Sunday, December 9, 2007

My first blogly reading challenge - Man Booker Challenge

I tried and tried and tried to resist joining a challenge despite mounting temptation from all sides (or should I say all blogs?). I don't like to overplan myself and not give myself enough flexibility in my reading. I've done it before many a time and have emerged from the experience hopping mad at myself. I mean, who needs another thing in life to fail at?

Nevertheless, Dewey has managed to sufficiently tempt me with the Man Booker Challenge, which involves reading six books in 2008 that have either won the Booker Prize or have been short or long listed for it. I have about a zillion books that qualify on Mt. TBR, and I only have to commit to 6 books, so I figure I'll be able to manage it - and I'll have knocked some books off said Mt. TBR and have enjoyed some good reading by this time next year. So here it goes with the list...

1. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
2. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
3. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
4. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
5. The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
6. Quarantine by Jim Crace

It goes without saying (said the committment-phobe) that the list is subject to change. These are just the ones that are especially striking my fancy now.


  1. I think you'll enjoy the challenge. I'm not in this one, but I tend to really enjoy the Booker's. Jim Crace is a terrific writer in particular. Good luck.

  2. Your first challenge! Well, welcome! I hope you'll enjoy it and not find it too limiting. The reason I started it is I also have so many TBR Booker winners or shortlisted books but I keep not getting to them.

  3. Hi, Megan! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on "Dreamers of the Day." It's a good book - I hope you enjoy it (when you get to it). And congrats on signing up for your first challenge. I am doing this one too (and a million others), so I will see you on the blogs.

    Happy Reading!
    Jill (mrstreme)