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2012 was all about behaving reasonably.  How did I do? Hyperlinks are to reviews on my main blog: http://www.lizzysiddal.wordpress .com

1) European Reading Challenge (Hosted by Rose City Reader)

Objective to become a set-setting culture vulture i.e Read and review 6 prize-winning novels from 6 different countries.

So – prizewinners

Denmark: The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul Ireland: Brooklyn – Colm Toibin (not reviewed) Italy: Stabat Mater – Tiziano Scarpa Netherlands: Raptors – Toon Tellegen Spain: The Scent of Lemon Leaves – Clara Sanchez Switzerland: One Hundred  Days – Lucas Barfuss United Kingdom: Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

Other countries visited:

Austria: The Mattress Hour – Paulus Hochgatterer Finland: The Brothers – Asko Sahlberg Germany: London for Heroes – Matthias Politycki (Even read this in German!)   Norway: Headhunters: Jo Nesbo (not reviewed)

I enjoyed this so much, I’m signing up for second helpings in 2013 and although culture vulture is no longer an official category, I’m going for it again!

2) Global Reading Challenge – Hosted by Mysteries in Paradise

Twice round the world was always going to be a challenge – which is why I picked it.  In the end, I missed it by just one book! That’s what I call a valiant attempt.

Africa

One Hundred Days – Lukas Barfuss

Asia
The Hidden Force – Louis Couperus (Indonesia)
The Garden of Evening Mists – (Malaysia)

Europe
Corrag – Suzanne Fletcher (Scotland – Europe)
Painter of Silence – Georgina Harding (Romania – Europe)

North America
Lord of Misrule – Jaimy Gordon (USA)
Silver – Andrew Motion (Somewhere in the Caribbean ….)

South America
Recipes for Sad Women – Hector Abad (Columbia)
Granta 113: The Best of Spanish Language Novelists (Argentina, Chile, Peru ….)

Oceania
Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (Australia)
Bride Flight – Marieke van der Pol (New Zealand)

The World of Dickensian Homage
Havisham – Ronald Frame
Tom All-Alone’s – Lynn Shepherd

I may do this again in 2013 but limit myself to one circuit.  There’s a global reading group on librarything that I may follow as well.

3) Books I Started But Didn’t Finish Challenge - Hosted by A Room of One’s Own

Unbelievable but I only finished one book that I had started in 2011.

Corrag – Suzanne Fletcher

4) What’s In A Name 5 – Hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Topological Feature: Murder at Mansfield Park  Something in the Sky: Island of Wings   Creepy Crawly: The Glass Bees (Read not reviewed) House: The Black House   Something in my Purse: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Read not reviewed)  Something on A Calendar: One Hundred Days

Love this challenge: Count me in for 2013 as well!

5) Books in Translation – Hosted by the Introverted Reader

Went for the linguist level – 12 books.  I actually read 35 books in translation last year!  That’s a ratio of 1:2.5 books.  I’ll list my top twelve.

Recipes for Sad Women – Hector Abad (Translated from Spanish)
The Detour – Gerbrand Bakker (Translated from Dutch)
Alone In Berlin – Hans Fallada (Translated from German)
The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul (Translated from Danish)
Little Indiscretions – Carmen Posadas (Translated from Spanish)
The Brothers - Asko Sahlberg (Translated from Finnish)
The Scent of Lemon Leaves – Clara Sanchez (Translated from Spanish)
Maria Stuart – Friedrich von Schiller (Translated from German)
Summer Lies - Bernhard Schlink (Translated from German)
Seven Years – Peter Stamm (Translated from German)
Bride Flight – Marieke van der Pol (Translated from Dutch)
The Method – Juli Zeh (Translated from German)

Of course, I’m doing this again in 2013.

6) The Poetry Project

This started life as Read More: Blog More Poetry before changing into the Poetry Project mid-year.  I kept my resolution though on post on poetry at least once a month throughout 2012.  I wouldn’t yet call myself a convert although a number of poetry blogs have made their way into my google reader.  Perhaps the most surprising outcome of this project  was two poetry books making my best of 2012 list!

