Southern Reading Challenge 2009 Completed!

I have finished Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge very much in advance, as it runs until August 15th. But I am quite glad to have one little reading success on this blog; I am doing so many challenges and my TBR-list is so huge that I need to get something done-done-done from time to time.
Here again are the three southern books I have read:

  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury. Maybe the most difficult read from my list and I will definitely have to re-read it again to fully grasp it.
  • Robert Tallant, The Voodoo Queen. A great fictional attempt to make a biography of one of the most fascinating women of Louisiana in the 19th century. (Longer review here)
  • Kate Chopin, The Awakening. I finished it this night and am really surprised about the modern approach of Edna's struggle. Also a great depiction of the south.
Thanks for this challenge that made me search for great southern books, read and love them.


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Constantly changing places is inherent to my life. Books have always been steady friends which I could bump into wherever I was all over the world.
Stumbling upon Kaminer's German stories of "Die Reise nach Trulala" in Reykjavík's city library is as moving as meeting the Icelandic sagas in Boston's Borders.
To see a book again, that I've read thousands of kilometers away makes me smile "Hey I know you.." and shake hands by thumbing through it for a while.