Southern Reading Challenge 2009


May 15 – August 15, 2009

Maggie from Maggie Reads is once again hosting her very popular Southern Reading Challenge for 2009. She writes:

It’s that time of year!

The time when you pour a glass of lemonade or sweet tea and take your official summer spot on the porch. Lean back in that chase lounge surrounded by geraniums and ferns, and begin the summer long journey into Southern culture.

Participants may choose to read any style of Southern book such as Appalachian tales, Civil War sagas, Gothic myths, Grit lit, etc… The goal is THREE BOOKS in three months. As she did last year, Maggie will be holding weekly drawings and contests.


I couldn’t resist this one because I have some terrific looking Southern novels on my shelf. I’ll read three from this list (subject to change):

Crazy Ladies by Michael Lee West

Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid

The Lost Hours by Karen White

Beach Trip by Cathy Holton (COMPLETED June 5, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)

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  1. I forgot about Eat, Drink, and Be Mississippi! I’m adding it to my list! Happy reading!

  2. Don’t skip The Help. It’s FANTASTIC! My book club is reading it this month and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks. My sister-in-law loved it.

    • Wendy on May 5, 2009 at 12:19

    Vasilly: I’ve been meaning to read Eat, Drink and Be From Mississippi since January!!! No more excuses!

    Les: I can’t believe I haven’t read The Help yet – it is getting fantastic reviews!

    • Jill on May 5, 2009 at 12:57

    You will LOVE The Help!! I have Eat, Drink… on my nightstand, but I haven’t read it yet

  3. Jill: I have heard so many great things about The Help – I know I’m going to love it!

    • Tea on June 2, 2009 at 04:55

    I should have signed up long ago. I’m just a little disorganized. 🙂

    • Wendy on June 3, 2009 at 06:44

    Tea: Join the crowd!!! I can’t keep up with everything and I have more or less stopped trying!

    • tea on June 3, 2009 at 07:28


    I’m glad not to be alone in that feeling. I’m just having fun, pretending nothing really matters. This new way of thinking is helping move along better. Now, if I can keep it up.

    I love the Southern Reading Challenge. I’m finishing up my last book for this challenge. Hurrah!!!!

    • tea on June 6, 2009 at 03:58

    I finished the Southern Reading Challenge. Am I repeating myself???? I can’t remember whether I posted here or not. If I am repeating, it’s because I can’t believe I completed it. hahaha!!

    1.A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley (North Carolina)
    2.Some Things I Never Thought I Would Do by Pearl Cleage (Atlanta, Ga.)
    3.Sins of the Father by Angela Benson (Atlanta, Ga.)

    • Wendy on June 8, 2009 at 05:59

    Tea: Congratulations on finishing! Make sure you go by Maggie’s blog and let her know (since she is the one sponsoring the challenge!)

    • tea on June 8, 2009 at 06:11

    Thank you! I would like to do this one again next year, if it’s offered.

    • tea on June 22, 2009 at 04:15

    I’ve tried to neaten up my “Southern Reading Challenge.” I hope you like it. Boy, I’m exhausted.:)

    • tea on August 15, 2009 at 05:02

    Wendy and everybody who finished Congratulations!!

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