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Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Date:2008-05-15 12:46
Subject:Personal 2008 reading challenge
Mood: determined

I promised to write about my 2008 reading challenge. I'll do it in English because I want this post to be available to international readers.

My challenge is to read 12 of 13 titles from the longlist of the Dutch election for Best Foreign Book that were already on my wishlist. So I will choose twelve books out of the next listing:

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon read
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
Possession by A.S. Byatt read
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster read
The Sea, the sea by Iris Murdoch
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin read
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov read
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Up until now I've read three of them and handling the fourth so I'm not reaching my target of one book a month ;)

For four successive years now I have given myself a reading challenge. It usually just presents itself to me somewhere in the first few months :)

2005 really had three challenges: first to read a book from each decade from 1900 until 'now'. In that one I succeeded :)

1900-1909: Van oude mensen, de dingen, die voorbijgaan... by Louis Couperus (1906)
1910-1919: Dichtertje by Nescio (1917)
1920-1929: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1927)
1930-1939: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938)
1940-1949: Eens was ik een mens (Se questo è un uomo) by Primo Levi (1947)
1950-1959: Het stenen bruidsbed by Harry Mulisch (1959)
1960-1969: De verzamelaar (The collector) by John Fowles (1963)
1970-1979: Vanonder de koperen ploert by Hans Vervoort (1975)
1980-1989: Strangers by Taichi Yamada (1987)
1990-1999: The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (1995)
2000-2009: Saturday by Ian McEwan (2005)

Secondly I wanted to read a total of 15,000 pages in 2005... I failed that; with 14,767 I was just a few pages short. Thankfully I did accomplish my third mission to finish all Bookcrossing books on Mount TBR (To Be Read).

In 2006 I read 10 books with the numbers 0-9 in their titles:
0 - Less than zero by Bret Easton Ellis
1 - One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey
2 - The man who cast two shadows by Carol O'Connell
3 - Driedaagse reis (Three day road) by Joseph Boyden / The third man by Graham Greene
4 - The fourth hand by John Irving
5 - Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
6 - Studio Zes (Studio Sex) by Liza Marklund
7 - Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8 - Eight cousins by Louisa May Alcott
9 - The ninth life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

And in 2007 I managed to read all books on the Best Dutch Book shortlist that I hadn't already read before starting the challenge. Look at this earlier post about which books I'm talking. All Dutch titles of course...

This post will be edited later on to add cover pics...

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