Reading Challenges

January 15, 2008

My Year of Reading Dangerously: A Challenge 2008

“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.

Heather and I particularly enjoy flexibility since we’re so bad with reading deadlines, so we’ve laid out a few ways that you can participate in this challenge.

1. Read along with the “official” Estella’s Revenge “Dangerous” novels. We’ve proposed twelve months of truly worthwhile and somewhat intimidating books. We’ve carefully polled the Estella’s Revenge writers for titles that stand out, and Heather and I chose to delve into some oft-poo-pooed genres to mix things up a bit. There’s nothing like branching out, right?

The Twelve “Official” Novels by month

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)

I think I will make my own list. I do own two of the books marked *.

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