For Love of Lists!–Joining #13WLRP, 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan

26 Sep

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I’m happy to share news of 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan, an ingenious new perpetual reading challenge combining the fabulous and intriguing lists proposed by Jane Smiley in her book 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel (List #1) and Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major in The New Lifetime Reading Plan (List #2).  This is the brainchild of Michelle–a perpetual reader herself–who can be found at her sites, True Book Addict, Castle Macabre, Seasons of Reading, to name a few, and now at Gather Together and Read, which is hosting the 13 Ways challenge along with other challenges and readalongs (be sure to check out all the offerings there and sign up!). Michelle promises to have annual challenges to help us focus on some manageable chunks of juicy lifetime reading. I love this–the opportunity to peruse two outstanding, but rather different book lists, and then make some lists of my own.

This challenge will combine very well with existing perpetual reading challenges such as Travel the World in Books and Read the Nobels (hosted by @guiltlessreader).

For example, I would like to read Egilssaga and The Saga of the People of Laxardal, two Icelandic sagas on Jane Smiley’s list, for my own Travel the World in Books goal of readings Scandinavian literature (see my Northern Lights Reading Project). I would also like to reread Kristin Lavransdatter, which is not only on Smiley’s list, but fulfills both #TTWIB and #ReadNobels because its author, Sigrid Undset, won a Nobel in Literature in 1928. Of course, Smiley’s list isn’t just about Scandinavian lit (that’s just my quirk); she lists diverse books in many literary traditions, older works and some by very recent authors (e.g., Toni Morrison, Ian McEwan, Annie Proulx, Jennifer Egan). Fadiman’s list (List #2) has a diverse selection of classics from around the world, including the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, The Plum in the Golden Vase, The Pillow Book of Sei Shônagon, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and more.

You can see what’s on the lists, sign up for the perpetual challenge, and then watch for the 13 Ways annual reading challenge in January 2017. The best thing is reading along with a community of people who are (not only) in love with book lists, but more important, mad about the books themselves.

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3 Responses to “For Love of Lists!–Joining #13WLRP, 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan”

  1. truebookaddict September 26, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    Thank you for this passionate post, Lucy! It’s people like you who have made establishing a community so worthwhile. I’m so glad you are joining in. I already ordered a couple of books off the list from Better World Books. 🙂

  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review September 26, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    I like the sound of this. I used to have a copy of The Lifetime Reading Plan but I stupidly got rid of it in a book purge. It’s good to have a larger list to draw from plus the flexibility to make my own. And it would be great to do in company with others!

  3. momssmallvictories October 2, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    You know I’m a sucker for book lists and I agree this new challenge fits so well with Read the Nobels and Travel the World in Books. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup, pinned to our Linkup board and tweeted. Going to check out this challenge.

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