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2013 Southern Literature Reading Challenge

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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I'm a little late to post this, but I am hosting the Southern Literature Reading Challenge again this year. Sign up and link your reviews below. The rules:

Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, for any age group--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? :-)

The states:
South Carolina
North Carolina
West Virginia

Please keep in mind that this is a Southern literature challenge. It's possible to find books set in each of these states that are not Southern in nature or feeling. Use your best judgment when choosing your books.


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, 2013 to December 31, 2013. 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.

Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable, and feel free to read your books in any format you choose.

I'm signing up at the Y'all Come Back Now level. I'll track my progress here.
  1. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
  2. Oral History by Lee Smith
  3. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
  4. The Big Beautiful by Pamela Duncan
  5. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells, read by Judith Ivey
  6. Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr.
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 should give you lots of ideas. You can also reference the linked reviews from the 2012 and 2011 versions of the challenge.

We have some wonderful authors down here, and I hope you'll join me in discovering them! Just grab the button and sign up on Mr. Linky below!

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I have an affiliate relationship with Malaprop's, my local independent bookstore located in beautiful downtown Asheville, NC; and Better World Books. I will receive a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase books through links on my site.


  1. It sounds like fun and I've just signed up :-)

  2. I've signed up too - my first time with this challenge.

  3. Looking forward to this challenge!

  4. Hi - where do we link up our reviews? Just finished my first one!

    1. Right here. I'm just using the same linky for signups and reviews. Thanks for joining in!

    2. Right here. I'm just using the same linky for signups and reviews. Thanks for joining in!

  5. Maybe it's living under snow for too much of the year, but I love Southern settings and am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading!

  6. Howdy, Howdy! Help--can't find Mr. Linky for my Southern Lit review of Flora. What should I do?
    Diane R.

    1. Oops, I let my Mr. Linky subscription expire. It should be fixed now. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. sorry - I just realized I listed Lowcountry Summer twice - feel free to delete one of the entries!


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