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2019 Challenges (complete)

French Books 2019
  1. Le Lambeau – P. Lançon – READ  #PrixFémina2018, #PrixRenaudot2918 (special prize)
  2. Et Soudain, La Liberté – E. Pisier, C. Laurent – Prix Marguerite Duras 2017 – READ
  3. Fouché – E. de Waresquiel – READ
  4. Le jour d’avant – S. Chalandon – READ
  5. Retour à Killybegs – S. Chalandon – READ
  6. Je suis fou de toi – D. Bona – READ
  7. French cooking for #ParinInJuly….
  8. Mousse aux éclats de chocolat (2019)
  9. Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier – READ

Literary Prizes 2019

  1. #Dublin Literary Award 2019 Shortlist – read-athon
  2. #NSW Premier’s Award 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  3. #Ockham New Zealand Award 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  4. #Kerry Group Irish Novel of 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  5. #Stella Prize 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  6. #Australian Literary Leftovers – read-a-thon

 

#Poetry

  1. The Spell by Katie Ford – READ
  2. Blood LyricsK. Ford (40 poems) – READ
  3. Brother and SisterGeorge Eliot (in selected writings) READ
  4. AdventH. Christle –  The New Yorker 07.01.2019READ
  5. Pretend It’s Just the WindG.J. Whitehead – The New Yorker 07.01.2019READ
  6. A Poet’s Dublin – Eavan BolandREAD #ReadingIrelandMonth19  (35 poems)
  7. The Facts – T. Lloyd – READ (poetry) #ShortlistOckhamNewZealandBookAwards2019
  8. The New Testament – Jericho Brown (41 poems) – READ #NationalPoetryMonth2019
  9. Water & Power – G. Fanning (30 poems) – READ #NationalPoetryMonth2019
  10. The Radio Room – Cilla McQueen (34 poems) – READ #AWW2019 (NZ)
  11. Tilt Kate Lilley – READ (38 poems)  Winner Victorian Premier’s Award 2019
  12. Olio – Tyehimba Jess – READ – Pulitzer Prize 2017 for poetry
  13. Wade in the Water – Tracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate – READ (32 poems)
  14. Ritual – Maxine Beneba Clarke (poem) – READ #AWW2019
  15. Blakwork – Alison Whittaker (94 poems) – READ “Cotton On” (pg 15) (review)
  16. Title poem: “Blakwork” Alison Whittaker – READ  (pg 3)
  17. Seeing Yellow – E. Bourke – READ  Shortlist Irish Times Poetry Award 2019
  18. Are Friends Electric ? – H. Heath (Ockham NZ Award poetry 2019) – READ  (57 poems)
  19. Insistance – Ailbhe Darcy – READ (18 poems) (Irish poet)
  20. Harbour Lights – D. Mahon (25 poems by Irish poet) – READ
  21. The Radio (32 poems) – Irish poet L. Flynn (shortlist 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize) – READ
  22. The Boys of Bluehill – E. Ní Chuilleanáin – READ (40 poems, Irish poet)
  23. Now We Can Talk Openly about Men – Martina Evans – READ
  24. Lemons in the Chicken Wire – A. Whittaker READ (50 poems)
  25. Fast Talking PI – Selina Tusitala Marsh – READ (32 poems)
  26. Parang – Omar Musa – READ (27 poems)

