Sunday, November 20, 2011

CHALLENGE: Venice in February

Bellezza of Dolce Bellezza and Ally of Snow Feathers are hosting a Venice in February reading challenge. Bellezza has the most amazing list of books set in Venice. It goes on and on and it has, I think, every book I have ever read set in Venice.

Such as:
Death in la Fenice by Donna Leon
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Plus a few I am interested in:

A Taste of Venice by Roberto Pianaro
(not in my library)

Don't Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier (short story)

The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
(Booker Prize short list 2001)

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

And after checking my library:
The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
No vulgar hotel : the desire and pursuit of Venice by Judith Martin
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers
Vaporetto 13 : a novel by Robert Girardi
Pippa Passes by Rumer Golden

and another from the Donna Leon series, Inspector Brunetti, Death and Judgment

Books I Read:
1. The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
2. Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers
3. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
4. Death and Judgment by Donna Leon
5. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
6. No Vulgar Hotel by Judith Martin
7. Don't Look Now (short story) by Daphne DuMaurier
My sister and I in Venice
Hopefully in February I'll manage to read one of these, and reminisce about my stopover in Venice five years ago.


  1. Oh, I love your post! You've added it to it so much with your photographs (the last time I was in St. Mark's Square was as a child of 8...or maybe also once in my 20s) as well as the background of the books. We're interested in the same ones I can see, especially the The Comfort of Strangers. I loved Don't Look Now by du Maurier, and I'm also hoping to read Death in la Fenice. So glad you're joining in with us, and thank you for posting about it here.

  2. Oh, I love participating in Paris in July and so this is a good another chance to read about a specific location!

  3. bellezza - thank you! The McEwan one is so short too. I haven't read any duMaurier, so this might be a good time to remedy that. I hated the birds at St Mark's Square! ugh, so gross.

    marg - that's exactly what I was thinking! I loved Paris in July as well.

  4. I was looking at this challenge last night. I haven't decided if I am going to do any reading challenges next year, but I might try to join in!

  5. I've joined too! But I haven't put up a posting on the blog yet to announce it. I loved seeing the photo of you and your sister! It will mean so much more reading about V. if you've already been there. Sadly, I have not, and I fear I never shall. But I can pretend as I read along that I am in a gondola. When I was a girl I thought it romantic, now I find it creepier. Must be the movies I've seen. :<)

  6. Kailana - I like the one month challenges. They seem easier to manage.

    Nan - delightful! I never thought I would get to Europe, so never say never. I didn't ride in a gondola when I was there. I figure it was supposed to be romantic, so if I ever go with my husband, we'll ride, but it didn't seem right with my sister!

  7. All those books look great, happy reading. I love the shots of you in Venice!

  8. I seriously don't know how you're able to manage all the challenges... Impressive!

    This one looks especially interesting, plus any time I see a Du Maurier book I have to stop and pause! The McEwan book looks good too.

    I'm always drawn to Venice books - might have to sign up!


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