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.
One Hundred Days – Lukas Barfuss
Recipes for Sad Women – Hector Abad (Columbia)
Granta 113: The Best of Spanish Language Novelists (Argentina, Chile, Peru ….)
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!