The 1968 Club, The Great Iris Murdoch Readalong, Nonfiction November & Dewey’s Readathon

Hello, lovely bookish people,

The 1968 club is hosted by Karen and Simon, and will take place from 30 October to 5 November. The idea is to have people reading books first published in 1968. They make various clubs, where we all enjoy books from a particular year.

I have two 1968 books on my Classics Club list:

  • The Abyss, by Marguerite Yourcenar, tr. Grace Frick in1976 (L’Œuvre au noir, originally published in1968);
  • Eva Trout, by Elizabeth Bowen;

Here are other 1968 books on my shelves:

  • Dance of the Happy Shades, by Alice Munro
  • Tigers Are Better-Looking, by Jean Rhys
  • The Public Image, by Muriel Spark
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion
  • In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories, by William H. Gass
  • The Nice and the Good, by Iris Murdoch
  • Sculptor’s Daughter, by Tove Jansson
  • Come Along With Me, by Shirley Jackson
  • Lost in the Funhouse, by John Barth
  • Wedding Group, by Elizabeth Taylor
  • A Compass Error, by Sybille Bedford
  • The Landlord’s Daughter, by Monica Dickens

And, finally, a book for German Literature Month VII:

  • The Quest for Christa T., by Christa Wolf, tr. Christopher Middleton in 1979 (Nachdenken über Christa T., originally published in1968)

Which of these should I choose for the group? I am gravitating towards The Abyss… 🙂


Another project I am looking forward to is The Great Iris Murdoch Readalong, hosted by Liz! The idea is to read one book a month, in chronological order. The first read will be Under the Net (1954), in November. I will try to squeeze it in among my German Lit books. 🙂

Here is the full list of books for the readalong:

  • November 2017 Under the Net (1954)
  • December 2017 The Flight from the Enchanter (1956)
  • January 2018 The Sandcastle (1957)
  • February 2018 The Bell (1958)
  • March 2018 A Severed Head (1961)
  • April 2018 An Unofficial Rose (1962)
  • May 2018 The Unicorn (1963)
  • June 2018 The Italian Girl (1964)
  • July 2018 The Red and the Green (1965)
  • August 2018 The Time of the Angels (1966)
  • September 2018 The Nice and the Good (1968)
  • October 2018 Bruno’s Dream (1969)
  • November 2018 A Fairly Honourable Defeat (1970)
  • December 2018 An Accidental Man (1971)
  • January 2019 The Black Prince (1973)
  • February 2019 The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974)
  • March 2019 A Word Child (1975)
  • April 2019 Henry and Cato (1976)
  • May 2019 The Sea, the Sea (1978)
  • June 2019 Nuns and Soldiers (1980)
  • July 2019 The Philosopher’s Pupil (1983)
  • August 2019 The Good Apprentice (1985)
  • September 2019 The Book and the Brotherhood (1987)
  • October 2019 The Message to the Planet (1989)
  • November 2019 The Green Knight (1993)
  • December 2019 Jackson’s Dilemma (1995)

Murdoch is an author who puzzles me, and I am eager to know more about her and her books.


Katie over at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review, Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, and Julz at Julz Reads are hosting  Nonfiction November, a month of nonfiction reading. Every week, one of them will post a discussion question and a link-up for sharing our responses.

I don’t know if I will be participating in the discussions, but I do have a pile of nonfiction books waiting to be tackled:

  • The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present, by Ronald Hutton (2017, from my RIP list)
  • H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (2014);
  • The Brontës, by Juliet Barker (2000);
  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelleyby Charlotte Gordon (2015).


Finally, Dewey’s Readathon is turning 10! The reading event was created by the beloved Dewey from the blog The Hidden Side of a Leaf, and held for the first time in October 2007. After Dewey died in late 2008, the readathon has been hosted by Heather of My Capricious Life and Andi of Estella’s Revenge. The idea is to devote 24 hours to reading (here you can know more about it). The event will take place on October 21, and I am joining in! I will try to read as much of my RIPVictober books as possible 🙂

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

Yours truly,


Edmund C. Tarbell, “Girl Reading”, 1909

6 thoughts on “The 1968 Club, The Great Iris Murdoch Readalong, Nonfiction November & Dewey’s Readathon

  1. I’m so looking forward to having you along for the Iris Murdoch Readalong. I’ve bought new copies of her first five novels in anticipation, as my originals are a bit battered now!


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