Challenges 2021


I did not want to join any challenges for 2021 and was thinking of reading as much as possible from the around 200 unread books on my own shelves. However, these challenges will be of help in that direction. I will, as far as possible, read books from my shelves, but cannot promise I will be able to finalise all of them. 

The Unread Shelf 2021 is hosted by Whitney Conard who provides you with a guide on how to achieve your goals. I have already filled in My Top TBR For 2021 as well as a themed Reading challenge for each month. 

My Top TBR for 2021

Read: 10/10 - Finalised!

Read: 9/12

January - A book with high expectations - In Our Time By Ernest Hemingway - Read
February - A book you got for free - Mordet på kommendören (Killing Commendatore) by Haruki Murakami Read
March - A book you bought on a trip - Eleanor Marx by Rachel HolmesRead
April - A book bought from a used bookstore - Barabbas by Pär LagerkvistRead
May - A book you bought as a new release - Köttets tid by Lina Wolff - Read
June - A book bought in a spending spree - Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws Reading
August - A book from an independent bookstore - The Sibyl (Sibyllan) by Pär Lagerkvist - Read
September - A book you want to learn from - Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall Read
October - A book you're secretly afraid of - The Regent's Wife by Leopoldo Garcia-Alas y Urena
November - A book published before 2000 - Menfreya in the Morning by Victoria HolRead 
December - A book that reminds you of childhood - Tycho Brahe by (ed.) Håkan Håkansson

Hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate for the eighth year. I am happy to join this year. Go to her website for the rules. Here are the categories and my choice of book.

Read: 5/12

1. A 19th-century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899 - Svält by Knut Hamsun (1890) Read

2. A 20th-century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published - The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham (1919)  Read

3. A classic by a woman author - The Clockwinder by Anne Tyler  Read

4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language if you prefer - The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset W. Maugham (1919, English, read in English.  Read

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author - The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (1923)  Read

6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read - The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (1940) Read

7. New-to-you classic by a favourite author -- a new book by an author whose works you have already read -  Sandition by Jane Austen (1817)

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird) - Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

9. A children's classic - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

10. A humorous or satirical classic - Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (1889)

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure -  

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category - The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde (1895)

Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book. You will find the rule on her website. It is a matter of finding a title for each of the letters in the alphabet. For Q, X, and Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title. 


A - An Ice-cream War by William Boyd 
B - Brida by Paulo Coelho
C - (The) Clockwinder by Anne Tyler
D - Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
E - eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho
F - Förförelsen by Knut Faldbakken
G - (My) Grandmother Asks Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
H - (The) Habsburgs by Anthony Wheatcroft
I - It's in His Kiss by Julia Quinn
J - Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
K -Köttets tid by Lina Wolff
L - (The) Lonely Empress by Joan Haslip
M - Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
N - (The) New Countess by Fay Weldon
O - On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
P - (The) Past by Tessa Hadley
Q -
R - Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
S - (The) Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
T - (The) Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler
U - (The) Universe in 3/4 Time by Leona Francombe
V - (The) Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
W - When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
X - 
Y - (De) yttre boulevarderna by Patrick Modiano (Le boulevards de ceinture)
Z -

Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book. You will find the rule on her website. It is a matter of finding an author for each of the letters in the alphabet. For Q, X, and Z authors then the author that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the name. 


A - 
B - Backman, Fredrik - My Grandmother Asks Me To Tell You She's Sorry
C - Coelho, Paulo - The Devil and Miss Prym
D - 
E - Eden, Dorothy - The Storrington Papers
F - Fossum, Karin - Bad Intensions
G - George, Nina - The Little Bookshop in Paris
H - Hamsun, Knut - Hunger
I - Ivesköld, Monica - Porten till friheten
J - Joyce, Brenda - A Lady at Last
K -Krakauer, Jon - Into the Wild
L - Lagerkvist, Pär - The Sibyl 
M - Maugham, W. Somerset - The Moon and Sixpence
N - Nisha Adams, Sara - The Reading List
O - Osman, Richard - The Thursday Murder Club
P - Paasilinna, Aarto - The Son of the Thunder God
Q - Quinn, Julia - It's in His Kiss
R - Rosman, Ann - Marvatten
S - Swingler, Susan - The House of Fiction
T - Thyvold, Hans Olav - The Lives of Nansen and Amundsen 
U - 
V - Vargas, Fred - A Climate of Fear
W - Weldon, Fay - Long Live the King
X - Theroux, Paul - Riding the Iron Rooster
Y -
Z - 

