The Saturday Review of Books Reading Challenge

July 1 – December 31, 2007

Challenge COMPLETED December 12, 2007:Thank you Sherry for hosting this fun challenge! It got me to read some books on my TBR pile that I have had for quite some time. Of the six books I read, none was rated less than a 4/5 and four were rated 5/5! See the links below to all reviews.


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Semicolon has been hosting The Saturday Review of Books for quite some time now – and has decided to do a challenge whereby participants pick 6 books from the review archives to read in a 6 month period of time. Since you all know I cannot resist a good challenge, I’ve decided to sign up. I’m picking books which overlap other challenges or are for scheduled book club reads. Here are my choices:

1. The Echomaker, by Richard Powers (reviewed by Ruth at There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town) – Completed September 6, 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review here.
2. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud (reviewed by K at Unprintable Version) – Completed December 12, 2007; rated 4/5; read my review here.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (reviewed by Tanabata at In The Spring It Is The Dawn, Michelle at 3M, and HeidiJane at Adventures in Bookland) – Completed November 5, 2007; rated 5/5; read my review here.
4. The Pearl, by John Steinbeck (reviewed by Sarah at It’s A Small World) – Completed November 30, 2007; rated 5/5; read my review here.
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving (reviewed by booklogged at A Reader’s Journal) – Completed September 20, 2007; rated 5/5; read my review here.
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (reviewed by magistramater and Trish) – Completed December 8, 2007; rated 5/5; read my review here.

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    • Anonymous on July 5, 2007 at 12:42

    I was tempted but I just can’t fit in another challenge right now. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Handmaid’s Tale.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2007 at 15:29

    So glad you’re joining this challenge. I love seeing how many familiar names pop up. I’m challenge-addicted too.

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2007 at 07:46

    Still thinking about this challenge. I may be challenged out right now, but it’s so tempting. I see you have Atwood on your list – I am reading my first Atwood book, “A Blind Assassin,” for the Book Awards Reading Challenge (plus book discussion). Enjoying it so far, but I am not sure of the sci-fi element…
    Happy Reading!
    =) Jill

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2007 at 14:29

    Tanabata: So far I’ve loved every Atwood book I’ve picked up so I have high hopes for this one!
    Becky: There seems to be plenty of challenge addicted people out there!
    Jill: I’m picking books already on my TBR list for the rest of the year, so I hope to accomplish this challenge painlessly 🙂

    • Anonymous on July 7, 2007 at 12:06

    This looks like a good one, but I just can’t add another challenge! I’m already drowning in challenges.

    • Anonymous on July 14, 2007 at 06:26

    I’ve joined this one too and just saw you are reading Middlesex as well – that will be an interesting read, can’t wait to see your thoughts on it!

    • Anonymous on July 15, 2007 at 20:52

    I hope I can get through Middlesex! The size is a bit intimidating 🙂

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