Themed Reading challenge

February 14 – August 14, 2010

Wendy is once again hosting the Themed Reading Challenge for 2010. This is a six month challenge designed to help readers clear books from their to-be-read stacks which center around a common theme or themes.

My goal: Read at least 5 books which share the same theme.


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It’s been lots of fun deciding on a theme for this challenge. I was thinking of choosing books in translation or New Zealand authors but in the end, with my TBR list in mind, I have picked authors with the first name of Elizabeth
and will choose from the delights below:

Elizabeth Gaskell

Cranford or Wives and Daughters. This will also be the second read for the Elizabeth Gaskell mini challenge

Elizabeth Goudge

Green Dolphin Country – I have this already. It’s huge so can double up for the chunkster challenge

Elizabeth Knox

The Vintner’s Luck – NZ author and a nice read for Carl’s Once Upon a Time challenge in the Spring maybe.

Elizabeth Kostova

Either The Swan Thieves (ideally) or The Historian

Elizabeth Taylor

I have heard such good things about this author. I borrowed Blaming from the library last year but didn’t get to it. Second time lucky hopefully.

Elizabeth Bowen

Eva Trout if possible which won the James Tait Black prize in 1969 and will fit in nicely with the Book Awards challenge

Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love – This one is earmarked for holiday reading later in the year. All we need to do now is book the holiday!

Elizabeth von Armin

The Enchanted April – published in 1922, this could double up with the Decades challenge. Elizabeth von Armin was born in Australia and moved to England when she was three. I think it would be pushing it a bit to include her for the Aussie Author challenge? Maybe as a bonus read…

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

The Blank Wall is a psychological thriller and a Persephone book. Sounds like an intriguing combination and I am excited to see that Claire at Paperback Reader has the banner up for the next Persephone reading week (3-9 May).

So there they are, the Eliz(s)abeth’s…

Books read

Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay

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