The Magicians of Edinburgh – Ron Butlin
Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets - Don Paterson

In line with all my objectives for 2012, I am going to keep this reasonable.

I originally intended taking on only one challenge for 2012, but that wouldn’t be reasonable – it would be puritan!  So, without further ado, I’m signing up to the following:

1) European Reading Challenge (Hosted by Rose City Reader)

I wish to become a jet setting culture vulture!  1st pass through my TBR yielded the following potential reads …..

Albania: The Accident – Ismail Kadare  Austria: Detective Muller – Augusta Groner Belgium: The Misfortunates – Dimitri Verhulst  Czechoslovakia: The Widow Killer – Pavel Kohout Denmark: The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul Estonia: Brecht at Night Finland: The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson France: Total Chaos – Jean-Izzo  Germany: Funeral For A Dog – Thomas Pletzinger Holland: Bride Flight – Marieke can der Pol Hungary: Journey by Midnight – Anton Szerb  Iceland: Heaven and Hell – Jon Kalman Stefansson Italy: Stabat Mater – Tiziano Scarpa  Norway: The Leopard: Jo Nesbo Spain: The Scent of Lemon Leaves – Clara Sanchez Switzerland: Seven Years – Peter Stamm Portugal: Pereira Maintains – Antonio Tabucchi United Kingdom: Pure – Andrew Miller

2) Global Reading Challenge – Hosted by Mysteries in Paradise

I enjoyed Kerrie’s European Crime Tour last summer.  But judging from the number of potential reads for challenge 1), I need something that will force me beyond my continent of origin.  The medium level of this challenge sounds ideal.  No idea what I’m reading yet but I’ve started in Oceania with Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda.

Books read
Update 01.03

Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (Oceania – Australia)
Corrag – Suzanne Fletcher (Scotland – Europe)
Lord of Misrule – Jaimy Gordon (USA)

3) Books I Started But Didn’t Finish Challenge - Hosted by A Room of One’s Own

I was surprised by the number of books that remain unfinished.  It just goes to show I’m easily distracted.  But I want to finish all of these … some of which I actually started prior to 2011!

Whether I finish them in 2012 remains to be seen!

Books Read Update 01.03

Corrag – Suzanne Fletcher

4) What’s In A Name 5 – Hosted by Beth Fish Reads

I was going to give this a miss this year.  But why should I?  I have books in the TBR that are an exact match for most of this categories. As I’m concentrating on reading books owned prior to 1/1/2012 this year (I want at least a 67% ratio in my end-of-year listings), I’d be foolish to pass it by.

Topological Feature: Murder at Mansfield Park / Something in the Sky: Island of Wings / Creepy Crawly: The Spider Truces / HouseThe Black House / Something in my Purse (Handbag): Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter / Something on A Calendar: A Fortnight in September

That’s it for this year.  I want to leave myself some flexibility to participate in events like Australian Literature Month, Venice In February and other temptations that the blogging world will undoubtedly throw my way.  And that includes the monthly Read More / Blog More Poetry event.

EDIT: 30.01.12

Just one more.  I can’t let the Introverted Reader’s Book in Translation pass me by .  I’m going for the linguist level – 12 books (and I’ll try not to make them all translated from German!)

Books Read Update 01.07

Alone In Berlin – Hans Fallada (Translated from German)
Love Virtually – Daniel Glattauer (Translated from German)
The Mattress House – Paulus Hochgatterer (Translated from German)
The Shadow-Boxing Woman – Inka Parei (Translated from German)
Seven Years – Peter Stamm (Translated from German)
Me and You – Niccolo Ammaniti (Translated from Italian)
Stabat Mater -Tiziano Scarpa (Translated from Italian)
Memory of the Abyss – Marcello Fois (Translated from Italian)
Little Indiscretions – Carmen Posadas (Translated from Spanish)
The Scent of Lemon Leaves – Clara Sanchez (Translated from Spanish)

I signed-up for 8 and finished 6.

Challenge One – One, Two, Theme!

