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: 1/10
  • My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik BackmanRead
  • Ernest Hemingway by Carlos Baker Reading
  • Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
  • The Habsburgs by Anthony Wheatcroft - Read
  • Natasha's Dance by Orlando Figes Reading
  • Winifred Gérin, Biographer of the Brontës by Helen MacEwan
  • Through Belgian Eyes, Charlotte Brontë's Troubled Brussels Legacy by Helen MacEwan Read
  • Constantinople by Philip Mansel
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Giving up
Monthly Reading Challenge

Read: 2/12

January - A book with high expectations - In Our Time By Ernest Hemingway - Read
February - A book you got for free - Kristuskvinnan by Stoika Hristova - Giving up
March - A book you bought on a trip - Eleanor Marx by Rachel Holmes - Read
April - A book bought from a used bookstore - Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist - Read
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
July - A book bought for the cover - The Edge of the World - How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are by Michael Pye
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
October - A book you're secretly afraid of - The Regent's Wife by Leopoldo Garcia-Alas y Urena
November - A book published before 2000 - John Keats, A Life by Stephen Coote
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: 2/12

1. A 19th-century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899 - The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830)

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 - Katherine by Anya Seton (1954)

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 - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878) (Russian will read in English). 

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 - Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (1957)

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 -  The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino (1957)

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

That is my list. Seven of them I have on my shelves, one on my iPad and the rest I will either borrow from the library or buy as an e-book.

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. Hope to be able to find most titles on my shelves. 

A - An Ice-cream War by William Boyd 
B - Brida by Paulo Coelho
C - Columbus, The Four Voyages by Laurence Berggren  
D -Darwin's Sacred Cause, Race, Slavery and the quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
E - eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho
F - Förförelsen by Knut Faldbakken
G - Grand final i skojarbranchen by Kerstin Ekman
H - (The) Habsburgs by Anthony Wheatcroft
I - (The) Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
J - Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore
K - Kepler by John Banville
L - (The) Lonely Empress by Joan Haslip
M - Missing Person (Rue des boutiques obscures by Patrick Modiano 
N - (The) New Countess by Fay Weldon
O - Orden som formade Sverige by Elisabeth Åsbrink
P - Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall 
Q -?
R - Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
S - Sarum by Edward Rutherford
T - Trace by Patricia Cornwell
U - Upplösningen (Dissolution) by C.J. Sansom
V - Vathek by William Beckford     
W - Well-schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George
X - (In) Xanadu, A Quest by William Dalrymple
Y - You Just Don't Understand by Deborah Tannen
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.  Hope to be able to find most authors on my shelves. 

A - Auster, Paul - The Brooklyn Follies
B - Banville, John - Doctor Copernicus
C - Coelho, Paulo - The Devil and Miss Prym
D - Dalrymple, William - In Xanadu, A Quest (NF)
E - Eco, Umberto - Baudolino
F - Ferguson, Niall - The Ascent of Money (NF)
G - Gabaldon, Diana - The Scottish Prisoner
H - Homer - The Illiad
I - Ivesköld, Monica - Porten till friheten
J - Jacobovici, Simcha and Wilson, Barrie - The Lost Gospel - Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene (NF)
K - Kean, Sam - The Disappearing Spoon (NF)
L - Lagerkvist, Pär - The Sibyl 
M - Modiano, Patrick - Les boulevards de ceinture (Ring Roads) 
N - Nicholl, Charles - The Lodger, Shakespeare on Silver Street
O - Ohlsson, Bengt - Gregorius
P - Peterson, Jordan B. - 12 Rules for Life, An Antidote to Chaos (NF)
Q -?
R - Robinson, Peter - Playing With Fire
S - Sackville West, Robert - Inheritance (NF)
T - Theroux, Paul  - Riding the Iron Rooster (NF)
U - Urban, William - The Teutonic Knights (NF)
V - Vincenzi, Penny - no angel
W - Weldon, Fay - Long Live the King
X -?
Y -?
Z - Zweig, Stefan - Marie Antoinette (2020) (NF)

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 March 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

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 18 April, 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 
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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