Reading New England Challenge

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This challenge is hosted by Emerald City Book Review.

I was very excited when I found this challenge a week or so ago.  I am originally from New England and I miss it every day.  To me, the way of life in New England is different than any other place in the country. It’s the traditions, the seasons, the sights and smells. It’s just different in a really wonderful way.

I highly recommend everyone giving this challenge a try.  You will have the opportunity to get a good tasting of what life in New England is like!

Here is my plan for the Six State Challenge: 6+ ~ Read at least one book representing each New England state:

Massachusetts:  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
New Hampshire: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Vermont: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Connecticut: The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Maine: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Rhode Island: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult


Here are the rules and links from Emerald City Book Review:

Twelve focus areas — the six New England states and six thematic/genre groups — to help us diversify our reading, but please feel free to pick and choose in your explorations of this wonderful region. Use the menu at the top of the page or click on this page for linking your posts. Linking up will earn you extra points in the event giveaway(s) along the way, along with being a great way to share your discoveries with others.

What books qualify for this challenge? My idea is to include authors and books that represent the region in some way, bringing out its special qualities and characteristics. (For this purpose, books should be actually set in New England; books written by a New England author but set elsewhere would not qualify.) Classic authors to explore include Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and many more; contemporary possibilities could include Stephen King, Jane Langton, John Irving, Alice Hoffman…reader suggestions are very welcome. Here’s a list of books to help us get started.

Here are the twelve categories, with the months when I’m planning to focus on them here on ECBR (though you may read from any category at any time):

January: New Hampshire
February: Fiction
March: Maine
April: Poetry and Drama
May: Vermont
June: Nonfiction
July: Massachusetts
August: Children’s Books
September: Rhode Island
October: Speculative Fiction and Mystery
November: Connecticut
December: Readalong or free choice

Challenge levels:

To qualify, books must be read between January 1 and December 31, 2016, and must be posted about publicly in some way (blog post, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.). A substantial part of the book must take place in at least one of the six New England states. In the case of poetry, the poet should be strongly associated with or draw inspiration from the region.

Link up your posts here. Posts that qualify for multiple categories should only be linked in one.

A Single Leaf: 1+
Read at least one book from any of the challenge categories

Roots and Branches: 3-6+
Read at least 3-6 books from any of the challenge categories

Six State Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book representing each New England state

Genre Challenge: 6+
Read at least one book from each of the six genre categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry/drama, children’s books, speculative fiction/mystery, freebie/readalong)

A New England Forest: 12+
Read at least one book from each of the twelve challenge categories

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