Amazing Read Challenge

Have Book – Will Travel Through Time! Amazing Read Challenge Week 9

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Where did you travel for last week’s challenge? Did you stand on the podium in Barcelona with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team as they received their gold medals or survive the Hunger Games? After all that athletic excitement, perhaps you’re ready for a leisurely trip through time.
 

You could relax and travel back in time to appreciate the art on the cave walls in Brian Fagan’s Cro-Magnon, or visit the tense days of 1912 in Barbara Tuchman’s classic

Have Book - Will You Triumph or Be Defeated? Amazing Read Challenge Week 8

Where did you travel for last week’s challenge? Wherever you went, I hope you met some new friends, saw some new sights, and plan to go back sometime soon.

After seven of these challenges, we figure your competitive juices should be flowing, so this week we want you to read books about sports or other competitions. For you fiction readers, how about Chad Harbach's bestselling The Art of Fielding, or Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain? If you like your competitions with somewhat...

Have Book - Will Travel Somewhere New, Amazing Read Challenge Week 7

amazing read logoSo did you travel to the dark side for last week's challenge, or stay on the side of the angels? I tend to prefer heroes who straddle the line myself--like Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon which I re-read on a plane ride.

Now on to this week's challenge! Most of us are creatures of habit. We find something we like and stick with it even though we’re pretty sure we could find a better cup of coffee, say, or a dentist with smaller hands, if we only bothered to look. The same can be said of our reading lives: we like what we like and see no reason to look elsewhere. There is absolutely nothing wr...

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 9

Amazing Read LogoI hope you had a chance to take last week's challenge. With all the news zipping at us from all directions these days, it was nice to be reminded that peeling it off the page is not just a viable option, but in many ways a better one. I had a chance to whittle down the stack of New Yorkers gathering dust on the nightstand. That's right, The New Yorker isn't just a  collection highbrow of cartoons. It features some of the best long-form journalism going today by writers like

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 8

amazing readI could spend the whole summer exploring last week's challenge, but I'm learning to mix up my reading diet.  My funny read revisited some old friends, P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves.  I chose Right Ho, Jeeves because it features my favorite of Bertie's silly friends, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and his hilarious prize-giving speech at Market Snodsbury grammar school.

This week we're going to be a bit more informative and challenge you to read something in the news

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 7

Amazing Read Challenge LogoA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: I've always found it fascinating that so many of our funniest artists lead such unhappy private lives: think comedians like Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, and Lenny Bruce, or writers like John Kennedy Toole, and <...

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