I'm still sticking with my goal of finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and North and South; this library loot haul is for my new reading year. Later this month I'll post more on the 2011 challenges I'm joining, but for now I will list what challenges each book fulfills.
- First off is Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a Hercule Poirot novel involving a heiress murdered by poisoned coffee. This mystery novel is for the Vintage Mystery challenge.
- I was so excited to find a copy of Phillipa Gregory's The Red Queen, the follow up novel to last year's The White Queen, of course it concerns my current historical obsession: The War of the Roses. This novel will count for Chivalrous Deeds Historical Challenge.
- Next is another book I nabbed in large print as I was so excited, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. This is a novelization of the friendship between Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). I'm always interested in different takes on authors and sometimes the conjecture of novels proves interesting. This book will be for the New Authors Challenge.
- Room by Emma Donoghue has been all the buzz on book blogs. Nominated for the Man Booker prize and based on a true story; this book is narrated from a child's perspective and a child narrating a horrific situation. I think it will be interesting, but sometimes books with rape/sexual abuse really bother me (i.e nightmares) so I may or may not finish it. We'll see how the subject manner is handled. Of course, this is for the Man Booker Challenge.
- Finally, a selection for the Man Booker Challenge and the TBR Challenge: A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book. I've checked this out several times and I've never gotten around to reading it. I can't tell you why! I adore Byatt and I'm eagerly anticipating this read.
I have all 5 books stacked up and ready to go; I'm planning on kicking off the New Year diving into this stack of reads!