Long-term Projects


2020 Projects

Year-long Challenges
  • My reading projects
  • Back to the Classics, hosted by Karen
      1. 19th Century Classic: A Struggle for Fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
      2. 20th Century Classic: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
      3. Classic by a Woman Author: A luta (‘The struggle’), by Carmen Dolores (1909)
      4. Classic in Translation: The Immoralist, by André Gide, tr. Dorothy Bussy (1930. Original: L’Immoraliste, 1902)
      5. Classic by a Person of Color: Passing, by Nella Larsen (1929)
      6. A Genre Classic: Kallocain, by Karin Boye (2019, tr. David McDuff. Original: 1940)
      7. Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: Aurélia (1883), Lésbia (1890) and Celeste (1893), by Maria Benedita Bormann // Olivia, by Dorothy Bussy (1949)
      8. Classic with a Place in the Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe (1794)
      9. Classic with Nature in the Title
      10. Classic About a Family
      11. Abandoned Classic: One Way of Love, by Gamel Woolsey (novel written in 1931-32, published in 1987)
      12. Classic Adaptation: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)
  • Russian Literature Challenge, hosted by Keele
      • Collected Works The Inexperienced Muse, by Anna Bunina
      • A Double Life / The Crone / Life Calls Us / At the Tea Table, by Karolina Pavlova
      • The Dream: A Letter / Papers, by Zinaida Volkonskaya
      • Sonechka: A Novella and Stories, by Lyudmila Ulitskaya
  • Victorian Reading Challenge, hosted by Becky
      1. January/ February – Journeys and Travels: A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, by Amelia B. Edwards (1877)
      2. February/ March – Love and Marriage:
      3. March/ April: Second Chances: A Struggle for Fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
      4. April/ May: Names as Titles:
      5. May/ June: Long Title or Subtitles
      6. June/ July: Adaptations
      7. July/ August: Favourite Authors, New-To-Me Books
      8. August/ September: Back to School
      9. September/ Ocotober: Crime
      10. October/ November: Home and Family
      11. November/ December: Comfort Reads
      12. December/ January: Bearded Victorians
  • European Reading Challenge, hosted by Gilion
    • Review page / Wrap-up page
      • France: The Immoralist, by André Gide, tr. Dorothy Bussy (1930. Original: L’Immoraliste, 1902)
      • RussiaA Double Life, by Karolina Pavlova, tr. Barbara Heldt
      • Denmark: A Change of Time, by Ida Jessen, tr. Martin Aitken
      • Poland: Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones
      • Ireland: A Struggle for Fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
      • Sweden: Kallocain, by Karin Boye (2019, tr. David McDuff. Original: 1940)
  • Curious Adventure, hosted by Natalie
      1. Read about a local celebrity/specialityErika Mann und ihr politisches Kabarett die “Pfeffermühle” 1933-1937, by Helga Keiser-Hayne (1995)
      2. Read about an experience different from your own
      3. Celebrate something you love by learning more about it: The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (2017)
      4. 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: Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency, by Olivia Laing (2020)
      5. Read a book about an activity/craft and then go try that thing out: Life in the Garden, by Penelope Lively (2017) // Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present, by Jane Desmarais (2018)
      6. 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.
      7. 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)
      8. 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)
      9. Dig deeper into your past: pick up a book somehow related to your childhood/growing up
      10. Read a graphic nonfiction
      11. Explore a new-to-you press/publisher of nonfiction
      12. 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, hosted by Richard
      • Sylvia Molloy: Vivir entre lenguas (2016)
      • César Aira:
      • Roque Larraquy
        • Comemadre, by Roque Larraquy, tr. Heather Cleary
      • Norah Lange
      • Maria Felicitas Jaime
      • Silvina Bullrich
      • Angela Pradelli
      • Mariana Enriquez
      • Vera Giaconi
      • Pola Oloixarac
      • Silvina Ocampo
      • Olga Orozco
      • Ana María Shua
      • Alfonsina Storni
      • Hebe Uhart
      • Luisa Valenzuela
      • Ricardo Piglia
      • Ernesto Sabato
      • Tamara Kamenszein
      • Ana Becciu
      • Sara Gallardo
      • Ariana Harwicz
      • María Gainza
  • Classics Without Class Bingo, hosted by me
    • Goodreads Group
      1. Forgotten Brazilian female author: Aurélia (1883), Lésbia (1890) and Celeste (1893), by Maria Benedita Bormann
      2. 20th century classic: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)
      3. African classic
      4. Portuguese classic
      5. Author mentioned in the podcast: A luta (‘The struggle’), by Carmen Dolores (1909)
      6. Letters and diaries
      7. Gothic novel
      8. Travel writing
      9. Poetry collection
      10. Very long classic (more than 500 p.)
      11. Movie adaptation: Passing, by Nella Larsen (1929)
      12. 18th century classic
      13. Queer novel: Crisis, by Karin Boye (tr. Amanda Doxtater, 2020. Original:  Kris, 1934)
      14. Coming-of-age novel: A Struggle for Fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
      15. Classic fantasy: Kallocain, by Karin Boye (2019, tr. David McDuff. Original: 1940)
      16. Latin-American female author
  • Australian Women Writers Challenge, hosted by Elizabeth
    • Link Your Review page / Challenge Completed page
      • The Persimmon Tree, and Other Stories, by Marjorie Faith Barnard (1943)
      • Letty Fox: Her Luck, by Christina Stead (1946)
      • My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin (1901)
      • Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay (1967)
      • The Three Miss Kings, by Ada Cambridge (1891)
  • Deal Me In Challenge, hosted by Jay
  • Read More German Books in 2020, hosted by Mel and Britta
  • Louisa May Alcott Reading, hosted by Kate and Meghan
    • #louisamay2020
      • Eden’s Outcasts by John Matteson
      • Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo’s Boys
      • Rose In Bloom
      • Work: A Story of Experience
      • An Old Fashioned Girl
      • Under the Lilacs

