Monday, December 21, 2009

451 Challenge

Just doing my usual blog reading routine, visiting my favorite blogs and seeing what everyone is up to, when an entry on At Home With Books caught my eye, here's the link to it. A new challenge. Yes, a new one, and it sounds like so much fun.

The challenge is called 451 Challenge and it's hosted by Elizabeth of As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves. The challenge is based on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Here's what is posted on challenge entry:
In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

The challenge runs between January 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010.Read books taken from the master list. You can find the list here. And don't forget about choosing a tier. There are four tiers:
Spark - read 1-2 books from the master list
Ember - read 3-4 books from the master list
Flame - read 5-6 books from the master list
Blaze - read 7 or more books from the master list

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Want to join? Visit here.

I am aiming high with this one, I'm going with Blaze.

My list includes:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (re-read)
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Blindness by Jose Saramago - I've had this one in my TBR for years
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichel
Geek Love by Katherine Dunne
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch - I have two copies of this book, one for each of my children
Middlemarch by George Eliot
My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
River's End by Nora Roberts
Roots by Alex Haley
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (all of them)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffinegger


She said...

This sounds like a good one, I think I'll definitely be joining in. Thanks for posting about it!

Alyce said...

Great choices on your list! Thanks for linking to my blog!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you will be joining us! You have a great list - can't wait to read what you think of them.