Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge yet again, and since I have seen this challenge around, but never participated before, I have decided to give it a go. The challenge involves reading and reviewing a certain amount of books from 1 June to 1 September 2023, and there are options go for 15 or even 10 books (instead of 20). Since this is my first time participating, I am going for the modest goal of 10 books, and below is my provisional, fiction-only, list of selected-for-this-challenge books.
Tag: Book Challenge
Around the World in 50 Books
I have finally completed my challenge of reading 50 books set in different parts of the world! I began this challenge almost with the start of my blog in 2018 and my last review of Maryse Condé’s book marked the end of this exciting challenge. Below are my book results categorised in the following sections: Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, The Caribbean, South America and Oceania. Please note that the books below correspond to plot locations and not to the authors’ countries of origin.
- AUSTRIA: Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig
- CZECH REPUBLIC, THE: Melmoth by Sarah Perry
- DENMARK: Havoc by Tom Kristensen
- FRANCE: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
- HUNGARY: Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
- ICELAND: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- ITALY: The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
- IRELAND: The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín
- NETHERLANDS, THE: The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
- NORWAY: Hunger by Knut Hamsun
- POLAND: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
- PORTUGAL: The Crime of Father Amaro by Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros
- RUSSIA: White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- SWEDEN: Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
- SWITZERLAND: Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
- TURKEY: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (The Ottoman Empire)
- UK, THE: The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge – Completed!
I am happy to inform my followers that I have completed my Year of the Asian Reading Challenge for 2019. My initial, very modest, goal was to read 12 books by Asian authors in 2019, and I managed to read 15 (coupled with time pressure and my other reading challenges). I know that there is still one month left before this challenge officially expires, but since I do not plan on reading Asian authors in December, I thought I would make an official concluding announcement. My mascot for this challenge was an Indian cobra (corresponding to the level of between 11 and 20 books), and, in 2019, I read authors from the following six countries: South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, China, India and Afghanistan. The books that impressed be the most during this challenge came from the Japanese writers Kobo Abe (The Woman in the Dunes/The Face of Another), Durian Sukegawa (Sweet Bean Paste), Akira Yoshimura (Shipwrecks) and Yoko Ogawa (The Memory Police), as well as from the Chinese-born author Eileen Chang (Half a Lifelong Romance). Below are all the books with the corresponding links to reviews. Continue reading “The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge – Completed!”
May 2019 Wrap-Up: From When Rain Clouds Gather to Idaho
- When Rain Clouds Gather  – ★★★★★
This is Bessie Head’s debut novel and what a debut it is! Set in Botswana, the story tells of a refugee from South Africa Makhaya who, together with idealistic Englishman Gilbert Balfour, helps to transform the village of Golema Mmidi, finally seeing it rising above the tyranny and oppression. Head’s writing style means that the plot is easy to follow, and every character is complex and multi-dimensional.
- Hunger  – ★★★★★
Written before famous existentialist writers put their pens to paper, including Kafka and Camus, this short novel by Knut Hamsun is a convincing portrayal of one man trying to find his way and survive in a big city. Having no money, the unnamed narrator’s hunger and lack of shelter are palpable in the story as he also faces other hardship and absurdities of life. An introspective novel, Hunger focuses on such themes as loneliness and the oppression of the human spirit. Continue reading “May 2019 Wrap-Up: From When Rain Clouds Gather to Idaho”