Hosted at http://onetwotheme.blogspot.com/

Theme One: Finish the trilogy – Via Delle Oche – Carlo Lucarelli

Theme Two: Medical Conditions – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot / Therapy – Sebastian Fitzek

Theme Three:  From Scottish Publishers:  Dead Sharp – Len Wanner (Two Raven’s Press / The Stillness of the Sea – Nicol Llubjic  (Vagabond Press) / Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch (Canongate)

Theme Four: Food and Drink: Chocolate Wars – Deborah Cadbury / The Tea Lords - Hella S Haase / The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine - Alina Bronsky / Unusual Uses for Olive Oil – Alexander McCall Smith (not reviewed)

Challenge Two: What’s In A Name 4?

Hosted at http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/

1) A book with evil in the title: Crime - Ferdinand von Schirach

2) A book with a life stage in the title: Death at Pemberley – P D James

3) A book with a jewel or gem in the title: The Rajah’s Diamond – R L Stevenson (no review)

4) A book with travel or movement in the title: The Foxes Come at Night – Cees Nooteboom

5) A book with a size in the title:  Great House – Nicole Krauss

6) A book with a number in the title: The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (No review.)

Challenge 3 – Criminal Plots 2010

Hosted at http://networkedblogs.com/brlC6

I knew this would be tough.  I read 27 crime novels in 2011 and still didn’t complete the challenge!

1) A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed. Didn’t read one.

2) A book that has been made into a movie. Another miss.

3)A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female.   The Taint of Midas – Anne Zouroudi (No review – The protagonist annoyed me too much!)

4) A book set outside the country in which you live.  A Short Cut to Paradise – Teresa Solana

5)A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series.  City of Dreadful Night – Peter Guttridge

6)A book by a 2011 debut author. Snowdrops – A D Miller

Challenge 4 – Not Really A Challenge, just The TBR Dare – Hosted by Ready when you are, C B

Reading only from my TBR stacks (with the exception of book group reads) for 6 weeks starting from 1.1.2011.  I made it!

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5. The 2011 Challenge (Hosted at Bart’s Bookshelf)

The requirement will be a total of 20 books from 11 categories.

To YA or not YA…
Thyme Running Out- Panama Oxridge

With a Twist 
Of Italian Noir:  Carte Blanche and The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli

Hot off the Presses.
The London Train – Tessa Hadley / Everything and Nothing – Araminta Hall

It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel (Original review by ?) / The City and The City – China Mieville (Original Review by ?)

Show it Who is Boss! (On the TBR 1/12/10)
Carsten The Trustee and Other Stories – Theodor Storm / Steal You Away – Niccolo Ammaniti 

Bablefish.
Therapy – Sebastian Fitzek / A Short Cut to Paradise - Teresa Solano

Will-Power? What Will-Power? (Bought in 2011)

Irretrievable – Theodor Fontane / An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas

Mind the Gap (Finish that Trilogy)
Via Delle Oche – Carlo Lucarelli

Back in the Day (Rereads)
Fighting It! – Regi Claire / Effi Briest – Theodor Fontane

Way Back When (Older than Me)
The Broken Jug – Heinrich von Kleist / The Pledge – Friedrich von Durrenmatt

Slim-Pickings (Novellas)
Lucinella – Lore Segal / Next World Novella – Matthias Politycki

Challenge Six Seconds Challenge 2011 – hosted by A Few More Pages

A Short Cut to Paradise - Teresa Solana
The Liberation of Celia Kahn – David J Simons
The Dark Vineyard – Martin Walker
On Canaan’s Side - Sebastian Barry
Blow on A Dead Man’s Embers – Mari Strachan
Law and Peace – Tim Kevan

Challenge 7: The Themed Reading Challenge is my favourite.  My theme for 2011 was Revisiting Real Life Destinations. I meant this to be an international trip but in the end I ended up staying on mainland Britain!

Brighton:
City of Dreadful Night – Peter Guttridge

Glasgow:
The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn by David J Simons

London:
The London Train – Tessa Hadley

Preston:
A Dark Anatomy – Robin Blake

Challenge Eight: Pink Sheep Cafe‘s challenge was too much for me.  It seems I am incapable of picking up a book with an ugly cover.  But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the ugliest cover I came across in 2011.  Sarah Hall – The Beautiful Indifference

Challenge 2011 Part 2

No more than 6 challenges I said.  Aye, right!

