The challenge is to read five books in five thematic groups over the course of 2014. You make up the themes, whether they are genres, time, authors, countries, ideas, etc... The five books in each group can be decided ahead of time or decided over the year. Of course you can adjust the challenge to suit your taste. Three x Three, Two x Two, Ten x Five, whatever floats your boat. The goal is to keep it fun and discover new books.
Here's my low down. Titles with links haven't been reviewed as of yet.
Five books about the American "West." Having started off the year reading Angle of Repose, I decided I have been poorly lacking in my understading of this region in which I live. The five will be both fiction and non-fiction.
1. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
2. Roads in the Wilderness by Jedediah S. Rogers
3. Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West, ed Aird, Nichols, Bagley
4. Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems by B.H. Fairchild
5. The Wister Trace: Assaying Classic Western Fiction by Loren D. Estleman
Read more Russians. This one if fairly simple - to read more of the Russians, particularly the early to mid 19th century stuff: Gogol, Pushkin, Turgenev, and the early Dostoevsky, but I'm likely to sneak in a Bulgakov as well.
1. First Love by Ivan Turgevnev
2. Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. The Duel by Anton Chekhov
4. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
5. Collected Poems by Anna Ahkmatova
More classic crime and mysteries. This one I was going to split up between British and American, but decided to keep it as one. I expect I'll read more than five over the year, but I'll start out slow. This will mostly be focused on the era 1910 to 1950ish. Should be fun.
1. The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
3. The Daugter of Time by Josephine Tey
4. Rouge Male by Geoffrey Household
5. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
Get Graphic. I keep buying graphic novels and comic collections, but haven't spent much time keeping up with them. This should be easy and is always a nice mental palate cleanser between more serious or lenghthy reads.
1. The Great War by Joe Sacco
2. Heironymus B. by Ulf K.
3. The Troll King by Kolbeinn Karlsson
4. The Boys, Vol 1. by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson
5. Fran by Jim Woodring
The one that got away. We all have books that we always meant to read but never have. Or started more times that we can count but never finished even though we wanted to. Well this year I'll at least catch up on five.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Ghostwriter by Philip Roth
3. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
4. The Bridge to San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
5. The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
So that its. If you're inspired to take up the challenge, leave a comment and let me know what your Five x Five looks like.