Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
- Austria: The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy; Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig; or his complete short stories
- Belgium: Amelie Nothomb or Georges Simenon
- Bosnia: The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
- France: Renoir, My Father; The Bright Side of Life by Emile Zola; The Complete Claudine
- Germany: Fraulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther by Elizabeth von Arnim
- Greece: Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki
- Hungary: They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy; The Door by Magda Szabo
- Iceland: Haldor Laxness
- Ireland: The Real Charlotte by Edith Somerville. Some of Trollope's early novels are also set in Ireland, so they would work.
- Italy: The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa or A Favourite of the Goods/A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford
- Netherlands: Amsterdam Stories by Nescio
- Norway: a play by Ibsen
- Poland: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schultz
- Romania: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
- Russia: Dostoevsky, Gogol, Teffi, or Vassily Grossman
- UK: Angela Thirkell, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope
- Ukraine: The Mirador by Elisabeth Gille
- [Yugoslavia]: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West (I realize Yugoslavia is now seven different countries; at the time it was published in 1941, it was still united. I'll have to read it first before I choose one country for the challenge).
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
|The famous Checkpoint Charlie. |
I actually crossed into East Berlin at this very spot back in 1985.
|View from below of the spiral staircase at the Berggruen Museum. |
I think we visited four museums in one day, five altogether that weekend.
|The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe|
|The Brandenburg Gate|
|A preserved section of the Berlin Wall, complete with graffiti, (obviously the Western side).|
|I love finding decorative manhole covers. This one is like a tourist's guide.|
I loved Berlin and wish I'd had more time there, it has so much history and culture.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
I've finished! After abandoning my own challenge last year, I persisted and successfully completed all twelve categories in 2020. Some were from my original list, some were not. Here's what I read, with links to my reviews:
|Only 7/12 from my own shelves this year, the rest were library or free e-books.|
2. 20th Century Classic: Pied Piper by Nevil Shute. Completed 1/10/20.
3. Classic by a Woman: So Big by Edna Ferber. Completed 1/12/20.
4. Classic in Translation: Temptation by Janos Szekely. Completed 6/5/20.
5. Classic by a POC Author: The Street by Ann Petry. Completed 12/5/20.
6. Genre Classic: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Completed 1/27/20.
7. Name in the Title: The Sin of Abbe Mouret by Emile Zola. Completed 4/14/20.
8. Place in the Title: Crossriggs by Jane and Mary Findlater. Completed 4/28/20.
9. Nature in the Title: In the Mountains by Elizabeth von Arnim. Completed 4/16/20.
10. Classic About a Family: Father by Elizabeth von Arnim. Completed 2/27/20.
11. Abandoned Classic: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Completed 4/5/20.
12. Adapted Classic: Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson. Completed 5/14/20.
Seven of them were from my own shelves (pictured above), which is pretty good, though I'm aiming higher next year -- for next year's Back to the Classics Challenge, I'm going to try and read at least ten out of the twelve categories from my own unread books.
I chose really well this year -- I really enjoyed nearly all of my challenge selections, not a dud in the bunch. Of the twelve, I think my absolute favorites were Temptation, Pied Piper, and Father. I also thought The Street was brilliant. My least favorites were probably The Sin of Abbe Mouret, just because of the misogyny, and Les Miserables, because let's be honest, it really could have used some editing.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
|A 1954 edition|
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
|13 possible reads from my shelves -- some of them overlap, hopefully I'll read them all. (Ha!)|
5. Classic by a BIPOC Author: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Or something by Zora Neale Hurston.
11. Travel or Adventure Classic: The Caravaners by Elizabeth von Arnim. I think this is the fifth time I've put it on a reading challenge list!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Complete six categories, and you'll get one entry in the drawing;
- Complete nine categories, and you'll get two entries in the drawing;
- Complete all twelve categories, and you'll get three entries in the drawing
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
3. A classic by a woman author.
4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure.
- All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1971 for this challenge. The only exceptions to this rule are books which published posthumously but written before 1971. Recent translations of classic novels are acceptable.
- All books must be read during read from January 1 through December 31, 2021. Books started before January 1 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 2022. I will post links the first week of January for each category, which will be featured on a sidebar of this blog for convenience through the entire year. (The link for the final wrap-up will be posted towards the end of the year, to avoid confusion).
- The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 31, 2021. After that, I'll close the link and you'll have to wait until next year's challenge. Please include a link to your actual sign-up post, not your blog URL/home page. Make sure you sign up in the below, not the comments section. If I do not see your name in the sign-ups, you are not eligible. If you've made a mistake with your link, just add a new one and let me know in the comments. It's no trouble for me to delete an incorrect link.
- Books may NOT cross over within this challenge -- that is, you may not count the same book multiple times within this challenge. You MUST read a different book for each category in this challenge, or it doesn't count.
- Participants must post a wrap-up and link it to the challenge, and it must include links to all the books they've read for this challenge, specifying which books for each challenge. If I cannot confirm which books you've read for each challenge, I will not enter your name into the drawing. It is fine to rearrange books for the challenge, since many books can fit multiple categories -- just let me know in the final wrap-up!
- The wrap-up post MUST include contact information so that I can contact the winner privately before announcing the winner on this blog. If your blog doesn't have a link, or if you have a Goodreads account, let me know in the comments of wrap-up post. If I cannot contact you, I cannot award you the prize!
- The winner will be announced on this blog the first week of January, 2021. All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, depending upon the number of categories they complete as stated above. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries. I will contact the winner privately and award the prize before posting on the blog.
- The winner will receive a gift certificate in the amount of $30 (US) from Amazon.com (US) OR $30 in books from The Book Depository. Winners must live in a country that receives shipment from one of these online retailers. To check if your country receives deliveries from The Book Depository, click here.
Can I read e-books and audiobooks for the challenge!
Can I read more than one book by the same author!
Can I read more than one book for each category?
Well, yes and no. Many books can fit more than one category, so for example if you wanted to read only books by women authors, or books in translation, that would work, as long as they fit the criteria for that category, i.e., 20th century or humor/satire. But if you want three entries in the final drawing, you have to have one book for each category, not just repeat categories. Of course, you are NOT required to completed all 12 to qualify -- you just get less entries.
Do I need to read the books in order?
What if I don't have a blog?
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- The Bright Side of Life by Emile Zola
- Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
- Westwood by Stella Gibbons
- Jenny Wren by E. H. Young
- A Pin to See the Peepshow by F. Tennyson Jesse
- A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
- The Little Ottleys by Ada Leverson
- The Caravaners by Elizabeth von Arnim
- Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton
- Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
- The World My Wilderness by Rose Macauley
- A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
- La Debacle by Emile Zola
- The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
- Beware of Pity by Stephan Zweig
- My American by Stella Gibbons
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Mandoa, Mandoa! by Winifred Holtby
- Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal
- The Bright Side of Life by Emile Zola
Monday, October 19, 2020
|A first edition, not very exciting. |
|A Polish edition|
|Nice cover on this French edition, I think it's my favorite of the bunch.|
|Trashy paperback cover! Looks very 1970s but internet searches say 1950s paperback edition.|
| A Penguin reprint from 1956. She looks more like Eliza Doolittle here -- |
the correct time period, but not glamorous enough.
|A Spanish edition, meh|
|An Italian edition, nice photo of Lake Como on the cover.|
In 2012 Madame Solario was adapted into a French movie, currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. I haven't watched it yet but I'm curious to know how they'll adapt this 500 page novel into a 90 minute film. I imagine just cutting out Eugene's tirades will save a lot of time.