I am proud of my Southern heritage, troubled and imperfect as it may be, and I love to read books set in my region. It sometimes feels like we are a little under-represented in the publishing world, so I would love to encourage any of you who haven't read any Southern lit to give it a try! And, of course, if you're already a fan, I would love to see what you're reading so that I can add to my ever-growing to-read list! So here is my Southern lit challenge!
Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, adult or young adult--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.
Definitions of the South are flexible, so I've decided to define it the way I want. That's the fun of hosting your own challenge, right? :-)
Florida--as long as you find a book by a Florida author and/or set in Florida that feels Southern.
Level 1--C'mon in the house! Read 1 book.
Level 2--Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 2 books
Level 3--Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 3 books
Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 4 books
The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. You can join in anytime throughout the year.
I am not limiting the challenge to bloggers. You can also link to a review you wrote on another site, such as GoodReads or LibraryThing.
Reading suggestions: I have a shelf on GoodReads with lots of books on it. There's also a Best Southern Literature list on GoodReads that readers have voted on that should give you lots of ideas.
I can't help but feel like there should be a reward for a challenge successfully completed. So, I'll offer up one Southern lit book of your choice (up to $15) to two randomly-drawn readers at the end of the challenge. Each review you link will give you one entry, with a limit of four entries per person. This part will be open to anyone who lives in an area where Book Depository offers free shipping.
The button is a picture of Annandale Plantation near Georgetown, SC that I found on the Historic American Buildings Survey website. As far as I can tell, it is in the public domain.
- Plant Life by Pamela Duncan
- The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
- Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon (Set in Florida! Aren't you all proud of me?)
- The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
- Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
- Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
- Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
- Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster
- The Sweet Potato Queens First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, But Could Have, and May Yet by Jill Conner Browne with Karin Gillespie, read by the author