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2019 Monthly Planning + Reading Stats 2018

by N@ncy

January 2019

READ:

  1. George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings – READ  #ClassicMasterList

 

READING:

  1. Moby Dick – H. Melville – READING    ch 94/135  #ClassicMasterList
  2. How Does a Poem Read – J. Ciardi – READING  pg 205/399
  3. Two Moons – Jennifer Johnston – READING  #ReadIreland   pg 155/231

 

December 2018     Reading stats 2018

  1. 63 fiction
  2. 73 non-fiction
  3. 20 French books
  4. 18 plays
  5. 13 posts about poems/poet
  6. 105 short stories
  7. 105 essays

READ:

  1. The History of the Church – Eusebius – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Satires – Horace – READ #ClassicMasterList
  3. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson – READ
  4. Axiomatic – M. Tumarkin – READ  Winner of the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018
  5. Alice in Space – G. Beer (literary criticism)  – READ
  6. Downstairs No UpstairsBrian Friel (short story) New Yorker 24.08.1963 – funny! – READ
  7. Go, Went, Gone – J. Erpenbeck – READ
  8. Literary Brian Friel Companion – M. Snodgrass – READ    #ReadIreland
  9. Essay: From Monaghan to the Grand Canal ( Dublin) – S. Heaney  – READ #ReadIreland
  10. The Pull of the Moon – Julie Paul – READ  (12 short stories)  #CanBookChallenge
  11. The Hummingbird – K. Hiekkapelto – READ  #TBR since 2015!
  12. Speaking Up – G. Triggs #AWW2018 – DNF…not my kind or writer
  13. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum – READ  #TBRnovember2018
  14. Philadelphia , Here I Come! – Brian Friel (play)- READ  #ReadIreland
  15. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – editor Anita Heiss (NF) – READ  #AWW2018
  16. Indonesia etc – E. Pisani – READ #WorldFromMyArmchair
  17. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper – READ #AWW2018  2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  18. The Christmas Carol – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  19. Sisters In Law (S. Day ‘O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – L. Hirshman – READ
  20. Infinity  – Hannah Moscovitch (play) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  21. American Poetry Review – editor E. Scanlon – READ  Vol 47 Nov/Dec no. 6
  22. Saints and Sinners Edna O’Brien (short stories) – READ  only  4 /10  good  #ReadIreland
  23. The New Yorker    24-31 December 2018 – READ
  24. The Evening of the Holiday – S. Hazzard – READ
  25. The Rich Brew – S. Pinsker – (NF)  READ

 

November 2018

  1. The Aeneid – Vrigil – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Mythos – Stephen Fry (audio book) – READ
  3. A Raisin in the Sun – L. Hansberry (play) – READ  Best Play 1959 NY Drama Critic’s Circle
  4. David Copperfield – C. Dickens – READ #ClassicMasterList (audio and paperback)
  5. Poets Corner – editor J. Lithgow – READ (audio book)
  6. Great Expectations – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris ( biography) – READ
  8. Rosmersholm – Henk Ibsen (play) – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  9. The Lusiads – L. Vaz de Camões – READ (epic poem)  #ClassicMasterList
  10. Electra – Sophocles – READ #ClassicMasterList
  11. The Knights Tale – Chaucer – READ #ClassicMasterList
  12. Mrs. Dalloway – V. Woolf – READ #ClassicMasterList
  13. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond – READ  #NonFicNov
  14. Kilonova (poem) – A. Sometimes – READ  #AWW2018
  15. To Our Miscarried One, Age Fifty Now (poem) – S. Olds –  READ #PulitzerPrize 2013
  16. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickrell – READ  #NonFicNov
  17. Death of a Salesman – A. Miller – READ- Pulitzer Prize Drama 1949 – #ClassicMasterList

 

