Friday, April 30, 2010

Announcing: Venice Challenge!

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While doing some research for my Listed: Venice post the other day, I ran across a TON of books set in and about Venice at my library.  Even exercising some control over myself, I still wound up checking out about a dozen Venice-themed books I just couldn't pass up, plus buying two on (aka Amazon--what can I say, there was a sale). 

With all the books about Venice out there, I started thinking it would be great to have a reading challenge about it!  Here are the deets:

Where: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books (

When:  May 1st, 2010-May 1st, 2011

What:  Read 6 books set in the city of Venice, or about Venice.  I don't care if it's fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, YA, or whatever.

How:  Sign up in Mr. Linky below and update it every time you do a post for the challenge.

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What am I planning on reading for the challenge?  There are so many choices!  Here's what I'm thinking of so far (and yes, I know it looks like considerably more than six books):

  • Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee
  • Lord of the Night by Susan Wiggs
  • City of the Falling Angels by John Berendt
  • BIANCA: A Novel of Venice by Robert Elegant
  • The Glassblower of Murano and The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
  • The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
  • Hidden Voices by Pat Lowery Collins
  • The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin
  • The World Before Her by Deborah Weisgall

If you need any suggestions, there are some great ones in the comments section of my Listed: Venice post.  ETA: CupK8 also found this amazing and enormous list of books set in Venice at Fictional Cities that you definitely need to check out!

I hope you can join me in reading about Venice this year and traveling to this romantic, fabulous city through stories in books!

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