Well-Seasoned Reading Challenge 2009

I joined another reading challenge for next year. I hope this helps me further slash my TBR pile. I will post challenge widgets before the year ends.  I also found some cool icons to help me track my progress and simultaneously show it in my sidebar, too.

well-seasoned-reader-challenge-jan-mar-09This (third) challenge is called Well-Seasoned Reading Challenge 2009 which works by following the conditions below:

Rule #1: The challenge runs from January 1 to March 31. (No cheating and starting before!)

Rule #2: You must read three books. After that, it’s up to you how much you want to read.

Rule #3: The books must:

  • have a food name in the title (1)
    OR
  • be about cooking/eating (2)
    OR
  • have a place name in the title (3)
    OR
  • be about one (or more) person’s travel experience (4)
    OR
  • be about a specific culture (5)
    OR
  • be by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own (6)

Rule #4: They must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.

– – –

January 31, 2009 – I have edited my book choices.

My TBR pile has gone insane with more than 500 titles. I’m not kidding. I am almost done with a comprehensive list which I will post in my Book List page which is temporarily disabled as we speak.

Anyway, I plan to read the following titles to satisfy this challenge. I noted the “category/ies” each one falls under by putting the corresponding number/s as described above beside the titles .

  1. Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat, Naomi Moriyama (2,5)
  2. French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano (2,5,6)
  3. French Women For All Seasons, Mireille Guiliano (2,5,6)
  4. Salmon Fishing In Yemen, Paul Torday  (3, 4, 5,6)
  5. American Purgatorio, John Haskell (3*,4,6)
  6. The Kalahari Typing School For Men, Alexander McCall Smith (4, 5, 6)
  7. Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith (3, 6)
  8. Coffee and Kung Fu, Karen Brichoux (1, 6)

*I considered “purgatorio” a place, what say you? =)

So, what do you think of my choices?  

5 thoughts on “Well-Seasoned Reading Challenge 2009

  1. May I suggest “My Name is Red” by Orhan Pamuk? I think it may meet a couple of your criteria and it’s a great read. I may also mention it has sex, but in a Muslim-ish kinda way. Always a treat.

  2. Wow, and I thought *my* TBR pile was out of control.

    Officially, coffee counts as a food, so don’t stress that. Other than French Women Don’t Get Fat, I haven’t heard of any on your list, but they look intriguing.

    Thanks for joining!

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