Monday, January 1, 2018

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2017 - Reading Wrap-Up

I had a fun time with the BYRC this year and finished the final book just in the nick of time! December 29 was cutting it a bit close, and I had to stay up until 3 a.m. the night before, but all in all, no complaints.

The Flame Trees of Thika was a delightfully funny and wise memoir of Africa, romanticized in a way that suited me perfectly (and please don't make me take off those blinders just yet, okay?). I liked it enough to put various other works by Elspeth Huxley on my TBR list. 

Some aspects of Allen Drury's Advise and Consent seemed rather dated (Washington, D.C. women are almost entirely decorative, for example, and the one who's not is described as a formidable grandmother, needlessly focusing on her reproductive status rather than her accomplishments, in my eyes) but was engaging, troubling, and reassuring all at once--a pretty tall order, nicely filled.

Life Studies and For the Union Dead was an uneven blend of clever memoirish sketches and ahead-of-its-time poetry, and an interesting and surprisingly modern introduction to the work of Robert Lowell.

This ragtag reading list resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable challenge experience. I'm already pondering what I'll choose for the 2018 version.

Look for the Birth Year Reading Challenge 2018 here, if you're interested in joining the fun.

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