I’m delighted to see that myone of my favourite challenges – The Themed Reading Challenge – has a new home.  And it wouldn’t be right not to thank Teddy Rose for her hospitality.  So without further ado, I’m joining. My theme for 2011 is Revisiting Real Life Destinations. I love to travel and I have a stack of books set in Barcelona, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna, Bordeaux, British Columbia, California, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, London  …. The only difficulty will be determining which 5 I should read.

 

 

 

 

Secondly, we all love a book with a beautiful cover.  But what about the riches that may languish between a cover that is less than appealing, simply atrocious, in fact.  Enter Pink Sheep Cafe and a challenge that is designed to test me to the max, because passing those ugly covers by is second nature to me.  But this is wicked and I’m signing up to force 2 ugly covers into my hands …..

 

Challenge 2011

Self-imposed constraints for 2011

I must be able to fulfill challenge requirements from my TBR of 30.12.2010, otherwise it’s a no go area. (There may be the odd exception to this.) And no more than 6 challenges for the whole year.  I overdid it in 2010.

Without further ado:

Challenge One –  One, Two, Theme!

Hosted at  http://onetwotheme.blogspot.com/

Theme One:  Finish the quartet – A Darkling Plain – Philip Reeve

Theme Two: Literary Twins – The Reckoning – Charles Nicoll (NF), The Reckoning- Patricia Tyrell

Theme Three: Stefan Zweig:  Stefan and Lotte Zweig’s South American Letters plus 2 books written by Stefan Zweig

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Challenge Two: What’s In A Name 4?

Hosted at http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/

1) A book with evil in the title:  This Night’s Foul Work

2) A book with a life stage in the title: The Widow

3) A book with a jewel or gem in the title: The Raj’s Diamond / The Moonstone Legacy/ Black Diamond

4) A book with travel or movement in the title: A Short Walk In the Hindu Kush / Dancer / Let the Great World Spin

5) A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea / The Little Stranger / Little Hands Clapping

6) A book with a number in the title:  And Then There Was No One / Lock 14 / Three Day Road

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Challenge 3 – Criminal Plots 2010

Hosted at http://networkedblogs.com/brlC6

1) A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed.

2) A book that has been made into a movie.

3)A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female.

4) A book set outside the country in which you live.

5)A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series.

6)A book by a 2011 debut author.

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Challenge 4 – Not Really A Challenge, just The TBR Dare  – Hosted by Ready when you are, C B

Reading only from my TBR stacks (with the exception of book group reads) for 6 weeks starting from 1.1.2011

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5. The 2011 Challenge (Hosted at Bart’s Bookshelf)

 The requirement will be a total of  20 books from 11 categories.

Rather than read 2 books in every category, you will need to read a minimum of 1 and a max of 2 in each. (Essentially meaning you can choose one category where you only need to read one book.)

  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011 are eligible.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:

  1. To YA or not YA…
    Okay, this one works like this… Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles, vice-versa if you don’t tend to read much Young Adult.
  2. …With a Twist.
    This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance. Well hopefully you get the idea! 
  3. Hot off the Presses.
    Read a book published (in your country) in 2011? Then it counts for this category. 
  4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    * Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on. 
  5. Show it Who is Boss!
    Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10. 
  6. Bablefish.
    Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
  7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
    You know that quote I have in my blog-header… “Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?” Recognise yourself in it? Then this is the one for you! Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
  8. Mind the Gap.
    Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one! (Obviously as this is for that final book you need to complete it, then you can’t read two books from the same series! And it clearly can’t be your first or penultimate read!)
    Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…
  9. Back in the Day.
    Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
  10. Way Back When.
    Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  11. Slim-Pickings
    Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.

