Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Pilgrimage 2012

The 2012 Book Pilgrimage is a readers challenge hosted by Libby who blogs at Libby's Book Blog. The idea of the challenge is to read a book and then take a pilgrimage to the setting of the book or the author's home or grave and then blog about it. I read about Libby's challenge several months ago and started wracking my brain with ideas of what books to read for a book pilgrimage of my own. I'll be visiting Iceland, Scotland and England this summer and came up with many book ideas-- An Icelandic murder mystery, a Scottish Highlander romance, a Victorian England romance!... so romantic... I decided instead, however, on a book about the Olympics!

I decided to [hopefully!!!] read Gold by Chris Cleave over the next couple of weeks. Gold is a fictional novel about two female cyclists training for the 2012 London Olympics. Yes! Female cyclists.. like me! Okay, I'm waaaay far from that caliber athlete, but at least I've got some cycling experience so that adds to the appeal of this book for me.

Here's the book blurb from goodreads:

Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They’ve loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits. They must confront each other and their own mortality to decide, when lives are at stake: What would you sacrifice for the people you love, if it meant giving up the thing that was most important to you in the world?

Have you read this book or any other book by Chris Cleave? 

For more information about the Book Pilgrimage, be sure to visit Libby's blog HERE.


  1. The book sounds really good! and this project awesome!
    Hope you complete it!!
    I think I'm gonna try to find the book myself.

  2. Sounds like a great book challenge!

  3. Book Pilgrimage...what an awesome idea! I'll have to give that some thought too.
    I haven't read any books by Chris Cleave, but I recall seeing that the Book Report radio show will be featuring a sport theme this weekend as a salute to the Olympics. To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the line-up, but maybe this will be one of the books they chat about. If you're interested in listening, you can find the station schedules on their site(bookreportradio(dot)com) and if it isn't aired in your area, the shows are archived the following week (which is how I usually listen when a book or author catches my eye). Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Alex .. Did you find a copy of Chris Cleave's Gold yet? I didn't get to pick it up or buy it in ebook before I left for the UK, then thought I'd buy it there [the author is British] and never did and now I'm home from vacation and still haven't read it. I'm thinking of picking it up this week.

    orannia .. I hope I follow through! haha!

    Ruby Edwards.. Thanks for visiting! This is a great challenge idea. Libby is sharp and clever like that. You should check out her blog.

    Thanks so much for the links to the Book Report Radio show. I'm definitely going to check it out on the website and take a listen.



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