It’s over half a year already since I started the 2014 World Books Challenge. Here is the summary of what I read during January to June, including the books that I’m currently reading.
You can join the challenge at any time and you don’t have to keep the order, just read the books before 31st December 2014.
The topic was your own country. For me it’s Poland.
- A classic book you haven’t read yet: not read yet. The book I set on reading wasn’t available in my library, so it’s getting delayed and delayed while I was covered up by other books. It’ll be read.
- A book written after 1945 by an author unknown by you at that point: Dzieci Nocy by Witold Jabłoński.
- Bonus book written about you country by a foreigner: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas.
1/2 obligatory books read + 1 bonus book.
The topic was neighbours. I could choose from the following countries: Germany, Czech, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania.
- Non-fiction book written by a person from that country: Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov [Russia]. I have never finished this book, I struggled too much. It was just wrong to read a book written for the USA people who don’t really have a knowledge of Russia, its history, references, etc. when I know many of those.
- Fiction book set in writer’s country: Adam Kłakocki i jego cienie by Ihar Babkou. [Belarus]
- Bonus book written by a Polish about neighbouring country: Zrób sobie raj by Mariusz Szczygieł. Read in June.
2/2 books and 1 bonus book.
The theme: A to C countries (in their own language). One book had to be written by a woman.
- Argentine: The Rats. Shadow Play by Jose Bianco. Read in July.
- Brazil: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector. Read in May.
- Bonus story: The Whale and the Sandpiper, a folktale from Marshall Islands.
2/2 books + 1 bonus story.
The theme: D to F countries. One of the books should be anthology.
- Denmark/anthology: Opowieści znad Sundu. Danish sea stories. Currently reading.
- Another D/E/F country: not yet.
- Bonus book about future: not yet.
The theme: G to I countries. One of the books should be based on/inspired by real events.
- Indonesia/real: Waktu aku Sama Mika by Indi. Still reading from May on. Reading it in Indonesian.
- Another G/H/I country: nor yet.
- Bonus book by South Korean writer: 학교 가는 날 by Song Eon. Currently reading this book in Korean.
1/2 books + 1 bonus book.
A book from any of the earlier countries you haven’t read about yet. Earlier rules don’t apply.
After half of a year of this challenge, I can clearly see I had decided to take on too much challenges. I read too many books that don’t fit the challenge, which isn’t a bad things, in the end. It’s always best to choose freely what you’d like to read.
I have dropped 1 book, I currently reading 3 more books and finished reading 7 books and 1 short story. Out of 17 books (including the bonus short story). It could be better.
I’ll read all the books, eventually. I still have a lot of time for that. The books here aren’t the best recommendation for international readers as many of them don’t have English translations. Except the March books.
I’m quite happy with the books I read for this challenge. Their topics are usually something different from the usual fantasy/science-fiction books I mainly read.
How is your attempt at this challenge?