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 With two weeks to go, I still had 3 titles to read and a major distraction in the form of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).  Short stories to the rescue then.  But I couldn’t find a single short story published in 2003 on my shelves!  As I was trawling through the TBR, however,  I came across The Atlantic Ocean, a compilation of essays on Britain and America, which contained a variety of short pieces originally published in the years I needed to complete this challenge.  I was so relieved.  I was too close not to make it to the finishing line on this particular challenge.  Now that I have crossed that line, here’s a list of what I read, with hyperlinks to my reviews, where these exist.

9 from 2009

1. Land of Marvels – Barry Unsworth 2. The Crossroads – Niccolo Ammaniti 3. Grace – Alex Pheby 4. The Hidden – Tobias Hill 5. The Outlander – Gil Adamson 6. The Letters – Fiona Robyn 7. The Earth Hums In B-Flat – Mari Strachan 8. The Sweetness at The Bottom of The Pie – Alan Bradley 9. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie 10. The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey 11. A Cool Head – Ian Rankin 12. The Salati Case – Tobias Jones 13. Adam Gould – Julia O’Faolain 14. My Driver – Maggie Gee 15. Berlin Tales – Edited by Helen Constantine  16. The Blind Side of the Heart – Julia Franck (Trans. 2009) 17. Ice Cold – Andrea Maria Schenkel

8 from 2008

 1. A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif 2. Country of the Grand – Gerard Donovan 3. Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay 4. This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway 5. Burning Secret – Stefan Zweig 6. The Bachelors – Adalbert Stifter 7. Glenfarron – Jonathan Falla 8. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga 9. Typhoon – Charles Cumming 10. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry 11. The Behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams 12. Castle In The Clouds – Monica Janssens 13. Sorbonne Confidential – 14. Don’t Get Fooled Again – Richard Wilson 15. Fleck – Alasdair Gray 16. Shakespeare on Toast – Ben Crystal 17. Dear Everybody – Michael Kimball 18. Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden 19. Mystic Pig – Richard Katrovas 20. Home – Marilynne Robinson 21. The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt 22. Scottsboro – Ellen Feldman

 7 from 2007

1. The Road of Bones – Anne Fine 2. Helpless – Barbara Gowdy 3. Binu and The Great Wall- Su Tong 4. Amok and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig 5. The Road Home – Rose Tremain 6. No Word From Gurb – Eduardo Mendoza (Spanish 1999 – Trans 2007) 7. The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel (German 2007 – Trans 2008)

6 from 2006

1. The Book of Chameleons – Jose Agualusa 2. Mothers and Sons – Colm Toibin 3. Beyond Sleep – W F Hermans (Translated 2008) 4. Child’s Play – Carmen Posadas (Translated 2008) 5. Fists – Pietro Grossi (Translated 2009) 6) Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig (Translated 2006)

5 from 2005

1) The Big Over Easy– Jasper Fforde 2) My Cleaner – Maggie Gee 3) Three Bags Full (Trans 2006) 4) One City 5) After Hurricane Katrina – Essay from The Atlantic Ocean – Andrew O’Hagan 

4 from 2004 1. Author! Author! – David Lodge 2. The Blue Fox – Sjon (Translated 2008) 3. 98 Reasons for Being – Clare Dudman 4. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

 3 from 2003

1. Me and Kaminski – Daniel Kehlmann (German 2003 Translated 2008) 2. All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufmann 3. Celebrity Memoirs – Essay from The Atlantic Ocean – Andrew O’Hagan

2 from 2002 1. One Step Behind – Henning Mankell 2. Pharos – Alice Thompson

1 from 2001

1. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

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January – December 2009

The point of the challenge is to read 9 books with 9 different colors in the title.
Six colors are required, while the last 3 can be your choice.
Books may be overlapped with other challenges.

Hosted by Lost In Books

1. BLUE: The Blue Fox – Sjon

2. RED: The Red House Mystery – A A Milne

3. WHITE: The White Castle – Orhan Pamuk

4. BLACK: Black Gold of the Sun – Ekow Eshun

5. SILVER: The Silver Swan – Benjamin Black

6. GOLD: The Camel and The Golden Hump – Aahron Megged

MY THREE OPTIONS:

7. YELLOW: Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley

8. OLIVE: Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Trout

9. VIOLET: March Violets – Philip Kerr

EDIT: 11.10.2009

I haven’t made much progress.  So I’m changing the reading list to reflect my growing preoccupation with short stories.  These I will read before the year is out!

