Akylina’s 2021 Reading Challenges

2021 is just around the corner (how the time flies…) and I’ve decided to start my reading for the new year by participating in two challenges: the European Reading Challenge and the Japanese Literature Challenge 14.

European Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted by Gilion Dumas at rosecityreader.com, the European Reading Challenge runs for its 9th year and is a wonderful way to travel around Europe through our books, until we’re able to physically enjoy the wonders of travel again. The challenge runs from January 1st to January 31st, and there are different levels in which you can sign up and participate. I have 3 books on my TBR for this challenge and 2 backups in case I feel too restrained (admittedly, being a mood reader is not so great during reading challenges):

  • 1973 (or The Wolf and the Watchman as it’s been translated into English by Ebba Segerberg) by Niklas Natt och Dag (Sweden) – (I have the Greek translation by Grigoris Kondylis)
  • Winter’s Tales by Isak Dinesen (Denmark)
  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black by Gaston Leroux (France) – (I have the Greek translation by Vangelis Giannisis)

And my 2 backups:

  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK/Scotland)
  • The Infernal World of Branwell Brontรซ by Daphne du Maurier (UK/England)

I’m still in a mood for wintery reads, mysteries and historical fiction, so I chose my books mostly based on that – plus, they are all books I’ve been meaning to read, so a challenge like this one seems only fitting for me to finally do so ๐Ÿ™‚

Japanese Literature Challenge 14

Hosted by Meredith over at DolceBellezza.net, Japanese Literature Challenge runs for its 14th year and it lasts for 3 months, from January to March. For this challenge, I’ve also 3 main books lined up, but since I always have a lot of Japanese literature on the wait and also some reviews to catch up on, I will probably post about more books, and add more books to my TBR as the challenge progresses.

  • Malice by Keigo Higashino (tr. by Alexander O. Smith with Elye Alexander)
  • Okamoto Kido: Master of the Uncanny – Selected Short Stories (tr. by Nancy H. Ross)
  • Fumiko’s Feet (ใ€ŽๅฏŒ็พŽๅญใฎ่ถณใ€ tr. into Greek by Panayotis Evangelides)

One of my goals for 2021 is to read more in Japanese, so I will probably read a book or two in Japanese as well, but I don’t think I will post about them here, so I’m not including them in my TBR for the challenge.

Do you have any reading plans for the new year? Are you participating in these or any other reading challenges? Let me know in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Akylina’s 2021 Reading Challenges

  1. Hello Akylina. For Christmas I got three volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne, and a biography of Sรฉamus Heaney; that’ll keep me going for some time . . .

    • Haha, I feel you on this one Karen! Will be wonderful to see what you read for both challenges if you end up participating ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Like you I’ve committed to the European Reading Challenge, but I should read further afield, which should by rights include Japan. I’ll see what I can come up with.

    • That’s wonderful Chris, I’m looking forward to your reviews and I hope you join us in the Japanese Literature Challenge as well ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ohh, that only makes me even more excited to read it! As soon as I’m able to order books in Japanese again, I’ll definitely try reading Higashino in Japanese too ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Akylina, good luck and happy reading with these reading challenges! In 2021, I will be continuing with The Classics Club and again taking part in the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Best of luck with your challenges! I’m trying to take it easier this year, so I haven’t chosen to participate in anything myself; it feels a bit odd, to be honest!

    • Thank you, my dear! I completely understand, I haven’t had the best of luck with sticking to challenges lately, but since I had some books I planned to read now anyway, I thought why not ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reading challenge-free, though, is certainly more satisfying I think ๐Ÿ™‚

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