The only reading challenge I am going to set for myself, with the exception of Around the World in 52 Books, because even if I never get there, I think it's important to keep reminding oneself to read books by authors from countries other than one's own, is The Off The Shelf Challenge. I have so many unread books lining beautiful bookshelves that I have collected, bought, got, asked for but never read, and always meant to get around to, that I am determined to try and read as many of them as possible, then pass as many of them as possible along to other people, throughout this mat leave year.
Instead of listing them in advance, I'm just going to keep a running tally here, starting this month of the books that came off the shelves vs. new books coming in that I have purchased or read for book club.
1. The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller.
2. The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell.
3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
4. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver.
5. A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry.
6. Calling Out For You! by Karin Fossum.
7. Payback by Margaret Atwood.
8. Pearl by Mary Gordon.
9. Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout.
10. The Keep by Jennifer Egan.
11. Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout.
12. The City Man by Howard Akler
13. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
14. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15. Emma by Jane Austen
16. Showbiz by Jason Anderson
17. Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden
18. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
19. The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes
20. You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr