Monday, May 5, 2008

The Southern Reading Challenge

***Oh man...I can't believe I blew it again this year. In fact, I did even worse than last year. Yikes!***

Dates: May 15th through August 15th

Host: Maggie

For details: Click here.

The challenge (put simply): Read 3 books both set in the South and written by Southern authors.

My list:

*A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

*Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (O.k., o.k., I know he's not from the South, but Maggie said I could use this book last year because the book gives such a good feel for Savannah, so I'm hoping she won't mind if I use it this year. I had it as a bonus read last year, but never got to it.)

*A Painted House by John Grisham (I didn't really want to read another John Grisham book for this year's challenge, but since I already owned it and since it sounds a bit different from others of his I've read, I decided it would have to do.)

Alternates:

*The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

*Sonny's House of Spies by George Ella Lyon

2 comments:

Maggie said...

Hey Debi, good choices! Yes, Garden is good and you will find A Painted House is very different from his normal writing. I'm extremely happy you are going for the Dunces! One of my favorite books of all time! :) Is there a library near you? I would suggest some back-up books b/c I know all 3 books are love 'em or hate 'em types. My big fav this year is Mudbound by Hillary Jordan and I haven't heard any negative.

Debi said...

Maggie,
Yep, we're at the library every week :)
And I almost put Mudbound on my list after reading your post...it does sound fantastic!