At the end of October, Amy tweeted about how cool Chris and Debi’s mutual challenge was (which has completely ballooned from there) and asking if anyone wanted to tackle such a reading plan with her. Well, I too thought the idea was fantastic and offered immediately.
We each chose five books for the other to read, as well choosing five for ourselves. Oh, and we’re reading one together.
I am so completely excited about the books and my 2011 reading!
To the lists, then, shall I?
I will be reading (chosen by myself, for myself)
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
I loved Silas Marner when I read it years ago, and this is a huge all-time favorite of a good friend. I didn’t get around to reading it when she loaned me her copy, but I’m looking forward to reading it in 2011!
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I have a brother-in-law on each side of the family who might slay me if I don’t get around to this one soon. I’ve owned it, fully intending to read it, since 2007. This is another foray into sci-fi.
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
I read parts of this one aloud to my husband way back when it was assigned reading for him. I’ve intended to read it myself since then (he says it’s quite funny, and I believe it), and I’ll be glad that it will be shared knowledge as well.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
I actually own a copy now, and as much as I love this story I’ve never read it. Now is the time to change that.
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
I’ve wanted to read this one for years, too! It’s described as “an experimental medieval whodunit set in a monastic library”; how much more perfect could it be?
I will also be reading (chosen by Amy, for me)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I was scared of this one for the first bit after it came out, because it sounded similar to The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, which I quite disliked. But in the last six months, I’ve come around. I’m glad for a push to read this one.
- Songbird by Lisa Samson
I just recently read my first book by Samson, but I already own two others. I’m quite looking forward to this one! I love that I hadn’t even heard of this title before.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I remember trying to read (and failing) at this book, but that was a really long time ago. Amy said it’s one of her favorites, so I’m up for the challenge.
- A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, book 1) by Elizabeth George
Amy and I talked about this series when we saw each other at Hutchmoot. It’s one I wrote down at that time, and I’m definitely excited to read it!
- The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
We talked about this author, too, although this book is a standalone. It sounds good!
One we’ll read together
- Lilith by George MacDonald
I think we’ve both wanted to read this one. I intended to get to it this year, but it hasn’t happened.
The books I chose for Amy
- Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
I absolutely love this mystery series, and I think Amy will love the characters, too. On choosing the actual title: This one isn’t the first in the series, but this one has better characterization *and* it has Harriet Vane. (I conferred with Ana in nailing down which title, though.)
- Saints in Limbo by River Jordan [my review]
I completely adored this book when I read it last year, and I think Amy has been missing out, having not — yet! — read it.
- Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen [my review]
This one is referenced in Claudia Mair Burney’s Wounded: A Love Story [my post], which Amy and I both read for a Faith and Fiction round table discussion earlier this year. We both loved that one, and I hope she’ll enjoy this one, too.
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [my review]
I’m not sure it’s possible for me to love a novel more than I do this one. The writing is thrilling, beautiful. The atmosphere is lovely, and it’s a little bit mystery, a little bit spooky. I think Amy will love it, too.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
It’s been a long time since I read this one, but I remember loving the writing as well as the faith aspects of the book.
You should also check out Amy’s post on the challenge, too!
This isn’t the only plan I have for my 2011 reading (maybe I should have added a Part 1 to the post title), but I couldn’t wait to share this list! Have you started planning your reading for next year yet?
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