Thursday, November 20, 2008

Well Seasoned Reader Challenge

Here's how it works:

Rule #1: The challenge runs from January 1 to March 31. (No cheating and starting before!)

Rule #2: You must read three books. After that, it's up to you how much you want to read.

Rule #3: The books must:
have a food name in the title
be about cooking/eating
have a place name in the title
be about one (or more) person's travel experience
be about a specific culture
be by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own (see, I squeezed it in!)
I'll leave it up to you to choose how the three books you read fit the criteria.

Rule #4: They must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.

The purpose, this winter, is to take yourself someplace out of the ordinary, to go on a literary trip, whether that be challenging your expectations, discovering a new place, or enjoying the experience of reading about good food, places, and people.

My Books:
Ruby Red by Linzi Glass (specific culture)
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen (Specific culture and possibly travel experiences)
The Last Queen by C.w. Gortner (Specific culture)

I hope I did this right. I don't know how I'm supposed to tell if the books fit properly before I've read them! They're both about life in Africa though, as far as I can tell so I hope they're ok.

My Reviews:

Ruby Red by Linzi Glass
I really liked this book. It was really informative about the Soweto riots (which I knew nothing about) but it was a great story too. There was lots of drama and romance and the main character was really likeable. The only part I didn't like was the ending - it felt like there should be more - but otherwise great book!

Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen
This was such a great book! It's the true story written by the adoptive mother of a little girl from Rwanda. It was really sad but so well written and really informative.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Thanks for joining Maria! I'm looking forward to seeing what your list is...