for Atwood's sake)
April: Transformations, by Anne Sexton (Poetry)
May: Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote (Southern)
June: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (Russian)
July: The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (adolescent)
August: Maus I and II, by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel, Pulitzer winner)
September: The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy (Independent)
October: The Human Stain, by Philip Roth (Contemporary/Jewish)November: A Month of Classic Short Stories, Various - watch for a list
December: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (Dusty)


Since I've already read Great Expectations...twice....I will probably be reading another Dickens in January....to go along with the theme. Otherwise, I think I will just stick with their list. There will be discussions about the monthly books....as well as great prizes!! Andi and Heather have even set up a blogsite for this challenge!!

Yes....it's crazy, but I'm adding this challenge to my list!

4 comments:

Nymeth said...

That's a very nice list! I love Other Voices, Other Rooms and I've been meaning to read stuff like Cat's Eye and Transformation for years. And Maus, which I will be reading next year for the Themed Reading challenge.

jenclair said...

An interesting list with lots of variety. There are a couple that I've intended to read and will hopefully get around to soon!

Andi said...

Woohoo! We live to enable!

Trish said...

Oh dear!! I am taking it EASY next year. I have 6 more books to finish this year and I am determined to get it done...even if it stresses the hell out of me. :) Some GREAT picks, though!