Sunday, January 3, 2010

Flashback Challenge

I've decided to sign up for a few challenges to stimulate my reading, so there'll be several posts to that effect over the next few days. The first one I'm signing up for is the Flashback Challenge, hosted by Aarti and Kristin M. The challenge is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. From their description:

You can sign up for the following levels:
Bookworm - Up to three books
Scholar - Four to six books
Literati - Over six books

Within these levels, we have mini-challenges!  These are:

1. Re-read a favorite book from your childhood
2. Re-read a book assigned to you in high school
3. Re-read a book you loved as an adult

Thus, if you sign up for the Bookworm level, you could ostensibly choose to read one book from each mini-challenge.  Or you could choose to do none of the above (though, granted, not sure what you could have possibly read that does not fit into either childhood, high school or adulthood).

I'm excited about this challenge. I think I'm going to sign up at the level of Literati, because I love to reread books and I've already thought of a bunch of books for it.

Favorite Books from my Childhood:
1. This is where I'm a little stumped... It's hard to remember what books I loved as a kid! I remember devouring series like The Babysitters Club, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew, so maybe I'll go back to something from there... TBD....

Books Assigned in High School:
1. The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien -- I remember really liking this at the time, and have been thinking about rereading it for awhile.
2. Either The Great Gatsby or The Scarlet Letter  - Not sure which of these I'll choose. I want to reread the Great Gatsby because I remember liking it at the time and I think I'd really like it as a reread, plus there's going to be a production of it in my area soon so it'd be nice to read it again if I want to see that. The Scarlet Letter I don't really remember much of other than not liking it much, but it might be interesting to reread.

Books I loved as an Adult:
1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck -- This has long topped my list of favorite books, but I haven't reread it in years. Time to reevaluate to see if it really belongs on top. Plus it's already sitting on my bookshelf!
2. Either The Kiterunner or A Thousand Splendid Suns (both by Khaled Hosseini) -- I loved both of these books and bought used copies after I already read them because I loved them so much, but haven't touched either copy since, so this is a good opportunity to get to them.

Thanks to Aarti and Kristen for hosting this challenge! I'll update this post as I start reading!


  1. Thanks for joining The Flashback Challenge and welcome to book blogging! I think your selection of books sounds excellent. I am one of those who didn't really care for The Grapes of Wrath, but I'm finding that a lot of people LOVED it. So maybe I read it at the wrong time in my life? Who knows :-)

  2. Thanks for commenting! I'm actually kind of curious to reread Grapes of Wrath -- I think it's been over 5 years since I last read it, so we'll see if it still deserves its place at the top of my list :)