Monday, December 23, 2013

2013 Reading Challenges Wrap Up (Part 2)

Following my Part 1 of 2013 reading challenges wrap up, these are more reading challenges that I have been completed :

2013 TBR Pile Challenge by Adam (Roof Beam Reader)

Challenge: read 12 books + 2 alternates
Plan: to read 12 books + alternate
Result: read 14 books

This has been a very useful challenge, for without it I would have let those books in my TBR covered with dust (or even forgotten) in the shelf for years. Sometimes you need to make commitment to force you to do something. It turns out that those books are mostly good books. I didn’t quite succeed with Matilda and The Sea, but the rest are quite a treat. My updated master post is here.

Books I have read:

The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Portrait of A Lady – Henry James
The Confession – John Grisham
Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens
The Masterpiece – Emile Zola
La Bete Humaine – Emile Zola
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice – Laurie R. King
The Orange Girl – Jostein Gaarder (translated edition: Gadis Jeruk)
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho
The Sea – John Banville
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Matilda - Roald Dahl 


Back To The Classics 2013 by Sarah (Sarah Reads Too Much)

Challenge: read 6 books from required categories + 5 from optional categories
Plan: to read 6 + 5 books
Result: read 11 books

I have been joining this challenge from 2012, and since I have decided to read as many classics as I can, it’s been both useful and fun to explore new classics through these categories.

Books I have read:

 The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila - St. Teresa of Avila
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Moby Dick - Herman Melville


What's In a Name Reading Challenge 2013 by Ren (Ren’s Little Corner)

Level 4 : Crazy About Name (read 20 or more books with character’s name in the title)
Plan: to read 23 books
Result: read 22 books

This is originally my challenge which I hosted back in 2012, so thanks to Ren for adopting it!

Books I have read:

King Lear – William Shakespeare
Richard III – William Shakespeare
Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens
Candide - Voltaire
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl
Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
Saint Joan – George Bernard Shaw
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

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