Monday, December 13, 2010

Jewish Literature Challenge 2011

Hosted by Callista.

December 1, 2010 to April 26, 2011

"Read 1, 3, or 5+ books by Jewish authors or about Judaism."

My completed books:

1.The Finkler Question**** by Howard Jacobson
2.The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans*** by Mark Jacobson (non-fiction)
3.Sunset Park**** by Paul Auster
4.Wherever You Go***** by Joan Leegant

Books on reserve at library tbr:

The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada
Gratitude by Joseph Kertes
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English by Natasha Solomons
Running The Books: The Adventures Of An Accidental Prison Librarian
by Avi Steinberg (non-fiction)
To the End of the Land by David Grossman
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Tightrope by Michael Karpin

Waiting on the shelves:

The Believers by Zoe Heller
Strand of a Thousand Pearls by Dorit Rabinyan
Look For Me by Edeet Ravel
Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth by Edeet Ravel
Scheisshaus Luck by Peierre Berger (non-fiction)
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman (non-fiction)
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
Return From Darkeness by Nina Vida
A Scrap of Time by Ida Fink
Snow in August by Pete Hamill
Soumchi by Amos Oz
Giving up America By Pearl Abraham
The Seventh Beggar by Pearl Abraham
Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kertesz (Nobel author)
A Blessing on the Moon by Joseph Skibell
Fima by Amos Oz
The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen
The Final Opus of Leon Solomon by Jerome Badanes
American Jewish Fiction Guide by Josh Lambert

Books completed for 2010 Challenge:

1.Beatrice and Virgil**** by Yann Martel
2.Rashi***** by Elie Wiesel
3.Day For Night****+ by Frederick Reiken
4.Man in the Dark**** by Paul Auster
5.The Sonderberg Case****+ by Elie Wiesel
6.The Postmistress***+ by Sarah Blake
7.Homer and Langley***+ by E. L. Doctorow
8.Great House**** by Nicole Krauss
9.Based Upon Availability**** by Alix Strauss
10.The Debba***** by Avner Mandelman

And a longer list of previously read and star-rated recommendations of Jewish literature.

Feel free to ask about any books that interest you, or leave recommendations or links to reviews of good Jewish lit. I'd love to read them.


  1. so many great books on that list! :) I have an extra copy of TO THE END OF THE LAND that I'll send you if you want it.

  2. Have you read or heard anything about Last of the Jews? The title is kind of off-putting to have on my shelves, but a friend tells me the book is great. I was taken in my its cover.

  3. Good Luck! I hope all is well with you :)

  4. I would recommend My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok.

  5. I enjoyed The Believers by Zoe Heller.

  6. Good luck with the challenge. I read a great book a few years ago that I'd highly recommend, but I can't remember the title off the top of my head (and even googling hasn't helped). Shall add it in when I'm back home and have my book collection at hand!

  7. Hi Sandra, just popping in to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. May 2011 be filled with good books, good friends, good health and much happiness.

  8. Stopping by to say Happy New Years!

    Have you read Elie Wiesel's Night?

  9. Great list! I look forward to reading your posts!

  10. Count me in!

    I have already finished To the End of the Land, by David Grossman, and also A World After This, by Lola Lieber.

  11. Sandra - I always like reading your book lists -- so many great ideas!

    I have THE FINKLER QUESTION, but haven't yet read it. Loved MR ROSENBLUM DREAMS IN ENGLISH (it grew on me, as I realized that the hyperbole and exaggeration were intended in this fable-like story). My neighborhood book group will be discussing it this week.

    And RUNNING THE BOOKS sounds very interesting; certainly an unusual memoir.

    Good luck with the challenge, and enjoy all your books!



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