I haven’t done very well for 2012 challenge, as I did not achieve the TBR challenge. See my results: 2012 Reading Challenge. I still hope to finish up the TBR list for the next year.
The Japanese Literature 6 challenge is still on-going so there is another month for me to complete a few more books in Japan.
I have been putting off the whole idea on signing-up to reading challenges for next year but I am interested in the following four, including the next Japanese Literature 7, if Dolce Bellezza is hosting it next year again.
January in Japan (only for January 2013)
- Out by Natsuo Kirino
- The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
- Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto
- Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami
- Blind Willow, Sleeping Women by Haruki Murakami
See post: January in Japan
2013 Middle East Reading challenge (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2013)
Maphead has taken over Helen to host the next Middle East challenge. As I will be visiting Jerusalem and Jordan in the coming months I may as well sign up to this challenge! Hope to sign-up to Diplomat level of 5 books.
- Sleeping on a wire by David Grossman
- Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore
- No God but God by Reza Aslan
- Dreams and Shadow by Robin Wright
- Nine Part of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
- Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey
See sign-up post at : 2013 Middle East Reading Challenge
Books on France (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2013)
It is rather embarrassing that I haven’t read any classics in French language before. So I am targetting level 1, “un peu” = 3 books (one per quarter for instance), elevate to level 2, “beaucoup”= 6 books if there is appetite for more, to include some classics that Hollywood have decided to adapt them to big screen recently.
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- Eugenie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
- Catherine De Medici by Honoré de Balzac
See : Sign-up post
Historical challenge 2013 (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2013)
It was the button that made me want to join in to this challenge! I will be targeting “Victorian reader” level at 5 books.
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- Nightwatch by Sarah waters
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Baudolino by Umberto Eco (Middle ages)
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Byzantine)
and great many classic books I will be reading from my : A Five Year Challenge: The Classic Club challenge.
See: Sign-up post
Yes, for the next 5 years I will be reading from these 50 classics. I hope I wouldn’t take that long to finish all of them!
See page: A Five Year Challenge: The Classic Club