2013 Southern Literature Reading Challenge

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I’m a little late to post this, but I am hosting the 2013 Southern Literature Reading Challenge this year. Sign up and link your reviews below. The rules:

Read a book(s)–non-fiction or fiction of any genre, for any age group–written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

Definitions of the South are flexible, so I’ve decided to define it the way I want. That’s the fun of hosting your own challenge, right? 🙂

The states:
South Carolina
North Carolina
West Virginia

Please keep in mind that this is a Southern literature challenge. It’s possible to find books set in each of these states that are not Southern in nature or feeling. Use your best judgment when choosing your books.


Level 1–C’mon in the house! Read 1 book.

Level 2–Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 2 books

Level 3–Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey. Read 3 books

Level 4–Y’all come back now, y’hear! Read 4 books

The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. You can join in anytime throughout the year.

I am not limiting the challenge to bloggers.  You can also link to a review you wrote on another site, such as GoodReads or LibraryThing.

Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable, and feel free to read your books in any format you choose.

I’m signing up at the Y’all Come Back Now level. I’ll track my progress here.

  1. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
  2. Oral History by Lee Smith
  3. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
  4. The Big Beautiful by Pamela Duncan
  5. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells, read by Judith Ivey
  6. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr.

Reading suggestions: I have a shelf on GoodReads with lots of books on it. There’s also a Best Southern Literature list on GoodReads that should give you lots of ideas. You can also reference the linked reviews from the 2012 and 2011 versions of the challenge.

We have some wonderful authors down here, and I hope you’ll join me in discovering them! Just grab the button and sign up on Mr. Linky below!

1. Cath @ read_warbler
2. Marny @ Books History and Travel
3. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie
4. Colleen @Books in the City
5. Cath (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
6. Brooke @ i blog 4 books
7. Diane@Goodreads
8. Justice @ mint condition
9. Avid Series Reader
10. Avid Series Reader (Miss Julia Takes Over)
11. DianeR@Goodreads(The Lost Hours)
12. Cath (The Help)
13. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie(Girls in Trucks)
14. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie(The Drowning House)
15. Jen @ WatchingTheWords
16. Jen @ WatchingTheWords (Miss Dreamsville)
17. Jen @ WatchingTheWords (Sweet Tea Revenge)
18. Jen @ WatchingTheWords (Out of the Easy)
19. Colleen @Books in the City (Lowcountry Summer)
20. Colleen @Books in the City (And Then I Found You)
21. Jen @ WatchingTheWords (Dead, White, and Blue)
22. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie
23. Colleen @Books in the City (The Last Original Wife)
24. Colleen @Books in the City (Lowcountry Summer)
25. Avid Series Reader (Isle of Dogs)
26. DianeR@Goodreads(Ladies Night)
27. DianeR@Goodreads(Flora)
28. DianeR@Goodreads(Flight Behavior)
29. Cath @ read_warbler (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter)
30. DianeR@Goodreads(The Last Original Wife)
31. Avid Series Reader (Sullivan’s Island)
32. DianeR@Goodreads(Life After Life)
33. DianeR@Goodreads(The Fallen Snow)
34. Jen @ Watching the Words (The Last Original Wife)
35. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp)
36. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie (The Night is Alive)
37. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie (A Few Southern Titles)
38. Avid Series Reader (Down River)
39. Avid Series Reader (Southern Fried)
40. DianeR@Goodreads(Looking For Me)
41. Avid Series Reader (Crime Brulee)
42. Avid Series Reader (The House on Tradd Street)
43. Avid Series Reader (Carbs and Cadavers)
44. Avid Series Reader (A Sheetcake Named Desire)
45. Cath @ read_warbler (Last Wool and Testament)
46. Avid Series Reader (Last Car to Elysian Fields)
47. Avid Series Reader (The Girl on Legare Street)
48. DianeR@Goodreads
49. Cath – wrap-up post
50. Jen @ WatchingTheWords Wrap-Up

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  1. Maybe it's living under snow for too much of the year, but I love Southern settings and am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading!

  2. Right here. I'm just using the same linky for signups and reviews. Thanks for joining in!

  3. Right here. I'm just using the same linky for signups and reviews. Thanks for joining in!

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