Challenges 2014

READING ROUND MUNSTER PERSONAL CHALLENGE,
NOV. 2013 – SEPT. 2014 (extended to DEC 2014)
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(A subsection of my Reading Round Ireland goal)

Goal: 6 books  Read: 5 (+ 1)/6

1. Clare: House of Spendid Isolation, Edna O’Brien
2. Waterford: Good Behaviour, Molly Keane
(also: Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers, Rosamund Burton)
3. Cork
4. Kerry: The Ballad of Mo and G, Billy Keane
5. Limerick: Soul Murder, Andrew Nugent
6. Tipperary: The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan
 

FULL HOUSE READING CHALLENGE 2014
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Goal: 25 books;  Read 21/25

1.  From the local library: Arte Metro Roma, Laboratorio Incontri d’Arte (ed.)
2. Best read so far in 2014: Soul Murder, Andrew Nugent
3. From your wish list
4. Set in a different country from you: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson (Sweden)
5. Published in 2014
6. Theme/issue you think is important:  Red Zone Baghdad: My War in Iraq, Marcus Fielding
7. Setting you’d like to visit: The Italian Mission, Alan Champorcher
8. Suspense or crime: City of Beads (Tubby Dubonnet series #2), Tony Dunbar
9. Contemporary: Bad Day in Blackrock, Kevin Power
10. More than 400 pages: Ravenscraig, Sandi Krawchenko Altner
11. Re-read: Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers: Rosamund Burton
12. Review persuaded you to read it: The Glimpses of the Moon, Edith Wharton
13. Published before 2013: Acts of Faith, Philip Caputo
14. Book with an animal in it: The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
15. Won or borrowed: The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan
16. Historical fiction
17. Less than 200 pages: A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia, Martin Radford
18. Non-fiction: Black Market Baby: An Adopted Woman’s Journey, Renée Clarke
19. Author new to you: The Peace Maker, Michele Chynoweth
20. Book from a series: The Murder at Sissingham Hall (Angela Marchmont Mystery #1), Clara Benson
21. Free or bought very cheaply: Mommy Had a Little Flask, A. K. Turner
22. Published in 2013: The Ballad of Mo and G, Billy Keane
23. Paranormal /SF /dystopian  The Unhappy Medium, T. J. Brown
24. You love the cover
25. Free choice: Leadership is Hell: How to Manage Well – And Escape with your Soul, Rob Ashgar
 

BACK TO THE CLASSICS READING CHALLENGE 2014
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Goal: 10 books (and a movie)  Read: 6/10

Required:

  1. A 20th Century Classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos
  2. A 19th Century Classic Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author A Severed Head, Iris Murdoch
  4. A Classic in Translation The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis
  5. A Wartime Classic  Men at Arms, Evelyn Waugh
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You (Proposed – The Wild Irish Girl, Lady Sydney Morgan)
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic (Proposed – Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott)
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller (Proposed – Something from the Maigret series, Georges Simenon)
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic (Proposed – one of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances)
  4. A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4
READ SCOTLAND 2014
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Goal: 1-4 books (Just a Keek level)  Read 2/1-4

1.  The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
2.  A Darker Domain, Val McDermid
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I LOVE LIBRARY BOOKS CHALLENGE 2014
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Goal: 6 books (Picture Book level) [formerly 3 books, Board Book level]; Read: 3/6

1.  Sardines, Nuruddin Farah
2.  A Darker Domain, Val McDermid
3.  Arte Metro Roma, Laboratorio Incontri d’Arte (ed.)
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2014 AUDIOBOOKS CHALLENGE

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Goal: 1-5 audiobooks (“Newbie – I’ll give it a try” level)  Read 2/1-5

1.  The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
2.  Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
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EBOOK READING CHALLENGE 2014

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Goal: 25 ebooks (DVD level) [originally 10 ebooks (CD level)];  Read 36/25

1.  The Ballad of Mo and G, Billy Keane
2.  Mommy Had a Little Flask, A. K. Turner
3.  Soul Murder, Andrew Nugent
4.  The Peace Maker, Michele Chynoweth
5.  A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia, Martin Radford
6.  South of Normal: My year in paradise, Norm Schriver
7.  On My Chest, Adoni Patrikios
8.  City of Beads (Tubby Dubonnet series #2), Tony Dunbar
9.  The Wife of Reilly, Jennifer Coburn
10. Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa, John Malathronas
11.  The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan
12.  Red Zone Baghdad: My War in Iraq, Marcus Fielding
13.  Road Tripping in America, Lisa McNamara and Paul Oulsen
14.  To St Petersburg With Love, Mel Cormican
15.  The Glimpses of the Moon, Edith Wharton
16.  Black Market Baby: An Adopted Woman’s Journey, Renée Clarke
17.  A Year in Tuscany, Barbara Athanassiadis
18.  The Widow’s Mail Order Husband, Susan Leigh Carlton
19.  A Million Steps, Kurt Koontz
20.  Ravenscraig, Sandi Krawchenko Altner
21.  Going Upside Down, Elise Williams
22.  Do Me, Do My Roots, Eileen Rendahl
23.  Just Perfect! Teisha Mott
24.  The Unhappy Medium, T. J. Brown
25.  Travels With Lucy, Chris Buerki
(26) The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago, Bill Walker
(27) The Murder at Sissingham Hall, Clara Benson
(28) Leadership is Hell: How to Manage Well – And Escape with your Soul, Rob Ashgar
(29)  Something Bad Happen, Please!, Tom and Hedy Valledolmo
(30)  The Italian Mission, Alan Champorcher
(31)  Sacred Road, Todd Maxwell Preston
(32)  Secret Sister, Emelle Gamble
(33)  The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard (Robert Bryndza)
(34)  Achan: A Year of Teaching in Thailand (Elayne Clift)
(35)  The Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis)
(36)  Pam of Babylon (Suzanne Jenkins)


