Episode 151: The Literary Life Podcast Reading Challenge 2023
This week on The Literary Life podcast our hosts introduce the 2023 Reading Challenge! Angelina, Cindy and Thomas are excited to share with you about all the categories on this year’s Literary Life Bingo Reading Challenge! You can download your own copy of the challenge here, as well as check out our past reading challenges. Scroll down in the show notes to see a list of the links and books mentioned in this episode. You can use the hashtag #LitLifeBingo on social media so we can all see what everyone is reading in 2023!
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Much that we call Victorian is known to us only because the Victorians laughed at it.George Malcolm Young, from Portrait of an Age
I think that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.Joseph Addison
by William H. Davies
My mind has thunderstorms, That brood for heavy hours: Until they rain me words, My thoughts are drooping flowers And sulking, silent birds. Yet come, dark thunderstorms, And brood your heavy hours; For when you rain me words, My thoughts are dancing flowers And joyful singing birds.
Book and Link List:
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Episode 14: “The Adventures of a Shilling” by Joseph Addison
Episode 3: The Importance of Detective Fiction
Episode 16: “Why I Write” by George Orwell
The Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
Abigail Adams: Letters ed. by Edith Gelles
The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple ed. by G. C. Moore Smith
Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson
Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis
Letters of C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor ed. by Sally Fitzgerald
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by Lord Chesterfield
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer
The Aeneid by Virgil
The Saga of the Volsungs by Anonymous
The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Ramayana of Valmiki ed. and trans. by Robert and Sally Goldman
The Prelude by William Wordsworth
Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
Mythos by Stephen Fry
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
Champagne for the Soul by Mike Mason
Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael
The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox
Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
Heroes by Stephen Fry
Troy by Stephen Fry
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The Mabinogion trans. by Sioned Davies
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson
Cindy’s List of Literature of Honor for Boys (archived webpage)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton
The 39 Steps by John Buchan
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
An Experiment in Criticism by C. S. Lewis
The Truth and the Beauty by Andrew Klavan
The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill
Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
Jacob’s Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill
The Medieval Mind of C. S. Lewis by Jason Baxter
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff
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I was really glad to hear you recommend Niel Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”. I have been eyeing that book since it came out because I love Norse legends and myths. However, I’ve read Gaiman in the past and HATED his books. I will have to give that one a try.
Elizabeth, I listened to Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” on Hoopla. Definitely give it a try.
For the diary slot, I ADORED “The Selected Journals of LM Montgomery”
I would really love Cindy’s List of books of honor for boys, but the link was expired. Where can I find this?
Hm, I’m not sure why the link above would not be working. It is still showing the archived webpage for me. You could try pasting this link into the Wayback Machine if the link here in the show notes won’t work for you: http:/www.ordo-amoris.com/2010/05/literature-of-honor-for-boys.html