Two More Challenges for 2013

I’m trying not to go too challenge crazy in 2013, but I’m already a couple books into the 2016 Olympics Challenge and Translation Challenge meshes pretty well with that.

2013 Translation Challenge


Hosted by Ellie of Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Translated fiction is becoming much more popular these days but there are still lots of readers who ignore it. Reading international fiction is a great way to see different sides of other countries’ culture and every-day life as well as opening up a whole new world of fantastic books to read. So for 2013, I’d like to challenge you to read one translated book per month.

Possible books (a list of suggestions):

  • Leonardo’s Hands by Alois Hotschnig
  • City of God: A Novel by Paulo Lins
  • Embers by Sandor Marai
  • Something from my library by Umberto Eco
  • Something from my library by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson (working through the Poetic Edda currently)
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  • After Dark After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  • Wouldn’t rule out rereading Beowulf or some Pushkin

Also, I’m not sure if I can read a translated book per month, but I’m shooting to average that by the end of 2013.

The 2016 Summer Olympics Reading Challenge

Hosted by Tanya of

GOAL To read books set in each of the countries that won a GOLD MEDAL in the 2012 Olympics, or written by authors from these countries – all prior to the start of the next Olympics scheduled for August 4, 2016.


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