Reading Challenges

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.

  1.  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

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….

France: The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Indonesia:  Beauty is a Wound by Ewa Kurniawan

Ireland: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimar McBride

Libya: In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Norway: Two Sisters: Into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad

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?