Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Southern Literature Reading Challenge 2014

It's that time again!

I'm hosting the Southern Literature Reading Challenge for the fourth year in a row. I can't believe it's been that long already! Sign up Here!

The rules:

Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, for any age group--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

Definitions of the South are flexible, so I've decided to define it the way I want. That's the fun of hosting your own challenge, right? :-)

The states:
South Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
North Carolina
Virginia
Tennessee 
Mississippi
Louisiana
Kentucky 
West Virginia
Texas
Arkansas
Florida

Please keep in mind that this is a Southern literature challenge. It's possible to find books set in each of these states that are not Southern in nature or feeling. Use your best judgment when choosing your books. 

Levels:

Level 1--C'mon in the house! Read 1 book.

Level 2--Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 2 books

Level 3--Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 3 books

Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 4 books

The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. You can join in anytime throughout the year.

I am not limiting the challenge to bloggers.  You can also link to a review you wrote on another site, such as GoodReads or LibraryThing. 

Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable, and feel free to read your books in any format you choose.

Reading suggestions: I have a shelf on GoodReads with lots of books on it. There's also a Best Southern Literature list on GoodReads that should give you lots of ideas. Or you can reference the linked reviews from the 20132012, and 2011 versions of the challenge.

Different this year: I'll put up a new post with a linky for reviews on January 1. I'll keep a permanent link to both posts in my sidebar. That will be easier to keep track of which links are reviews and which are sign up posts.

We have some wonderful authors down here, and I hope you'll join me in discovering them! Just grab the button and sign up on Mr. Linky below!

If you're wondering, the button is a photo of Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of my own home state, North Carolina. Beautiful, isn't it? I found it onWikimedia Commons and it is in the public domain.

Sign up Here!

I am going for Level 4--Y'all come back now, y'hear! Read 4 books.
1. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
2. Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay
3. The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
4. The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

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