Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

1930s Mini-Challenge

I figure that it’s safe to assume that a Reading Challenge is a comfy fit when you don’t even have to go looking for reading choices.

Which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the kind of Challenge that calls for my bookish thinkin’ cap (like the What’s In a Name Challenge, in which finding the matches for categories is a bit part of the appeal).

And it’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the kind of Challenge that takes me in a completely fresh reading direction, the kind that means I spend a few hours on the ‘net just to come up with some options, cuz I’m getting all explorey.

But it’s a remarkably cozy feeling to realize that without even glancing at a bookshelf, without even checking my TBR, without even pulling out the old, worn file folder with lists upon lists, a string of titles comes to find when a Challenge has settled around a particular theme.

Here‘s where I joined up, and I’ve since read Winifred Holtby’s South Riding (1935).

These were the others I was considering: Rosamond Lehmann’s A Note in Music (1930); Angela Thirkell’s High Rising (1933); The Weather in the Streets (1936); Angela Thirkell’s Wild Strawberries (1934); Frederick Philip Grove’s Fruits of the Earth (1933); Morley Callaghan’s More Joy in Heaven (1937); and, Gwethalyn Graham’s Swiss Sonata (1938).

But the Challenge only runs from April 18th, 2010 to July 18th, 2010, so I only finished one book from this favoured decade.

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