Here's my book pile for the Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge, or my book pile SO FAR, I should say, as I'm still waiting for a couple of titles to arrive. I got off to a bit of a flyer and have already clocked up 20 points by finishing East, West. Go, me! It helped that Dulcie and I were staying at my mum and dad's this weekend - I had plenty of reading time by the fire and under the covers. East, West turned out to be a book of short stories rather than a novel (this was news to me!) and was fantastic in parts, not so fantastic in others. I absolutely LOVED the East stories, didn't like any of the West stories and quite liked all the East/West stories. Definitely worth reading, on the whole.
I'm now reading Buddha Da, which definitely meets the "local" criteria - it mentioned locations a few hundred metres from home within the first six pages! I think it might take me a while to get used to the vernacular style, but I'm hoping I'll enjoy it in the end.
Buddha Da had been on my bookshelf for years and years. East, West had been on my bookshelf even longer, for well over a decade, maybe closer to 20 years now I think of it! Yikes! This challenge is proving to be a great way to make myself read some of these titles I've never quite got round to before, which can surely be no bad thing.