"Official" Wolves Badge
(Designed by Frances)
With the hectic end of the year, I kind of forgot to mention the group read line-up that my smart but occasionally trash-talking blogging buddies Claire, E.L. Fay, Emily, Frances, Sarah, and I (a/k/a "The Wolves") have come up with for 2011. In the hope that you'll consider joining us for a discussion of at least one of the following works, here's a list of the titles that we'll be taking a look at during the course of the year. The name of the selector and hence the nominal host/hostess for each month's read appears in parentheses.
- January: Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers (E.L. Fay)
- February: Rosalind Belben's Our Horses in Egypt (Emily)
- March: Mario Vargas Llosa's Conversation in the Cathedral (me)
- April: Paul Glennon's The Dodecahedron, or a Frame for Frames (Sarah)
- May: Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism? (Frances)
- June: Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Claire)
- July: Orhan Pamuk's Snow (E.L. Fay)
- August: Lydia Davis' The End of the Story (Frances)
- September: Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian (me)
- October: Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves (Sarah)
- November: Nathalie Sarraute's The Planetarium (Emily)
- December: Gao Xingjian's Buying a Fishing Rod for My Father (Claire)
Rejected Wolves Badge
(Discovered by Emily)
A little secret: Although it took dozens of e-mails to finalize this year's reading list, it only took one to nix the fashionista wolf image!
The TBR Dare
Moving on to something completely different, I've decided to accept C.B. James' counterintuitively appealing TBR Dare. Yeah, the one in which known print junkies are urged to masochistically limit themselves to only reading books from their own TBR stockpiles for a certain period of time. Since I have enough books stockpiled to get me through two or three years of no new books privation but probably only enough willpower to last a week or two at best, I've challenged myself--even though, like the man says, this is a dare and not a challenge--to go all of January without reading anything that's not currently part of my TBR and/or already checked out from the library. Naturally, I took advantage of one of the loopholes in the rules to stock up on some last minute library books and make two 12/31 purchases (Conrad's The Secret Agent and Proust's In the Shadow of the Young Girls in Flower) to help me make it through the end of January and possibly longer. The TBR Dare sign-up page is here for those wanting a little more information about C.B. James' reverse Fantasy Island.
The 2011 Roberto Bolaño Reading Challenge
While the vast majority of reading challenges are easily as lame/uninteresting as adult YA bloggers bragging about reading below their grade levels all the time, Rise of in lieu of a field guide has baited a very different type of challenge hook with his 2011 Roberto Bolaño Reading Challenge. I haven't joined yet, but it's probably only a matter of time before I give in given the circumstances and the Bolaño-loving company (Stu of Winstonsdad's Blog, another international lit fave of mine, is also participating). Ok, hell, I give in: please sign me up at the Godzilla level, Rise.