JG over at The Introverted Reader is having a Southern Literature Challenge for 2011, and I figured, why the hell not? Few reasons:
- I am a friend of JGs and want to support what she does
- I like challenges that don't push a ton of books on me, as I like to have time to read whatever I happen to be in the mood for, and this one fits the bill.
- I need an excuse to finally read Beautiful Creatures. It's been sitting on my shelves for far too long now.
Basically, it's easy. The goal:
Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, adult or young adult--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.
(and Florida. Maybe)
There are 4 levels of committment:
Level 1--C'mon in the house! Read 1 book.
Level 2--Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 2 books
Level 3--Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 3 books
Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 4 books
I'm going to go for Level 4 because I'm pretty sure I can wrangle up 4 southern books by southern authors. Here's my tentative list of possibilities:
- Beautiful Creatures (and if I like it, Beautiful Darkness)
- perhaps a Morganville Vampires book or 3. I'm debating this, though. It fits the challenge (Texas author, set in Texas) but I don't know how Southern a vibe they have.
- The Help
- Possibly a Sookie Stackhouse book, as I have them and have never touched them
But really, I'm open. If you've got a great Southern read you think I'd like, let me know!