Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Art History Reading Challenge!

The blogosphere is rife these days with 'reading challenges,' wherein bloggers commit themselves to tackling X number of books in a certain amount of time with a certain theme. The Art History Reading Challenge began in 2009 but is continuing for 2010: you can find information about it here at the Challenge blog. To participate, simply subscribe to the blog and provide a link to your own blog. Then choose a level of participation (3, 6, 9, or 12 fiction or nonfiction books about art to read) and have fun!

I've never participated in an online reading challenge before, and I admit it's kind of cheating for me to do this one. After all, it's my job to read nonfiction art history books! But my personal challenge is to remember to blog about some of them, 'cause I usually forget. I'm very excited that the subgenre of art historical fiction will be busy in 2010 and plan to make that a continued focus too. This new year we can look forward to Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves, Kathryn Wagner's Dancing for Degas, Stephanie Cowell's Claude and Camille [about Monet], and Susan Vreeland's Mr Tiffany and Clara. (If anyone knows of others, post a comment here.)

My first Challenge-oriented review will come this weekend: the promised yet delayed review of Ilaria Dagnini Brey's "The Venus Fixers." Happy Art History Reading!


Stephanie Cowell said...

A super idea! I'll let you know if I hear of any others. Thanks for your comment on my art blog. I am glad you like the new cover. It's like looking into the mirror and seeing a new face!


The Clever Pup said...

Happy New Year Sheramy!

I'm reading Martin Gayford's The Yellow House!!

Sheramy said...

Hi Stephanie: You should be very happy indeed with that fabulous cover!

Hi Clever Pup: Happy New Year to you! I'm curious to see what you think of Gayford's book. I liked it a lot and thought he had interesting insights. I just wish it had footnotes! ;-)

M said...

Thanks for the link to this challenge. I'm finishing up another art history challenge, and I'm excited to start another for 2010.

I enjoy your blog very much.