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To-Read and Reading Challenges

A listing of 12 books that I hope to read before the end of the Calendar Year, acting as another reading challenge for me. Notice two things: first, six of the twelve are written or to be released in 2011 (a goal of mine being to read more contemporary literature); second, six are also written by female authors (a goal of mine to compensate for my lack of familiarity with female authors). As of July 1, 2011, I have not read any works of any of these authors.

  1. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obrecht (2011)
  2. The Possibility of an Island – Michel Houellebecq (2006)
  3. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga (2008)
  4. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (1981)
  5. Four Souls – Louise Erdrich (2004)
  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  7. The Golden Notebook – Dorris Lessing (1964)
  8. Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch (2011)
  9. Gillespie and I – Jane Harris (2011)
  10. The Pale King – David Foster Wallace (2011)
  11. Cain – Jose Saramango (2011)
  12. IQ84 – Haruki Murakami (2011)
Reading Challenges
5th Canadian Book Challenge
I am participating in the 5th Canadian Book Challenge, hosted by the Book Mine Set. If you’re interested in getting involved, I highly recommend it – particularly if you are not Canadian. There are far, far too many great Canadian novelists and Great Canadian Novels (a literary philosophy that does not transfer all that well to our country from the United States, but there is a plethora of great novels available here). Of the 13 novels (one for each province and territory in our country), I am aiming to read nine written by authors I am not familiar with. The publication dates which are bolded represent authors that I have not read before. Please note that this reading challenge ends on July 1st, 2012.
  1. A Fine Balance РRohinton Mistry (1995)
  2. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood (2005)
  3. The Wars – Timothy Findley (1977)
  4. Galore – Michael Crummey (2009)
  5. The Sentimentalists – Joanne Skibsrud (2010)
  6. Cool Water – Dianne Warren (2010)
  7. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – Mordechai Richler (1959)
  8. Three Day Road – Josepth Boyden (2005)
  9. No Great Mischief – Alistair McLeod (1999)
  10. The Bishop’s Man – Linden MacIntyre (2009)
  11. In the Skin of a Lion – Michael Ondaatje (1987)
  12. The Fire Dwellers – Margaret Laurence (1969)
  13. The Lyre of Orpheus – Robertson Davies (1988)
A Worldly Tour Challenge
A personal book challenge, running from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012 (lining up timeline-wise with the Canadian Book Challenge), where I am to read two novels whose authors are from each populated continent (hence, not including Antarctica). The two novels cannot come from the same country. The novels representing ‘North America’ cannot be from Canada, as a result of my participation in the Canadian Book Challenge.
  • North America and Central America
    • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan; The United States (2010)
    • The Death of Artemio Cruz – Carlos Fuentes; Mexico (1991)
  • South America
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Colombia (1967)
    • War for the End of the World – Mario Vargas Llosa; Peru (1981)
  • Europe
    • Hunger – Knut Hamsun; Norway (1890)
    • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Spain (2001)
  • Asia
    • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami; Japan (2002)
    • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy; India (1996)
  • Africa
    • Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee; South Africa (1983)
    • Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Nigeria (2006)
  • Australia and Oceania
    • True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey; Australia (2000)
    • The Bone People – Karey Hulme; New Zealand (1984)
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