    • Japanese Literature Challenge 13, hosted by Meredith (January – March)
        • The Goddess Chronicle, by Natsuo Kirino, tr. Rebecca Copeland (2013. Original: 2008)
        • A True Novel, by Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter (2013. Original: 2002)
        • Revenge, by Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder (2013. Original: 1998)
        • Toddler-hunting & Other Stories, by Taeko Kōno, tr. Lucy North, Lucy Lower (2018. Original: 1996)
        • The Izumi Shikibu Diary, tr. Edwin Cranston (1969. Original: 1004)
        • The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan, by Michitsuna no Haha, tr. Edward G. Seidensticker (1989. Original: 974)
        • Floating Clouds, by Fumiko Hayashi, tr. Lane Dunlop (2006. Original: 1951)
    • Persephone Readathon, hosted by Jessie (January 24th-26th)
      • Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey
    • Classics Spin #22 (January 31st)
      • Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
    • Fitzcarraldo Editions Fortnight, hosted by Karen and Lizzy (February, 16 – 29)
      • River, Esther Kinsky
      • Drive Your Plow…, by Olga Tocarczuk
    • ReadSoulLit. hosted by Didi
    • Reading Ireland Month, hosted by Cathy and Niall (March)


    • A Struggle for Fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
    • The Real Charlotte (1894), by Edith Somerville and Violet Florence Martin
  • Wales Readathonhosted by Paula (March, #dewithon20, walesreadathon20)
    • Rhapsody (1927) by Dorothy Edwards
    • A Burglary (1883), by Amy Dillwyn
    • Here are Lovers (1926), by Hilda Vaughan
  • The #1920 Club, hosted by Simon and Karen (April, 13 – 19)
    • A Fool in Her Folly, by Rhoda Broughton
    • Open the Door!, by Catherine Carswell
    • Chéri, by Colette
  • SpringAThon, hosted by Natalie and Emma (May 4th – 17th)
    • TBR >> The Persimmon Tree and Other Stories, by Marjorie Barnard (1943) >> The White Bird Passes, by Jessie Kesson (1958) >> The Passionate Nomad: The Diary of Isabelle Eberhardt (1900-1903. Published in English in 1987, tr. Nina de Voogd) >> Journal of a Solitude, by May Sarton (1973) >> The Living Mountain, by Nan Shepherd (1977) >> To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, by Olivia Laing (2011) >> Life in the Garden, by Penelope Lively (2017)
  • Daphne du Maurier Reading Week, hosted by Ali (May 11th – 17th)
    • The Flight of the Falcon, by Daphne du Maurier (1965)
  • Classics Spin #23 (June 1st)
    • The Love-Child by Edith Olivier (1927)
  • Seagull Books Fortnight, hosted by Lizzie (June 1st – 14th)
    • Bad Words: Selected Short Prose, by Ilse Aichinger, tr. Uljana Wolf and Christian Hawkey (2019)
  • #JazzAgeJune, hosted by Laurie and Fanda  (June)
    • Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence (1920)
    • * The Life and Death of Harriett Frean, by May Sinclair (1922)
    • The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1922)
    • One of Ours by Willa Cather (1923)
    • Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw (1923)
    • The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy (1923)
    • The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson (1924)
    • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (1924)
    • * The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein (1925)
    • * The Counterfeiters, by André Gide (1925)
    • So Big by Edna Ferber (1925)
    • Reminiscences of a Student’s Life by Jane Ellen Harrison (1925)
    • * To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)
    • Islanders by Helen R. Hull (1927)
    • Thérèse by François Mauriac (1927)
    • * The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham (1927)
    • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928)
    • Armed With Madness by Mary Butts (1928)
    • * Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral by Jessie Redmon Fauset (1928)
    • * The Purple Flower by Marita Bonner (1928)
    • Nadja by Andre Breton (1928)
    • Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin (1929)
    • * Big Blonde and Other Stories by Dorothy Parker (1929)
    • * Daughter of Earth by Agnes Smedley (1929)
