Saturday, January 05, 2008

Reading Update: December

I only finished 3 books in December but it was still a pretty successful month as I now have a definite interest in reading Kawabata and other Japanese authors I haven't gotten around to yet, and I overcame my previous, slightly negative, impression of Alice Munro. Since I rated these 3 books the same, I can't really choose a favourite or least favourite among them.

Books completed in December:
49. Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
50. The Dancing Girl of Izu and other stories - Yasunari Kawabata
51. The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro

I also started Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell in December but I didn't finish it until January so I'll count it as a 2008 read.

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
Most of the challenges I was in finished at the end of December and unfortunately I didn't complete several of them. Of course I've already joined a few new challenges for 2008, which last all year, that I hope I'll have better luck with.

Challenges that ended in December:
2nds Challenge: COMPLETED!
TBR Challenge: Finished 6 out of 12.
Japan Challenge: Finished 9 out of 12.
Fall Into Reading Challenge: Finished 2 out of 5.
O'Canada Challenge: Finished 4 out of 12.

Challenges carrying over to 2008:
Japanese Literature Challenge: 2 done, 1 to go (by Jan. 31st)
Book Awards Challenge: 3 done, 9 to go (by June 30th)

New Challenges for 2008:
My Year of Reading Dangerously: 12 books
What's in a Name?: 6 books
Reading Jane Austen: 2 books or movies

Reading Goals for January:
First, to read a couple more Japanese authors for both the Japanese Lit Challenge and the What's in a Name Challenge. Then A Tale of Two Cities, my choice for My Year of Reading Dangerously.


  1. You are quite a challenge participant. I am in the middle of my first challenge, but reading your lists inspires me to try another soon.

  2. A Tale of Two Cities was my favorite book for a while-- I also want to read loads of japanese books this year.

  3. reader kay- LOL! These challenges are very addictive. I'm trying to cut down but it's hard plus they often do get me to read books that have been lurking in the stacks for too long. Good luck with your first one! :)

    chedwick- That's good to hear. The only other Dickens I've read is A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations so I'm looking forward to it.


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