1. BLUE: The Blue Fox – Sjon

2. RED: Red – Somerset Maugham

3. WHITE: Snow White and the Prince – Regi Claire

4. BLACK: The Black Monk – Anton Chekov

5. SILVER: The Silver Swan – Benjamin Black

6. GOLD: The Girl with the Golden Eyes – Honore de Balzac

MY THREE OPTIONS:

7. YELLOW: Yellowknife – Steve Zipp

8. OLIVE: Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Trout

9. VIOLET: March Violets – Philip Kerr

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Here’s one that preraphaelite supermodel Lizzy just cannot resist!

6 books in 12 months with art as a central theme.  Could be fiction or non-fiction.  Perfect – this will get me to those neglected, bought on a whim, TBR books, starting with:

1) Lizzie Siddal – Tragedy of A Preraphaelite Supermodel – Lucinda Hawksley (about time I got round to this!)

2) Stealing the Scream – Edward Dolnick

3) The Lost Painting – Jonathan Harr

4) Stone Virgin – Barry Unsworth

5) I was Vermeer – Frank Wynne

6) The Yellow House – Martin Gayford

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Oh yes – a challenge designed to flush out those recently published books that didn’t quite make it to the TBR.  Brilliant idea, Michelle, particularly as it dovetails with The Pub 09 and is retroactive. from 8.8.2008.   Count me in for both!

Status as of 4.11.2008:

9 from 2009

1. Land of Marvels – Barry Unsworth
2. The Crossroads – Niccolo Ammaniti
3. Grace – Alex Pheby
4. The Hidden – Tobias Hill
5. The Outlander – Gil Adamson
6. The Letters – Fiona Robyn
7. The Earth Hums In B-Flat – Mari Strachan
8. The Sweetness at The Bottom of The Pie – Alan Bradley
9. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
10. The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey

8 from 2008

1.    A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif
2. Country of the Grand – Gerard Donovan
3. Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay
4. This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway
5. Burning Secret – Stefan Zweig
6. The Bachelors – Adalbert Stifter
7. Glenfarron – Jonathan Falla
8. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
9.    Typhoon – Charles Cumming
10.  The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
11. The Behaviour of MothsPoppy Adams
12. Castle In The CloudsMonica Janssens
13. Sorbonne Confidential –
14. Don’t Get Fooled AgainRichard Wilson
15. Fleck – Alasdair Gray
16. Shakespeare on Toast – Ben Crystal
17. Dear Everybody – Michael Kimball
18. Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden
19. Mystic Pig – Richard Katrovas
20. Home – Marilynne Robinson
21. The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt
22. Scottsboro – Ellen Feldman

Still in the TBR

Possible choices:  Sea of Poppies / The Spare Room / The Imposter / The Truth Commissioner / The Monsters of Templeton / The Have-Nots / The Lemur / Unaccustomed Earth / The Murder Farm / The Sweetness of Life / Family Connections / The Loudest Sound and Nothing / Say You’re One of Them / Reading the OED /  When Will There Be Good News? / The Cellist of Sarawejo / The Private Patient / The Saladin Murders

7 from 2007

1. The Road of Bones – Anne Fine
2. Helpless – Barbara Gowdy
3. Binu and The Great Wall– Su Tong
4. Amok and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig
5. The Road Home – Rose Tremain
6. No Word From Gurb – Eduardo Mendoza (Spanish 1999 – Trans 2007)

7. The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel (German 2007 – Trans 2008)

Possible choices:  The Ministry of Special Cases / The Sound of Butterflies / Lies / Here Lies Arthur / Resistance / Crusade / Blood Red, Snow White / Inglorious / Imposture / My Revolutions / The Silver Swan / Nightingale / Riptide / Death and the Maiden / Stealing the Scream / Tokyo Year Zero / The Bethlehem Murders / The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump

6 from 2006

1. The Book of Chameleons – Jose Agualusa
2. Mothers and Sons – Colm Toibin
3. Beyond Sleep – W F Hermans (Translated 2008)
4. Child’s Play – Carmen Posadas (Translated 2008)

5. Fists – Pietro Grossi (Translated 2009)

6) ?

