January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008
UPDATE DECEMBER 10, 2008: CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!
Many thanks to Kim for hosting this fun challenge. I enjoyed choosing books each month to celebrate a “holiday.” And overall, the books I read were fantastic!
Kim is hosting a unique, and what I hope will be a fun and flexible, challenge called: Every Month is a Holiday. The idea is to read one book a month which celebrates a notable day, holiday or special event. She is allowing a great deal of leeway on how books are chosen and how they fit into the event for a specific month…and she’s given us lists for every month that outline all the various “holidays.” You should really go check it out!
Of course, I could not say no to this challenge…I’m planning on choosing my book as each month approaches. I don’t want to be tied to a specific list, but want my book choices to be flexible based on how I am feeling. I believe this is part of the fun of a challenge like this one…and I intend to have FUN!
January (Celebration of Life)
So Big, by Edna Ferber (COMPLETED January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
February – (Black History Month)
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (COMPLETED February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
March – (Irish American Month)
The Gathering, by Anne Enright (COMPLETED March 9, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
April – (Holocaust Awareness Month)
The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway (COMPLETED April 10, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review) **This book is not about the Holocaust, but is about remaining human in the face of atrocity – a universal theme about war and hate which I thought fit the idea this month’s Holocaust awareness.
May – (National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-12)
Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult (COMPLETED May 21, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
June – (Father’s Day)
Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (COMPLETED June 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
July – (Independence Day)
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
*I took some liberties with the definition – this is not about US Independence … but instead revolves around some of the issues with Independence in the Congo.
August – (Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition)
Crossing the River, by Caryl Phillips (COMPLETED August 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
September – (Yom Kippur – Atonement)
Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay (COMPLETED September 2, 2008; rated 3.5/5 read my review)
October – (Halloween – Scary book)
The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly (COMPLETED October 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
November – (Celebrating National Family Week)
The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond (COMPLETED November 9, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
December – (Celebrating INternational Day of Disabled Persons)
The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry (COMPLETED December 10, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)