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

Postal Reading Challenge 2013


Postal Reading Challenge

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One of my Friday Fugues in 2011 was devoted to letters. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned of Melwyk’s challenge.

Whether real letters…

Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964 The Story of a Remarkable Friendship (Ed. Martha Freeman, 1995)
Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road (1970)
Yann Martel’s What is Stephen Harper Reading? (2009)
Harriet Russell’s Envelopes (2005)
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters (1976)

Or fictional letters…

Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983)
Jean Webster’s Dear Daddy Long-Legs (1912)
Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine Series (1991-)
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1983)
Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist (2011)
Rosy Thornton’s More Than Love Letters (2006)
Joey Comeau’s Overqualified (2009)
Lee Smith’s Christmas Letters (1996)

I love reading them!

There were 72 books on my GoodReads Letters’ shelf when I finished that project and there are 97 101 116 now, so you can see I’ve found a few more.

I don’t have a reading list yet, but I plan to read at least four books of letters in what remains of 2013:
1. Daniel Glattauer’s Love Virtually (2006; Trans. Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch, German 2011)
2. Tamara Levine’s But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer (2012)
3. Dear Marian, Dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel Correspondence (Ed. Christl Verduyn)
4. Intimate Strangers: The Letters of Margaret Laurence & Gabrielle Roy (Ed. Paul G. Socken)

How about you? Do you love reading other people’s mail?


2 comments to Postal Reading Challenge 2013

  • Yes, indeed, I do love reading all kinds of mail, including other people’s 😉 So glad you’re in, I’m going to go check out that Goodreads list, and perhaps I should create my own, there are so many to choose from…

    • I’ve been going through it myself and wondering if I should narrow my challenge intentions in my reading mind to focus on either fiction or non-fiction. Even though I’ve got them all shelved together on GR, I requested a fictional one from the library to start with, and now I think all the fictional options look most appealing, but if I had started with a non-fiction selection, I’d be just as pleased I think. Maybe I will plan to switch gears in the summer, so that I can enjoy some of each…

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