    • * The Holy Terrors/ Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau (1929)
    • * The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen (1929)
    • * All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
  • 20 Books of Summerhosted by Cathy (June- September)
    1. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter
    2. Subtly Worded, by Teffi, tr. Anne Marie Jackson and Robert Chandler
    3. Die My Love, by Ariana Harwicz, tr. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff
    4. Tentacle, by Rita Indiana, tr. Achy Obejas
    5. People in the Room, by Norah Lange, tr. Charlotte Whittle
    6. Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
    7. La Bâtarde, by Violette Leduc, tr. Derek Coltman
    8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
    9. The Outward Room, by Millen Brand
    10. Marriage, by Susan Ferrier
  • Spanish and Portuguese Lit Month, hosted by Stu (July – August)
    • Comemadre, by Roque Larraquy, tr. Heather Cleary
    • Die My Love, by Ariana Harwicz, tr. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff
    • Tentacle, by Rita Indiana, tr. Achy Obejas
    • People in the Room, by Norah Lange, tr. Charlotte Whittle
  • Virago All Augusthosted by the Virago Modern Classics Group (August)
  • Women in Translation Monthhosted by Meytal (August)
  • RIP Challengehosted by Andi and Heather (September – October)
  • The #1956Club, hosted by Karen and Simon (October, 5th – 11th)
    • Here Be Dragons by Stella Gibbons
    • Madame Solario by Gladys Huntington (Persephone Books)
    • The Long View by Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Miserable Miracle by Henri Michaux, tr. Louise Varèse and Anna Moschovakis
    • The Flight from the Enchanter by Iris Murdoch
    • A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
    • The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
    • Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, edited by Norma Millay
    • Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
    • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
    • A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan, tr. Anne Green
    • A Legacy by Sybille Bedford
    • Every Eye by Isobel English (Persephone Books)
  • Victoberhosted by KateKatieAnge, and Lucy (October)
  • German Lit Monthhosted by Lizzy and Caroline (November)
  • AusReadingMonth, hosted by Brona (November)
  • Novellas in November, hosted by Laura (November)
  • Nonfiction Novemberhosted by KatieJulzRennieSarah, and Leann – and, on Booktube, by Olive (November)
  • War and Peace Chapter-a-Day Readalong, hosted by Nick (January – December)

Personal projects
  • New-to-me Authors to read in 2020
      1. Ouida
      2. Susan Ferrier
      3. ✓ Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
      4. Charlotte Lennox
      5. Elizabeth Inchbold
      6. Edith Somerville
      7. Olivia Manning
      8. ✓ Marjorie Barnard: The Persimmon Tree and Other Stories (1943)
      9. Storm Jameson
      10. Eudora Welty
      11. Dodie Smith
      12. ✓ Gamel Woolsey: One Way of Love (novel written in 1931-32, published in 1987)
  • Bookclub (04/11)
    1. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf ✓
    2. The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
    3. Dreams of My Russian Summers, by Andrei Makine ✓
    4. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri ✓
    5. Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow
    6. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk
    7. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers ✓
  • Borderless Book Club
    • May 28th – Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana, tr. Mui Poopoksakul
    • June 11th – Holiday Heart by Margarita García Robayo
    • July 9th – Inlands by Elin Willows, tr. Duncan Lewis
    • August 6th – Wild Woman by Marina Šur Puhlovski, tr. Christina Zorić
    • August 20th –  Grove by Esther Kinsky, tr. Caroline Schmidt
  • Classics Club
  • Most anticipated books | 2020
  • Winter TBR | 2019/ 2020
  • Most anticipated releases | 2019
  • Most anticipated releases | second-half of 2018
  • 19th-century Women Writers Project


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