The Expanding Horizons Book Challenge

This is my very first book challenge! Once I'm finished with my little paint project, I'll be curling up with books as a great way to unwind and keep myself out of trouble with impulse spending. :)

Ok, so this challenge is very cool. The details are linked under my "Books..." list, but basically you choose an author of varying ethnic backgrounds, one African author, one Chinese, and so on. My personal library could use more diversity to be sure, so this sounded like a very interesting proposal.

I'm really excited. I bought the first book from my list (20% Borders coupon + $5 Borders Bucks = a cheap deal) today and the challenge starts at the beginning of the year. Six books in four months, I think I can manage.

Here are my selections:

African - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Asian - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Hispanic - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez
Indian - A Fine Balance by Rohintin Mistry
Middle Eastern - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Native - The Bone People by Keri Hulme

7 comments:

Melissa said...

You have a great list, Iggy. I can't wait to read what you think of them. Thanks for joining!

kookiejar said...

When you read "The Bone People" try really hard not to imagine the male character (Joe)as looking like Jem. It ain't easy, sister.

Stephanie said...

Great List!! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was fantastic!! And I just cracked open Love in the of Cholera!!

Welcome to blogging!! (I tripped over here from Kookie's blog. Come visit me any time!)

Megan said...

Excellent choices. 4 of them are on my TBR mountain and the other 2 are on my wish list!

Welcome to litblogging! I'm still a "baby" litblogger myself so I thought I'd stop by and show some support. So far, I'm having fun...hope you do too! =)

Suey said...

Ah... great list. I loved A Fine Balance and The Kite Runner. Several of your others are on some of my challenge lists. I can't wait to get to them!

Welcome to the book blogging world!

raidergirl3 said...

That's a great list - I loved all, except the two that I haven't read yet- Snow Flower, and the Cholera one.
I came by way of kookie. happy reading.

iggystar said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Kookie, you know every male character will look like Jem. It's unavoidable.

I'm very glad all of my selections come highly recommeded. I hope I'm able to finish them all. Hey, are some of you starting early? I might need to do that...is that OK Melissa, especially since this is my first challenge? ;)