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Planned Reading

This year, I’m rejoining reading challenges run by other bloggers, as well as creating themes of my own that I want to explore. For each one, I plan to create a list of books I’d like to read (more a pool of potentials than a checklist though) and books I’ve already read and would recommend to others. This is the repository of those lists; it will be a work in progress.

Challenges with Lists Up
January in Japan
Arthurian Literature Challenge
POC Speculative Challenge
Chunkster Challenge
European Lit Challenge

January in Japan
January in Japan
At least one book

1/2 books

My list:

  • The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami
  • The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
  • The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

Some books I’ve read and would recommend to other participants:

  • Twinkle Twinkle by Hiromi Kawakami
  • The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, trans. by Meredith McKinney
  • Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • The Makioka Sisters by Junichuro Tanizaki
  • Be With You by Yoshikazu Okada
  • The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Arthurian Literature
Squire (3-4 books, at least one old) or Knight (5-6)

0/4 books

My list:

  • Lais of Marie de France, trans. by Robert Hanning & Joan Ferrante
  • Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory (will first try the original and switch to translation if necessary)
  • Tristan by Beroul, trans. by Alan Fedrick
  • The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
  • Malory: The Knight Who Became King Arthur’s Chronicler by Christina Hardyment

Some books I’ve read and would recommend to other participants:

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. by Simon Armitage
  • The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes, trans. by David Steines
  • Mabinogion , trans. by Gwy Jones and Thomas Jones
  • Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

POC Speculative
Shapeshifter (1-5) or Sorcerer (6-10)

0/5 books

My list:

  • The Lost Girl by Sandu Mandanna
  • Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
  • Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The World of the End by Gafla Ofir Touché
  • Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due
  • Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
  • Imago by Octavia Butler
  • Binu and The Great Wall by Su Tong
  • The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  • The Bone People by Keri Hume
  • Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, ed. by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
  • Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio Rivera
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori

Some books I’ve read and would recommend to other participants:

  • Anything by N.K. Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, or Helen Oyeyemi.
  • All of the books listed in this fabulous post by Marilyn.
  • True Murder by Yaba Badoe
  • Arabian Nights and Days by Naguib Mahfouz
  • Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa

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Chunkster Challenge
Up to participant (I’ve chosen 6, or one every other month)

1/6 books

My list:

  • Raj by Gita Mehta (479)
  • Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea (512)
  • Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o (782)
  • King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett (736)
  • Roots by Alex Haley (912)
  • Illywhacker by Peter Carey (608)
  • Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, trans. by Lydia Davis (496)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (604)
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (676)
  • The Daisy Chain by Charlotte Mary Yonge (597)
  • Adam Bede (608) or Romola (688) by George Eliot
  • The Greenlanders by Jane Smile (608)
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (848)
  • Three Souls by Janie Chang by Eleanor Catton (496)
  • The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee (496)
  • The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, trans. by Dick Davis (928)
  • The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami (900)

ERC 2014
European Reading
Deluxe Entourage (5 from different countries)
I added a further criterion: all women authors

0/5 books
My list:

  • The Wall by Marlen Haushofer (Austrian)
  • With Their Backs to the World by Asne Seierstad (Norwegian/about Serbia)
  • The Visitor by Maeve Brennan or The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien (Irish)
  • The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić (Croatian)
  • Follow Your Heart by Susanna Tamaro or Casa Rossa by Francesca Marciano or Bitter Almonds by Simonetta Agnello Hornby or From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus (Italian)
  • Swell by Ioanna Karystiani (Greek)
  • The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb (Belgian)
  • You Are Not Like Other Mothers by Angelika Schrobsdorff (German)
  • The Door by Magda Szabó (Hungarian)
  • A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse or The Threads of the Heart Carole Martinez (French)
  • Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (Swedish)
  • When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen (Finnish)
  • With the Lapps in the High Mountains by Emilie Demant Hatt (Danish)

Harlem Renaissance

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Russian Lit

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Read Scotland

Pre-Printing Press

Back to Classics

Victorian Reading Challenge

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Immigrant Stories Challenge

Books in Translation Challenge

Play it Sam
Read it Again Sam Challenge

What’s in a Name? Challenge

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2014 4:14 pm

    Woohoo, you’re joining up with the Arthurians! We are going to have a good time.

  2. joyweesemoll permalink
    January 16, 2014 11:01 pm

    Looks like some great reading! I’ll be joining you for the Chunkster Challenge and What’s in a Name. Good luck!

  3. February 15, 2014 3:06 pm

    Welcome to the Immigrant Stories Challenge – I look forward to seeing what you choose to read!

  4. Julia McGrath permalink
    June 18, 2014 2:15 pm

    Hi from Australia. I see you have some Peter Carey books on your list; I’d like to highly recommend one of our best regarded & most lyrical writers, Tim Winton. Try ‘Breath’


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