TBR books read in 2021

Books read under this title only concerns physical books on my shelves. Not e-books on my reader. 
  1. The Past by Tessa Hadley
  2. My Grandmother Asks Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  3. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  4. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  5. The Lonely Princess by Joan Haslip (NF)
  6. Long Live the King by Fay Weldon
  7. Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist
  8. The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
  9. eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho
  10. The New Countess by Fay Weldon
  11. The Habsburgs by Anthony Wheatcroft
  12. Förförelsen (Glahn) by Knut Faldbakken
  13. Eleanor Marx by Rachel Holmes
  14. Monsoon Traders, The Maritime World of the East India Company by Bowen, H.V./McAleer, John/Blyth, Robert J. 
  15. The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
  16. Aleph by Paulo Coelho
  17. Through Belgian Eyes, Charlotte Brontë's Troubled Brussels Legacy by Helen MacEwan
  18. An Ice-cream War by William Boyd
  19. How To Read Novels Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  20. Porten till friheten by Monica Ivesköld
  21. Köttets tid by Lina Wolff
  22. Brida by Paulo Coelho
  23. Sibyllan (The Sibyl) by Pär Lagerkvist
  24. Svart himmel (Black Skies) by Arnaldur Indridason
  25. Bad Intensions by Karin Fossum
  26. A Lady At Last by Brenda Joyce
  27. The Storrington Papers by Dorothy Eden
  28. The Son of the Thunder God by Arti Paasilinna
  29. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  30. The Lives of Nansen and Amundsen by Hans Olav Thyvold
  31. Mannen i sjön by Arnladur Indridason
  32. Marvatten by Ann Rosman
  33. Emily's Journal by Sarah Fermi
  34. "Jag vill sätta världen i rörelse" by Anna-Karin Palm
  35. Valkyriorna by Paulo Coelho
  36. De yttre boulevarderna by Patrick Modiano
  37. De dunkla butikernas gata by Modiano, Patrick 
  38. Älskade Poona by Karin Fossum
  39. Menfreya in the Morning by Victoria Holt
  40. Tree of Salvation, Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North by G. Ronald  Murphy, S.J., 
  41. Öppnas i händelse av min död (The Husband's Secret) by Liane Moriarty 
  42. Dead Beat by Val McDermid
  43. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux 
  44. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  45. The Edge of the World by Michael Pye
  46. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
  47. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  48. Kvinnor jag tänker på om natten by Mia Kankimäki
  49. Obscuritas by David Lagercrantz
  50. The Survivors by Jane Harper
  51. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  52. Evolutionen och jag ("The Evolution and I") by Johan Frostegård
  53. The House of Fiction by Susan Swingler 

The Classic Club

Here is my reading list for 50 Classic books to read:  I have read 28 of the 50 books on the list. Halfway through.

My spin list (updated 19 December 2020)


Updated for spin 17 October, 2021

1. The Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Carter
3. Daisy Miller by Henry James
4. The Seahawk by Rafael Sabatini.   
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoj 
6. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
7. Child Harold by Lord Byron
8. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
9. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
11. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
12. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (last spin)
13. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
14. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
15. To Have and Have not by Ernest Hemingway
16. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
17. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
18. The Brothers Karamazov by Fjodor Dostoevsky
19. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
20. A Writer's Notebook by Somerset Maugham

The Anne Tyler re-reading project


The Tin Can Tree (1965) Read


The Clock Winder (1972) Read


Searching for Caleb (1975) Read


Earthly Possessions (1977) Read
Morgan’s Passing (1980) Read


Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982)
The Accidental Tourist (1985)


Breathing Lessons (1988)
Saint Maybe (1991)


Ladder of Years (1995)
A Patchwork Planet (1998)


Back When We Were Grownups (2001)
The Amateur Marriage (2004)


Digging to America (2006)
Noah’s Compass (2010)

The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012)
A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)

Vinegar Girl (2016)
Clock Dance (2018)

Redhead by the Side of the Road (2020)


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