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dely | 5214 comments I'm not that into challenges and I have only two personal challenges I'm doing since last year. My challenges are nothing compared to yours!

One is about India, to travel far and wide through India with books. I started it only last year so I didn't add books I had read before.
The other one is a challenge about books with or about cats. It's a kind of "in memory of" because I started it in november 2012 when my 18 years old cat died.

I think this year I will add also your theme challenge because it seems interesting. I will try, but I usually don't pick up books to complete challenges; I follow my mood. But I'm curious to see if I may finish a challenge.


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dely | 5214 comments 2014 Themes

January - New Year's Day:
1) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (it's the first book by this author)
2) Embers by Sándor Márai (it's the first book I read by him)
3) Dove nessuno ti troverà by Alicia Giménez Bartlett (it's the first book I read by her)
4) Felidae by Akif Pirinçci (new author for me and first book of a series)
5) The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy (first book of this author and first book of a series)
6) The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (it's the first book I read by this author)
7) Sea of Poppies (first book of a trilogy)
8) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (first book I read by her)
9) The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels by Ágota Kristof (first book I read by this author)
10) Seven Who Were Hanged by Leonid Andreyev (first book I read by him)
11) Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (first book I read by him)
12) Jenny by Sigrid Undset (first book I read by her)
13) The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov (first book I read by him)
14) La vita perfetta di William Sidis by Morten Brask (first book I read by him and perhaps it is the first book this author writes)
15) Job by Joseph Roth (first book I read by him)
16) Saturday Date by Ken Doyle (first book I read by him)
17) Processo a Gesù by Diego Fabbri (new author to me)
18) Bicchiere pieno e altri racconti by John Updike (new author to me)
19) Roquenval by Nina Berberova (new author to me)
20) The Shades, A Fantasy by Vladimir Korolenko (new author to me)
21) A Red Flower: A Story by Vsevolod Garshin (new author to me)


February - AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month: Listen to an audiobook or read a book available in large-print

March - Iditarod Race: Read an adventure book (either fact or fiction) or a book that involves the Artic or dogs in some way. Bonus if it has all three elements!
1) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Alaska)

April - April Fool's Day:
1) The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovannino Guareschi
2) The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov

May - Cinco de Mayo (The 5th of May):
1) The Book Thief (WWII)
2) The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels by Ágota Kristof (WWII)

June - Ramadan:
1) Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
2) The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi
3) Chiara di Assisi: Elogio della disobbedienza
4) Storia di Chiara e Francesco by Chiara Frugoni
5) Francis of Assisi by Chiara Frugoni
6) I fioretti - Gli scritti by Francis of Assisi
7) La leggenda dei tre compagni by Ezio Franceschini
8) Un'amicizia coi baffi. Storie di santi e dei loro animali by Felice Rossetti
9) Judas Iscariot and Others by Leonid Andreyev
10) Job by Joseph Roth
11) Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
12) Processo a Gesù by Diego Fabbri
13) God Sees the Truth, but Waits by Leo Tolstoy
14) The Shades, A Fantasy by Vladimir Korolenko

July - Tour de France begins:
1) The Life Before Us by Romain Gary
2) The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir
3) Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
4) At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honoré de Balzac

August - International Tree Climbing Days:
1) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (childhood)
2) Walden by Henry David Thoreau (nature)
3) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (nature)

September - International Interpreters and Translators Week:
1) Belle per sempre (English to Italian)
2) Una donna spezzata (French to Italian)
3) La vita davanti a séThe Life Before Us (French to Italian)
4) Avevano spento anche la luna (English to Italian)
5) Gente di Dublino (English to Italian)
6) Le braci (Hungarian to Italian)
7) Dove nessuno ti troverà (Spanish to Italian)
8) Signorina Else (from German to Italian)
9) Kafka sulla spiaggia (Japanese to Italian)
10) La società dei gatti assassini (German to Italian)
11) La bambina che salvava i libri (English to Italian)
12) The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy (English to Italian)
13) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (English to Italian)
14) The Postman Always Rings Twice (English to Italian)
15) The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (English to Italian)
16) Sea of Poppies (English to Italian)
17) River of Smoke (English to Italian)
18) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (English to Italian)
19) The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels by Ágota Kristof (French to Italian)
20) To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (English to Italian)
21) Seven Who Were Hanged by Leonid Andreyev (Russian to English)
22) Judas Iscariot and Others by Leonid Andreyev (Russian to English)
23) Il sangue di san Gennaro (Hungarian to Italian)
24) Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (English to Italian)
25) Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (Russian to Italian)
26) Jenny by Sigrid Undset (Norwegian to Italian)
27) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (English to Italian)
28) So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (French to Italian)
29) Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (French to Italian)
30) At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honoré de Balzac (French to Italian)
31) Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (Russian to Italian)
32) The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov (Russian to Italian)
33) Walden by Henry David Thoreau (English to Italian)
34) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (English to Italian)
35) La vita perfetta di William Sidis by Morten Brask (Danish to Italian)
36) Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Norwegian to Italian)
37) Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler (German to Italian)
38) Bicchiere pieno e altri racconti by John Updike (English to Italian)
39) Roquenval by Nina Berberova (Russian to Italian)
40) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (English to Italian)
41) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese to Italian)
42) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese to Italian)
43) God Sees the Truth, but Waits by Leo Tolstoy (Russian to English)
44) The Shades, A Fantasy by Vladimir Korolenko (Russian to English)
45) A Red Flower: A Story by Vsevolod Garshin (Russian to English)
46) Hide and Seek by Fyodor Sologub (Russian to English)