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6. Seconds Challenge 2011 – hosted by A Few More Pages

I’m signing up for a few more bites – 6 books by authors who impressed me so much first time around that I went out and bought another book!  These include, in no particular order:

Christoph Heim, Wolfgang Koeppen, Marilynne Robinson, Valerie Martin, Ron Brammer, Catherine O’Flynn, Barbara Pym, Penelope Fitzgerald, Martin Walker, Teresa Solano, Carmen Posadas, Gilbert Adair, etc

As if I don’t have enough on my plate this year but this Books of the Century Challenge is so irresistible.  I’ll commit to Challenge 301 – although secretly I’d like to conquer Challenge 401.

Starting with 5 books from 5 decades

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(Hyperlinks to my reviews on Lizzy’s Literary Life)

2010 Challenge (Complete)

2 Young Adult:  Blood Red, Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick (Read, not reviewed) / Reckless – Cornelia Funke

2 Unknown to Me: Miss Thing – Nora Chassler / After The Fire, A Still Small Voice – Evie Wyld

2 Win, Win: Soldiers of Salamis – Javier Cercas / The Sweetness of Life – Paulus Hochgatterer

2 Bought from Charity Shops: The Silence of The Rain / Faustine

2 Bought In 2010: The Ninth Wave / White Ravens

2 Non-Fiction:  Family Romance – John Lanchester / The Snows of Yesteryear – Gregor von Rezzori

2 Bad Bloggers: Hearts and Minds – Amanda Craig / The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – Monique Roffey

2 in TBR on 1.11.2009: Dirty Snow – Georges Simenon / May Day – F S Fitzgerald (Read, not reviewed)

2 Shiny and New: The Long Song – Andrea Levy / Midnight In A Perfect Life – Michael Collins (Read, not reviewed)

2 Older Than Me:  The Eternal Husband – Fyodor Dostoevsky / The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey

The Tin Drum Readalong
Part One: 31.01.2010
Part Two: 28.02.2010
Part Three: Coming soon!

Really Old Classic Challenge
1. Parzival – Wolfram von Eschenbach (Missed the deadline – will read, but not in 2010.)

Themed Reading Challenge (Bloggers Recommendations) (Complete)

1. Blood Red, Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick (Recommended by Gaskella) (Read not reviewed)
2. Hearts and Minds – Amanda Craig Recommended by Dovegreyreader)
3. The Snows of Yesteryear – Gregor von Rezzori (Recommended by A Common Reader)
4. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – Monique Roffey (Recommended by Other Stories)
5. After the Fire, A Still Small Voice – Evie Wyle (Recommended by Reading Matters)

Wilkie Collins Mini Challenge (Complete)
1. Basil (Read, not reviewed)
2. The Moonstone (Read, not reviewed)

British Authors (Complete)

1. The Long Song – Andrea Levy
2. Hearts and Minds – Amanda Craig
3. Daphne – Justine Picardie (Read, not reviewed)
4. A Razor Wrapped in Silk – Roger N Morris
5. The Ninth Wave – Russell Celwyn Jones
6. The Rapture – Liz Jensen

What’s In A Name 3 (Complete)
1. A book with a food in the title: The Unbearable Lightness of Scones – Alexander McCall Smith (Read, not reviewed)
2. A book with a body of water in the title: Dirty Snow – Georges Simenon
3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title:  My Lady Elizabeth – Alison Weir (Read, not reviewed)
4. A book with a plant in the title: The Boys In The Trees - Mary Swann
5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Homage to Barcelona - Colm Toibin
6. A book with a music term in the title: The Long Song – Andrea Levy

Read the Book, See The Movie

Doesn’t watching the 4 episodes of the TV adaptation of “Any Human Heart” count?

