February 1 to February 28, 2012
Snow Feathers and Dolce Bellezza, are hosting a short, simple, and marvelous reading challenge: read one, two or how many books you would like and have the time for, that are related to and/or based in Venice.
They chose Venice "because it's a unique city, with a dreamlike atmosphere and yet, with secrets to discover. Whoever visited Venice once still wishes to go back and this challenge may be the next best thing."
Like so many people, I love Venice. And since it doesn't look like I'll be going back any time soon, I am always in the mood to read books about La Serenissima.
I made this list of Venice books a while back. There is also a list on the Venice in February site. And there is a much lengthier list of Venice books on a great website called Fictional Cities.
BOOK POSSIBILITIES AND REVIEWS
I ended up reading two books for this challenge, but I only reviewed one of them:
- Serenissima by Erica Jong (novel), reviewed here
- Dressed for Death by Donna Leon (third in her Commissario Guido Brunetti series)
So glad to have you! Thanks for posting your lists and suggestions, they open my eyes to even more possibilities! (I have a feeling I'll be reading a lot longer than February for this challenge. ;)ReplyDelete
Bellezza: Thanks for hosting! And I am very pleased to find your wonderful blog.ReplyDelete
I too have to thank you for joining us, and for such incredible lists, full of inspiring books :)ReplyDelete
I'm doing this challenge too, I think it's going to be a great one.ReplyDelete
A Thousand Days in Venice is on my list too :)
Well, you can't go wrong w Donna Leon--I love her stories. For my bday my brother got me Peter Ackroyd's Venice, which I can't wait to read.MaybeI'll join the challenge too.ReplyDelete
Ally: Thanks for hosting! I am really excited about it!ReplyDelete
Sam: That Thousand Days book has been trying to get my attention for a while now. I am really looking forward to it!
Jane: Hope you sign up too! You always read such good books.
Thank you for this list. I've bookmarked it so I could use it as a reference for future readings. For this challenge, though, I decided to read The Aspern Papers by Henry James, which is, for me, a vibrant depiction of Venice.ReplyDelete
New follower (by email),
Nancy: Thanks for visiting and following! Aspern Papers is a great choice for a Venice book! I forgot that one.ReplyDelete