Two Reading Challenges

When I started this blog, just over a month ago, I didn’t anticipate participating in any challenges.  I change my mind a lot about what I want to read and I didn’t want to get locked into anything.  However, there are two challenges that I came across just today that mirror my reading tastes so well and fall in line with what I planned to read this year anyway, that I think I’ll join in.

The first is the French Historical Reading Challenge.  It’s hosted by Enchanted by Josephine.  I am a huge fan of French film but I have not read many French books or books about France’s history.

Here is lowdown (or you can click on the image to get all the details and join in):

Image link to French Challenge

***All you have to do is read any Historical Fiction or Non-fiction books based on French history or French historical figures.  Books can also overlap with other Challenges.

Reading Levels:
La Princesse: Read 3 books
La Dauphine: Read 6 books
La Reine: Read 9 books
L’Impératrice: More than 9 books

I’ve spent the last half-hour or so pouring over my reading list and looking up books that might meet this criteria and I’ve pasted some possibilities below.  I am striving for the “La Princesse” reading level.  If anyone has read these books or knows of other fine reads that fit this criteria, please do feel free to leave me a comment.

1.  The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.: A Novel by Sandra Gulland

2.  Nana by Emile Zola

3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

4. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

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The other challenge that I’ve joined is the Jane Austen Challenge.  This one is hosted by The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object.

I’ve pasted a few details below but again, you can click on the image to get the full scoop.

Image link to Jane Austen Challenge

-Levels:

**Newbie 2 books by J. Austen, 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

**Lover 4 books by J. Austen, 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

** Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen, 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

–Challenge runs January 1st 2010—December 31 2010.

I am going to play it safe and join in as  a “Newbie.”  I plan to read one novel that I’ve already read and one Austen novel that that is new for me.  I’m a little hesitant about the spoofs.  I understand that there are many sub par spin-offs out there, so again, if anyone has any recommendations in that area, know that I am open to suggestions.   I am considering Austenland by Shannon Hale since I just read and enjoyed another one of her novels, The Goose Girl (see yesterday’s post).

1. Pride and Prejudice (1813)

2. Persuasion (1818)

3. Austenland by Shannon Hale (spoof)

4. An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan (spoof)

I am really excited about these challenges.  I must stop blogging and get to reading!

Cheers!