Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge

I didn’t join many challenges in 2008 (a sum total of one, in fact, other than my personal, ongoing challenge of reading all 100 books on the Image Journal list).


I’m thinking the Book Nut‘s Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge is a good choice for me for 2009, though, and it will not be my only challenge for the new year. I think I can do it.

The rules seem pretty simple and straightforward, and the challenge requires merely a minimum of three books (that meet certain criteria), between January 1 and March 31, 2009.

Like the rules, I’m leaving this a little open-ended; I’ll certainly read the first two listed below, but I’m not sure what else will make the cut. It will probably depend on what’s at hand (or at library).

  • The Crazed by Ha Jin (in my TBR stack)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (in my TBR stack)
  • 2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolano
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson?
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson?
  • Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2) by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
  • The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz
  • A Concise Chinese-English​ Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

I realize that some of these may be stretching the rules a tiny bit, but at this point I’m not worried about it — my list is long, and the challenge only requires three books.

I found this challenge at A Striped Armchair; her selections for the challenge are much more thematic than mine appear.

5 responses to “Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge

  1. FYI, our library does not have the book by Italo Calvino (although they have something else by him) or the books by by Naguib Mahfouz (once again, they have another one).

  2. Heather: Have you tried the alternate titles? Just curious.

    Oh, and thanks, BermudaOnion!

  3. Thanks for joining up! That’s a good list you’ve come up with there… I’m interested to see what makes the cut!

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