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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

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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)

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