War and Peace Leo Tolstoy completed
The Giver Lois Lowry (Newbery, Book Awards) completed
When The Emperor Was Divine (888, Book Around The World) completed
As a wrap up to this adventure I will refer back to the original challenge we were given by Inksplasher in which she suggested the following
' i would like to suggest that we stretch a little. If you normally read fiction, put at least one non-fiction on your list (and vice versa). Or try a genre you don’t usually read. (I may have to read another romance.) Or try a new author chosen totally at random. But most importantly, make your list FUN so you'll want to read!'
My list was certainly fun but more importantly fulfilling. As a quick glance at the list may suggest I did stretch myself in many ways. This was especially evident as I read the Zora Neale Thurston dialect. As for War and Peace this was the most amazing and wonderful book I have ever read - and has motivated me to read the Levear and Volokhonsky version of Anna Karenina. The memoir genre that turned out to be a fiction read after all was another interesting read - probably for all the wrong reasons! Finally the view of war in the USA for Japanese nationals was a complete revelation to me. The joy of this book was that it was a gift from a dear web friend and thus epitomised the pleasure and joy I have discovered since reading along with my new found friends on the web.
Favorite book of the challenge - War and Peace
Least favorite book of the challenge - Surviving With Wolves
Any new authors read in this challenge - Zora Neale Hurston and Julie Otsuka
What I learned - that variety is the spice of life!
Thank you Karlene for hosting!