#AWW2019   Australian Women Writers  Challenge

  1. Trace: who killed Maria James? – R. Brown – READ  #AWW2019
  2. Boy Overboard – P. Cornelius (play) – READ #AWW2019
  3. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War – L. Mack – READ #AWW2
  4. The Bridge – E. Gandolfo – READ #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  5. Too Much LipM. LucashenkoREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  6. AxiomaticM. TumarkinREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019 (essays)
  7. Little Gods – J. Ackland – not available in Netherlands! #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  8. The Erratics – Laveau-Harvie – not available in Netherlands! #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  9. Pink Mountain on Locust IslandJ.M. LauREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  10. Aunts Up the Cross – R. Dalton – READ #AWW2019 (memoir)
  11. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (essays) – F. Wright – READ #AWW2019
  12. Can You Tolerate This? – A. Young – READ #AWW2019
  13. The Radio Room – Cilla McQueen (34 poems) – READ #AWW2019 (NZ)
  14. The Almighty Sometimes – K. Feaver (play) – READ WINNER NSW Lit Prize Playwriting 2018
  15. Tilt Kate Lilley – READ (38 poems)  WINNER Victorian Premier’s Award 2019
  16. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook – J. Kent – READ  #AWW2019
  17. This  Mortal Boy – F. Kidman – READ –  WINNER Ockham Prize for Fiction 2019
  18. Black is the New White – N. Lui – READ – WINNER NSW Lit Prize for Playwriting 2018
  19. Ritual – Maxine Beneba Clarke (poem) – READ #AWW2019
  20. Not Just Black and White – L and T Williams, mother and daughter – READ  #AWW2019
  21. Blakwork – Alison Whittaker (94 poems) – READ “Cotton On” (pg 15) (review)
  22. Title poem: “Blakwork” Alison Whittaker – READ  (pg 3)
  23. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry – READ (NZ)
  24. Driving Into The Sun – M. Polain – READ
  25. Are Friends Electric ? – H. Heath (Ockham NZ Award poetry 2019) – READ  (57 poems)
  26. My Name is Revenge – A. K. Blunt – READ
  27. Lemons in the Chicken Wire – A. Whittaker READ (50 poems)
  28. Fast Talking PI – Selina Tusitala Marsh – READ (32 poems)
  29. Broken – M.A. Butler  (play) – READ
  30. Everywhere I Look (essays) – Helen Garner – READ
  31.  A Kindness Cup -Thea Astley – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  32. The Endsister – Penni Russon – READ  #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  33. Sea People – C. Thompson – READ – #AusReadingMonth 2019 – NSW 2019 History Award
  34. Dr Space Junk vs Universe: Archaeology the Future – A. Gorman #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  35. The Phoenix Years – Madeleine O’Dea –  #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  36. An Unconventional Wife: Life of Julia Sorell Arnold – Mary Hoban – #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  37. Adani: Following Its Dirty Footsteps – L. Simpson – #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  38. It’s Raining in Mango – Thea Astley –  #AusReadingMonth 2019
  39. Troll Hunting – Ginger Gorman – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  40. The Thinking Woman – J. van Loon – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  41. Boys Will Be Boys – Clementine Ford – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  42. Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making Their MarkS. Sheriden
  43. Drylands – Thea Astley
  44. Catching Teller Crow – A. and E. Kwaymullina

#Plays

  1. Boy Overboard – P. Cornelius (play) – READ   #AWW2019
  2. Midsummer Night’s Dream – W. Shakespeare – READ  #MasterClassicList
  3. Othello W. ShakespeareREAD  #MasterClassicList
  4. Hamlet – W. ShakespeareREAD  #MasterClassicList
  5. Richard II – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  6. Chimerica – Lucy Kirkwood – READ
  7. Come On Home – Phillip McMahon (play) – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  8. Lally the Scut – Abbie Spallen – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  9. The Almighty Sometimes – K. Feaver – READ WINNER NSW Lit Prize Playwriting 2018
  10. Black is the New White – N. Lui – READ – WINNER NSW Lit Prize for Playwriting 2018
  11. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  12. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  – E. Ablee – READ
  13. Noises Off – M. Frayn – READ
  14. Fences – A. Wilson – READ
  15. Streetcar Named Desire – T. Williams – READ
  16. Glengarry Glen RossD. Mamet – READ
  17. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams – READ
  18. Waiting for Godot – S. Beckett – READ
  19. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. BigsbyREAD
  20. Indecent – Paula Vogel READ
  21. The Weir – Conor McPherson – READ
  22. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ

