I am the queen of failed challenges, so I know that I will not be signing up for very many this year. However, I watched with interest as first Chris and Debi, and then Amy and Hannah posted on their blogs that they planned on swapping reading lists with each other for 2011. The idea stayed with me and I wondered what another reader with similar interest would recommend for me to read.
Jen (Devourer of Books) loves historical fiction as much as I do, and we often feel similarly enough about books that I thought she might have some recommendations for me that are not what I might have chosen for myself, but still books that I would be interested in exploring. We exchanged a few ideas about where we planned to focus our reading for 2011, but then decided that we would just trust each other to pick books with any guidelines.
She chose 5 books for me to read, and they all look like books that I will enjoy – but might not have necessarily discovered on my own:
- The Courts of Love, by Jean Plaidy
- A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris
- The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norman Juster
- Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, by Jack Weatherford
- The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst
These are the five books that I chose for Jen:
- Kindred, by Octavia Butler
- Words by Heart, by Ouida Sebestyn
- Light In August, by William Faulkner
- Sweetness In the Belly, by Camilla Gibb
- Swan Song, by Robert McCammon
As a part of the challenge, I also had to choose five books for me to read over the course of the year. I took my time and spent several days looking over my shelves to figure it out. I came up with:
- The Limits of Vision, by Robert Irwin
- I Loved, I Lost I Made Spaghetti, by Guilia Melucci
- Kinky Gazpacho, by Lori L. Tharps
- The Sweet Hell Inside, by Edward Ball
- The Gentleman’s Daughter, by Amanda Vickery
And just for good measure we will be reading one together:
What are some of the books you plan on reading next year?