Reading events (January-July/2016)

Hello, lovely readers,

Here are some of the reading events and projects I want to take part in (I’ll update this post as I go along and read the books…):


The 1938 Club


The 1938 Club is hosted by Karen and Simon, and will take place from 11th – 17th April. The idea is to have people reading books first published in 1938. They plan to make various clubs a bi-annual event, in April and October each year.

“For those who missed The 1924 Club, what happens is simple: we ask bloggers and blog readers to read a book published in 1938, and to write about it during one week. We welcome novels, stories, non-fiction, poetry, absolutely anything from anywhere in the world – and together we can build up a much broader sense of the year than could be achieved by an individual reader. There won’t be a single ethos for 1938, of course, but there will hopefully be a fantastic cross-section.” here

Here are some of my possible reads:

From my Viragos:

  • Over the Frontier – Stevie Smith
  • I’m Not Complaining – Ruth Adam
  • The Squire – Enid Bagnold
  • The Wild Geese – Bridget Boland
  • After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Try Anything Twice – Jan Struther
  • Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons
  • Pomfret Towers – Angela Thirkell

From my Classics Club list:

  • The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

From my Persephones:

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  • Gardener’s Nightcap – Muriel Stuart
  • The Children who Lived in a Barn – Eleanor Graham
  • Princes in the Land – Joanna Cannan
  • The Squire – Enid Bagnold

From random shelves:

  • Pray for the Wanderer – Kate O’Brien
  • Young Man with a Horn – Dorothy Baker
  • The Black Book – Lawrence Durrell
  • Invitation to a Beheading – Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Gift – Vladimir Nabokov


Reading Ireland Month

Reading Ireland MonthIn March, Cathy and Niall are hosting Reading Ireland Month (#Begorrathon16), in order to celebrate  all things Irish:

“Reading Ireland Month (or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known) will feature book and film reviews, poems, music, interviews, giveaways and much, much more. This year I will be focusing on women writers, the short story and new Irish voices.” here

Here are some of my possible reads:

From my Classics Club list:

  • The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  • The Rose Garden: Short Stories – Maeve Brennan

From my Viragos:

From my Persephones:

From random shelves:

  • The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien
  • Miss Emily –  Nuala O’Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir)
  • In Night’s City, by Dorothy Nelson (1982, 2004)


Mary Hocking Reading Week

mary-hocking-reading-weekHosted by Heavenali, the Mary Hocking Reading Week will take place from April 3rd – 9th this year. I’ll be reading Good Daughters (from my Classics Club list).




Women’s Classic Literature Event

Women’s Classic Literature Event Hosted by The Classics Club, the  Women’s Classic Literature Event ends December 31, 2016.

“The event? Read classic literature by female authors, & share your thoughts (or links to your thoughts) at #ccwomenclassics on Twitter, or in our quarterly check-ins, which we’ll have here in January, April, July, October, & December of 2016. This event is way more a celebration than a “reading challenge.” It’s about hunting out those forgotten titles which didn’t make it into the official canon, &reading them & sharing the excitement. Or exploring the females who are in the canon.” here

I’ll try to read as many books as possible from my list.



#Woolfalong is also hosted by the lovely Heavenali. I’ll take part in July and read Orlando (from my Classics Club List).


Literature and War Readalong 2016

The Literature and War Readalong is also hosted by the Caroline over at Beauty is a Selleping Cat. I’ll take part in March and read 1914: a novel, by Jean Echenoz.

That’s all for now, I guess. Which books do you recommend? What are your reading projects? Tell me about them.

Yours truly,


Henri Lebasque. "Woman Reading."
Henri Lebasque. “Woman Reading.”

9 thoughts on “Reading events (January-July/2016)

  1. That’s a great list of interesting challenges and books, I’ll be following you and look forward to reading your reviews! I might read a few Irish books if I can keep up, I get easily distracted by books on my shelf dying to be read and they’ve just been rearranged to help keep me on track. 🙂


  2. Thanks for the shout out Juliana! I do hope you read Miss Emily. I interviewed Nuala in December as part of the Belfast Book Festival and she is brilliant. Plus I’ve read the book 3 times and it’s brilliant too!


    1. Thank you, Cathy! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and I always wanted to take part in the Reading Ireland Month. 🙂 I actually bought Miss Emily after reading your review last year. It’s about time for me to finally read it! 🙂

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