Map showing author’s country of origin for the books I have read during the first eight months of 2018.
Autumn is here, another third of the year has gone, and I believe it is time for another progress report on my reading and my reading challenges.
So far I have read 86 books in 2018, by 47 women and 35 men (and four anthologies). I have read books from eighteen decades and by authors from twenty-three countries. All-in-all I’m having an excellent reading year.
Reading challenges for 2018
Finish the unfinished 30-20-20-10 challenge from 2017 (done)
Read 12 books from countries I read no more than 1 book from in 2017 (done, 19/12 read)
- Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda (Libya)
- The Lime Tree by César Aira (Argentina)
- Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (Japan)
- Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Poland)
- Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena (Latvia)
- Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė (Lithuania)
- Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda (Chile)
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
- The Last Summer by Ricarda Huch (Germany)
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (India)
- An Arab Melancholia by Abdellah Taïa (Morocco)
For simplicity all countries listed are the author’s country of birth (as far as I could tell).
Read and blog about at least 12 books from my Classics club reading list
I’m slightly behind on this challenge. So far I have only read seven books from my Classics Club list, bringing me up to a total of 12 out of 50 since my start in October 2017.
The classics from my list that I have finished are:
- The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
- Wind, sand and stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
- Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Middlemarch by George Eliot (not yet reviewed)
I also joined the Back to the classics reading challenge
Here the goal was to read classics corresponding to different categories. I have now read books for nine of the twelve categories and reviewed eight of them.
- 1. A 19th century classic: City folk and country folk
- 2. A 20th century classic: Wind, sand and stars
- 3. A classic by a woman author: Middlemarch (not yet reviewed)
- 4. A classic in translation: The Boarding-School Girl
- 5. A children’s classic: Over Sea, Under Stone
- 6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction: Cat Among The Pigeons
- 7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction: Flight to Arras
- 8. A classic with a single-word title: Walden
- 9. A classic with a colour in the title
- 10. A classic by an author that’s new to you: La Vita Nuova
- 11. A classic that scares you
- 12. Re-read a favourite classic
Read at least as many of my unread books (including new books) as I buy in 2018
I knew that this one would be the worst of this years challenges and yes, I am falling behind. Only by three books so far though so there is hope that I might catch-up before the end of the year.
How’s your reading coming along? Are you also having a good reading year?