Saturday 6 February 2010

New York Challenge

Being totally in love with all things New York, I couldn't resist this challenge. This is organised by Jill over at Fizzythoughts.

Here are the rules.
1. The challenge runs from February 1st through May 15th, 2010.

2. Between now and May 15th, read 1 (one) book set in New York City and post your review. You can certainly read more, if you’re the overachieving type, but I’m trying to get maximum participation. The book can be non-fiction or fiction, poetry or prose, graphic novel or audio book…whatever floats your boat. It can even be a guidebook. It just has to have New York City as its primary setting. And no fair using a book you’ve already read.

3. A separate post will be created with a Mr Linky for everyone to post their reviews.
4. Each month there will also ba a post with a sort of mini-challenge asking people to write a post about New York. You do not have to participate in any of these. Each mini-challenge will have a New York themed prize for one of the participants.
The mini challenge for this month is already up, so I thought I would add it into this post.
For the month of February, your task (should you choose to accept it) is to compile a list of ten things about New York. These can be anything.
My list will be ten different books that I would like to read about New York.
1) My First New York : Early Adventures in the Big City (As Remembered by Actors, Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Comedians, Filmmakers, Mayors, Models, Moguls, Porn Stars, Rockers, Writers, and Others) by various contributors.
2) New York by Edward Rutherfurd.
3)The Subway Chronicles:Scenes from Life in New York by Jacquelin Cango.
4)Manhattan, When I was Young by Mary Cantwell
5)Old New York by Edith Wharton
6)The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
7) The House the Rockerfellas Built:A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America by Robert Dazell
8) The Last Mrs Astor: A New York Story by Frances Kiernan
9) The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
10) Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 by Wayne Barratt
So there are the ten books I would be interested in reading about New York. All of them can be found on Amazon, if anyone is interested.
Anyone wishing to join in with challenge, please click here.


  1. Now you know I am the world's slowest reader. But I am going to read Breakfast at Tiffany's next - my favourite film, yet I've never read the book.

  2. Jill has convinced me to join, too! My post will be up on Monday.

  3. I'm doing this challenge, too! Good luck!

  4. With all due respect :

    New York The Novel by

    Edward Rutherfurd (u not o)

    Ed Reynolds

  5. I've read New York by Edward Rutherfurd and loved it! If you are interested in fiction located in New York, this book was good also: The New Yorkers: A Novel by Cathleen Schine. I know the Book Depository has that book. Happy Reading, Darla

  6. That is an ambitious list Viv. I want to read the Rutherfurd book New York as well. Have fun with the challenge. I am in as well.

  7. Anne - I loved Breakfast at Tiffany's. I hope you enjoy it.

    Amanda - glad to see you are joining too, especially as you get to go!

    Bermudaonion - pleased you are doing it too. I get to do the challenge with lots of my favourite bloggers.

    Ed - thanks for pointing it out. I have altered it.

    Dee - thanks for the suggestion. I will add it to my list. I can't wait to get hold of New York.

    Diane - I haven't a hope in hell's chance of reading all these before May. It is just my dream list if I had endless hours of nothingness.

  8. Vivienne, and you've recently read and reviewed The Catcher in the Rye, which takes place in NY in the 1940's.

  9. i nominate you to start up a London or UK-based book challenge! :) I'm game for that.

  10. Sounds neat! I hope you enjoy the challenge! I can think of at least one fantasy that's set there.

  11. Have lots of fun with this one, Viv! :D

  12. Suko - Oh my god, you are so right and I didn't even realise.

    Natalie - Book Chick City beat me to it. Check out my side bar.

    Ladytink - don't worry. I have loads to consider reading.

    Alice - thank you.

  13. Great list! Thanks for joining! I'm planning to read RutherfUrd's New York...we'll see if I can finish it before May.

  14. I like your list! I'm sad to say I haven't read ANY of those. Looking forward to seeing which you read and review!

    I'm participating in the New York Challenge too, and if you'd like to see my list of NYC musts, it's here!


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