I made a quick mention the other day, a tease, really, of 12 Books in 12 Months. Let me give you a little background.
I found the idea on What if No One's Watching, written by the lovely Grace. She found it on the blog of the Latter Day Bohemian, the originator of the idea. It seemed quite smart to me, so I have taken it and bent the rules a wee bit. Here are the rules:
12 Books, 12 Months Challenge
- Pick 12 titles from your To Read Pile. These should be titles you currently own in whatever format you prefer.
- Acquisition of other formats or translations is permitted. So, if you have a paperback but want to read on your Kindle, you can get a Kindle copy. If you have a library copy but want to buy your own, that’s kosher. Heck, if you own a copy and want to check another out from the library, I’m not gonna stop you.
- Post your list in your public space of choice by September 1, 2010. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your list.
- Read all 12 titles between now and September 5, 2011. Might as well tack on an extra long weekend at the end for cramming.
- When you finish a title on your list, post about it in your public space of choice. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your review.
- Once a month, I’ll post a round-up of the reviews posted from that month so that we all know what everyone else has read.
Now, on to my list:
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde - I've had a copy of this for awhile now, but it's a departure from his Thursday Next series, so I've been putting it off. Even though he's one of my favorite writers!
Lincoln's Constitution by Daniel Farber - picked this one up at my favorite used book store. It's a little dense, but it relates to my job, and it's about Lincoln, so I am willing.
Henry Ford: The People's Tycoon by Steven Watts - got a great deal on this for my Kindle. It was recommended to me by the research people at work as a very fair, readable biography of Henry Ford, our founder.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver - My friend, Leslie, has been enjoying this story, and I loved The Poisonwood Bible, so it's on the list. Also a Kindle acquisition.
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams - I got a gift certificate for Kindle books for my birthday from the wonderful people I work with. This is the first book I purchased with it.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson - Just to see if it lives up to the hype. Plus, If I like it, there are several follow-ups already!
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - There is so much classic literature I've never read, even I am astounded. I spent my college years reading young adult fiction for the classroom. Candy for the brain.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken - Buddy has this, and laughed out loud while he read. This will be my version of a beach book, just in case I start to slow down on the project.
The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by A. F. Young - I love history from the perspective of an ordinary person, which also explains why I am adding this next one...
The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862 by Carol Sheriff
I realize that's only ten. I teached math, remember? I am reserving the last two after I have read a couple samples on the Kindle. For now, I'll stop. If you'd like to participate, and who wouldn't, visit the Latter Day Bohemian and leave a comment!