2013 Reading Challenge

This is the challenge I have signed up for 2013. Trying to keep it minimal after the stress I experienced last year! 🙂

January in Japan

January in Japan (only for January 2013)

Here’s my list for January:

  1. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
  2. Out by Natsuo Kirino

See post: January in Japan

2013 Middle East Reading challenge (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2013)

Middle Eastern 2013Maphead 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.

  1. Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  2. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  3. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
  4. Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson
  5. No God but God by Reza Aslan
  6. Dreams and Shadow by Robin Wright
  7. Nine Part of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
  8. 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)

books-on-france3It 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.

  1. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  2. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
  3. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  4. Eugenie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
  5. 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

Jap Lit 7

Japanese Literature Challenge 7

For the 4th year in a row I am participating in J-Lit Challenge 7. I will be reading:

  1. Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
  2. A Tale of Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  3. Oxford Books of Japanese Short Stories
  4. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
  5. The Cage by Kenzo Kitakata


classic club

A Five Year Challenge: The Classic Club (1 January 2013 – 31 December 2017)

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



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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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