#ReadIreland

  1. Two Moons – Jennifer Johnston (Dublin, 1930) – READ
  2. The Goat’s Song – D. Healy – READ
  3. Selected Poems – Medbh McGuckianREADING (5/57)
  4. A Poet’s Dublin – Eavan BolandREAD   (35 poems)
  5. Saints and Sinners – E. O’Brien – READ
  6. The Wrong Country: Essays – G. Dawe – READ
  7. Come On Home – Phillip McMahon (play) – READ
  8. Field Work – Seamus Heaney (poems)READ
  9. A Slanting of the Sun – Donal Ryan – READ  (20 stories)
  10. Memoir – John McGahern – READING
  11. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  12. Lally the Scut – Abbie Spallen (play) – READ
  13. When  All Is Said – Anne Griffin – READ
  14. Travelling In A Strange Land – D. Park – READ
  15. A Ladder To The Sky – John Boyne – READ
  16. The Cruelty Men – Emer Martin – READ
  17. Normal People – Sally Rooney – READ
  18. The Hoarder – Jess Kidd – READ
  19. HimselfJess Kidd – READ
  20. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne – READ
  21. Seeing Yellow – E. Bourke (poetry) – READ
  22. From a Low and Quiet SeaDonal Ryan- READ
  23. Insistance – Ailbhe Darcy – READ (18 poems) (Irish poet)
  24. The Barracks – J. McGahern – READ
  25. Red Ribbons – L. Phillips – READ (Irish Noir)
  26. Crocodile Tears – M. O’Sullivan – READ (Irish Noir)
  27. The Twelve – S.Neville – READ  (Irish Noir)
  28. Harbour Lights – D. Mahon (25 poems by Irish poet) – READ
  29. The Radio (32 poems) – Irish poet L. Flynn (shortlist 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize) – READ
  30. The Boys of Bluehill – E. Ní Chuilleanáin – READ (40 poems, Irish poet)
  31. Now We Can Talk Openly about Men – Martina Evans – READ
  32. Show Them a Good Time – Nicole Flattery  (8 short stories) – READ
  33. Milkman – Anna Burns – READ
  34. The Empty Family – C. Tóibin – (9 short stories) – READ
  35. My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal – READ

 

#Canadian Book Challenge 9/13   (end date: 30 June 2019)
  1. Paige Cooper – story collection Zolitude – READ
  2. Patrick DeWitt  – French Exit – READ
  3. Esi Edugyan – Washington Black – READ (winner Giller  Prize 2018)
  4. Thea LimAn Ocean of Minutes – READ
  5. Kim Thúy –  Mãn – READ
  6. The Key of My Prison – F. Wees – READ
  7. Wives and Lovers – M. Millar – READ
  8. The Pull of the Moon – Julie Paul – READ (12 short stories)
  9. Infinity – H. Moscovitch (play) – READ

 

#ReadClassics

  1. Moby Dick – H. Melville – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  3. Othello – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  4. Midsummer Night’s Dream – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  5. Hamlet– W. Shakespeare – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. Beowulf – Anonymous (trans: Seamus Heaney) – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Richard II – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  8. The Awakening – K. Chopin – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  9. Rebecca  – D. du Maurier – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  10. The Symposium – Plato – READ #ClassicMasterList
  11. The Selected Stories – Flannery O’ Connor – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  12. The SymposiumPlato – READ #ClassicMasterList
  13. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  14. The Heart of Darkness – J. Conrad – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  15. A Tale of Two Cities – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  16. The Great Gatsby – F.S. Fitzgerald – READ #ClassicMasterList
  17. The Mill on the Floss – G. Eliot – READ #ClassicMasterList
  18. The Count of Monte Cristo – A. DumasREAD #ClassicMasterList*
  19. The Complete Essays  – M. de  Montaigne – READ #ClassicMasterList* 
  20. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  – E. Ablee – READ #20BooksOfSummer

 

#ShortStories:

  1. Show Them a Good Time – Nicole Flattery  (8 short stories) – READ
  2. The Pull of the Moon  – Julie Paul – (12 stories) – READ #CanBookChallenge 16.12.20189
  3. Saints and Sinners Edna O’Brien (short stories) – READ  only  4 /10  good  #ReadIreland
  4. The Birthday of the Infanta – O. Wilde – READ
  5. Short story:  Audition – S. Sayarfiwezadeh – READ (The New Yorker 10.09.2018)
  6. The Knights Tale (classic) – Chaucer – READ
  7. The Complete Stories – Flannery O’ Connor   (31 stories) – READ
  8. The Screwfly Solution – James Tiptree jr. (aka Alice Sheldong) – READ (novelette)
  9. The British Short Story – A. Maunder  (reference book)
  10. The Cambridge Introduction to The American Short Story M. Scofield – READ
  11. A Slanting of the Sun – Donal Ryan – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19 (20 stories)
  12. Astonished Dice – G. Cochrane (short stories) – READ
  13. TBR:   Stories published in 2019 The New Yorker:
  14. The Confession – Leila Slimani –  READ 13.02.2019  (short…and pointless)
  15. Asleep at the Wheel – T. C. Boyle – READ  13.02.2019  ( too long and pointless)
  16. TBR:     Stories published in 2018  The New Yorker:
  17. Whoever is there, come on through – Colin BarettREAD    11.02.2019 (..so-so)
  18. Foreign Returned – S. Shepard – READ  17.02.2019 (Plagiarism?..read HERE)
  19. Texas – David Gates – READ – 17.02.2019 (…waste of time)
  20. Writing Teacher – John E. Wideman – READ – 17.02.2019
  21. (…I expected more from this very famous writer.  rambled on in a nebulous, vague way.
  22. Not every story has an epiphany…but I wish this one had at least a ‘point’.

