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Sunday Salon: An Orange July

Throughout July, several of my LibraryThing friends and I have committed to reading books that have won, or were short- or long-listed for the Orange Prize. If you're like me, several "Orange" books grace my bookshelves, and I have found many of these books to be insightful, provocative and enjoyable reads. 

I would like to extend an invitation to my fellow bloggers, Sunday Saloners and Orange Prize Project participants to join me in an Orange July. This personal challenge is exactly that - you determine the rules, how many books you want to read, whether you want to post reviews - whatever works for you. 

For my Orange July, I am not setting a minimum number of books to read. Instead, I plan on reading my Orange books in the following order and see where I end up when July ends:

 1) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007 winner) (review)
 2) The Gathering by Anne Enright (2008 Long List) (review)
 3) Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (1997 Long List) (review)
 4) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2004 Short List) (review)
 5) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2007 Short List) (review)
 6) The Keep by Jennifer Egan (2008 Long List) (review)
 7) The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (2004 Long List) (review)
 8) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2005 winner)
 9) The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (2007 Long List)
10) Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2003 Long List)

Because this is a personal challenge, I will not set up a blog or list of participants. However, I encourage you to join the Orange Prize Project (if you haven't done so already) if you are interested in placing your reviews somewhere. This blog also is a great resource for finding reviews on Orange books and complete lists of Orange Prize winners and books that have made the long and short lists.

I hope you enjoy an Orange July with me!

 

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ext_98519
Jun. 15th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
I am signed up for the Orange Prize Project, but it has been a while since I read a book for it. I really should check my lists and move something up the reading schedule!
ext_104956
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Orange Challenge
I don't usually do challenges, but since I have three of the books you listed on my shelves to be read I'll have to check it out.
teelgee
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Orange July-us
Thanks for posting this in the Sunday Salon, Jill. I'm looking forward to joining you in July. The only book on your list for July that's on mine too is The Tenderness of Wolves. What a bunch of great books though!
ext_85672
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
WOW!
Love the fact you have signed up for so many challenges. I hadn't planned on signing up for so many this year....it sort of happened...lol!
ext_95884
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
gautami's comment!
I signed for many challenges. However, I am reading for the more difficult ones. Where I have to literally hunt for books. Like the Canadian Challenge and Southern Reading Challenge!


I like your list! Great choices.

http://readingandmorereading.blogspot.com/2008/06/sunday-salon-techno-thriller-and.html
http://readingandmorereading.blogspot.com/2008/06/sunday-salon-2-book-buying.html
literaryfeline
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I look forward to reading about your progress in your personal challenge, Jill. Of all the book prizes, I seem to be most attracted to those books that make the Orange Prize list. I'm not sure why exactly. Good luck with the challenge.
frumiousb
Jun. 15th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I admire all of you who are so dedicated about challenges! That list of books looks really interesting.
johnsnotes
Jun. 15th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am a wash with books to read a lot of which are outside my comfort zone(what ever that is!)so though it looks interesting I will have to give it a raincheck.

This week's post
ext_102709
Jun. 15th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Irish's Comment
Good luck with your challenge! I may have to look into this one...as I will be looking for reasons to avoid unpacking. ;-)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I am really thinking about joining this challenge...except that hardly any of the Orange books are on my TBR list! I'm thinking about that...
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