Announcing the 2012 Graham Greene Reading Challenge

This year, I hosted the Wendell Berry Reading Challenge because I wanted to introduce people to an author that I absolutely adore. I didn’t have a great response, but it prompted me to read some of my own unread Berry books and I have enjoyed each one.

For 2012, I wanted to host a challenge to help me read more of an author I keep meaning to dive into. Then a few months ago Bookmarks Magazine did a profile of Graham Greene, and I was reminded how much I loved The Quiet American. At that moment, the Graham Greene Reading Challenge was born.

Here’s a short bio on Greene, taken from Goodreads, who took it from Wikipedia:

Graham Greene was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.

Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Catholic,” Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory. Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.

Wikipedia also has a complete Graham Greene biography.

For those of you interested in joining me in the challenge, here are the details:

~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.

~ Re-reads are allowed; audiobooks are allowed.

~ Choose your commitment level:

Dangling your toes: 1 book
Getting your feet wet: 2 books
Wading on in: 3 books
Diving headfirst: 4 books

~ Write up a post indicating that you are participating (feel free to copy the lovely graphic at the top of this post), and then add your challenge post’s link to the Mr. Linky on the main challenge page.

~ You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.

In addition, I will be hosting a read-along in the spring of a Graham Greene title – either The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, or Brighton Rock. If you want to participate and have a preference of which title, please let me know in the comments.

I hope some of you will join me!

Sign up here:

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24 Responses to Announcing the 2012 Graham Greene Reading Challenge

  1. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples

    I’ve enjoyed several of Graham Greene’s films, as you mentioned, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair, and the classic noir The Third Man. He’s probably one of the most prolific in both books and movies. What an apt reading challenge for your blog. I’ll be glad to wade on in his writing next year, yes 3 books and hopefully the film adaptations that go with the novels. Thanks for hosting this unique challenge.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Arti – I’m so glad you’re going to join! I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂

  2. Christa says:

    What a great challenge! I’m not going to sign up since my blog is speculative fiction but I may follow along as a silent participant. I love Graham Greene and I’ve always wanted to read more of this work.

  3. Whitney says:

    I read the profile on Graham Greene as well and thought his work looked very interesting. I’m in!

  4. Bree says:

    My husband loves Graham Greene and is always at me to read his books! I read Brighton Rock this year, my first Greene and enjoyed it so I think I’ll be signing up for this challenge to give me that little extra push to read a few more of his novels. I’d really like to read The End of the Affair, The Quiet American & Journey Without Maps in particular.

    Given I’ve already read Brighton Rock, my preference for a read along is for either of the other titles!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bree – I’m glad you’re joining us – and I’m really looking forward to comparing Graham Greene books. The Quiet American is very good.

  5. Emma @ Words And Peace
    Twitter: wordsandpeace

    I keep saying I want to read The End of The Affair, so thanks for welcoming this challenge, and I would be interested in the read along on this novel. let me know. Thanks

  6. Rose City Reader
    Twitter: GilionDumas

    Great idea! Let me check my TBR shelves for GG books (there are several there) and I’ll come back with my official sign up.

  7. Rose City Reader
    Twitter: GilionDumas

    Hey — I like that twitter thing. I’m going to see if I can figure it out to add to my comments section.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rose City Reader – if you are running installed WordPress, it’s a plug-in called Twitter Link Comments. 🙂 Hope you can join us for the challenge!

  8. Rose City Reader
    Twitter: GilionDumas

    I’m now officially signed up.

    As for the twitter thing — I’m on blogger, not wordpress. So no luck. I’ll see if I can figure out the blogger alternative.

  9. Rose City Reader
    Twitter: GilionDumas

    Oops — Forgot to add my twitter name below.

  10. Sandra
    Twitter: Fresh_Ink_Books

    I like this idea though I haven’t read a lot of Greene. The End of the Affair blew me away, I recommend it highly. I also read A Burnt-out Case (not riveting) and The Human Factor (much better than I’d expected). I must see what the library has. I will get a post up and linked as soon as I can. Do you have any other button I could use? I really can’t stand pictures of guns. Sorry, I’ll just use a cover from one of his books.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandra – feel free to use a cover or another image, if you’d like. My husband only created one button for the challenge, using the cover of The Quiet American, but it doesn’t matter to me if you use something else. 🙂

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  12. JoV says:

    I’m getting my feet wet in 2012! Thanks for hosting.

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  14. thecoolmom says:

    I signed up for the 1 book level. I read The Comedians a number of years ago and found it fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading another book by this author.

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