Not too long after I began blogging, discovered Sherry's Saturday Review of Books. I've made a point of stopping by her blog every Saturday (and then some because she's got a great blog and always has something interesting to say) to see what other bloggers are reading. It has not only been a great way to network, but more importantly to get the latest scoop on the books others are reading. The people who post links to their reviews are a diverse crowd as are their reading tastes.
Sherry's Saturday Review of Books Challenge is quite simple. Participants are to read 6 of the books by December 31st that have been linked to reviews at the Saturday Review of Books in the past year, post their reviews on their own blogs (or in the comment section at Sherry's site for nonbloggers), and then post a link at the Saturday Review of Books, which is held each Saturday.
I have a good excuse for signing up for yet another challenge. Really. You see, there are several books I want to get to soon, books I have committed to read through various reading challenges and others because I am dying to read them. I intially was going to avoid Sherry's Saturday Review of Books Challenge but thought I would at least take a look and see if any of my "must reads" would qualify. Once I realized I had more than enough books on my "must read" list and taking into account my desire to read the books sooner than later, it seemed pointless not to join the challenge. I plan to read the books anyway, right?
For the record, the reviews posted in regards to my chosen books did inspire the "sooner rather than later" feeling I had for the books I have selected to read. It helps though that they are already among my TBR collection.
My Saturday Review of Books Challenge List
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen reviewed by Barbara H
2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman reviewed by Stephanie, Petunia, Elaine, Laura, and Framed
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini reviewed by Carol
4. Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos reviewed by 3M
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy reviewed by Becky's Husband, Wendy, Stephen, Joy, Julie, and Amy (I also took into account Isabella's review,which presents the descenting viewpoint about the book.)
6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson reviewed by Kris
7. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson reviewed by Laura at Musings
8. Peony In Love by Lisa See reviewed by Wendy
9. Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta reviewed by Wendy
My friend Karina over at Candid Karina honored me with the Rockin' Girl Blogger Award at the beginning of the week (Thank you, Karina!). It's always nice to be recongized in such a positive way. The hard part comes in choosing who to pass the award along to. I make regular stops at so many terrific blogs. They all are rockin', both the girls and the boys. I made a random selection from my long list of favorites and hope you will enjoy visiting the listed blogs as much as I do.
- Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot has opened new doors into the fantasy genre for me. I really enjoy spending time at her blog. She has great taste in books, both in the fantasy genre and outside. She's such a nice person--someone I wouldn't mind talking about books over lunch with.
It's a guarantee that when I visit Nan at Letters a Hill Farm, I will be greeted by a beautiful photo. I'm partial to her garden and flower photos, which I find so soothing, but they are all wonderful. I keep meaning to ask her if I can come sit in her garden and read beside her. Think she'll mind?
Daphne over Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff is a great source for historical fiction recommendations among other books. And you have to love someone whose blog's name is inspired by their furry companion.
I am not sure how I came across Nikki's blog (my memory isn't always so great), Keep This on the DL, but I do know that it is among my favorite places to visit each week. Nikki has great insight, and I enjoy reading her thoughts about her life and life in general. As an aside, her husband is an American soldier currently deployed in Afghanistan, and my prayers are with Nikki and her husband daily.
Historia's blog, BiblioHistoria, is a fairly new one, but she dove right into blogging like a fish to water. I enjoy reading her book reviews and reading about the books she reads. My wishlist grows just with the thought of visiting her blog every week!