three months, three books, win!
Southern Reading Challenge Three
haikus, pecans, win!
Before I joined Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge in 2007, I didn't even realize that southern books were a genre. And they may not be a real genre, but I get them now. We were watching Because of Winn-Dixie, based on the book by Kate diCamillo and it just reeks, reeks in a good way, of southern characters and settings. It was set in Florida which is southern, but it also had the feel that I've come to enjoy and recognize in southern literature. So Yay! to Maggie for hosting again. Last year I read the following:
Miss Julia Throws a Wedding by Ann B Ross
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (Mississippi)
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (South Carolina)
Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey WhiteThe Awakening by Kate Chopin
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
I wrote a haiku for The Secret Life of Bees - which was fab, and then won and read an autographed copy of Mudbound, also fab. Maybe this year I'll join in one of the other contests during the challenge. And keep an eye out for dead mules, apparently they appear in a lot of southern fiction.
This summer I hope to read from the following list:
Miss Julia Meets Her Match by Ann B Ross (continuing series)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (on www.dailylit.com)
Beach Music by Pat Conroy (South Carolina)
Big Stone Gap by Adrianna Trigiani
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
2. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
3. A Death in the Family by James Agee