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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) @NationalBook.org
#PoetryMonth (April)
#DutchLiterature (8 NF books I hope will be translated soon…)
#AWW2021 @AustralianWomen WritersChallenge
#TheEdithReadalong2021 @BronasBooks (November) –> postponed until 2022
#NonFicNov (non-fiction weeks) (November)
#NovNov @746Books (novella) (November


January 2021

  1. 19th C Classic: Iola Leroy – F. E.W. Harper (1892) REVIEW
  2. 20th C Classic: The Ways of White Folks: Stories – Langston Hughes (1934) – REVIEW
  3. Classic by woman: Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel – Z. N. Hurston (1937) REVIEW
  4. Classic in translation: Palace Walk – N. Mahfouz (1956) REVIEW
  5. Classic BIPOC Author: Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison REVIEW
  6. Classic new Author: Hiroshima – John Hersey (1946) REVIEW
  7. Classic favorite Author: Nobody Knows My Name – J.Baldwin (1961) REVIEW
  8. Classic animal in title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou(1969)
  9. Children’s Classic: The House of Dies Drear – Virginia Hamilton (1968) REVIEW
  10. Humorous Classic: Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes (1930)
  11. Travel Classic: The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (1956)
  12. Classic Play: Funnyhouse of a Negro – Adrienne Kennedy (1964)

#AWW 2021

  1. Tara June Winch The YieldREVIEW
  2. Rebecca Giggs – FathomsREVIEW
  3. Stories from the Warm Zone – Jessica Anderson (1987)REVIEW
  4. Fire Front – edited by Alison Whittaker (2020) REVIEW
  5. Kirli Saunders – Kindred (ordered from AUS)
  6. Nardi Simpson – Song of the Crocodile REVIEW
  7. Stories from the Warm Zone – Jessica Anderson (1987)REVIEW
  8. A Baker’s Dozen – Dorothy Hewett (2001) REVIEW
  9. The New Ships – Kate Duignan  REVIEW
  10. Reaching Tin River – Thea Astley  REVIEW

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
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 –


May:

  1. Palace Walk – N. Mahfouz REVIEW
  2. Mediocre – Ijeoma Oluo REVIEW
  3. The Committed – Viet Thanh Nguyen REVIEW
  4. Nobody Knows My Name – James Baldwin (essays) REVIEW
  5. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison REVIEW
  6. Stories from the Warm Zone – Jessica Anderson (1987)REVIEW
  7. The Collected Stories (30) of Jean Stafford – J. Stafford  1970 Pulitzer Prize  REVIEW

June:

The Yellow House – Sarah H. Broom (memoir)
Wayward Lives – Saidiya Hartman (criticism) REVIEW
The Prophets – R. Jones Jr. (2021) REVIEW
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)

 


July:

Clint Smith – How the World is Passed (June 2021)
The Awkward Black Man – Walter Mosley (short stories) REVIEW
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


August:

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion – Jia Tolentino (essays)
Trust Exercise – Susan Choi (fiction)
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo – REVIEW
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 – postponed until 2022

Grand Days
Dark Place
Cold Light


November: #AusReadingMonth2021

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