I have made a start on the Treasure Hunt Reading Challenge (see original post here). I have read a couple of books towards it so far.
First up, for the category of “a precious stone” I read The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.
Although I didn’t think this would be my sort of book, I really enjoyed it. I loved the descriptions of the painting process, and have always had something of a fascination with maids (maybe since knowing that my own great grandmother went into service at the age of 14). There was an edgy feel to the book, in as much as there was a certain dreadful inevitability about Griet’s fate, and I felt Chevalier paced this beautifully.
The second book I have read so far for the challenge was for the category of “a zoo animal”. I read The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.
You know when you read a book and you feel like you ought to like it, but just don’t – that’s how I felt about this one. While I could appreciate the language, the imagery, the integrated fables, I just didn’t feel any kind of emotional connection with the characters. The book left me a bit cold if I’m honest.
I am now starting on my third book for the challenge, for the category “colour”, and it’s My Name is Red by Orham Pamuk. I have high hopes for this one, but have only just started it, so it’s too early too call 😉
For more ideas on books with colours in the title, check out Daire’s post here.
Thanks to my husband, I now have a few more books lined up for the challenge. He came home last week and mentioned that a colleague had cleared out their bookshelves and brought in a box full of books they no longer wanted. Naturally, I sent him off with my list, and he came back with these gems:
For the category “profession” was Memoirs of a Geisha.
For the category “a kind of food” or “number” was Five Quarters of the Orange.
And, my favourite interpretation of all, for the category “something you don’t like” was Voices After Midnight! I am definitely no owl 🙂