Saturday, January 03, 2009

Rescue Those Books Challenge 2009

The goal of this challenge is to rescue books that have been sitting unread on your bookshelves for far too long and release/trade/RABCK them. There's also a second goal, which is to challenge yourself to read a set number of those books before setting them free. The challenge ends on 31 December 2009.

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My list of books to rescue:

All these books have sat on my shelves (actual shelves, not BC shelves) for years. My aim is to read at least four of these before releasing them.

Granta 65: London by Ian Jack (ed.)
Granta 67: Women and Children First by Ian Jack (ed.) - READ (PARTLY) + RELEASED 7 SEPT 2009
Granta 68: Love Stories by Ian Jack (ed.) - READ + RELEASED 10/02/2009
Granta 69: The Assassin by Ian Jack (ed.) - RELEASED 19 AUG 2009
Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson - RELEASED 29 DEC 2009
10 1/2 lukua maailmanhistoriaa by Julian Barnes - READ + RELEASED 31 DEC 2009
Jäätelösota by William Boyd - RELEASED 2 AUGUST 2009
Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner - READ + RELEASED 13 OCT 2009
Eestiläinen novelli by Heino Puhvel (toim.) - RELEASED 29 DEC 2009
Anna, Hanna och Johanna by Marianne Fredriksson - RELEASED 18 JUNE 2009
The Wild by Esther Freud - READ + RELEASED 29/01/2009
Põhjaneitsi by August Gailit - RELEASED 8 JULY 2009
Emajõgi by Bernard Kangro - RELEASED 10 JULY 2009
Jäälätted by Bernard Kangro - READ + RELEASED 10 JULY 2009
Mälestuste radadel 1-4 by Johan Kõpp - RELEASED 22/11/08
The Fanatic by James Robertson - RELEASED 13 OCT 2009
Girls at Play by Paul Theroux - READ + RELEASED 6 NOV 2009
The Sopranos by Alan Warner - RELEASED 13 OCT 2009

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge

This challenge refers to the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I'm following the 2008 international edition and have so far read 33 books or a measly 3.3 percent but hey, it's another lifetime challenge :).

This is what I've read as of today:

1. Voltaire: Candide
2. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
3. Alexander Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
4. Nikolay Gogol: Nose
5. Nikolay Gogol: Dead Souls
6. Ivan Goncharov: Oblomov
7. Ivan Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
8. Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
9. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
10. Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Idiot
11. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
12. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
13. Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
14. Yevgeny Zamyatin: We
15. Albert Camus: The Outsider
16. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince
17. Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking
18. J. D. Salinger: The Cather in the Rye
19. L. P. Hartley: The Go-Between
20. Väinö Linna: The Unknown Soldier
21. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
22. Boris Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago
23. Truman Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany's
24. Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
25. Gabriel García Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
26. Banana Yoshimoto: Kitchen
27. Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia
28. Jung Chang: Wild Swans
29. Peter Høeg: Smilla's Sense of Snow
30. Donna Tartt: The Secret History
31. Bernhard Schlink: The Reader
32. Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
33. Siri Hustvedt: What I Loved

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ETA 15 March 2009

34. Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
35. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Kultahattu
36. Laurie Lee: Siideriä Rosien kanssa

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ETA 5 January 2011
37. Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
38. Alan Paton: Cry, The Beloved Country
39. Andrea Levy: Small Island
40. Aleksandar Hemon: Nowhere Man
41. Tayeb Salih: Seasons of Migrations to the North
42. Mariama Ba: So Long a Letter

Why this blog?

I've read voraciously ever since I learned to read at the age of four. I read everywhere: in bed, in a comfy chair in my living room, in cafés, on my way to work (I usually take the tram), in the car (I don't drive), in the toilet... As a child, I even brought a book along to the sauna :)

I read everything from chick lit to the classics. I also like to read a lot of non-fiction: travel books, memoirs, social history, political stuff etc. And I do read poetry as well. The only two genres I'm really not into are scifi and war books.

I like to read books in the original language, which in my case means Finnish, Swedish, Estonian and English. I've read some books in Russian as well, but that's a bit of a struggle (I really should practice my Russian some more).

So, why this blog? I joined BookCrossing in March 2006 but didn't get active until two years later. I find that BookCrossing has helped me add even more variety to my reading and made my reading more systemical too - what with all the reading challenges ranging from geographical to alphabetical and so on. All this, however, creates a need for some documentation and I decided a blog would be a perfect place to create reading lists and keep track of challenges, not to mention record any thoughts brought on by the books I read. I've created a separate blog for the Geographical Challenge, but everything else will go here. Let's see how it goes!