Long-term Projects


2019 Projects

Year-long Challenges


    • Literary Criticism Readalong, hosted by Tom over at Wuthering Expectations
      • The Sense of an Ending, Frank Kermode ✓
      • Illuminations, Walter Benjamin ✓
      • Fables of Identity, Northrop Frye
      • Mimesis, Erich Auerbach
    • Tales & Co. Goodreads Group, hosted by A Skeptical Reader
      • March: The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock (2010)
    • Read Around the World, hosted by Mel
      • March: Iphigenia, by Teresa de la Parra, tr. Bertie Acker
    • Virago Modern Classic Book Club (#VMCBookClub)
      • February: The Weather in the Streets, by Rosamond Lehmann
    • Women of the World Goodreads Group, hosted by Kirsty and Katie
      • January – Go, Went, Gone, by Jenny Erpenbeck, tr. Susan Bernofsky (2017. Original: Gehen, ging, gegangen, 2015) ✓
      • February – Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata (Japan) ✓
      • March – The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman (United States of America) ✓
      • April – After Midnight, by Irmgard Keun (Germany)
      • May – Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (Japan)
      • June – Swallowing Mercury, by Wioletta Grzegorzewska (Poland)
      • July – The Bone People by Keri Hulme (New Zealand)
      • August – The Insomnia Museum, by Laurie Canciani (Wales)
      • September – So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (Senegal)
      • December – Song of a Captive Bird, by Jasmin Darznik (Iran)
    • Radetzky March readalong, hosted by Caroline and Lizzy (April)
      • Part One on Thursday  April 4
      • Part Two on Thursday April 11
      • Part 3 on Thursday April 18
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Readalong (#WollstonecraftReadAlong), hosted by Ruth (April)
    • Week One: Dedication and Introduction, plus Chapters I-III (April 7 Discussion Post)
    • Week Two: Chapters IV-VI (April 14 Discussion Post)
    • Week Three: Chapters VII-IX (April 21 Discussion Post)
    • Week Four: Chapters X-XIII (April 29 Wrap-up Discussion Post)
  • Readalong of Henrik Pontoppidan’s Lucky Per, hosted by Dorian (May)
  • The #1965Club (April, 22nd – 28th, 2019), hosted by Karen and Simon
    • Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, by Marguerite Young
    • Sofia Petrovna, by Lydia Chukovskaya
    • The Flight of the Falcon, by Daphne du Maurier
  • Daphne du Maurier reading week, hosted by Ali (May, 13th – 19th)
  • 20 Books of Summer
  • All Virago/ All August
  • Women in Translation Month
  • Victober
  • RIP Challenge
  • German Lit Month
Personal projects
  • Most anticipated releases | second-half of 2018
  • Most anticipated releases | 2019
    • Intimate Ties, by Robert Musil, tr. Peter Wortsman (2019. Original: Vereinigungen, 1911) ✓
  • Spring TBR | 2019
  • New-to-me Authors to read in 2019
  • New-to-me authors for my 19th-century Women Writers Project (5 books)
  • Read More Poetry (12 books)
    • If not, winter, poems by Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (2003)
    • Plum, by Hollie McNish (2017)
    • Notes on the End of the World, by Meghan Privitello (2016)
    • Aurora Leigh, by Elizabet Barret Browning (1857)
    • Estar onde eu nao estou, by Olivia Gutierrez (2018)
  • My Classics Club list (40 books)
    1. North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854 – 1855)
    2. The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett (1896)
    3. If not, winter, poems by Sappho, tr. Anne Carson (2003)
    4. Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker (1962)
    5. Lavinia, by George Sand (1833)
    6. The Morgesons, by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1862)
    7. Aurora Leigh, by Elizabet Barret Browning (1857)
    8. Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor
    9. Belinda, by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
    10. The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1896)
  • My Virago Modern Classics list (5 books)
    1. Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker (1962)
    2. The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1896)
  • My Persephone Books list (3 books)
  • My Fitzcarraldo Editions list (3 books)
  • Speak its name challenge (3 books)
    • Amora, by Natália Borges Polesso (2015)
    • Call Me by Your Name, by Andre Aciman (2007)
  • Countries I never read before (3 books)
    • Ghana: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  • Nonfiction
    • The Sense of an Ending, by Frank Kermode (1967)
    • Ambitious heights: writing, friendship, love: the Jewsbury sisters, Felicia Hemans, and Jane Welsh Carlyle, by Norma Clarke (1990)
    • Illuminations, by Walter Benjamin, ed. Hannah Arendt, tr. Harry Zohn (1969)
    • A Passionate Sisterhood: the sisters, wives and daughters of the lake poets, by Kathleen Jones (2000)
  • My Century of Books (10 books)
    1. North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854 – 1855)
    2. The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett (1896)
    3. Lavinia, by George Sand (1833)
    4. The Morgesons, by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1862)
    5. Aurora Leigh, by Elizabet Barret Browning (1857)
    6. Belinda, by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
    7. The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1896)
  • Backpack through Latin America
  • Man Booker Prize
  • Man Booker International Prize
    • Love in the New Millennium by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen
    • The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison Strayer
    • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
    • Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell
    • The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja
    • The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner
    • Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated from Arabic by Marilyn Booth
  • Women’s Prize for Fiction
    • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
    • Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss ✓
    • Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
    • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    • The Pisces by Melissa Broder ✓
    • Milkman by Anna Burns
    • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
    • Ordinary People by Diana Evans
    • Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
    • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    • Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lilian Li
    • Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
    • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
    • Praise Songs for the Butterflies by Bernice L McFadden
    • Circe by Madeline Miller
    • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Warwick Prize for Women in Translation
  • Wainwright Prize
  • The Republic of Consciousness
    • Dedalus by Chris McCabe
    • Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić, translated by Celia Hawkesworth and S. D. Curtis
    • Kitch by Anthony Joseph
    • Lucia by Alex Pheby
    • Murmur by Will Eaves
    • Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine
    • The Cemetery in Barnes by Gabriel Josipovici
    • Resistance by Julián Fuks, translated by Daniel Hahn
    • Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
    • Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon, translated by Cole Swensen
    • Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
    • Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena, translated by Margita Gailitis ✓
    • Hang Him When He Is Not There by Nicholas John Turner
  • Book Club
    • Books read: 04/12
      • The Heart of the Matter, by Graham Greene (1948) ✓
      • Family Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Jenny McPhee (2017. Original: Lessico famigliare, 1963) ✓
      • Call me by your name, Andre Aciman (2007) ✓
      • Artemisia, by Anna Banti, tr. Shirley D’Ardia Caracciol (2003. Original: Artemisia, 1947) ✓


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