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2015 Southern Literature Reading Challenge

Sunday, December 28, 2014

This is the sign-up page. Please link your reviews here.

I'm hosting the Southern Literature Reading Challenge again this year. I love reading Southern Literature and I hope you do too!

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.

I've had a few requests for a more difficult challenge, so I'm upping the levels a bit this year. I've tried to keep it accessible for everyone though. Let me know what you think.


Level 1--C'mon in the house! Read 1-2 books.

Level 2--Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 3-4 books

Level 3--Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 5-6 books

Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 7-8 books

The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. 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.

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 some good ideas. Or you can reference the linked reviews from the 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 versions of the challenge.

I'm putting up a post with a separate linky for reviews as well. I'll keep a permanent link to both posts in my sidebar. That will be easier to keep track of which links are reviews and which are sign up posts.

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. My opinions are completely my own.


  1. I am entering the reading challenge and just added my link. Thanks for hosting.

  2. I am signing up again! Thanks for hosting.

  3. I recommend a much higher bar. In your closing group, I'm presently linking 18! I haven't seen California on your lists. Are we skipping that region? Please come on over to my challenges as well, reprising in February! Carolyn.

  4. I'm signing up. I did this one in 2013 and liked it so much I'm keen to do it again. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Hi, will you be doing this again next year?

    1. I am planning to! Hopefully I'll get a signup post done sometime before January.


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