All posts tagged: Reading Challenges

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The Silkworm (and my participation in the Cloak and Dagger reading challenge)

After back-to-back reading challenge fails, here I am trying one again. This time, instead of attempting something completely out of my league, I thought I’d try focusing on a genre I really enjoy – thrills and spills. Hence, the cloak and dagger reading challenge hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! There are 4 levels: 1-10 books – Amateur sleuth 11-20 books – Detective 21-30 books – Inspector 31+ books – Special agent Although I’d like to read more than 10 books, for now, I am going to stick to the first level – amateur sleuth. And with that, I am going on to review the first crime novel I read this year. The Silkworm When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s …

First Reading Challenge of the Year – Africa Reading Challenge

Last year, I narrowed my reading focus on Japan . I enjoyed the books I read a lot, but I am thinking I want to focus on another geographic location as my theme for 2014. I just started reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, and was thinking I just don’t read enough books on Africa, when bam, I thought I bet there’s a reading challenge out there on African literature, and guess what? I was right. There is one hosted by Kinna Reads. As per the reading challenge, I need to read at least 5 books on Africa. Of course, the first book on my list is going to be We Need New Names that is based in Zimbabwe, and which I just started reading now. I have made a preliminary list of other books/authors that I have been interested in reading but never actually got around to doing so. It’s pretty fluid though, and I may almost definitely change my mind during the course of this challenge. Any book by Chimamanda Ngozi …

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Japanese Literature Reading Challenge? And me?

I have always followed Dolce Belezza’s Japanese Literature Reading Challenge project with interest. I liked reading all about the writers and stuff, but never felt motivated enough to join. Why? I guess because Japanese literature has always seemed too out there for me…a little too esoteric, a little too dry and unemotional. Also, I read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami and just found myself unable to appreciate that book. I didn’t care about the bizarre love triangle, the missing girl, nada. It was a disappointing book for me and I never read any Japanese authors (except for Ishiguro who I love) since. Until just recently, I picked up Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So far, I am loving this book and re-thinking my stance on Japanese books. See a teaser of this book here. Also Meredith’s reading challenge doesn’t seem so taxing. A Japanese book a month for 9 months? That’s doable, right? And since, this year, I am almost done with my Indian Fiction reading challenge well ahead of …

First Reading Challenge Sign-up for 2013

I know, I know, I have time and again joined and failed reading challenges. Why do I even keep bothering? But, I like this one – the Indian Quills Reading (IQR) challenge hosted by The Tales Pensieve. I am planning to read a lot of Indian-origin fiction in the next year, and what better way to do it than join an online Indian fiction reading group? I also love that this challenge is restricted to Indian authors, which keeps the group smaller and a little more focused. I’ve joined Asian authors reading challenges in the past, but the pool of authors was just too large and the reading group so diverse that I kind of spaced out after a while. I am also keeping the reading challenge relatively light – only 6 books, but I am going to make them count 🙂 What are the reading challenges you are planning to join in 2013?

The Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge

Once Upon a Time There was a Reading Challenge…

After last year’s utter and complete Reading Challenge disaster where I did not manage to complete even one, I decided to really take it easy with the reading challenges. However, my resolution frequently becomes dented when I come across such beautiful imagery tempting me to commit myself to reading challenge doom. Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings has made it even more impossible not to accept this challenge by providing an option called “The Journey”. As per Carl… This is really as simple as the name implies. It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. All reading is a journey, perhaps none more so than reading fantastical fiction. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to at least read one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 20th period. Just one book. If you choose to read more, fantastic! If not, then we have still had the pleasure of your company during this three month reading journey and hopefully you have read …

Reading Challenge Status and New Reading Challenges

I might have mentioned once before in my blog that I am pathetic at reading challenges. Something about them always sets me up for failure. But, I am also very enthusiastic about them, and participate even when I know I am likely to lose steam somewhere along the way. I also love to cheer on folks who do manage to successfully complete them. My hats off to you guys! So, without any more ado, let’s get to the status of the reading challenges I took on this year: JM Kaye’s Young Adult Reading Challenge – 9 books out of 12 ( I am really sad about this, as I am pretty sure I will not get to complete this. This challenge ends in December this year) JM Kaye’s 1st in a Series Reading Challenge – 10 books out of 12 (slightly better but again not completing the challenge) and the most pathetic of them all… the Reliquiae reading challenge in which I managed just 2 books out of 4. Very bad show on my part. …