October 2018

  1. Our Mutual Friend – C. Dickens – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  2. Je reste ici  – M. Balzano (longlist Prix Fémina 2018) – READ
  3. Mãn – K. Thuy – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  4. An Ordinary Day (NF) – Leigh Sales – READ  #AWW2018
  5. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. The Keys of My Prison – F. Wees – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Ann Brontë – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  8. Zolitude – Paige Cooper (14 short stories) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  9. An Ocean of Minutes – T. Lim – READ #CanBookChallenge
  10. French Exit P. deWittREAD #CanBookChallenge
  11. March Violets – P. Kerr (CF) – READ
  12. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ
  13. Nobel Streven F. van OostromREAD  #LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  14. Thorbecke Wil Het – R. Aerts – READwinner Prinsjesboekenprijs  (best political book)
  15. De Sigarenfabriek van Isay RottenbergH/S Rottenberg – READ 
  16. ….#LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  17. Adieu Montaigne – J. Delacomptée – READ  ( 50%…gave up, read why!)
  18. Frankenstein – M. Shelley – READ   #RIPXIII   and #CCdare

 

September 2018

  1. The Raven – E.A. Poe – READ  #RIPXIII
  2. Dark Entries – R. Aickman (6 short stories) – READ #RIPXIII
  3. A Vindication of the Rights of Women – M. Wollstonecraft – READ
  4. Our Man in Charleston – C. Dickey (NF) – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  5. The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon –  READ
  6. The Life of Johnson – J. Boswell – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Hawthorne – Henry James – READ  #RIPXII
  8. A  Kim Jong-IL Production – Fischer, P. – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  9. The Bed-Making Competition – A. Jackson – READ #AWW2018
  10. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan (Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 History) – READ #AWW2018
  11. The Enigmatic Mr. Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018  Nat Biography Award 2018
  12. Patrick Kavanagh – Irish poet poem  – READ
  13. Audition – S. Sayarfiezadeh – READ (short story) #DealMeIn2018
  14. The River in the Sky – Clive  James ( epic poem…reading it line for line) – READ
  15. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling (NF) – READ
  16. Washington Black – Esi  Edugyan – READ #CanBookChallenge (shortlist Man Booker)
  17. Don’t Call Us Dead – D. Smith – READ (collection of poems)
  18. Nooit Meer Slapen – W.F. Hermans- READ  Dutch – in translation Beyond Sleep
  19. James Wright: A Life in Poetry (NF) – J. Blunk – READ
  20. Pensées – B. Pascal – READ

 

August 2018

  1. Pride and Prejudice – J. Austen – Re-READ
  2. Letters From a Stoic – Seneca – READ
  3. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe – READ  (short story)
  4. The Birthday of the Infanta – O. Wilde – READ (short story)
  5. The Masnavi Book vol 1 –  Rūmī (poet of Sufism Islamic mysticism) – READ
  6. Myths from Mesopotamia – (Anonymous)  trans. S. Dalley – READ
  7. Nation – T. Pratchett – READ
  8. Means of Ascent – R. Caro – READ (non-fiction)
  9. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal – READ  (french edition)
  10. Chateaubriand – Jean-Claude Berchet READ  (french edition)
  11. Trois femmes puissantes – M. NDiaye – READ (french edition) Prix Goncourt 2009
  12. Le Roman de la Rose – De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – READ (french edition)
  13. The Revolutionary Road – L. Pryce – READ (Iran)
  14. Une Vie – G. de Maupassant – READ  (french edition)
  15. Maupassant – F. Martinez – READ  (french edition) (biography)
  16. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – READ (essay/memoir)
  17. Between Riverside and Crazy – S. Guirgis – (Pulitzer Prize 2015) (play – READ
  18. The OutrunA. Liptrot – READ
  19. L’Éspoir – A. Malraux – READ/ DNF …here’s why!

 

July 2018

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ ….chunkster!
  2. Berthe Morisot  –  D. Bona – READ  (french editon)
  3. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence – READ – …intense book!
  4. The Dispossessed – U. Le Guin – READ
  5. The Sun Also Rises – E. Hemingway – READ
  6. View From the Cheap Seats – N. Gaiman – READ (essays)
  7. The Deerslayer – James Fenimore Cooper – RE–READ – classic  Fini
  8. Like a House on Fire – C. Kennedy – READ (15 short stories)
  9. Victor Hugo: Romancier de l’abîme editor J. Hiddleston – READ (11 essays)

 

