Sunday, December 30, 2007

Long-term 2008 Challenges and Possibilities

The handy dandy keep-'em-all-together 2008 Challenges post. Am I overcommitted or what?

short story challenge
Kate announced this challenge just yesterday. I'm going to try to read at least one short story a week.

I have tons of short story collections--too many possibilities to bother listing.

Nineteenth Century
6 books

Pool of authors:

Olive Schreiner
Mary Haddock Foote
Isabella Lucy Bird
Charlotte Bronte
George Eliot
Elizabeth Gaskell
Sarah Orne Jewett
Margaret Marshall Saunders
Anna Sewell

4 books

Pool of books:

Smoke. Ivan Turgenev
The Fatal Eggs. Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita. Mikhail Bulgakov
White Walls. Tatyana Tolstoya
A Life in Letters. Anton Chekhov
Stories. Anton Chekhov
The Idiot. Fyodor Dostoevsky
House of the Dead. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pale Fire. Vladimir Nabokov
The Enchanted Wanderer. Nikolai Leskov
Resurrection. Leo Tolstoy
Short Works of Leo Tolstoy
The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme. Andrei Makine

Three country commitment

Pool of authors:

Nikos Kazantzakis
Lawrence Sterne
Daniel Defoe
James Joyce
Emile Zola
Victor Hugo
Alexandre Dumas
Gustave Flaubert
Graham Greene
John Milton

What's in a Name
6 books

The categories and some possible choices:

1. A book with a color in its title.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Scarlet Thread by Doris Betts

2. A book with an animal in its title.

The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
The Snoring Bird byBernd Heinrich
Led-Horse Claim by Mary Hallock Foote

3. A book with a first name in its title.

Ulysses by James Joyce
Cousin Rosamund by Rebecca West

4. A book with a place in its title.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
In America by Susan Sontag
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk

5. A book with a weather event in its title.

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

6. A book with a plant in its title.

Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
February Flowers by Fan Wu

Africa Reading Challenge

6 books

My reading pool:

Palace Walk
Half of a Yellow Sun
Flame Trees of Thika
Story of an African Farm
What is the What
Frankie and Stankie
The Darling
Brazzaville Beach
Cry, the Beloved Country
No Longer At Ease
July's People
A Sport of Nature
Before I Forget
So Long a Letter
The Camel Bookmobile
West With the Night


  1. What a good idea! Now you only have to go to one place to see your long list. Haha

    Mine keeps growing and growing even though I assured myself I wouldn't let that happen. I'm taking on more year long challenges this year. It promises to be a fun reading year regardless.

    Good luck with all your challenges!

  2. What?! No "no book buying" challenge? You and MFS -- that was my absolute favorite in 2007.

  3. Heh. The shortest lived challenge ever that was.


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