I’ve noticed that since I wimped out on my previous book challenges, the blog has been tougher for some reason. So what the hell, time to throw all caution to the wind and….join another challenge!!! So here goes, I’m throwing my cap into the ring again:
Unread Authors Challenge
September 2007 through February 2008
Pour of Tor over at Sycorax Pine has come up with this one, and here are the “rules”:
- In this time, read six books by authors you have never read before. If you would like to read more in this time frame, go for it!
- You are welcome to approach the Challenge in any of several different ways. You can choose one or two (or 3-5) unread authors and read several of their works, or you can choose six neglected (by you) writers and read a book apiece by them. Authors of fiction, non-fiction, genre fiction, graphic novels/comics, drama, and poetry are all welcome inclusions, although the individual works you choose should be book length. I will leave the definition of “book length” to your discretion, but in my mind a full length play or epic poem would certainly count, as would collections of shorter works.
One of the reasons I’m interested by this challenge is that all but a few books that I have in mind (on my initial list) come from my very own bookshelves. So here they are (subject to change of course):
- Naguib Mahfouz: Either Palace Walk or Children of the Alley
- Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms
- Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
- Amos Oz: Tale of Love and Darkness
- D.H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
- Ellen Wood: East Lynne
But, because I know I’m terrible at making lists and sticking to them, here is a list of alternates (oh, how I love making lists!):
- Penelope Fitzgerald: either The Bookshop or The Blue Flower
- E.M. Forster: A Passage to India, Where Angels Fear to Tread, or Howard’s End
- Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot or Arthur and George
- W.G. Sebald: Austerlitz
- Saul Bellow: The Adventures of Augie March
- Paula Fox: Desperate Characters
- Katherine Mansfield: Stories
- Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Return of the Native, or Jude the Obscure
- William T. Vollmann: Europe Central
Ok, I’m stopping for now because the list could go on and on and on. I’m going to have to stretch before this reading marathon!