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

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?