The literary blogging world is awash with challenges as we embark on the New Year, and I am afraid I have succumbed and decided to join a couple myself. These are not to be confused with Packabook’s own World Party Reading Challenge which I would of course encourage everyone to check out – but rather, these are hosted on other people’s blogs. Given that they fit in so well with what we do here at Packabook, I figured I would give it a go.
The first is the Italy in Books Challenge over at the Book After Book blog. The idea here is to read 12 books that are set in Italy throughout 2011, which shouldn’t be too difficult given the selection of books set in Italy we have here at Packabook for inspiration. I will give you some short reviews as I go along just in case you fancy a little Mediterranean meandering yourself.
And the second challenge is the War and Peace readalong over at A Room of One’s Own. Set in Russia, I figure War and Peace is pretty much mandatory reading for Packabookers at some stage of their reading career – and I have been putting it off for too long. Conveniently, the Tolstoy classic has 365 chapters, which makes it ideal for a year-long challenge – one chapter a day. If you are starting now you will have to double up the chapters for the first few days, but they are really not that long and you should have no trouble. I have decided that War and Peace is an ideal selection to read on my ipad. First of all, you can get it free from ibooks, secondly, given the size of this novel, it is not something I want to be carrying around in my bag all year!
If you are aware of any other challenges focusing on specific locations that might inspire your fellow Packabookers, then let us know in the comments. Or if you decide to join in on either of the two above then I’d love to hear about it …there’s safety in numbers!