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November 09, 2006

Joining the Winter Reading Challenge

Jumping on the bandwagon

Yes, I'm joining the From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge. Who am I to pass up a good challenge just because I already have too much to do? Don't tell me you're surprised.

Now, I probably have hundreds of unread books in my house, so choosing five threatened to become a monumental task. I considered some sort of rules, or a system. (Again, don't tell me you're surprised.) Maybe a theme (all classics? History?), or the opposite - five from different genres. Did they have to be a certain length? Did I have to have owned them for a certain amount of time? etc. Eventually, though, I convinced myself to chill out and just picked. These are five books I've been wanting to read for a while that are particularly calling to me at the moment, for whatever reason.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Seriously, I'm into colonial history, and witch trial stuff, and the history of religion, and I like Hawthorne, and why haven't I read this?? So I will. Also, my little brother has read it, because he's now in the part of school I never did (junior/senior years of high school), so it feels doubly ridiculous that I haven't.

The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in 17th Century England by Antonia Fraser - I picked this up at a used bookstore a few years ago, but just haven't gotten to it yet. I like Fraser, and women's history, and I'm in the mood for 17th century England.

A Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming - I adored Spencer-Fleming's debut, and I got this, the second book in the series, as an ARC before it was even released. Well. The fifth in the series was just released, and I still haven't read the second. It's about time.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - Another classic I've been meaning to read forever. And I hate having to say "No, but I saw the movie..." when people ask me if I've read it.

Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides by HRH Princess Michael of Kent - When my aunt sold the home she had shared with my grandmother a few years ago, I wound up with lots of their books. This was one of the most exciting ones, but again, I just haven't managed to read it... but I guess that's the point of this challenge, huh?

I'm planning a sidebar overhaul over the weekend, so I'll get the button and the list of books over there then. I'm considering whether to rescind my one at a time rule for this challenge. Hmmm.

Posted by Kat at November 9, 2006 05:46 PM

I know, I couldn't resist it myself. After all, I've been meaning to read books from my TBR shelves for ages.

Interesting list you've there! How have you managed to dodge The Scarlet Letter for so long?

Posted by: Carrie K at November 9, 2006 07:47 PM

Hmmm . . . according to my calculations, (well, my Excel spreadsheet), I have 27 unread books in my library . . . incentive is never a bad thing, right?? Hmm . . .

Posted by: --Deb at November 9, 2006 10:25 PM

oh you are in such trouble.. but it would give me an excuse to read up my stash. :) [since i didn't succeed over the summer]. Hmm..

Posted by: penny [aka peninah] at November 9, 2006 11:06 PM

Thanks for the link. I'm in. Like I don't have enough to do.

Posted by: Ivy at November 10, 2006 07:38 PM

I signed up, too, and saw your name over there. So many books, so little time.

Posted by: kmkat at November 11, 2006 09:09 PM
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