Thanks to Karen, I learned about an online reading challenge. I am going to participate in the Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge. Here are the basic rules:
If you’re interested in joining, here are the guidelines:
- The challenge runs from July 1 through December 31 during which time you must read six books that fall under the ‘armchair traveling’ theme.
- Fiction or non-fiction works are fine, and do not need to be specifically travel related, as long as the location is integral to the book - I’ll leave that to your discretion. Locations must be actual places that you could visit, so no Middle Earths or galaxies far, far away.
- Books may be cross-posted to other challenges, but you cannot count any books read prior to July 1st.
- To join, make a post outlining your six choices and link to that post below. Because I like to have a little wiggle room, you can opt to switch out books throughout the challenge.
- And yes, there will be prizes!
I went through my bookshelf and pulled out six books which meet the criteria that I have not yet read. Although, I did get some great suggestions for folks for alternates in case I get bored or want to treat myself to another book. For now, here are my six gems: (Bolded titles are complete)
What the Body Remembers (India as it is dividing into India and Pakistan) by Shauna Singh Baldwin
The Chin Kiss King (Cuba and Miami) by Ana Vecianna Suarez
The Enigma of Arrival (Trinidad and England) by V.S. Naipaul
A Walk In the Woods (Appalachian Trial, United States) by Bill Bryson
Midnight's Children (India as it is becomes an independent country) by Salman Rushdie. I actually hope to complete this book.
From looking at this list, I also realize that all of these books were presents; I got them as gifts from people who thought that I would enjoy the story. It's so exciting to still be unrwapping gifts years later.