Ben over at Dead End Follies is hosting the Smooth Criminals Reading Challenge: it includes eight different categories, all related to crime, in an effort to bridge the gap between literary and crime. I think it's a great project and since there are so many acclaimed novels in this genre that I am unfamiliar with, I signed up right away.
After much deliberation, my choices for each category are as follows:
6. Gothic Novel: Shirley Jackson/ We Have Always Lived in a Castle
8. The "Why the hell am I doing this to myself?" book: Fyodor Dostoyevsky/ Crime and Punishment
If you are interested in a challenge that may help you diversify your reading diet, head over to Dead End Follies to read the rules and sign up.