Possibles from the TBR: A Darkling Plain / Liquidation / Out Stealing Horses / Critique of Criminal Reason / Moral Disorder / The Immaculate Conception / Beware of Pity / The People on the Street / I was Vermeer /

5 from 2005

Possible choices: The Olive Readers / Gentlemen and Players / Turkish Gambit / The Death of Achilles / The Falls / The Minotaur / The Finishing School / Port Mungo / Three Day Road /

1) The Big Over Easy

2) My Cleaner

3) Three Bags Full (Trans 2006)

4) One City

5) ?

4 from 2004

1. Author! Author! – David Lodge

2. The Blue Fox – Sjon (Translated 2008)

3. 98 Reasons for Being – Clare Dudman

4. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Possible choices: The Soldiers of Salamis / Leviathan / Good Faith / Broken April / Coram Boy

3 from 2003

1. Me and Kaminski – Daniel Kehlmann (German 2003 Translated 2008)

2.  All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufmann

3. Little Indiscretions – Carmen Posadas (Translated 2003)

Possible choices: The Silence of the Rain / Dirt Music / The Seahorse / Treading Air / Maus I / The Novel Life of P G Wodehouse / Crossing the Lines

2 from 2002

1. One Step Behind – Henning Mankell

2. Pharos – Alice Thompson

Possible choices: Number9dream / Blue Poppies / Don’t Look Back

1 from 2001

1. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

Might add another: Journey by Moonlight

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Objective: 5 titles containing numbers.

January 2008 – August 2008

Completed this by the skin of my teeth on 31st August at 23:22 pm!  I had to resort to a short story to finish it off and because I felt guilty about that, I read two short stories instead!

Titles completed were:

1) The One From The Other – Phillip Kerr
2) First Among Sequels – Jasper Fforde
3) The Fifth Woman – Henning Mankell
4) Where Three Roads Meet – Salley Vickers
5) The Other Two Edith Wharton / The £1,000,000 Banknote – Mark Twain

All with the exception of the Fforde were great reads.  I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to joining in again next year.

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01.08.2008 – 31.01.2009

Objective: 6 works by unread authors.   May read multiple works by someone never read before.

Hosted by: Unread Authors

Now I’m a mix-and-match and moody reader so I’m keeping my options open with this one.  (Particularly as the Booker longlist is announced tomorrow!)

Here’s the initial list of authors I want to read.  I’ll pick from this non-alphabetical list, i.e un-premeditated and in the order in which these authors occur to me::

Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, Gatean Soucy, David Lodge, Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamiton, Imre Kertesz, Clio Gray, Robert Cormier, Naomi Novik, Owen Sheers, Katherina Hauser, Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, Poppy Adams, Amitav Ghosh

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Oh yes!  I’ve had so much fun with the first Book Awards Challenge  that there is no way I’m refusing this one.

Rules and sign-up for Books Awards II here.

Full marks to 3M for organising this and bonus marks too for that great button!

 

Possible Reads (All in the TBR)

Orange Prize: The Road Home, Once I Lived in Modern Times, On Beauty, A Spell of Winter, The Road Home

Orange Prize for Debut Fiction: Inglorious

Man Booker Prize: The Remains of the Day, The Siege of Krishnapur, Oscar and Lucinda, Disgrace, Midnight’s Children

Pulitzer: Beloved, American Pastoral

CWA Dagger: Motherless Brooklyn, The False Inspector Dew, Other Paths to Glory, The Twelfth Juror

The Giller Prize: The Book of Secrets, Alias Grace

Whitbread Prize: Music and Silence

International Foreign Fiction Prize:  The Book of Chameleons, The White Castle

German Book Prize: The Have-Nots

Swedish August Prize: Gregorius

French Crime Writer’s Association: Rough Trade

German Crime Prize/Friedrich Glauser Prize: The Murder Farm

Whitbread Best Novel: Music and Silence

Canadian Governor General’s Prize: The Luck of Ginger Coffrey

Carnegie Prize: Here Lies Arthur

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