It’s hard to believe, but the year is already half over and so is the year-long Reading New England Challenge. I’ve had such a wonderful time so far with this challenge; how about you? If you’re participating, do you feel the challenge has been a positive experience? What do you still want to accomplish this year? Would you like to give us a recap of what you’ve read so far? Even if you’re just watching from the sidelines, are there any New England titles that you have read or want to read that you’d like to suggest?
So far, I have read 21 books and reviewed 7. I’ve enjoyed my encounters with classics like Our Town and A Separate Peace, as well as discovering new gems like Hidden View and New England Bound. I’m looking forward to another six months of exploring the region through books, and hopefully doing some actual traveling to some of the many literary locations that surround me as well.
I was also delighted that I managed to organize a New England Book Blogger Meet-up, and hope we can have another before the end of the year.
Here I’d like to announce my giveaway plan: at the end of the year, I’ll list all the titles I have read for the challenge (reviewed or not), and the giveaway winner can choose a book or books from my list. You do not have to be participating in the challenge to enter, but here’s the incentive for participants:
- If you win and have linked up 0-3 reviews, you can choose ONE book from my list.
- If you’ve linked up 4-8 reviews, you can chose TWO books.
- If you’ve linked up 9-12 reviews, you can choose THREE books.
Visiting and commenting on other posts will also earn you extra entries, so be sure to check out the Genre Post and State Post linkup pages. This giveaway will be international (to countries served by Book Depository).
I enjoyed looking back to see what I’ve read so far. New Hampshire was my state of choice to begin with, it seems, but I had quite a run of Vermont books at the end. Massachusetts has not gotten much play yet, but that’s about to change soon, and Rhode Island has been neglected completely, which is a shame – I must do something about that.
A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos (New Hampshire)
- A Separate Peace – John Knowles (New Hampshire)
- Amos Fortune, Free Man – Elizabeth Yates (New Hampshire)
- Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout (Maine)
- A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (New Hampshire)
- Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House – Eric Hodgins (Connecticut)
- The Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett (Maine)
- Long Day’s Journey into Night – Eugene O’Neill (Connecticut)
- The Evil Wizard Smallbone – Delia Sherman (Maine)
- Galvanized – Leland Kinsey (Vermont)
- Our Town – Thornton Wilder (New Hampshire)
- The Inn at Lake Devine – Elinor Lipman (Massachusetts/Vermont)
- Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter (Vermont)
- Ah, Wilderness! – Eugene O’Neill (Connecticut)
- Idyll Banter – Chris Bohjalian (Vermont)
- Hidden View – Brett Ann Stanciu (Vermont)
- The Children – Ann Leary (Connecticut)
- Soup – Robert Newton Peck (Vermont)
- Understood Betsy – Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Vermont)
- Life Among the Savages – Shirley Jackson (Vermont)
- New England Bound – Wendy Warren (multi-state/general) Review coming on Friday
I’ve sampled poetry, drama, children’s books, and fantasy, along with a goodly helping of adult fiction. Still, there’s so much more on my list I would like to read — what’s on yours?