“So for the past few days I hopped, greedily perusing Top Ten list after Top Ten list, gathering book after stellar book from bloggers’ 2011 favorites and adding them to my ever mounting virtual TBR pile for 2012. Then a lightning bolt struck: What a perfect 2012 challenge to knit our book blogger community closer together, and perhaps to stretch our own reading boundaries a bit…”
Such was the impetus for the Pay it Sideways Challenge, hosted by What She Read. Two challenges for 2012 feels a little daunting, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to stretch my reading boundaries and give some thanks to some of my favorite bloggers. Here’s the breakdown:
- Choose one book from your favorite bloggers’ recommended reads in 2011 that you will read and review in 2012. You needn’t gather them from “best of” posts, but could also simply read through the blog archives of your favorite book pals on the interwebs and select from those.
- Post your list of books and blogs whenever you decide to take on this challenge.
- Then, when you review each book, link to the blog that inspired you to read it, and provide a brief note praising the merits of that particular blog/blogger.
I’m going with the Explorer level: “Read six books you wouldn’t ordinarily try (based on genre or style or length or whatever standard you set yourself) and six you would, based on recommendations from other bloggers.”
Links go to individual book reviews on their respective blogs.
Books I’m so into
- Mistress of the Art of Death (Ariana Franklin) – Recommended by Desktop Retreat
- The First Rule of Ten (Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay) – Recommended by Popcorn Reads
- The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Mario Acevedo) – Recommend by Reading with Teguila
- The Princess Curse (Merrie Haskell) – Recommended by Small Review
- Anya’s Ghost (Vera Brosgol) – Recommended by The Broke and the Bookish
- The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson) – Recommended by Two Bibliomaniacs
We’ll see how these go
- The Radleys (Matt Haig) Recommended by Bart’s Bookshelf
- The Sugar Queen (Sarah Addison Allen) – Recommended by No Page Left Behind
- Eragon (Christopher Paolini) – Recommended by Alternate Readality
- Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe) – Recommended by bundleofbooks
- A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) – Recommended by eclectic/eccentric
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (NK Jemisin) – Recommended by Giraffe Days
Which of these should I read first?