I’m involved in three reading challenges. One I actually do; one is more an aspiration than reality, and the final one is a very long term project that I may not ever complete. I’ve provided the links to my reviews.
Australian Women Writers Challenge
Well, here I am again for the next Australian Women Writers Challenge. Each year I say I will read more history, so perhaps this year?
2. TBR Challenge
This involves reading books that you already have on your shelves. I have HUNDREDS of books on my shelves that I haven’t read. I started this in 2016 but I think that it’s going to be a very long project…..
April 2016: Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
May 2016: Caledonia Australis by Don Watson
March 2017: Dreams From My Father by Barak Obama
May 2018: The Place for a Village by Gary Presland
July 2018 Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
July 2018: Journeyings by Janet McCalman
April 2019 The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
April 2020: (coronavirus time!) The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A Distant Grief by Bart Ziino
June 2020 The Water Dreamers by Michael Cathcart
June 2020 Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
August 2020 Drink, Smoke, Passout by Judith Lucy
April 2023 Honk if you are Jesus by Peter Goldsworthy
3. Reading the World
Ann Morgan managed to read a book from every country in the world (all 196 of them) in a year. I’m not counting English, American or Australian books, because that’s too easy. But excluding those, there’s no way I could do it in a year, but I have the rest of my life to try….
Egypt: The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al-Aswani
Ethiopia: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
France: The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
Georgia: The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Haratischwili
Indonesia: Beauty is a Wound by Ewa Kurniawan
Iran: The Enlightement of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
Ireland: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimar McBride
Kenya: Hell’s Gate by Robert Crompton
Libya: In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Netherlands The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Norway: Two Sisters: Into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad
Palestine: Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
South Africa: The Promise by Damon Galgutt
Spain: In the Night of Time by Antonio Muñoz Molina
———— Berta Isla by Javier Marías
Sweden: A Man Called Ove
Venezuela: It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo
The Guardian (24/3/16) had an interesting article ‘Europe’s best indie novels..’ which has a list of translated European novels which gives some good titles to track down.
And ambassadors recommended a single book to read before visiting their countries. I guess ambassadors would know, would they?