Past Reading Challenges: Kirsty

Reading the World: 2017

1. We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (Danish) – review
2. A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad (Norwegian) – review
3. The Garden by Magnus Florin (Swedish) – review
4. The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera (French) – review
5. The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector (Portuguese) – review
6. The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi (Icelandic) – review
7. Between Dog and Wolf by Sasha Sokolov (Russian) – review
8. Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig (Austrian German) – review
9. Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan Van Mersbergen (Dutch) – review
10. The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian) – review
11. The Leech by Cora Sandel (Norwegian) – review
12. Gilgi, One of Us by Irmgard Keun (German) – review
13. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Korean) – review
14. The Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser (Swedish) – review
15. A Woman’s Story by Annie Ernaux (French) – review
16. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentinian) – review
17. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese) – review
18. Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky (French) – review
19. The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price (Welsh) – review
20. The Accusation by Bandi (Korean) – review
21. The Longest Night by Otto de Kat (Dutch) – review
22. For a Flower Album by Colette (French) – review
23. The Empress and the Cake by Linda Stift (German) – review
24. Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay (French) – review
25. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami (Japanese) – review
26. Ghachar, Ghochar by Vivek Shanhbag (Kannada) – review
27. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende (Spanish) – review
28. Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau (French) – review
29. Lavinia by George Sand (French) – review
30. With Their Backs to the World: Portraits of Serbia by Asne Seierstad (Norwegian) – review
31. One From the Archive: Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival (Spanish) and The Door by Magda Szabo (Hungarian) – review
32. Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide (French) – review
33. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll (German) – review
34. One From the Archive: Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean (French) – review
35. The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov (Russian) – review
36. Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese) – review
37. The Stranger by Albert Camus (French) – review
38. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (Korean) – review
39. The Immoralist by Andre Gide (French) – review
40. One From the Archive: Human Acts by Han Kang (Korean) – review
41. The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (French) – review
42. Feather by Cao Wenxhuan (China) – review
43. The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, edited by Johanna Sinisalo (Finnish) – review
44. One From the Archive: The Brothers by Akso Sahlberg (Finnish) – review
45. But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens (French) – review
46. Therese by Francois Mauriac (French) – review
47. One From the Archive: The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov (Russian) – review
48. Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (French) – review
49. Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali (Turkish) – review
50. Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian) – review
51. Art in Nature and Other Stories by Tove Jansson (Finnish) – review
52. Yearly Wrap-Up – here



2017 Reading Goals:

Olivia Laing
(The Lonely City – review); Amelie Nothomb; Lydia Millet; Rebecca West (The Harsh Voice – review); George Sand (Lavinia – review); Annie Ernaux (A Woman’s Story review); Joan Didion; Leena Krohn; P.D. James (The Lighthouse); Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage; The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories; The Thirteen Problems); Haruki Murakami (South of the Border, West of the Sun); Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Deathless); Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing); John Wyndham (The Midwich Cuckoos, The Chrysalids); Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby); Dorothy L. Sayers (Whose Body?); Anita Desai (The Artist of Disappearance); Isabel Allende (Eva Luna – review); Gunter Grass.

This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks; Corrag by Susan Fletcher; Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann; Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers; The Wives by Alexandra Popoff; The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price – review; Geek Love by Katherine Dunn; The Shining by Stephen King; Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist; The Helios Disaster by Linda Bostrom Knausgard; The Midas Touch by Margaret Kennedy; This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell; The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey; The Conquered by Naomi Mitchison; The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits; The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding; Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski; The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara; Fell by Jenn Ashworth; The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan; Olivia: A Novel by Dorothy Strachey; Odes by Sharon Olds; Pepita by Vita Sackville-West; The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller; Heroines by Kate Zambreno; What the Light Hides by Mette Jakobsen; Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin; Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson; Euphoria by Lily King; The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss; The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg; The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor; You Are My Heart and Other Stories by Jay Neugeboren; A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside; The Dumb House by John Burnside.

French Reading Project:
Foreign Parts by Janice Galloway; A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle; A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; The Fall by Albert Camus; Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos; Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac; Tartuffe by Moliere; Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik; Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac; Almost French by Sarah Turnbull; The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy; The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart; Camille by Alexandre Dumas; Misanthrope by Moliere; Nicholas by Pere Goscinny; Nadja by Andre Breton; Antigone by Jean Anouilh; A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse; The Wall and Other Stories by Jean-Paul Sartre; Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong by Jean-Benoit Nodeau; The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (reread); Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky (reread – review); Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne; Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (reread); Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide; Paris Under Water by Jeffrey Jackson; Paris Was Ours, edited by Penelope Rowlands; At Home in France by Ann Barry; An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken (reread); Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker.

Scottish Reading Project:
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith; Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson; Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh; The Crow Road by Iain Banks; How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman; Buddha Da by Anne Donovan; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (reread); The Complaints by Ian Rankin; The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson; Under the Skin by Michel Faber; The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks; The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey; Hame by Annalena McAfee; Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson (reread); Everything You Need by A.L. Kennedy; Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell; The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan; The Glister by John Burnside; The Devil’s Footprints by John Burnside; A Kettle of Fish by Ali Bacon; Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith (reread); The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers; The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh; A Disaffection by James Kelman; My Shit Life So Far by Frankie Boyle; Poor Things by Alasdair Gray; Stone Garden by Alan Spence; Trumpet by Jackie Kay.