Reading Challenges

Appalachia

I. APPALACHIA READING CHALLENGE – Ongoing 

This is a challenge to read books set in the “Appalachian” states in America, in a curious, beautiful, abundant in natural resources, cultural region in the eastern US, that roughly stretches from southern New York to northern Georgia. This challenge is without a deadline, and I have the goal to read books set in the following 13 states: West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.    

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis [2016] by J. D. Vance – ★★★★1/2

I. West Virginia: The Night of the Hunter [1953] by Davis Grubb – ★★★★★

II. New York: The Interestings [2013] by Meg Wolitzer – ★★★★1/2 

III. Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café [1987] by Fannie Flagg – ★★★★

IV. North Carolina: Serena [2008] by Ron Rash – ★★★★1/2

V. Virginia: Miracle Creek [2019] by Angie Kim★★★★

VI. South Carolina: The Underground Railroad [2016] by Colson Whitehead – ★★★★

VII. Pennsylvania: Edith’s Diary [1977] by Patricia Highsmith★★★★1/2

VIII. Maryland: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant [1982] by Anne Tyler★★★★

Color Coded Reading ChallengeII. COLOUR-CODED READING CHALLENGE – Ongoing 

This reading challenge is hosted by My Reader’s Block and, for me, this involves reading 9 books throughout the year that have different colours (or their equivalent) in their title ((1) Blue, (2) Red, (3) Yellow, (4) Green, (5) Brown, (6) Black, (7) White, (8) any other colour and (9) a word that implies colour). The challenge itself allows for the presence of colour on either the book cover or in the title, but I decided to make this challenge more difficult and to go for books that have colour only in their title

I. YELLOW:  The Yellow Wallpaper [1892] by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ★★★★ 

II. GREEN: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café [1987] by Fannie Flagg ★★★★ 

III. BROWN: The Man in the Brown Suit [1924] by Agatha Christie★★★★ 

IV. ANY OTHER COLOUR: Bitter Orange [2018] by Claire Fuller ★★★1/2

V. A WORD THAT IMPLIES COLOUR: His Bloody Project [2015] by Graeme Macrae Burnet★★★1/2

VI. BLACK: Black Sugar [2017] by Miguel Bonnefoy – ★★

VII. RED: My Name is Red [1998] by Orhan Pamuk  – ★★★★★ 

VIII. WHITE: White Masks [1981] by Elias Khoury – ★★★1/2

year of the asian reading challenge

III. YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLENGE (YARC 2019) – Completed 

I. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself [1996] by Young-Ha Kim (South Korea) – ★★★★

II. Please Look After Mother [2008] by Kyung-sook Shin (South Korea) – ★★★★

III. Moth Smoke [2000] by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan) – ★★★★1/2

IV. The Decagon House Murders [1989] by Yukito Ayatsuji (Japan) – ★★1/2 

V. Sweet Bean Paste [2013] by Durian Sukegawa (Japan)- ★★★★★

VI. Shipwrecks [1982] by Akira Yoshimura (Japan) – ★★★★★

VII. Malice [1996] by Keigo Higashino (Japan) – ★★★1/2

VIII. The Woman in the Dunes [1962] by Kobo Abe (Japan) – ★★★★★

IX. Miracle Creek [2019] by Angie Kim (South Korea/USA) – ★★★★

X. Half a Lifelong Romance [1950] by Eileen Chang (China) – ★★★★★

XI. The Far Field [2019] by Madhuri Vijay (India) – ★★★

XII. The Face of Another [1964] by Kobo Abe (Japan) – ★★★★★

XIII. The Memory Police [1994] by Yoko Ogawa (Japan) – ★★★★★

XIV. Convenience Store Woman [2016] by Sayaka Murata (Japan) – ★★★★

XV. A House Without Windows [2016] by Nadia Hashimi (Afghanistan/USA) – ★★★★