Once upon a time, I earned a Master's Degree in Literature and was a Professor of Literature and Composition. I had a wonderful time writing my Master's Thesis about Children's and Young Adult Literature, and I considered earning a Ph.D. so that I could continue to pursue the written word, including British, American, Latin American and other Global Literatures, Children's and Young Adult Literature, all types of genres and occasionally even poetry. But life takes you in unexpected directions, and so now I am working for a non-profit agency (you can read about that on my other blog, A Little Bit of Wonder). Although my job keeps me too busy to post as many book reviews as I would like, Recommended Reading is a place where I can continue to share my literary discoveries and knowledge as time allows.

Please note that I post reviews for books that I recommend reading, just like the blog title says. This means that I typically won't post a review for a book that I completely dislike. This isn't because I shy away from making negative comments, but rather because I don't want to waste your time or mine (I won't even bother to finish a book if it's not any good). For more on this, see the explanation of my Rating System.)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Six Books in Six Weeks

A lot of really neat reading challenges are out there that last a whole year -- but what if you want to tackle something a little... smaller?

I am starting what will (hopefully) turn in to a series of shorter reading challenges, with a simple idea -- each will involve reading (at least) six books on the same theme or subject over the course of six weeks. I will announce the theme and dates at least a month in advance so that you have time to decide what books to read and then get your hands on them.

In order to participate in the first Six Books in Six Weeks Reading Challenge, which begins on January 27, you must choose six books from a single country other than the United States or England. I'm going to be reading (and reviewing) six Young Adult books from Australia... I'm very excited.

For some ideas of potential reading lists, check out my suggestions: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/p/six-books-suggestions.html

For more details on how to participate, visit the link to the Six Books in Six Weeks Challenge Page: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/p/six-books-in-six-weeks.html.

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