Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.
I started with “Gordon Bennett” – Read 4 Typically British novels, I am moving up 2 notches and try out for “Cream Crackered” to read 8 Typically British novels.
TOURIST – Read and review 3 books by 3 different Australian authors
FAIR DINKUM – Read and review 8 books by Australian authors (a minimum of 5 different Australian authors)
I’m going as a tourist for now and then upgrade myself to Fair Dinkum when I feel up to it.
3. Classics Reading Challenge (completed 18 July 2010)
Socrates of Socrates’ Book Reviews is hosting the What An Animal III Reading Challenge. The full rules are on the challenge web page. The Challenge runs from March 1, 2009 to February 28, 2011.
The Requirement is to read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:
a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).
I have one or two books with animal theme in it, if I think harder I might come up with a few more but here are some of them:
I’ll be taking up The Medium Challenge:
Try to find novels from twelve different countries or states. Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2010:
North America (incl Central America)
6. China Challenge (Completed end of June 2010)
I’ll be taking the Fast Train to Shanghai:
From 1 Sept 2009 – 1 Sept 2010, read 5 books about China
7. 2010 A to Z Challenges (Completed 12th September 2010)
I am doing the A to Z challenge by the Author’s last name.
A – The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
B – The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
C – The Outsider, Albert Camus (other title : Le E’stranger, The Stranger)
D – Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
E – Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
F – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
G – The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
H – Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
I – Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro
J – The Last Friend, Tahar Ben Jelloun
K – The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
L – A Thousand Good Years of Prayers, YiYun Li
M – Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
N – One Day, David Nicholls
O – The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
P – Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Q – The Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick
R – The Armies by Evelio Rosero
S – The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
T – Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas
U – Rabbit Run, John Updike
V – Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers
W – The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
X – Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran
Y – Hardboiled Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto
Z – The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I am doing this challenge because I love the beautiful button! No seriously, reading religious books is one of my guilty pleasure, so what better way of doing this then to follow the:
The Penthouse Path (Also Known As: The Five Biggies Path): Read something about the five major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Duration from 1 Jan 2010 – 31 Dec 2010. May God help me.
9. Non-fiction Five Challenge 2010
I have several Non-fiction books to read, so thought if I participate in this one final challenge for the year. The Challenge is organised by Trish.
The Rules (unchanged from previous years)
1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May – 30 September, 2009(please link your reviews on Mister Linky each month; Mister Linky can be found each month on this blog)
2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)
10. Japanese Literature Challenge 4
Won’t you join in the experience? Simply read one or more works of Japanese literature between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011. If you choose, leave a link to your review on the review site.
10. Arabic Summer Reading Challenge
To participate: select what you will read this summer from the recommendation list. If you prefer a more challenging challenge, read one each month. * I will select a reading-challenge winner on August 20, 2010** and will ship her (or him) a bundle of Arabic fiction new to English in 2010.***
10. The Canongate Myth Series
Aim to finish 50% of the list, including the 18 I had already read, I need another 32.