Inspiration needed

It feels good to be back here. Much is happening all the time (and everyone are such pros with Twitter and Techonrati and much more and I am feeling stupid, and not sure I even know how to Tweet “correctly”) and I have cleaned up a bit now on the blog. I removed the challenge-buttons, and now only keep the book-lists. Am not doing overly good, though, but will get through. I also removed the Weekly Geeks-button with the tree, which apparently we were not supposed to use due to a copyright-question. Now the sidebar has a cleaner look, I think.

I haven’t been back here for many days and am still playing catch up on my fave blogs. And since I have around 100 fave blogs, it does take me some days to visit all of them. But I’ll get there. Today I went by Eva at A Striped Armchair and stumbled upon this post. A Southern Reading Challenge! Wow, I just had to sign up for that, so I went to visit Maggie, who is hosting this challenge and who has a fresh looking and beautiful blog.

Now I know just a thing or two (it isn’t much) about Southern literature and actually think that the books I am reading right now (A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke) and some of the books I have on some of my other Challenge Lists (Jesus out to Sea by James Lee Burke, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Absalom, Absalom! by W. Faulkner) would qualify for this challenge.

But what I am asking for here is of anyone has any suggestions of what other books I could put on my Southern Challenge List? Below is a short abstract of “the rules” of the challenge.

“You may choose to read any style of Southern book such as Appalachian tales, Civil War sagas, Gothic myths, Grit lit, and heart-wrenching biographies. Just as long as you read three (fiction or nonfiction) between May 15th and August 15th.”

Thanks a lot in advance – I am looking forward to your suggestions, even though Maggie of course also has a list of suggestions. Anf come to think of it, what really makes a book “Southern Reading”?