It’s that time of the year again, when we reflect on what has been accomplished in the past months & start to plan ahead. Here are my reading projects for 2020. As usual, there is a lot going on, but I want to twist the way I take part in reading projects next year. While I am making sure to take into account our beloved blogging events, I am also leaving myself some space to choose my readings more randomly: instead of a fixed TBR for each event, I am going to limit myself to one or two books for each. And I will be updating this post as I go along.
Let’s go to the projects, shall we?
European Reading Challenge
My level of participation: 5 star (deluxe entourage) – “Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries”.
- Read about a local celebrity/speciality: Erika Mann und ihr politisches Kabarett die “Pfeffermühle” 1933-1937, by Helga Keiser-Hayne (1995)
- Read about an experience different from your own
- Celebrate something you love by learning more about it: The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (2017)
- Read a collection of short writings that have (in part) previously been published elsewhere OR read a book & an article the author has written for a media outlet around the same topic.
- Read a book about an activity/craft and then go try that thing out: Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present, by Jane Desmarais (2018)
- Browse in a nonfiction shelf of your choice (bookstore, library, online, a friends, etc.) and choose a book you’ve either never heard of or something that grabs your attention.
- Time travel: if you could live in any era, which would it be? Read a book about some aspect of it: Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider, by Peter Gay (1968) & Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture, by Carl E. Schorske (1980)
- Pick up a nonfiction & fiction pair on any topic/theme to read together: Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler (2019) & Ecstasy, by Mary Sharratt (2018)
- Dig deeper into your past: pick up a book somehow related to your childhood/growing up
- Read a graphic nonfiction
- Explore a new-to-you press/publisher of nonfiction
- Adventures help us learn about the world but equally about ourselves: pick up a book that reminds you of yourself/allows you to self-reflect
Argentinean Literature of Doom
This project is hosted by Richard at Caravana de Recuerdos, and the idea is to read and review at least one piece of fiction written by an Argentinean author, read and review at least one nonfiction work on Argentina, or watch and review one film that falls under the same general criteria. Full details & sign-up post here.
Japanese Literature Challenge 13
This challenge is hosted by Meredith over at Dolce Bellezza, and the idea is to read and review Japanese literature from January through March 2020. Full details & sign-up post here. And here you can find a suggested reading list.
Back to the Classics
- 19th Century Classic
- 20th Century Classic
- Classic by a Woman Author
- Classic in Translation
- Classic by a Person of Color
- A Genre Classic
- Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title
- Classic with a Place in the Title:
- Classic with Nature in the Title
- Classic About a Family
- Abandoned Classic
- Classic Adaptation:
Russian Literature Challenge
Australian Women Writers Challenge
Deal me In Challenge
This challenge is hosted by Jay to encourage readers to read 52 short stories in 2020. Before you start reading, choose fifty-two stories and assign each one to a playing card in a standard deck of cards. Each week, you draw a card at random from your deck and that is the story you will read. Full details here.
Seasonal reading events
As usual, I will also take part in the various Clubs hosted by Karen and Simon (the next one will be the #1920 Club, in April); in Reading Ireland Month, hosted by Cathy and Niall; in the Wales Readathon, hosted by Paula; the Persephone Readathons, hosted by Jessie; 20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy; Spanish and Portuguese Lit Month, hosted by Stu; the Virago All August, hosted by the Virago Modern Classics Group at LibraryThing; Women in Translation Month, hosted by Meytal; RIP Challenge, hosted by Andi and Heather; Victober, hosted by Kate, Katie, Ange, and Lucy; German Lit Month, hosted by Lizzy and Caroline; AusReadingMonth, hosted by Brona in November; Novellas in November, hosted by Laura; and Nonfiction November, hosted by Katie, Julz, Rennie, Sarah, and Leann (and, on Booktube, by Olive).
As for personal reading projects, I will continue with my Classics Club list; my Speak its name challenge; my Century of Books, my My Year of Pilgrimage, the #100BestWIT project, my Virago Modern Classics, Persephone Books & Fitzcarraldo Editions lists. I will also try to read through my Winter TBR | 2019/ 2020.
As usual, I made a list of New-to-me Authors to read in 2020:
- Susan Ferrier
- Ann Radcliffe
- Charlotte Lennox
- Norah Lange
- Edith Somerville
- Olivia Manning
- Marjorie Barnard
- Storm Jameson
- Eudora Welty
- Dodie Smith
- Gamel Woolsey
And I have a list of books to read for my local bookclub:
- Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
- The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
- Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk
- Dreams of My Russian Summers, by Andrei Makine:
In case you are curious, this is the way I organised all the 2019 projects on my book journal:
That’s all for now, folks! What are your reading plans for 2020? Tell me all about them.