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Fall Into Reading 2008

Fall Into Reading 2008 is an annual challenge hosted by Callapidder Days.  The only thing you need to do to participate is make a list of the books you want ot read this fall and post them in your blog.

To win prizes and stuff, the reading list of your choosing needs to be posted to the challenge blog by September 24, 2008, and you need to finish reading the books on your list by December 21, 2008.

Since I really, really don’t have as much time to read as I wish I did, my list is pretty short.  But, here it is:

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates is a book I just bought and feel like I have mentioned about 18 million times in the last three days.  It only seems appropriate that it would be part of the Fall in 2008 Reading Challenge.
I have also been trying to read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan since I bought it this summer.  I got a big chunk of it read this summer and then just dropped it for some reason.  So, before December 21, 2008 I am going to finish this book!
This is going to start sounding redundant — I meant to read Persepolis by Marijane Satrapi in August for an online book club, but then with the move I never go around to it.  So, Persepolis goes on the list.
I bought Villette by Charlotte Brontë last summer when I was in London, and just never got around to finishing it.  I can’t remember how far I got, but it’s been so long I will have to start over again.  Villette is about a woman names Lucy Snow who travels to the city of Villette to teach at an all-girls school, and is based on Brontë’s experiences as a teacher in Brussles

That looks like sort of a lame list, but it’s at least well-balanced: contemporary fiction, nonfiction, comic book, and classic fiction.  Maybe I’ll come back and add to it if it looks like I am going to finish before December 21.  We’ll see I guess 🙂

P.S. I also learned how to use html to put a table in my post, so now I can make books and text line up the way I want them too. Sweet, huh?

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  • bermudaonion September 24, 2008, 11:34 am

    I’m going to participate in this challenge, too, but haven’t put my post up yet. I need a maid and a cook!

  • Rebecca Reid September 24, 2008, 12:23 pm

    I think it’s a great list! Like you said, a variety–of classic, modern, fiction and nonfiction.

  • Kim September 24, 2008, 10:05 pm

    bermudaonion: We all could use a maid and a cook — I left a giant pile of dishes (from just me!) undone last night so I could spent time formatting html. Whoops 🙂

    Rebecca: I like the variety of the list too, that’s what I was going for — quality, not necessarily quantity.

  • alirambles September 25, 2008, 2:09 am

    Oh, do read Persepolis! I read The Complete Persepolis this summer–my first adult graphic novel (my husband brought it home from the library) and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Plus it only took a few hours to read the whole thing.

  • Kim September 25, 2008, 8:52 pm

    alirambles: I’ve heard Persepolis is good from a lot of people — I’m excited to read it!

  • Anna September 28, 2008, 4:05 am

    I’ve entered this challenge, too. I think I might’ve made my list too long. LOL

    I think you’ve got a great list. I read “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Didn’t think it was the best Oates book, but it wasn’t bad.

  • amanda September 28, 2008, 10:44 pm

    I loved in defense of food and I adore Joyce Carol Oates! Just read my first graphic novel recently (though not this one) I may have to add it to my list though!

  • Kim September 29, 2008, 3:20 am

    Anna: I’ll let you know what I think of The Gravedigger’s Daughter once I finish it. What is your favorite Oates book?

    amanda: Same question — what is your favorite Oates book? And what was your first graphic novel?

  • Katrina (Callapidder Days) October 2, 2008, 6:10 pm

    I am impressed at the table in your post! I just use lots of hard returns and the preview button until I get things lined up the way I want to. 🙂 Thanks for being part of Fall Into Reading ’08!

  • Kim October 2, 2008, 8:54 pm

    Katrina: I do a ton of entering and previewing too — it gets really old. Table html is pretty easy, actually. I found a website that explained how to do it pretty well: http://www.w3schools.com/HTML/html_tables.asp

  • Prairie Girl October 17, 2008, 10:18 pm

    I too chose 4 books for the challenge – trying to be conservative so I would actually get them read!

    Looks like a great list – I have been wanting to read In Defense of Food.

    Happy Reading!

  • Kim October 18, 2008, 3:31 am

    Prairie Girl: Four seems like an adequate number, especially since I wanted some space to read other books if they came up. I started In Defense of Food this summer, but didn’t finish because I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. Hopefully this attempt will be more successful!

  • Jennifer, 5 Minutes for Books October 21, 2008, 1:01 pm

    I love the name of your blog, and I just had to come over here from Katrina’s challenge post.

    I also agree that it’s a good list, and you sound so cool (sophisticated, maybe?) saying “I picked this book up in London.”

  • Kim October 21, 2008, 1:15 pm

    Jennifer: Thank you! Your comment made me laugh — I didn’t realize how snobby “I picked this book up in London” sounded until just now 🙂 I was there last May for a class on Shakespeare and got a bunch of used books that seemed British as souvenirs of my trip, I just haven’t gotten to reading them all yet!