Friday, January 6, 2012

One More Reading Challenge

From Books in the City:
For the second year, I am proud to host the Immigrant Stories Challenge. As I said in the post announcing the inaugural Immigrant Stories Challenge last year, I am the child of immigrants and have always been drawn to immigrant stories in my reading. As I started to pay attention to the theme, I realized it is actually very prevalent in literature. Across many genres, books features immigrants from and to many nations in addition to the stories of their children as they try to fit in.

The Challenge
The only requirement of the challenge is that the books read for it include an immigrant story. The immigrants can be coming to or from any country - expand your horizons!

How Many Books Do I Need to Read?
There are three levels for the challenge:
Just off the boat: 1-3 books
This land is my land?: 4-6 books
Fully assimilated: 6+ books

What types of books are eligible? Only fiction? How about audiobooks?
All types of books are eligible - fiction, non-fiction, short stories, audiobooks, e-books.

Other details?
Re-reads are acceptable as are cross-overs with other challenges.

What are the dates for the challenge? January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012.

I noticed this challenge last year (even suggested a couple of titles for it) and it intrigued me again this year but I was trying to sign up for fewer challenges. But then I realized that the very first book I am reading in 2012 qualifies, and one other book I am definitely reading this year also qualifies and darn it, I am up for the challenge! But I am signing up for Just Off the Boat, 1-3 books.

Books I might read for the challenge:
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (currently reading)
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes
The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin
Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest by Hobson Woodward


Booksnyc said...


I am so glad you joined the challenge this year! Strength In What Remains is on my "to read" list so I look forward to your thoughts on it!

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

What a fantastic challenge! I'm not participating in any challenges simply because I forget throughout the year to participate....my absent-mindedness comes into play! I will look forward to reading your immigrant book reviews and suggested titles!