June 2018

  1. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch – READ
  2. Jenna’s Truth – N.L. King – READ
  3. A Spy Named Orphan – R. Philipps – READ
  4. The End of Seeing – C. Collins – READ
  5. Australian A. Kissane ‘Flannel Flowers’ – READ (poem)
  6. Essays: The Australian Face (editor C. Menzies-Pike) – READ (17 essays)
  7. Pipeline – D. Morisseau – READ (play)
  8. Americanah – C.N. Adichie – READ
  9. Saga Land – R. Fidler, K. Gislason – READ
  10. How to Get There – M. Mackellar – READ
  11. Very Expensive Poison – L. Harding – READ
  12. Deep South – P. Theroux – READ
  13. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham – READ
  14. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen – READ
  15. Rice – Michele Lee – READ (play)
  16. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  17. The Redemption of Galen Pike – C. Davies (short stories) – READ
  18. Flowers For Algernon – D. Keyes – READ
  19. The Serious Game – H. Söderberg – READ
  20. Judge and His Hangman – F. Dürrenmatt – READ
  21. Hunting the Wild Pineapple – T. Astley – READ (8 short stories)
  22. Down These Green Streets – D. Burke – READ

 

May 2018

  1. Her Father’s Daughter – A. Pung – READ
  2. Who’s Afraid? – M. Lewis – READ
  3. Cardinal – L. Milligan – READ (non-fiction)
  4. The Drover’s Wife – L. Purcell – READ (play)
  5. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ (play)
  6. Psynode – M.J. Ward – READ (YA)
  7. Do Not Go Gentle – P. Cornelius – READ (play)
  8. The Golden Bowl – H. James – READ (classic)
  9. Closing Down – S. Abbott – READ (SF)
  10. Too Easy – J.M. Green – READ (CF)
  11. This Mortal Coil – E. Suvada – READ (YA)
  12. Aletheia – J.S. Breukelaar – READ (Horror)
  13. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:StoriesG. Paley – READ
  14. Wounds – F. Keane – READ  winner Best Irish Non-fiction 2017
  15. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ
  16. Memories of Youghal – W. Trevor – READ (short story)

 

April 2018 

  1. The Museum of Modern Love – H. Rose – READ – Stella Prize 2017
  2. Extinctions – J. Wilson – READ – Miles Franklin Award 2017
  3. Thea Astley’s Writing: Magnetic North Kerryn GoldsworthyREAD
  4. Feeling the HeatJ. ChandlerREAD  – Chandler Best Freelanc Journalist 2017
  5. The Acolyte  – T. Astley – READ – Miles Franklin Award 1972
  6. From the Wreck – J. Rawson – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novel
  7. Girl Reporter – T. Roberts – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novella
  8. The Green Road – A. Enright – READ
  9. Feel Free – Z. Smith (31 essays) – READ
  10. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin – READ – Hugo Award 2016
  11. Autumn – A. Smith – READ
  12. Dying in the First Person – N. Sulway – READ
  13. The Third Policeman – F. O’ Brian – READ
  14. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein – READ – Victorian Premier’s Award 2018
  15. Locking Up Our Own   –  J. Forman jr.  – READ Pulitzer Prize 2018
  16. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor –  S. Fenwick – READ
  17. Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury – READ
  18. The Butchering Art – L. Fitzharris – READ
  19. 1984 – G. Orwell – READ
  20. Winesburg, Ohio – S. Anderson – READ
  21. The Hate Race – M. B. Clarke – READ
  22. Dark Lies the Island – K. Barry (13 short stories) – READ
  23. Rubik – E. Tan (15 short stories) – READ
  24. Ironweed – W. Kennedy – READ
  25. Soon – L. Murphy – READ

 

March 2018:

