Long-term Projects


2020 Projects

Year-long Challenges
  • My reading projects
  • Back to the Classics, hosted by Karen
      1. 19th Century Classic
      2. 20th Century Classic
      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
      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
  • Reading Classic Books, hosted by Erica
    • Review Links: January /
      1. Read a classic over 500 pages: The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe (1794)
      2. Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character: Passing, by Nella Larsen (1929)
      3. Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live: A luta (‘The struggle’), by Carmen Dolores (1909)
      4. Read a classic in translation: The Immoralist, by André Gide, tr. Dorothy Bussy (1930. Original: L’Immoraliste, 1902)
      5. Read a classic by a new to you author: Aurélia (1883), Lésbia (1890) and Celeste (1893), by Maria Benedita Bormann
      6. Read a book of poetry
      7. Read a classic written between 1800-1860
      8. Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character: Olivia, by Dorothy Bussy (1949)
      9. Read a classic written by a womanThe Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)
      10. Read a classic novella
      11. Read a classic nonfiction
      12. Read a classic that has been banned or censored
  • 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
      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
  • 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.
      5. 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)
      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:
      • 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: Olivia, by Dorothy Bussy (1949)
      14. Coming-of-age novel
      15. Classic fantasy
      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
  • #ClassicsCommunity 2020 Reading Challenge, hosted by Lucy
  • 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 (1883), by Charlotte Riddell
    • The Rose Garden (1999), by Maeve Brennan
    • 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)
    • Women in Love, by D. H. Lawrence
    • The Lost Girl, by D. H. Lawrence
    • A Fool in Her Folly, by Rhoda Broughton
    • Open the Door!, by Catherine Carswell
    • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
    • Chéri, by Colette
    • Queen Lucia, by E. F. Benson
  • 20 Books of Summerhosted by Cathy (June- September)
  • Spanish and Portuguese Lit Month, hosted by Stu (July – August)
  • 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)
  • 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


2019 Projects

  • Wrap-up Projects 2019
  • Retrospective 2019
  • European Reading Challenge, hosted by Gilion over at Rose City Reader
    • Review Page | Wrap-up page
    • My level of participation: 5 star (deluxe entourage)
      1. AustriaIntimate Ties, by Robert Musil, tr. Peter Wortsman (2019. Original: Vereinigungen, 1911)
      2. UKNorth and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854 – 1855)
      3. IcelandButterflies in November, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, tr. Brian FitzGibbon (2014. Original: Rigning í nóvember, 2004)
      4. Germany: The Child Manuela, by Christa Winsloe, tr. Agnes Neill Scott (1994. Original: Das Mädchen Manuela, 1933, also known as Mädchen in Uniform)
      5. Greece: If not, winter, poems by Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (2003)
      6. FranceLavinia, by George Sand (1833)
      7. ItalyFamily Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Jenny McPhee (2017. Original: Lessico famigliare, 1963)
      8. Ireland: Belinda, by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
      9. Russia: Sofia Petrovna, by Lydia Chukovskaya, tr. Aline Werth, emended by Eliza Kellogg Klose. (1994. Original: Sofia Petrovna, written in 1939-40, and first published in 1965). Also published as The deserted house, tr. Aline B. Werth. (1967)
      10. Spain: Nada, by Carmen Laforet, tr. Edith Grossman (2007. Original: Nada, 1944)

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