A Dangerous List

Andi and Heather from the wonderful Estella’s Revenge have come up with a challenge too good to pass up. I normally steer clear from challenges that go on for a year because I can be fickle and well I even have a hard time completing challenges that only last a few months but I liked the idea of this challenge a lot. The Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge encourages readers to explore those books they’ve always been intimidated by.

Even better, you can follow along with the list Andi & Heather have put together or you can make up your own. I’ve mixed in some of my choices with theirs. Here’s my list of books I hope to read in 2008.

January: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. On the official list
February: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. I haven’t read too many German authors and as my husband is German I thought it’d be kind of neat to read some of the books he read when he was in school.
March: Selected Stories by Alice Munro. Margaret Atwood is on the list but I have read several of her novels (love her writing) so I wanted to explore some more writing by a Canadian author and I selected Munro. This book is a hefty one and it’s short stories which I’ve mentioned before that I don’t typically read so not sure how well I’ll do with it but I’ll try.
April: Mujer Dando la Espalda by Jeannette Clariond. On one of my recent visits to see my family in Monterrey, one of my aunts gave me this book by this Mexican poet.
May: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The official list has another Capote novel but I chose this one because this is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read forever but somehow I always hesitate.
June: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Buglakov. I’ve read Lolita which is on the official list so I went for another Russian book and thought why not this one as Matt’s always raved about it.
July: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. On the official list.
August: Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman. On the official list.
September: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy. On the official list.
October: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It’s time I finally read this book and this is probably the perfect time of the year too.
November: Classic Short Stories. I wonder what Andi & Heather have in store for us!
December: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. On the official list.

Good luck to everyone participating in the challenge. I know I’ll need it!

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