All kinds of folks do all kinds of book challenges, so I am officially throwing down mine.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil starts next year. It's a monumental anniversary for a conflict that still reaches out to us today and impacts on the lives of Americans, north and south. The Civil War was a defining moment in American History, and I've had a thing for studying it since I was in grade school.
So here's the challenge I'm throwing out there, and it's a doozy. It also covers the next several years. Hey, I'm nothing if not bold when I decide to do something!
For the rest of this year, read 5 books dealing with pre-Civil War issues.
For 2011 (1861), read 10 books dealing with the Civil War in 1861.
For 2012 (1862), read 20 books dealing with the Civil War in 1862.
For 2013 (1863), read 25 books dealing with the Civil War in 1863, including a mini-challenge of 10 books dealing with Gettysburg.
For 2014 (1864), read 20 books dealing with the Civil War in 1864.
For 2015 (1865), read 10 books dealing with the Civil War in 1865.
For 2016, read 10 books dealing with the era of Reconstruction.
Rules: No books I've previously read. No books dealing with biographies of particular generals unless it is about their actions in a particular year. No books about Lincoln, unless they deal solely with his re-election campaign in 1864 or his actions in a particular year. No books dealing with the Civil War in general or that cover more than one year.
Is this challenge insane? Probably. But it should be fun to watch. I'm starting with well-known Civil War writer Bruce Catton's book, "Two Roads to Sumpter."
Progress will be updated here periodically as well as on a special link at the top of the blog.
Anyone else want to give this a try? It would be more fun if I had a partner or two to keep pace with, but I'm willing to go it alone if I have to!