Support your Local Library Challenge – Completed!


A big thank you to J Kaye for hosting this challenge. I’m lucky to have a wonderful library near to where I live and most of the books I’ve read this year so far have come from there. I think I have a not so tiny addiction to just being around books, even with a big pile already checked out I can’t resist stopping by just in case..

I chose the middle option and read the 25 books below:

1. Madame – Antoni Libera
2. The Sinner – Petra Hammesfahr
3. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
4. Identity – Milan Kundera
5. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
6. The Other Hand – Chris Cleave
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami
8. The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald
9. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
10. A Girl in Winter – Philip Larkin
11. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
12. The Blindfold – Siri Hustvedt
13. gods in Alabama – Joshilyn Jackson
14. The Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller
15. Strangers – Anita Brookner
16. The Attack – Yasmina Khadra
17. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
18. A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
19. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
20. Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
21. The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
22. The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano
23. He Was My Chief – Christa Schroeder
24. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
25. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen


9 responses to “Support your Local Library Challenge – Completed!

  1. Wow! Congratulations! Hope you join us again in 2010!

  2. J.Kaye – Thank you! I will definitely be joining you again next year 0:)

  3. Libraries are beguiling places. Alas, I live in a small town now and miss the big city libraries I frequented before. I’ve read a few on your list, The Poisonwood Bible is a very memorable read which I read in a book group some years ago. Austerlitz – great stuff, if challenging.

    Thanks for visiting my Fallada review – your comments much appreciated

  4. There are five of my favorites on your list – “Northanger Abbey”, “Alone in Berlin”, “North and South”, “The Blindfold”, and “The Blue Flower”.

  5. You’re welcome Tom – I always enjoy your reviews. I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible and thought Austerlitz was beautifully written, definitely challenging. I have to say I haven’t had any desire to read anything else by Sebald just yet.

  6. Anokatony – thank you for stopping by. Alone in Berlin and North and South are two of my favourites now also – I’m looking forward to reading another book by Suri Hustvedt as well – I liked her writing in The Blindfold a lot 0:)

  7. Congratulations! Will you be doing the same level next year? This is one challenge I look forward to participating in again next year.

  8. Book Psmith – Thank you and congratulations to you too! I think I will try for the same level next year. 50 might be a bit much for me but it would definitely be a challenge!

  9. Congrats on finishing this one. (I’ve read 23 out of my 25.) A really nice selection of books too. The Poisonwood Bible was probably my favourite read from last year.

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