Welcome to the official sign-up post for Reading New England, a 2016 challenge hosted here at The Emerald City Book Review. I’ve chosen twelve focus areas — the six New England states and six thematic/genre groups — to help us diversify our reading, but please feel free to pick and choose in your explorations of this wonderful region. Use the links above for linking your posts. Linking up will earn you extra points in the event giveaway(s) along the way, along with being a great way to share your discoveries with others.
What books qualify for this challenge? My idea is to include authors and books that represent the region in some way, bringing out its special qualities and characteristics. (For this purpose, books should be actually set in New England; books written by a New England author but set elsewhere would not qualify.) Classic authors to explore include Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and many more; contemporary possibilities could include Stephen King, Jane Langton, John Irving, Alice Hoffman…reader suggestions are very welcome. Here’s a list of books to help us get started.
Here are the twelve categories, with the months when I’m planning to focus on them here on ECBR (though you may read from any category at any time):
January: New Hampshire
April: Poetry and Drama
August: Children’s Books
September: Rhode Island
October: Speculative Fiction and Mystery
December: Readalong or free choice
To qualify, books must be read between January 1 and December 31, 2016, and must be posted about publicly in some way (blog post, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.). A substantial part of the book must take place in at least one of the six New England states. In the case of poetry, the poet should be strongly associated with or draw inspiration from the region.
Link up your posts here. Posts that qualify for multiple categories should only be linked in one.
A Single Leaf: 1+
Read at least one book from any of the challenge categories
Roots and Branches: 3-6+
Read at least 3-6 books from any of the challenge categories
Six State Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book representing each New England state
Genre Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book from each of the six genre categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry/drama, children’s books, speculative fiction/mystery, freebie/readalong)
A New England Forest: 12+
Read at least one book from each of the twelve challenge categories
Will you participate? Link up below to let us know your plans!