Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Challenge Complete: Birth Year Challenge--Honors

For the third year in a row Hotchpot Cafe is sponsoring the wonderful Birth Year Reading Challenge. My favorite reading challenge.  This year, in addition to the regular option to read books from our own birth year, we were offered the chance to select the birth year of someone special that we would like to honor.

I jumped in w
ith both feet--'cause, you see, I had two people that I'd like to honor. And they both have some pretty good books that just happen to have been hanging out on my TBR list for a while.  [I really wanted to do honor to three people--Sorry, Dad, but the list of books for your year didn't do a whole lot for me.]  My commitment was for four books for each of my honorees.

First, up 1947. This is the year of Gloria, my mom. Not only is my mom totally great and deserving of the honor just for being a wonderful mom--but she also gets the credit for introducing me to Nancy Drew and starting me on my long love affair with the written word in general and mysteries in particular. Mom gave me her set of 5-6 Nancy Drew books that had been a Christmas gift from her mom back in the '50s and I never looked back. I'm not sure that Mom realized that she was creating such a dedicated biblioholic when she did that.....

Books read from 1947:

1. The Clue in the Old Album by Carolyn Keene (3/22/12)
2. Full Moon by P. G. Wodehouse (3/23/12)
3. New Graves at Great Norne by Henry Wade (5/31/12)
4. Swan Song by Edmund Crispin (4/3/12)

My second honoree burst onto the scene in 1955. Richard is a dear friend who gets the credit for my most recent obsession--book blogging. Again, I'm not sure he knew what he was doing when he told me about his blog (animal/picture-oriented), but had I not checked out his blog and also his daughter's and moved from there to discovering a whole world of book blogging I don't think I'd be out here in the blogosphere today.

Books read from 1955
1. A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (3/6/12)

2. Compartment K by Helen Reilly (7/15/12)
3. So Many Steps to Death by Agatha Christie (5/25/12)
4. Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis (7/31/12)

Commitment Complete: 7/31/12.  But still reading! J. G. is offering an overachiever prize....and, well, I am a bit of an overachiever.  Just a bit.

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