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#Challenges 2021

Quickscan Challenges 2021:

Brona @Bronasbooks for #AusReadingMonth21 (November)
Karen @Books and Chocolate #BackToTheClassics 2021 (January)
#BlackHistoryMonth (February)
Cathy @746Books #ReadingIrelandMonth21 (March)
#NationalBookAward 2019 -2020 (winners and finalists)
#PoetryMonth (April)
#DutchLiterature (8 NF books I hope will be translated soon…)
#AWW2021 @AustralianWomen WritersChallenge
#TheEdithReadalong2021 @BronasBooks (November)
#NonFicNov (non-fiction weeks) (November)
#NovNov @746Books (novella) (November

January 2021

19th C Classic: Iola Leroy – F. E.W. Harper (1892) REVIEW
20th C Classic: The Ways of White Folks: Stories – Langston Hughes (1934) – REVIEW
Classic by woman: Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel – Z. N. Hurston (1937) REVIEW
Classic in translation: The River Between – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1965)
Classic BIPOC Author: The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (1970)
Classic new Author: Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz (1956)
Classic favourite Author: Notes of a Native Son – J.Baldwin (1955)
Classic animal in title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou(1969)
Children’s Classic: The House of Dies Drear – Virginia Hamilton (1968) READ
Humorous Classic: Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes (1930)
Travel Classic: The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (1956)
Classic Play: Funnyhouse of a Negro – Adrienne Kennedy (1964)

#AWW 2021

Tara June Winch The YieldREVIEW
Rebecca Giggs – FathomsREVIEW

Miranda Tapsell – Top End Girl
Karen Wyld – Where the Fruit Falls
Kirli Saunders – Kindred (ordered from AUS)
Nardi Simpson – Song of the Crocodile (ordered from AUS)

February: #BlackHistoryMonth

The Dead Are Arising – Les Payne REVIEW
How to Make a Slave and Other Essays – Jerald Walker – REVIEW
A Black Women’s History of the United States – Daina Ramey Berry – REVIEW
Another Country – James Baldwin
Dying of Whiteness – Jonathan Metzl – REVIEW
The Awkward Black Man – Walter Mosley – REVIEW

March: #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri – REVIEW
Poem: “Still” – Felicia Olusanya (aka FeliSpeaks) – REVIEW
Anseo – Úna-Mingh Kavanaugh – REVIEW
Why the Moon Travels – Oein DeBhairduin – REVIEW
Irish Short Stories – J. McGahern, W. Trevor, C. Keegan – REVIEW

April: #PoetryMonth

Jay Bernard – Surge REVIEW
Jericho Brown – The Tradition – READ
Danez Smith – Don’t Call Us Dead – READ
Shane McCrae – The Guilded Auction BlockREVIEW
Yusef Komunyakaa – Neon Vernacular
Fiona Benson – Vertigo and Ghost
Borderland Apocrypha – Anthony Cody –
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks – G. Brooks


Zadie Smith – White Teeth
Cathy Park Hong – Minor Feelings (essays)
Teju Cole – Open City
Nafissa Thompson-Spires – Heads of Colored People – (12 short stories) REVIEW
Wallace Terry – Bloods
Walter Mosley – The Long Fall (The First Leonid McGill Mystery)

June: #NationalBookAwards

The Yellow House – Sarah H. Broom (memoir)
Wayward Lives – Saidiya Hartman (criticism)
Magical Negro – Morgan Parker (poetry)
Know My Name – Chanel Miller (autobiography)
Everything Inside: Stories – Edwidge Danticat (fiction)
LOT: Stories – Bryan Washington (finalist)
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies – Deesha Philyaw (finalist)


Clint Smith – How the World is Passed (June 2021)
The Awkward Black Man – Walter Mosley (short stories)
Sweat – Lynn Nottage – 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Ruined – Lynn Nottage – 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Topdog/Underdog – Suzan-Lori Parks
Disgraced – Ayad Akhtar
The Piano Lesson – August Wilson (the American Shakespeare!)
While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams (May 2021) (CF)
Sombody’s Daughter – Ashley C. Ford (June 2021) (memoir)
There There – Tommy Orange (debut novel) REVIEW


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion – Jia Tolentino (essays)
Trust Exercise – Susan Choi (fiction)
The Sixth Man – Andre Iguodala (memoir)
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo – REVIEW
Solitary – Albert Woodfox
Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli (fiction)
Afropean: Notes from Black Europe – Johny Pitts – Leipzig Book Award 2021
Unworthy Republic – Claudio Saunt (Native American history)
Memoiral – Bryan Washington (fiction)

September: Dutch Literature

Liever dier dan mens – Pieter van Os – Brusseprijs 2020 REVIEW
Mijn ontelbare identiteiten – Sinan Çankaya (NL-Turkish)
De ontdekking van Urk  – (Belgian journalist) Matthias Declercq REVIEW Longlist Brusseprijs 2021
Reizigers van een nieuwe tijd – Abdelkader Benali (NL- Moroccan)
Een klein land met verre uithoeken – Floor Millikowski REVIEW
Wees Onzichtbaar – Murat Isik (NL-Turkish) Libris Prize 2018
Laura H. Het kalifaatmeisje uit Zoetermeer – Thomas RuebBrusseprijs 2019
Revolusi – David van Reybrouck (Belgian historian) REVIEW Longlist Brusseprijs 2021

October: #TheEdithReadalong21

Grand Days
Dark Place
Cold Light

November: #AusReadingMonth2021

Stan Grant – Talking to my country
Archie Roach – Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music
Stan Yarramunua – A Man Called Yarra
Tony Birch – White Girl
Omar Sakr –The Lost Arabs
Omar Musa – Millefiori
M. M. Morsi – The Palace of Angels
Paul Collis – Dancing Home
Kim Scott – Taboo
Victor Steffensen – Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management