List Swap Challenge – 2011

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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:

These are the five books that I chose for Jen:

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:

And just for good measure we will be reading one together:

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Dracula In Love, by Karen Essex – Book Review

What are some of the books you plan on reading next year?

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  1. Oh, The Phantom Tollbooth! I hope you love it — it was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I always wished Norton Juster had written a dozen more like it.

      1. Well I am signing up for a ridiculous amount of challenges this coming year but I am going to keep it in the back of my brain as a definite possibility!

  2. I hope you really like Phantom Tollbooth – it is one of my favorites from childhood and my 21 year old son counts it as one of the best books written.

    Lots of good reading there – I am just trying to get through December let alone think about next year.

  3. What a great challenge idea! I hope you enjoy your books. I’ve only read The Phantom Tollbooth, which I only just read for the first time earlier this year. It’s a lot of fun, plus guick!

  4. Nicole, found your blog through a link on another blog. Thanks for turning me on to Goodreads website. Didn’t know it existed. I love to read but don’t have much time to blog about it. I am active duty Navy and have two small kids so finding time to read is challenging enough. But I enjoy reading through book blogs and finding ideas for reads that might not have occurred to me otherwise. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks! I am glad to help you find it. It’s great for when you just want to pop up a few thoughts, and I love that I can keep track of the dates I started and finished something. It’s interesting how the length of time varies from book to book.