Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Oliver de la Paz Reading Challenge 2015: here's my list

His idea, his rules. Sounds like a good kick to start reading this summer.  His website is

The Oliver De La Paz
Summer Reading Challenge Rules:
1) Pick 15 books that you would like to finish this summer--any genre, any size. This list doesn't have to be at 15 right from the start. It will grow as the summer continues.
2) Of the 15 books, designate 3 that you recommend to co-participants. (After you've read them, of course).
3) Of the 15 books, 3 of the books must be from recommendations by other participants.
4) Post your 15 book list somewhere with a link so that co-participants can link you on their webpages, tumblr pages, or blogs.
5) Hold yourself accountable by posting commentary about a book you've just read. Commentary can also take the form of something creative or artistic.
6) The Challenge Ends August 31st. Have fun.

My list of 12 (with the intention of picking three from other lists):

Master and the Margarita-Bulgakov    (for an online salon)

Zombie Wars - Hemon

Fishbowl - Somer

Kitchens of the Great Midwest - Stradal ****disappointing, a bit unrealistic for me to relate to

The Good Shufu - Slater**** really good memoir

The Eye Stone - Tiraboschi

Blackbird - Tom Wright

Imperium - Kracht

Bright Dead Things - Limon

Watchmen - Moore (for a class)

Bastards - King  ****excellent memoir, heartbreaking but worthwhile

Bootstrapper - Link

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