October - Halloween.
1) Nebbia by Ivano Mingotti (mystery/thriller)
2) The Postman Always Rings Twice (mystery/noir)
3) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (thriller/suspense)

November - National Family Literacy Month (& Young Reader's Day on the 2nd Tuesday of the month):
1) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (YA)
2) Felidae by Akif Pirinçci (mystery series for children)
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA)

December - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day (Dec. 2, 2014):
1) Between Shades of Gray
2) Seven Who Were Hanged by Leonid Andreyev (against death penalty)
3) La catene di Gorée : dal Senegal all'America senza ritorno by NDongo Diop (slave trade)
4) La storia di Nelson Mandela (apartheid)


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Charbel (queez) | 2663 comments Can I just say that I love how personal your challenge is! I like the idea of getting to India through books.


message 6: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Charbel wrote: "Can I just say that I love how personal your challenge is! I like the idea of getting to India through books."

Thanks ;)

I have already problems with the theme-challenge because I forget to update! I'm the worst challenge person of the world.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11715 comments Mod
Good Luck dely.


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dely | 5214 comments Alannah wrote: "Good Luck dely."

Thanks ;)


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dely | 5214 comments I want to start a new challenge for fun. Seen that I'm reading The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You I want to try this "cure" for my diseases. I'm curious to see if the right book can really help. Of course now you will have a psychological profile of me but it's not a problem (I'll have to kill you!).
I start with the diseases that start with the A. I'm reading the book in Italian so if you see "low self-esteem" it's because in Italian the word starts with the A.


The Novel Cure

A
agoraphobia: The Woman in the Dunes
anxiety: The Portrait of a Lady
apathy: The Postman Always Rings Twice
ambition, lack of: The Crimson Petal and the White
fall out of love: 1Q84
low self-esteem: The Shipping News and Rebecca

bonus: Autonauts of the Cosmoroute (I don't have this disease but I liked the plot).


2014:
apathy: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
This book was recommended for who suffers of apathy. To tell the truth I'm not apathetic, I'm perhaps idle but there is nothing wrong in idleness. With this book an apathetic should receive some adrenaline to "wake up" but I don't think it helps. Reading about the adventurous and dangerous life of the two main characters I would be glad to be apathetic at least my life is save!

anxiety: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
This book is suggested for anxious people (I am). It was really a relaxing read (sometimes boring) but it was as if I was walking in the English meadows or among Roman ruins and this was relaxing. Also James' writing style was relaxing and very very slow, there are descriptions full of details.

low self-esteem: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This books is suggested to people with a low self-esteem and it really helped. Compared to the main character, the second wife, I'm not a person with low self-esteem and I'm not a weak person like her. I feel much better after reading this book, I feel strong and my self-esteem increased a lot!

lack of ambition: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
This book should help for people who suffer from lack of ambition. Well, after reading the story of Sugar, a prostitute who wants to come out of her misery, I'm really glad I'm a person without amibtions or targets. I live my serene life day after day and by sure I would never behave like Sugar to have something more from my life.

people who don't believe anymore in love: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
The story of Tengo and Aomame should help people to start believing again in love. When they were 10 years old Aomame holds tight Tengo's hand. She loved him but was never able to tell him and the only thing she could do is holding his hand for a long moment. From this day their lives take different ways because Aomame must move to another town. Now they are 30 years old but they have never forgotten each other though they were never brave enough to look for the other one. But their love is very strong and they will also make some important choices in their lives because of this love; it has influenced their lives though Tengo isn't aware of this while Aomame is.
The whole story doesn't talk about their love, but it is an important part of the book.
Did it help me to start believing again in love? No. I will continue to be the usual cynical person when something has to do with love.


message 10: by Charbel (last edited Mar 23, 2014 07:26AM) (new)

Charbel (queez) | 2663 comments Great idea! Would love to hear what you think of the postman always rings twice. I was thinking of reading it, but wouldn't mind some thoughts on it first.


message 11: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Charbel wrote: "Great idea! Would love to hear what you think of the postman always rings twice. I was thinking of reading it, but wouldn't mind some thoughts on it first."

This challenge is a good opportunity to read books I would have never read. But I'm happy about this because in this last period I never knew what to read and a lot of books bored me.
I will go tomorrow to the public library and I hope to find these books. And of course I will let you know about The Postman.


message 12: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean (bionicjean) Why do you say you are not that into challenges Dely? This looks really interesting - and attractive too! I think you're making great progress with it :)


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dely | 5214 comments Jean wrote: "Why do you say you are not that into challenges Dely? This looks really interesting - and attractive too! I think you're making great progress with it :)"

Thanks ;)
It means that I'm not that able to follow group challenges. With my personal challenges it goes a little bit better though it's hard because I never pick up the book I wanted to read for my challenge seen that in the meanwhile I find always other books to read. It's a hard life! :D


message 14: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean (bionicjean) LOL - I always say it's good to have a plan - and then you can change it :)


message 15: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Finished my cat-challenge :D


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dely | 5214 comments updated #9 and 4


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dely | 5214 comments Could manage to finish the books with the "A" for my novel cure challenge. So next year will be dedicated to the letter "B" (but also more if I can).

I can't find two books so I hope to read them someday otherwise it's not a big problem.


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