  1. Seamus Heaney – H. VendlerREAD
  2. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds – P. Paquet – READ
  3. Without America  – Quarterly Essay, vol. 68;  White, H. 16.11.2017 – READ
  4. Short story: Deer Season – K. Barry – READ  (The New Yorker)
  5. Short story: You Know How It Is – A. Spargo-Ryan – READ
  6. Short story: The Island and the Calves – Dermot Healy – READ
  7. Midwinter  Break – B. MacLaverty – READ
  8. The Weir – C. McPherson – READ
  9. Mapping Irish Theatre – C. Morash and S. Richards – READ
  10. A Long Long Way – S. Barry – READ
  11. Tracker – A. Wright – READ  abandoned…read why!
  12. Poem: Inniskeen Road: July Evening – P. KavanaghREAD
  13. Quicksilver – N. Rothwell – READ    (6 essays)
  14. Flame Tip – K. Thompson – READ (short fictions, Tasmania)
  15. The Divine Comedy – Dante – READ 
  16. The Nightingale – K. Hannah – READ  abandoned…read why!
  17. Best Words, Best Order: Essays of Poetry – S.  Dobyns – READ
  18. Play: Two Pints – Roddy Doyle – READ
  19. Play: Alice Trilogy – T. Murphy – READ
  20. Essay:  Aussie Albert – Julian Bull – READ
  21. Essay: Dancing Lessons for Writers – Z. Smith – READ
  22. A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work – B. Brennan – READ
  23. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – READ

 

February 2018:

  1. Tartuffe – Molière – READ
  2. Girls and Boys – D. Kelly – READ
  3. The Path to Power – R. Caro – READ
  4. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – P.  Hessler – READ
  5. Couleurs de l’incendie – P. Lemaître – READ
  6. La Prophétie de Langley – P. Pouchairet – READ
  7. Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo – C. Baudouin – READ
  8. Art Chrétien / Art Sacré – Isabelle Saint-Martin) – READ (difficult…score 1/5)
  9. Victor Hugo: 1802-1851 – J.M. Hovasse – READ – FINI !! (1159 pg) = 4 books!
  10. Border – K.  Kassabova – READ

 

January  2018:              

  1. Là-bas, août est un mois d’automne – B. Pellegrino – READ
  2. Wild Kingdom – S. Moss – READ
  3. St. Joan – G.B. Shaw (play) – READ
  4. Feather Your Nest A. O’Brien (short story) – READ
  5. In With A Chance – K. Murray (short story) – READ
  6. Bottle Party – J. Collier (short story) – READ
  7. The New Yorker  dd 01.01.2018 – READ
  8. Enemy Within – Quarterly Essay, vol. 63;  Watson, Don,  16.09.2016 – READ
  9. The Hidden Life of Trees –  P. Wohlleben – READ
  10. The Left Hand of Darkness – U. Le Guin – READ
  11. The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border – G. Carr – READ
  12. Towards Mellbreak – M. Bragg – READ
  13. The Glass Canoe – D. Ireland – READ
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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 1 2019

    Wow, an impressive record Nancy. Thanks so much for your contributions to the AWW Challenge. Love your interest. (I haven’t forgotten Spargo-Ryan)

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    • Jan 1 2019

      I’m always amazed where my reading takes me during the course of 12 months!
      I have a few AWW books on my reading list for 2019!
      Thank you for your posts…..that gently nudge me into different areas of Australian literature!
      Happy New Year!

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      • Jan 1 2019

        Happy New Year to you too Nancy. I look forward to seeing you pop up on AWW again this year.

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  2. Wow, that George Eliot book sounds so tempting …. It looks like you had a great reading year, Nancy! May it continue in 2019!

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    • Jan 1 2019

      Your reading year 2019 will be just as memorable!
      You’ve made some good plans….now just keep up
      the momentum!
      Happy New Year!

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  3. Jan 10 2019

    I too am always amazed where your reading takes you and sometimes feel like you do the hard work for us, there are so many classics I know I will never read, but like to have a greater awareness of, so I love your honest thoughts on those, especially as you persevere with some, with the aid of your reading resources, the dictionary, the cat, the beer! 🙂 Love it all. Impressive stats for 2018. Of course now I want to know about the favourites, the ones that stayed with you – let me check if you wrote about those.

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    • Jan 10 2019

      Claire, I did not write a ‘wrap-up’ this year but I will tell you where you can find the books that left a lasting impression:

      Travel: review 16 June
      Memoir: review 13 October
      Biography: review 30 September
      Classic: review 21 October
      Play: review 29 November

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