Past Reading Challenges: Akylina

Reading England Challenge: 2015

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I have been intending to expand my knowledge and read more about England and all the different regions and counties it includes and the Reading England Challenge that the lovely Behold the Stars is hosting is a great opportunity for me to do so. Here is a list of the books per county that I would like to read for this challenge:

• The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
• The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

• Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf

• Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

• The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

• Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (re-read)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
• The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

• The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (re-read)

• The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

• Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
• Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

• North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

• Emma by Jane Austen
• Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

• Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

• Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Persuasion by Jane Austen

• The Watsons by Jane Austen

• Sanditon by Jane Austen

• As You Like It by William Shakespeare

• The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

• The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett



Reading Ireland Month Challenge: 2015



Reading Ireland Month is a project hosted by the lovely Cathy746books and The Fluff is Raging. During the month of March, all participants have the opportunity to delve into the Irish culture in any form they desire, whether by reading novels, poems or plays set in Ireland or written by Irish authors, by watching Irish films, listening to Irish music or even by making attempts at producing traditional Irish culinary treats.

Both hosts have kindly prepared lists with suggested books, films, music etc. which you can consult if you are at a loss of what to read, watch or listen.

I’m really excited about this project, since Ireland is a country I’ve always been fascinated by, and I’m planning on participating as much as my free time permits.

Here is a list of the books I plan on reading and reviewing during March (the list may change if anything unexpected occurs, but I will keep you updated):

I also plan on posting about an Irish film every Sunday of the month. Here is a list of the films:


Reading Ireland Challenge: 2016



March is already here and that can only mean one thing: Reading Ireland Month (aka Begorrathon) commences once again! Hosted by Cathy at 746books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging, Reading Ireland Month is a celebration of Irish culture in all its possible forms. Both those amazing people, as well as everyone who is participating, will gift us with posts about books, films, music, recipes, interviews, giveaways and many more things pertaining to the Irish culture.

A list of the books and films I read/watched and wrote about follows below:






The Official TBR Challenge

2018 is bound to be one of the busiest years I have had so far and yet I decided to participate in Roof Beam Reader’s Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge. I must be out of my mind, but wish me luck nevertheless!

The goal of this challenge is to read 12 books from your TBR pile which you already own for at least a year now. I’ve been thinking that my shelves are filled with books I purchased or was given ages ago and which are still left unread, so this challenge seems nothing but fitting. However, the vast majority of my books are in my hometown in Greece and I do plan on moving back to the UK very soon, so here’s one problem already. Since there is no way I can carry 12 books with me, at least initially, I might modify this list a little later on. I will be adding links to my reviews as soon as I post them (probably one for each month of 2018).

But without any further ado, here’s my list of books:

  1. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  2. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. A Winter Book – Tove Jansson
  4. The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie
  5. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – Hayao Miyazaki
  6. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
  7. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  8. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  9. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  10. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  11. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  12. Confessions – Jaume Cabré

Are you participating in this challenge? What are the books you plan on tackling?