Tuesday, December 28, 2010

War Through The Generations Reading Plan

I'm so excited to start the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge : War Through The Generations but where to start, where to start?  Here are the rules of the challenge:

War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War.  The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.
This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.
Books can take place before, during, or after the war.  Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.
Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.
Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.
Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.
Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.

Since I failed at so many challenges this year, I'm going in at the lowest level at this challenge, planning to read five books.  The books I know for sure that I'll be reading are:

The March by E. L. Doctorow
This Republic of Suffering: Death And The American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks

I'm holding off on my final selection for now.  Perhaps a movie, possibly Hick's The Widow of The South (which I happened to spy on my parents' book shelf this weekend), but probably I'll leave this one up to my dad.  He is the expert, after all!


  1. I'm glad you were not discouraged by the challenges from 2010 and will still be joining us in 2011 for the U.S. Civil War. You're already on the participants list.

  2. I have read a few books on the Civil War, but not many. I do have The March on my shelves though, and will be looking forward to your review of it!

  3. I received a book on the American Civil War for Christmas and, as I know much less than I should about it, I think I might try this. Where is it hosted?

  4. This may not be an easy challenge to complete?

  5. This one sounds fascinating!! I may have to join...Civil War is one of my favorite time periods to delve into!

  6. This is one of the ones I was so tempted to sign up for but decided to stick to my resolve not to sign up for any. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I'll have to live vicariously through you. Good luck with the challenge!

  7. Glad you'll be joining us! I don't have a complete list either, and I'll be looking for your reviews and some possible recommendations.