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My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

December 7, 2008: Giving up on the Challenge

I did really well on this challenge until September when I simply became overwhelmed with work, book groups, challenges and ARCs. I’m happy that I manage to complete 8 of the 12 books for the challenge. Thank you Heather and Andi for sponsoring this fun challenge! I wish I could have been 100% successful – but I am glad to have read some books outside my comfort zone (including Maus I and II and the Morrison book which I probably would not have picked up without the nudge from this challenge).


I keep promising myself I will stop signing up for challenges – but I couldn’t resist this one! My Year of Reading Dangerously is the brainchild of Heather and Andi from Estella’s Revenge. They want readers to read worthwhile and intimidating books and have chosen twelve. Readers may choose to read all twelve or may substitute books as they wish. I will probably be substituting 2 or 3. Either way, if participants engage in the discussion happening at the challenge blog, they will automatically be enrolled to win prizes! Who could resist this challenge??!? The Twelve “Official” Novels:

January: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (since Estella is our namesake)

COMPLETED January 25, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review.

February: Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (African American)

COMPLETED February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review

March: Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood (Atwood for Atwood’s sake)

COMPLETED February 29, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review

April: Transformations, by Anne Sexton (Poetry) – SUBSTITUTED: Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner

COMPLETED April 17, 2008;rated 5/5; read my review

May: Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote (Southern)

COMPLETED May 25, 2008; rated 2.5/5; read my review

June: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (Russian) – SUBSTITUTED Home of the Gentry, by Ivan Turgenev

COMPLETED June 19, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review

July: The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier (adolescent) – SUBSTITUTED Leftovers, by Laura Weiss

COMPLETED July 31, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review

August: Maus I and II, by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel, Pulitzer winner)

COMPLETED August 31, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review

September: The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy (Independent)
October: The Human Stain, by Philip Roth (Contemporary/Jewish)
November: A Month of Classic Short Stories, Various – watch for a list
December: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (Dusty)


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    November 6, 2007    

    I’m really looking forward to this one! Glad to see you signed up!

  2. 3m 3m
    December 8, 2008    

    I had to give up on this one as well. It did push me to read Cat’s Eye which I very much enjoyed.

  3. December 12, 2008    

    Michelle: Glad I wasn’t alone in not finishing this one!

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