DEAL ME IN: SHORT STORY READING CHALLENGE 2014

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Goal: 52 short stories  Read: 41/52

1: A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
2: The School, Donald Barthelme
3: In the Penal Colony, Franz Kafkaabandoned;  replaced by An Snámhaí, Katherine Duffy
4: Signs and Symbols, Vladimir Nabokov
5: Gooseberries, Anton Chekhov
6: Sea Oak, George Saunders
7: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, Ursula K. LeGuin
8: The Veldt, Ray Bradbury
9: The Bear Came Over the Mountain, Alice Munro
10: The Nose, Nikolai Gogol
11: Desirée’s Baby, Kate Chopin
12: The Mouse, Saki
13: The Sniper, Liam O’Flaherty
14: Eva is Inside Her Cat, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15: The Stranger, Katherine Mansfield
16: A Haunted House, Virginia Woolf
17: Araby, James Joyce
18: The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges
19: The Half-Skinned Steer, E. Annie Proulx
20: The Coming Out of Maggie, O Henry
21: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway
22: A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
23: Death Makes a Comeback, James O’Keefe
24: The Arrangers of Marriage, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
25: Faeries of the Nile, Mansoura Ez-Eldin
26: Stickfighting Days, Olufemi Terry
27: Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm, Brian Chikwava
28: Promenade, Henrietta Rose-Innes
29: An Ex-mas Feast, Uwem Akpan
30: Ships in High Transit, Binyavanga Wainina
31: The Moustached Man, Patrice Nganang
32: A Good Soldier, Maaza Mengiste
33: Préférence Nationale, Fatou Diome
34: Homecoming, Laila Lalami
35: Street of the House of Wonders, Rachida el-Charni
36: Bumsters, E. C. Osondu
37: Passion, Doreen Baingana
38: The Fugitive, Alain Mabanckou
39: Haywards Heath, Aminatta Forna
40: Missing Out, Leila Aboulela
41: Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals, Yvonne Vera
42: The Centre of the World, George Makana Clark
43: Propaganda by Monuments, Ivan Vladislavic
44: Mme Zita Mendès, a Last Image, Alaa al Aswany
45: An Unexpected Death, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa
46: The Homecoming, Milly Jafta
47: Oxford, Black Oxford, Dambuzdo Marechera
48: You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, Zoe Wicomb
49: Cages, Abdulrazak Gurna
50: The Last Bordello, Manuel Rui
51: The Eyes of the Statue, Camara Laye
52: Slipper Satin, Alex La Guma

NON-FICTION READING CHALLENGE 2014

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Goal: 16-20 books (Master level) [Originally 6-10 books, Explorer level]  Read: 22/16-20

1.  Mommy Had a Little Flask, A. K. Turner (humorous essays / “momoir”)
2.  A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia, Martin Radford (travel / memoir)
3.  South of Normal: My year in paradise, Norm Schriver (memoir / travel)
4.  Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis (apostolic exhortation)
5.  Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa, John Malathronas (travel / political commentary)
6.  Red Zone Baghdad: My War in Iraq, Marcus Fielding (war memoir)
7.  Road Tripping in America, Lisa McNamara and Paul Oulsen
8.  To St Petersburg With Love (Mel Cormican)
9.  Black Market Baby: An Adopted Woman’s Journey, Renée Clarke
10.  A Year in Tuscany, Barbara Athanassiadis
11.  Arte Metro Roma, Laboratorio Incontri d’Arte (ed.)
12.  A Million Steps, Kurt Koontz
13.  A Report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans Today, Elizabeth Durack
14.  Travels With Lucy, Chris Buerki
15.  The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago, by Bill Walker
16.  Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers, by Rosamund Burton
17.  Leadership is Hell: How to Manage Well – And Escape with your Soul, Rob Ashgar
18. Something Bad Happen, Please!, Tom and Hedy Valledolmo
19.  Sacred Road, Todd Maxwell Preston
20.  Achan: A Year of Teaching in Thailand, by Elayne Clift
21. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis22. For Bread Alone, by Mohamed Choukri

2014 AFRICA READING CHALLENGE

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Goal: 5 (or more) books;  Read: 2/5

1.  Sardines, Nuruddin Farah
2.  The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany
3.  For Bread Alone, Mohamed Choukri
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