August 29, 2007

Reading the Author Challenge

And I was just commenting over at Trish's Reading Nook that I would not be joining any more challenges because 3 is enough till the end of the year. But then I read about this challenge.

– beginning in September and lasting through December. Read as many books by
a single author as you like, but to make things somewhat official I’ll put the
minimum at 3.

Actually this fits in perfectly with a personal challenge I had set for myself, that is to read Edith Wharton. I have been reading the biography by Hermione Lee and planned to read everything I could find of Mrs. Wharton's so this isn't adding anything new to my plate, just making a public commitment to something I had already promised myself to do. So here are my book choices:

  • Age of Innocence
  • The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
  • Ethan Frome
  • The Buccaneers


Trish said...

Good luck with the challenge. I'll be reading Age of Innocence for the Decades/Book Award challenges (its one of those that I'm having troubles picking up).

I am NOT joining any new challenges until I can get some of mine finished. I am enrolled in SEVEN!! :)

Anyway, have fun!

Eva said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't resist challenges. I have eight for the rest of 2007 (two are personal, six communal)! Of course, I'm also not homeschooling kids. :)

Edith Wharton is a great choice-I really love her. I've been coveting her ghost stories lately; you'll have to let me know if they're good!

Petunia said...

Trish-good luck getting through all those other challenges. When I have something I have to read I give myself some incentive by promising to read something I want to read afterward. It has helped me get through some doosies. (Can anyone say Moby Dick?)

Eva-I think I will be using Wharton's Ghost Stories as my short stories for Short Story Sunday for the RIP II Challenge. Neil Gaiman is a great choice too.

Trish said...

Petunia - I like the orange. I just joined the RIP challenge, so I'm feeling very fall-ish. :) And I ALWAYS have to read something that I WANT. It was the same way in grad school--the only way for me to stay sane was to read "Trish Books" on the side.

Petunia said...

I'm not so sure about the orange but it matches the header the best. Go read your Trish Books. Stay sane and happy.

Nymeth said...

I like the orange. And I love the header - very Autumnish.

Good luck with the challenge. I'm going to have to pass this one, but I'm going to follow everyone's progress with interest. Reading the reviews will be a great way to get well informed about the work of certain authors.

Kimmie said...

I can't join any more challenges. I would want to choose Paulo Coelho and right now I have too many unread books to justify buying more. But I'm glad you've included Ethan Frome. I loved that book.

my5wolfcubs said...

Ooh, that sounds like a great challenge...and a doable one for me! I see the The Newbery Challenge on your sidebar -- I've read all those to the kids except Shen of the Sea. I don't even think I've heard of that one...but tomorrow is library day! :)

Petunia said...

Nymeth-What fun to learn about new authors!

Kimmie-good for you. Your willpower is strong than mine in this case.

Wolf-I have come to love the Newberys. It's nice to be able to find quality children's books amonst all the twaddle.

Carrie K said...

Challenges are just too alluring. How are we supposed to resist?

Let me know what you thought of Ghost Stories! I didn't get half of them but I do love Edith Wharton

Booklogged said...

Wonderful new look. Love the header and the pretty orange color. You've got me thinking about giving my blog a face lift. I'm going to focus on John Dunning for this challenge, I think.

verbivore said...

I think this is such a great choice for this type of challenge. I'm certainly interested in reading what you have to say as you start to go through her books. If I do the challenge again next year I think Wharton will be at the top of my list!

Petunia said...

Carrie-I picked up Ghost Stories today from the library and am halfway through the first story. So far so good. I hope to review it by the end of the day for Short Story Sunday.

Booklogged-Thanks! I have found some gorgeous pictures at that can be used as headers. I'm having fun. I picked a fall theme despite the 100+ weather here in CA right now.

Verbivore-I fell in love with Wharton's writing after reading House of Mirth. This challenge is a great way to become familiar with an author's whole body of work.