Thursday, September 20, 2007

In Their Shoes Reading Challenge

Sponsored by N. Vasilly. The complete write-up with rules, etc. can be found at "In Their Shoes" Reading Challenge.

The rules are real simple: you pick the number of books that you want to read. You also pick the books you read. They just have to be either a memoir, autobiography, or biography.

The challenge doesn't start until January 1, 2008 and it ends December 31, 2008.

I will be reading books from this list:
1. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Greely
2. Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
3. The Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell
4. And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran
5. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
6. A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi
7. Everything by Design by Alan Lapidus
8. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong
9. Long Ago in France by M.F.K. Fisher (recommended by Jenclair)
10. Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen (recommended by Ben)
Hopefully, I will get all 10 read, but my goal is to read six. I only own 2 of these books, the rest I hope to get from the library.


Petunia said...

This sounds like an interesting challenge. I'll keep it in mind and see how things look closer to Jan.

Framed said...

I have several books that qualify for this so I will probably hae to join. So far, I have been holding off on challenges, but I'll be good to go for some new ones to start in January. Interesting titles.

Anonymous said...

How lovely to find my book, The Scent of God, on your reading list! And listed right beneath Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty and Lucy Greely's Autobiography of a Face -- two of my favorite memoirs along with Spiral Staircase, and Angela's Ashes. Great List. Some books there that I haven't yet read. I shall be interested in hearing what you've got to say about them so I hope you get to read them all.

jenclair said...

Some really good titles here! I liked Truth and Beauty, a study in courage and sadness. Of course, I hope you'll like Long Ago in France, since I recommended it! But the Lewis Carroll biography is the one that catches my eye now--I'm going to add it to my list.

hellomelissa said...

angela's ashes is one of those books that has really stayed with me through the years. maybe it' time for a re-read...

alisonwonderland said...

i'm still brainstorming my list for this one, but i think it's going to be a lot of fun!

Lotus Reads said...

Ohhhh, booklogged, what a fine list of books! You are going to be so moved by Lucy Grealy's "Autobiography of a Face" and I think it's a great idea to make "Truth and Beauty" a reading companion to the Grealy book. I really cannot wait to see what you have to say about these books!

Heather said...

I was thinking about hosting something like this but I'm going to join this one instead.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I really like the button you have for this challenge. I read the Lewis Carroll Biog a few years ago for my senior seminar (undergrad) and found it fascinating. I hope you enjoy it! I'm also reading Angela's Ashes for this one. I've tried to read it a few times with no success--so hopefully this time around will be better. :)