NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Lezlie



Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Essay Reading Challenge



I'd like to read more short works in 2009 including stories and essays, so I'm adding this challenge to my ever-expanding list. I'm committing to 10 essays for the year. That shouldn't be too difficult, right?

Completed: 10/10 as of November 30, 2009
**FINISHED**

1. "Werner" by Jo Ann Beard
2. "The Freedom To Offend" by Ian Buruma
3. "Why I Am Not A Christian" by Bertrand Russell
4. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal (Complete Book)
5. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (Complete Book)
6. Dress You Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (Complete Book)
7. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (Complete Book)
8. The Grotesque edited by Harold Bloom (Complete Book)
9. Burn This Book edited by Toni Morrison (Complete Book)
10. "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell

Thanks to Carrie at Books and Movies for hosting this challenge! And if any of you would like to join in, click here.



9 comments:

Andi said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to hear (read?) what you get hold of!

Lezlie said...

Andi ~ This one is stretching me a bit. I'm not really sure exactly what qualifies as an essay! :-) But I've been looking at some books like "The Best American Essays of 2008" and the like to get some ideas. I think this will be fun!

Lezlie

Literary Feline said...

Oo! Another tempting challenge! If I did this one, I could finally get around to reading two of Nick Hornby's books: The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping VS. The Dirt. Hmmm.

I'm STILL working on narrowing down the challenges I sign up for. I'm down to 13 now. I'm not sure you should be tempting me with more. LOL

Lezlie said...

Literary Feline ~ I'll have to check out Hornby for this challenge. I always like the reviews I see of his work, and then I forget about him! Good luck narrowing down your challenges! I'm at 17 now, and I keep finding myself thinking, "Oh, this will be the last one. . ." Yeah. Right. :-)

Lezlie

Carrie K. said...

I'm so glad you're joining us, Lezlie! I heartily recommend Anna Quindlen's book of essays, "How Reading Changed My Life." Also, Ann Fadiman's "Ex Libris" is wonderful, too. I added you to the list of participants!

Lezlie said...

Carrie ~ Thank you! I'm looking forward to it. And thanks for the suggestions!

Lezlie

Terri said...

Would you PLEASE quit enticing me with these great challenges!!??

Terri said...

Lezlie - have you read either of Anne Fadiman's books - Ex Libris and At Large and At Small? Both filled with really wonderful essays.

Lezlie said...

Terri ~ I think I'm close to done signing up for them. I think. :-) I have not read either of those books, but they have been recommended by a couple of people. I'll have to look for them! Thanks!

Lezlie