Backpacking through Europe in Books

This summer, I spent my reading time in a part of the world I’ve never explored before. Setting aside the two books I’d been reading at the time, I started in the Netherlands and read through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. It was a lot of fun, and…

Reader’s Room Summer 2018 Challenge

Backpacking across Europe (challenge page) Netherlands—The Storm, by Margriet de Moor Germany—Accident: A Day’s News, by Christa Wolf *Czech Republic—Mendelssohn is on the Roof, by Jiří Weil Austria—Beware of Pity, Stefan Zweig Hungary—The Door, by Magda Szabó Croatia—A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism, by Slavenka Drakulić Serbia—The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht Bulgaria—Nine Rabbits,…

Readathon 2018

Tomorrow, Dewey’s 24-hour readathon is going to break my reading slump. I guess it isn’t a slump, really—just six weeks in which I only read three books, two of which were audio. I just haven’t wanted to pick anything up since I finished the last batch, and for the most part I’ve actually been fine…

Getting ready for another readathon

I’ve been thinking about the readathon for the whole month since I started hearing about it, and today—it’s currently sixteen hours from the start time in my time zone—I think I’m getting sick. This could be good or bad for the readathon, but it’s too early to say which; if I’m couch-locked for the whole…

24 in 48 Readathon

I’m actually making good progress on my current TBR! And, although I haven’t committed myself yet, I am hoping to do the 24 in 48 Readathon starting tomorrow, so I need to update the list. Underway right now (The Refugees just came in on hold for me so I’ll be stopping to pick it up…

FABClub Challenge 2016

This is a challenge I’ve done for a couple years now, and it’s another great one. FABC is the Female Authors Book Club on Goodreads, and the challenge provides categories for reading books by and about women, focusing on diversity, gender issues, and feminism in general. It’s the other challenge I didn’t finish, though I…

Reader’s Room Winter Challenge

I started following The Reader’s Room almost exactly a year ago, about a month after they’d begun their 2016 winter challenge. It was a scavenger hunt, and it sounded really fun, and I came across it the very day of the deadline for one of the items on the list. So I joined, and I spent…

Goodreads Lists

Black Power Costa/Whitbread Award Winners Grrrls Microhistory: Social Histories of Just One Thing Native American Fiction Prison History & Theory Pulitzer Prize General Nonfiction Radical Feminist Texts Radical History Yomiuri Prize Winners

CounterPunch’s 100 Best Novels in Translation

1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russian) 1966 2. The Trial by Franz Kafka (German) 1925 3.  In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (French) 1913-1927 4.  100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Spanish) 1967 5.  The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil (German) 1942 6.  The Stranger by Albert…

Man Asian Literary Prize

2007 Jiang Rong, Wolf Totem Shortlist: Jose Dalisay Jr., Soledad’s Sister Reeti Gadekar, Families at Home Nu Nu Yi Inwa, Smile As They Bow Xu Xi, Habit of a Foreign Sky Longlist: Tulsi Badrinath, The Living God Sanjay Bahadur, The Sound Of Water Kankana Basu, Cappuccino Dusk Sanjiv Bhatla, InJustice Shahbano Bilgrami, Without Dreams Saikat…

Reader’s Room Scavenger Hunt

Challenge page at The Reader’s Room. Dec 1: Read a book by an author who shares a birthday with you. No photo proof required but let us know who you pick. The Essential Ginsberg, by Allen Ginsberg—June 3 Dec 2: A book that is listed at #4 on a list (Goodreads, 1001, bestseller, blogger list etc)….

FABC Challenge 2016

Challenge page at the Female Authors Book Club on Goodreads. My 2015 FABC Challenge summary. 1. A work of fiction Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce 2. A work of non-fiction Dark Money: The Hidden History…

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Reading List

1. The Bible—“to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.” 2. The System of the World by Isaac Newton—”to learn that the universe is a knowable place.” 3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin—”to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth.”…

David Bowie’s Reading List

The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby, 2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz, 2007 The Coast of Utopia(trilogy), Tom Stoppard, 2007 Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, Jon Savage, 2007 Fingersmith, Sarah Waters, 2002 The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, 2001 Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler, 1997 A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924, Orlando Figes,…

Japanese Reading List

From Dolce Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge. I’ve realized that there are a lot of typos and misspellings, which I’ll go through and fix when I have time. 1Q84 by Harumi Murakami 3 Strange Tales by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami A Quiet Life by Oe A Man of Many Masks by Kobo Abe…

Baillie Gifford/Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

2016  Philippe Sands, East West Street Svetlana Alexievich, Second-hand Time (translated by Bela Shayevich) Margo Jefferson, Negroland: A Memoir Hisham Matar, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between 2015  Steve Silberman, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks Laurence Scott, The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways…

Genre Challenge In Translation

From the Goodreads group Around the World in 80 Books. Timeline: Now until December 2018 General Rules: Here is a new challenge to broaden your reading horizons. For this challenge you will read one book from each of 16 of the following 22 genres. The catch is that each book has to be originally written in…

My First Readathon!

I loved it. I was disappointed that it was so short, but that’s probably because of how loosely I held myself to the time constraints; not having planned it in advance, there was only so much I could put completely aside. I basically spread out my twenty-four hours over the daytime hours of Saturday and…

24-Hour Readathon

There’s one tomorrow, and for once I found out in time, so I think I’m going to try it! I’m trying  to put together a TBR now, to get ready. First I’ll want to finish these two books that I’m almost halfway through (and really enjoying, so this push to finish will give me a…

FABClub Challenge 2015

In September I joined a Goodreads group that focuses on reading books by female authors. I decided they were probably a good fit when I looked at their reading challenge for this year and saw that, although I hadn’t known about it, I had already completed three-fourths of the challenge; there were only a few categories for…

The F-Word Reading List 2016: Keeping Track

January (Carol) February (Kindred) and Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage March The Women’s Room and Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire April (Speak) and Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body May Asking For It and (Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic) June Stone Butch Blues and Who…

Reading Writers of Color

Mostly incidentally, I’ve spent this year reading books by and about women. I thought about doing #readwomen14 and decided I couldn’t really commit to it—because I tend to get stressed out over limitations on what I can read, and end up feeling like I’m doing a chore rather than enjoying myself—but then it kind of…

10/10/10 Challenge Update

[Originally posted in September 2010.] I am doing a lot better on my 10/10/10 challenge than I thought I was; however, because of my extreme dilly-dallying in the first two-thirds of the year—wherein I created an entire “miscellaneous” category to make some of my outside reading count toward the challenge—I have to be a lot…

10/10/10 Challenge

[Originally posted at the beginning of 2010.] For my New Year’s “resolution” I decided to complete the 10/10/10 challenge—ten books in ten different genres in 2010—and I am really excited to do it. My friends Megan and Lindsey expressed an interest in it as well, so we’ve been discussing possible categories with each other. For right…