Africa Reading Challenge – 2008

DECEMBER 13, 2008 – GIVING UP THE CHALLENGE

Here is another challenge I thought I would easily complete, but which proved harder to do than I first thought. I read 2 of the 6 books I set out to read. Thank you to Dave for hosting this challenge! Sorry I was not successful…but I still have these books on my shelf, and I will eventually read them!

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I know, I know – I’ve promised to stop joining challenges. But how could I pass this one up? I’ve perused my lists and found I had several books in my stacks as well as on other challenge lists that fit this one perfectly!

January 1 – December 31, 2008

Dave at Siphoning Off A Few Thoughts is hosting The Africa Reading Challenge – read at least six books about Africa, set in Africa or dealing with African issues.

Here is my list:

1. In The Country of Men, by Hisahm Matar
2. There is No Me Without You, by Melissa Fay Greene
3. A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipal
4. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, by Gil Courtemanche
5. Graceland, by Chris Abani
6. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee (finished February 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
7. The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur, by Daoud Hari (finished February 15, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

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    • Anonymous on December 16, 2007 at 20:30

    Looks like a neat challenge and a good list you’ve got. If I wasn’t trying to keep my reading to books I already own (there’s so *many*), and it happens I don’t have many Africa books on hand, I don’t think this one would be one I could pass up either! I read There Is No Me Without You earlier this year and thought it was great. Look forward to reading your thoughts on these!

    • Anonymous on December 16, 2007 at 21:47

    What a great list! I’ve only read one book here, The Life & Times of Michael K. Not an upper but captured a feeling very well. I’ll be very interested to see your thoughts as you move forward.
    Thanks for joining!

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2007 at 10:14

    I’ve only read great things about that book, Megan. It is getting 5 stars from Amazon reviewers (which is pretty rare in my experience). I need to order the book – it is one on this list I don’t own, but I can’t resist it!

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2007 at 10:15

    Thanks for hosting, Dave! I’m really excited about this challenge – I enjoy African Literature and these are mostly books I have had on my shelves…just needed a good excuse to finally read them 🙂

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