Thursday, December 28, 2006

Looking for a Challenge

I am one book away from finishing my Winter Reading Challenge from Overdue Books. So, having looked around various book blogs, I've decided to join a couple more, just to keep me going. I am signing on to the

Classics Challenge : 5 classics to be read in January & February 2007

  1. Miss Marjoribanks / Mrs. Oliphant (the crossover from the Winter Reading Challenge)
  2. Mary Barton / Mrs. Gaskell (I love Mrs. Gaskell!)
  3. My Antonia / Willa Cather (it's been TBR for ages)
  4. The Moonstone / Wilkie Collins
  5. The Man who was Thursday / G.K. Chesterton

Alternates for the Classics Challenge - in case I get carried away...

  1. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde / Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. The Ambassadors / Henry James

I am also signing on to the Chunkster Challenge, although the decisions proved a bit hard for me! I love long books; the length allows you to sink into them and really live for a while in someone else's world. However, I also have to live in my own world, so I must keep the list reasonable. So, according to Bookfoolery's very flexible rules, I will choose 6 books over 600 pages to read within the next 6 months. My choices:

  1. Armadale / Wilkie Collins (816 pgs)
  2. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters / Gordon Dahlquist (760 pgs)
  3. Camilla / Fanny Burney (956 pgs)
  4. Kristin Lavransdatter / Sigrid Undset (1047 pgs)
  5. Sir Charles Grandison / Samuel Richardson (1597 pgs)
  6. The Little Country / Charles deLint (636 pgs)

Alternates in case one proves dull:

  1. The Mists of Avalon / Marion Zimmer Bradley (876 pgs)
  2. The Green Darkness / Anya Seton (579 pgs -- it's over 600 in other editions!!;) )

It's shaping up to be a great winter of reading!


  1. Great choices! I'm glad you're joining in and I love Ontario - have just been discussing how much fun we had in Algonquin Park on one of my reading lists (we lived in Michigan for one glorious year).

  2. Hi, Melanie. Welcome to the classics challenges. I'm very happy you are joining us in this challenge. Looks like we'll both be reading a book by Wilkie Collins. I haven't ever read any of his, but I've sure heard lots of good things about both Moonstone and The Woman in White. It will be fun to compare notes.

    We also have Charles deLint on our Chunkster's list. I read The Little Country a couple of years ago and loved it.


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