 

 

#Non-Fiction

  1. Writers on Writers: Patrick White – Christos Tsiolkas  – READ
  2. The Age of Eisenhower – W. Hitchcock – READ
  3. Trace: who killed Maria James? – R. Brown – READ  #AWW2019
  4. Poemcrazy – S. Wooldridge – READ
  5. The Merchants of Truth – J. Abramson – DNF…read 50 pages + short review
  6. The British Short Story – A. Maunder – READ
  7. Thick – Tessie Cottom – READ
  8. The Cambridge Introduction to The American Short Story – M. Scofield  – READ
  9. The Wrong Country: Essays on Modern Irish Writing – G. Dawe – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  10. The Art of Time Travel – T. Griffiths – READ
  11. Aunts Up the Cross – R. Dalton – READ #AWW2019 (memoir)
  12. Le Lambeau – P. Lançon – READ #PrixFémina2018  Special #PrixRenaudot2918 (memoir)
  13. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (essays) – F. Wright – READ #AWW2019
  14. Can You Tolerate This? (essays) – A. Young – READ #AWW2019
  15. Deep Time Dreaming – B. Griffiths – READ #ShortlistNSWLiteraryAward2019
  16. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook – J. Kent – READ  #AWW2019
  17. No Friend but the Mountains – B. Boochani – READ WINNER  NSWLiteraryAwards2019
  18. On Poetry – Glyn Maxwell – READ
  19. Not Just Black and White – L and T Williams, mother and daughter – READ  #AWW2019
  20. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: 13 critical essays – editor S. Shannon – READ
  21. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. BigsbyREAD
  22. The Mueller Report – READ
  23. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – D. Blight – READ
  24. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips – READ
  25. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. ParryREAD
  26. The Coddling of the American Mind – G. Lukianoff. J. Haidt – READ
  27. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry – READ
  28. The First Casualty – Peter Greste – READ
  29. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – S. Ruhl – READ
  30. These Truths – Jill Lepore – READ
  31. America’s War for the Greater Middle East A. Bacevich – READ
  32. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor – READ
  33. The Billion Dollar Spy – D. Hoffman – READ
  34. Everywhere I Look (essays) – Helen Garner – READ #AWW2019
  35. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (essays) – S. Peeples   READ #RIPXIV #NonFicNov (early)
  36. Sea People – C. Thompson – READ #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  37. The Thinking Woman – J. van Loon –  READ – #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  38. Dr Space Junk vs Universe: Archaeology the Future – A. Gorman #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  39. The Phoenix Years – Madeleine O’Dea –  #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  40. An Unconventional Wife: Life of Julia Sorell Arnold – Mary Hoban – #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  41. Adani: Following Its Dirty Footsteps – L. Simpson – #AUSReadingMonth 2019
  42. Troll Hunting – Ginger Gorman – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  43. Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin – Dr. Fiona Hill – READ
  44. Boys Will Be Boys – Clementine Ford – #AusReadingMonth 2019
  45. Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making Their MarkS. Sheriden
  46. Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing – Ashleigh Wilson

 


RIPXIV Reading Challenge ( 01 September – 31 October)
  1. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (essays) – S. Peeples   READ  #NonFicNov (early)
  2. Imp of the Perverse – E.A. Poe (tale) – READ

 

#TheNewYorker

  1. The New Yorker – dd June 26 2017 – READ
  2. The New Yorker – dd July 3  2017 – READ
  3. The New Yorker – dd July 10-17 2017 – READ
  4. The New Yorker – dd 24 July 2017 – READ
  5. The New Yorker – dd 18-25 December 2017 – READ
  6. The New Yorker – dd 01 January 2018 – READ
  7. The New Yorker – dd 24-31 December 2018 – READ
  8. The New Yorker – dd  07.01.2019 – READ