Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2009

Chris at Stuff Dreams Are Made Of and Robin at A Fondness for Reading are hosting a very special challenge in honor of Dewey from The Hidden Side of A Leaf. Chris writes:

Dewey was such a prolific reader and her reviews were honest, intriguing, and beautifully written. What better way to celebrate her wonderful life than by having a year long challenge in her name!

Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge asks participants to visit Dewey’s blog and peruse her archives. Then do one of the following:

  1. Pick one book from each of the 6 years of which Dewey has archives. You can access her archives by clicking on the archive link in the sidebar of her website. It’s a dropdown menu. For instance, you would read one book that she reviewed in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 for a total of six books.
  2. The other option is to read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year.

I’ve chosen Option #2: “Read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year.” I’ll pick my five books from this list (follow the title links to read Dewey’s reviews):

  1. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (COMPLETED December 27, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi (COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  3. Digging to America, by Anne Tyler (COMPLETED December 31, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  4. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris (COMPLETED February 26, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  5. Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (COMPLETED February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
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    • kailana on December 10, 2008 at 15:20

    Another person that hasn’t read Perspolis! I really liked those books. 🙂 And, then, there is the rest of your list where I haven’t read any of them! No big surprise there. haha

    • Trish on December 10, 2008 at 20:22

    This is such a neat idea. I hope you like Persepolis–I read it on Dewey’s recommendation and really enjoyed both volumes.

    • Kristy on December 10, 2008 at 21:29

    She read so many books that it’s hard to decide! Good Luck!

    • Kim on December 11, 2008 at 01:05

    I had already read Digging to America or I would have chosen that one! I see we have Chocolat in common and have been looking forward to reading this one for a couple of years! I am also planning on reading my first Stephen King book this year, but it isn’t the one you are reading.
    I had fun reading your list. 🙂

    • Wendy on December 12, 2008 at 09:46

    Kailana: I first heard of Persepolis from Dewey’s blog and have been wanting to read it for awhile. This challenge gives me the nudge to do so.

    Trish: I haven’t heard a bad review of Persepolis! I love the idea of this challenge.

    Kristy: I found that I had actually read a lot of the same books as Dewey! I guess she influenced me more than I realized 🙂

    Kim: I have had Lisey’s Story on my shelf for awhile now…Dewey loved that one…so it was an easy “pick” for this challenge. I am also really looking forward to Chocolat.

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