All of us dream of being able to travel – well, for October we are going to travel far and wide; through our books!
#1. You need to complete a minimum of three of the five categories listed below to finish this challenge. One read – one book for each category.
#2. List (and LINK ) all the books you plan to read for this challenge.
#3. Upon completion of a book, rate it and update your progress!
#4. Don’t forget our new guidelines
1). Geographical Setting: Read a book set in a different country than your own.
Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North
A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
Richard Flanagan’s story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, ‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.
(Media: Dead Tree, audiobook)
2). Travel to a Different Genre: Read a book from a genre you haven’t explored before/for a long time.
3). Cover Hunt: Read a book with a picture of a mode of transport on the cover.
Fergus Hume – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, the best selling mystery of the nineteenth century. When a man is found dead in a hansom cab one of Melbourne’s leading citizens is accused of the murder. He pleads his innocence, yet refuses to give an alibi. It falls to a determined lawyer and an intrepid detective to find the truth, revealing long kept secrets along the way. Fergus Hume’s first and perhaps most famous mystery… The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab.
4). Title: Read a book with a PLACE NAME in the title, such as the name of a country, state, city, town, etc. Titles with words like ‘woods’, ‘beach’, ‘mountain’, ‘river’, ‘garden’, ‘park’, etc, in the title would count as places too.
5).Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.
The Sparrow was the Sword & Laser read for January 2015.
Mary Doria Russell – The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.” Words like “provocative” and “compelling” will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.
“Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29)
“But the sparrow still falls.”