List Swap Challenge 2011

Inspired by Chris and Debi, by way of Amy and Hannah, Nicole of Linus’s Blanket and I decided to do the list swap challenge. Basically you choose five books for yourself to read and five books for your challenge partner to read, then one book to read together. My plan is to read one of the first 10 books each month, alternating between one Nicole picked for me and one I pick for myself. Faulkner will probably have to wait until we get through the book we’re reading together, though.

I’m really excited about the list that Nicole put together for me. Most of these books were not on my radar, but they all seem to be right up my alley.

Kindred by Octavia Butler
Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen
Light in August by William Falkner
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Swan Song by Robert McCammon

My list for myself is comprised of some of the books books I purchased from The Bookstore in 2010 and never actually got around to reading.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
The Thousand by Kevin Guilfoile

What with What’s Old is New and another project we’re working on, Nicole and I will really be reading a whole bunch of books together. However, the book we are going to read  for the purpose of this challenge is Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Because we’re a bit overwhelmed with all of our projects, and because we’re nerdy enough that this really appeals to us, we’re going to read it as it would have been read originally: in installments. As an aside, it was remarkably difficult to find a schedule of how the installments were originally published. We ended up finding facsimiles of the originals and creating our own schedule. Here it is, for those of you who are interested, the installments are weekly:

Installment Book: Chapters
1 1 1 – 3
2 1 4
3 1 5
4 1 6
5 2 1 – 2
6 2 3
7 2 4 – 5
8 2 6
9 2 7 – 8
10 2 9
11 2 10 – 11
12 2 12 – 13
13 2 14
14 2 15
15 2 16
16 2 17 – 18
17 2 19 – 20
18 2 21
19 2 22 – 23
20 2 24
21 3 1
22 3 2 – 3
23 3 4 – 5
24 3 6 – 7
25 3 8
26 3 9
27 3 10
28 3 11 – 12
29 3 13
30 3 14
31 3 15
http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2010/11/challenge-list-for-2011-and-my-list.html

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