Chunkster Challenge 2010

1. The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
2. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins (Read, not reviewed)
3. Gentlemen and Players – Joanne Harris (Read, not reviewed)
4. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell

 

Awesome Author Challenge (Complete)

1. Georges Simenon
2. Kader Abdollah
3. Alberto Manguel
4. Irene Nemirovsky
5. Josephine Tey
6. John Lanchester

The Pub Challenge 2010 (Complete)
1. Miss Thing – Nora Chassler
2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
3. A Razor Wrapped in Silk – Roger N Morris
4. The Long Song – Andrea Levy
5. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – Alan Bradley (Read, not reviewed)
6. The Arsenic Century – James C Whorton
7. Room – Emma Donoghue
8. Midnight in a Perfect Life – Michael Collins (Read, not reviewed)
9. In A Strange Room – Damon Galgut
10. The Existential Detective – Alice Thompson

Decades Challenge 2010 (Incomplete)
1.    1868 – The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins (Read, not reviewed)
2.    1870 – The Eternal Husband – Fyodor Dostoevsky
3.    1886 –  The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson 
4.    1896 – My Life – Anton Chekhov
5.    1902 –  Heart of Darkness – Joseph  Conrad
6.    1912  – Greyfriars Bobby – Eleanor Atkinson
7.    1925 – Fear – Stefan Zweig
8.    1930 – TBD
9.    1945 – Died In The Wool – Ngaio Marsh
10. 1953 – Dirty Snow – Georges Simenon

 

Award Winners IV (Complete)
1. Chronicle of A Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize 1982)
2. The Sound of My Voice - Ron Butlin (Best Foreign Novel – Prix MillePages (2004) and Prix Lucioles (2005) )
3. The Soldiers of Salamis - Javier Cercas (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2004)
4. Stone in a Landslide – Maria Barbal (Joaqim Ruyra Prize 1984)
5. The Sweetness of Life – Paulus Hochgatterer (2009 European Prize for Literature – Austria)
6. The Lantern Bearers - Ronald Frame (Saltire Award – Best Scottish Book 2000)
7. After the Fire, A Still Small Voice - Evie Wyld (2009 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize)
8. The Last Patriarch  – Najat El Hachmi (2009 Prix Ulysse First Novel)
9. A Not So Perfect Crime – Teresa Solana (2007 Brigada 21 Best Crime Novel)
10. Portrait of a Mother as a Young Woman  – Friedrich Christian Delius (2009 Lutheran Book Prize)

Colourful Reading Challenge 2010 (Incomplete)
1. Black Black Water Rising - Attica Locke
2. Blue    
3. Red     Snow White, Blood Red – Marcus Sedgwick (Read, not reviewed)
4. White The White Woman on the Green BicycleMonique Roffey
5. Gold   
7. Yellow 
8. Grey Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde (Did not finish)
9. TBD

Countdown Challenge 2010 (45 Read = 83% complete)

2001 (1/1)
Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold

2002 (0/2)

2003 (2/3)
Old School – Tobias Woolf
The Silence of The Rain – Luis Alfredo Garcia Roza

2004 (2/4)
Settlement – Christoph Hein (Trans. 2008)
Tearjerker – Daniel Hayes

2005 (5/5)
A Happy Man – Hansjorg Schertenleib (Trans. 2010)
The Island – Victoria Hislop (Read, not reviewed)
The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdollah (Trans. 2010)
Poor Mercy – Jonathan Falla
Gentlemen and Players – Joanne Harris

2006 (2/6)
The Sweetness of Life – Paulus Hochgatter (Trans 2008)
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

2007 (7/7)
Blood Red, Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick (Read, not reviewed)
The Silver Swan – Benjamin Black
Foolish Mortals – Jennifer Johnston
The Girl With The Golden Eyes – Honore De Balzac (Trans. 2007)
Family Romance – John Lanchester
The Bethlehem Murders – Matt Rees
The Outcast – Gil Adamson

2008 (7/8)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
The Allure of Chanel – Paul Morand (Trans. 2007)
Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
Stone In A Landslide – Maria Babal (Trans 2010)
The Boys In The Trees – Mary Swan
Daphne – Justine Picardie (Read, not reviewed
The Last Patriarch – Najat El Hachmi (Trans 2010)

2009 (9/9)
After The Fire, A Still Small Voice – Evie Wyld
Black Water Rising – Attica Locke
Glasshopper – Isabel Ashdown
Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd
Dismissed Dead – Ron Brammer
The Ninth Wave – Russell Celwyn Jones
White Ravens – Owen Sheers
Talking About Detective Fiction – P D James
Hearts and Minds – Amanda Craig

2010 (See Pub Challenge) (10/10)

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