Wednesday, October 5, 2011

books, books, books

hi guys!

I'm about to embark on a reading journey of epic proportions and I need your help!

James' cousin alerted me to this 10-10-10 challenge: read 10 different books, by 10 different authors, in 10 different categories/genres, for a total of 100 books in a year. His cousin started on October 10 (heh, get it? 10/10/10:) and gave herself until Oct 10 of this year to finish them all. Being the crazy reader that she is, she finished early (and wrote about it here and here), thus inspiring me to give it a try. The somewhat artificial nature of the challenge is, I think, a good way to read a bunch of books that are outside of my general comfort zone, and I'm psyched about it.

So starting in 5 days, I will attempt the harrowing journey through 100 different authors in 365 days. (Yikes! When I write it out like that, it sounds hard!:)

Here's where I need your help. 100 is a lot of books, and even though I have quite the book queue built up on my own, I anticipate needing a lot of recommendations. Especially because many of the categories I came up with are categories that I don't generally read when I'm just picking books out for the fun of it. So I'm counting on you, dear readers, as well as all of my various resources, to help me find 100 quality books:)

The categories I chose for myself are, in no particular order:
-classics I haven't read yet
-young adult
-sci fi/fantasy
-short stories
-graphic novel
-African authors
-en otros idiomas (either Spanish or French)
-my choice

Know of any great classics? Any great nonfiction or biographies? Short story collections? Easy books I can read in Spanish or French? (Harry Potter is about the limit of my abilities there). Graphic novels that won't offend me with gratuitous violence? Please let me know, either in the comments here or via email. I can't promise I'll read all your recommendations, of course, but with 10 books for each category and very little time to read them, chances are good I'll take you up on it:)

Bring it on!:)

1 comment:

Ariel said...

Ideas: Short stories - Anthony Doerr. He's wonderful. Our very contentious and rarely unanimous bookclub all enjoyed him. Either of his collections were interesting: The Shell Collector or Memory Wall.

Nonfiction: The book out recently about Henrietta Lacks was great (by Rebecca Skloot, I believe - this may also fall into biography); Musicophelia was also great (Oliver Sacks); as was Status Anxiety (Alain de Botton).

There's also a book by Kim Barnes (I think it's called "A Country Called Home" - that may be the other one, though), which is a biography about growing up in a fundementalist/pentecostal family in rural central Idaho - that was great.

Biography: Ivan Doig's book about his family and his father set in Montana, This House of Sky (I think that's the name).

I enjoyed The World Without Us (nonfiction)...