2015 Challenges/Projects

This is the projection of what I’ll be doing in my bookish life during 2015. I put all projects/events/challenges that I’ll be hosting and participating. If you find many books appear in more than one project/event/challenge, it’s because I’ve limited myself to join only events/challenges that can serve one another. I will try to read them on schedule, but I may change/substitute the books and/or schedule, and the list may be extended throughout the year.

This serves as the master page for all my projects/events/challenges both in this blog AND Fanda Classiclit blog.

Occasional Events

Play On (Jan - Apr 2015) - by Listra

A challenge to read plays from medieval, renaissance, post-renaissance, to modern era. Hosted by Listra, it will take four months to complete it. I'll read:

Jan - Ancient:                  Agamemnon by Aeschylus
Feb - Renaissance:          Macbeth by William Shakespeare
                                        Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Mar - Post-Renaissance: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
April – Freebie:              Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie


Year Long Challenges

Literary Movement Reading Challenge 2015

My yearlong journey to study the literary movement from medieval to modern era. Here the books I will read:

Jan - Medieval:               The Confessions (St. Augustine Hyppo)
                                        Le Morte d’Arthur (Thomas Malory)

Feb - Renaissance:         Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe)
                                        Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

Mar – Enlightenment:     Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)
                                        The Sorrows of Young Werther (Goethe)

Apr- Romanticism:         Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)
                                        The Black Tulip (Alexandre Dumas)

May - Transcendentalism: The Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
                                       Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Jun - Victorian:              Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
                                        Far From A Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)

Jul – Realism:                Pere Goriot (Honore de Balzac) - READ but not reviewed
                                      The Golden Bowl (Henry James)

Aug – Naturalism:        The Fortune of the Rougons (Emile Zola)
                                      The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)

Sep - Existentialism:     Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) - READ but not reviewed
                                      The Stranger (Albert Camus)

Oct - Modernism:          The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
                                      For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)

Nov - Bloomsbury:        Howard’s End (E.M. Forster)
          Beat Generation: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kessey)

Dec - Post-Modernism: Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
                                      The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)


This would be my 3rd year of this challenge. Books on my TBR pile which would surely get their new places after I completed this challenge are:

  • The Last Dickens – Matthew Pearl (2010)
  • True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey (2006) – Ind. translation - READ but not reviewed
  • The Bleak House – Charles Dickens (1994)
  • The Ringmaster’s Daughter – Jostein Gaarder (2006) – Ind. translation
  • The Confessions – St. Augustine Hyppo (2002)
  • Empress – Shan Sa (2012) – Ind. translation  READ but not reviewed
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (2012)
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (2001)  READ but not reviewed
  • The Fortune of the Rougons – Emile Zola (2012)
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone (1987)  READ but not reviewed
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (2001)
  • The Golden Bowl – Henry James (2000)

  • The Call of the Wild – Jack London (1992)  READ but not reviewed
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (1999)


Reading England 2015 (by o)

o challenges us to read books set in England, at least one book per however many counties of England we decide to read. It's interesting, but unfortunately I would only read four English novels next year (Level 2):

  • Leicestershire: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
  • London: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Dorset: Far From A Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Shropshire: Howards End by E.M. Forster


There will be twelve categories this year, and I took all of them. Here is my list:

  1. A 19th Century Classic – Far from a Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  2. A 20th Century Classic – Howards End by E.M. Forster
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  4. A Classic in Translation – Père Goriot by Honore de Balzac - READ but not reviewed
  5. A Very Long Classic Novel – Bleak House by Charles Dickens 
  6. A Classic Novella – The Stranger by Albert Camus
  7. A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title – Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic – The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde 
  9. A Forgotten Classic – The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  10. A Nonfiction Classic The Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  11. A Classic Children's Book – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift  
  12. A Classic Play – Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe


Asia and Pacific History Reading Challenge 2015 (by Helvry)

I will read:

Empress by Shan Sa - READ but not reviewed


Lucky No. 15 Reading Challenge (by Astrid)

 Reading 15 books (or more) from 15 categories below:

Chunky Brick: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (637 pages)
Something New: The Life and Times of  Émile Zola by F.W.J. Hemmings
Something BorrowedOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey
It’s Been There ForeverTrue History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey - READ but not reviewed
Freebies TimeDunia Anna (Anna) by Jostein Gaarder 
Bargain All The WayVita Brevis by Jostein Gaarder 
Favorite ColorEmpress by Shan Sa  - READ but not reviewed
First InitialCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - READ but not reviewed
Super SeriesThe Moor by Laurie R. King (#4 of Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series) - READ but not reviewed
Opposites AttractThe Walden by Henry David Thoreau (this is the easiest category so far!)
Randomly PickedThe Golden Bowl by Henry James
Cover LustFar From A Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Who Are You Again?Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac - READ but not reviewed
One Word Only!Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Dream DestinationBleak House by Charles Dickens


Themed Reading Events

Baca Bareng BBI 2015 (by Blogger Buku Indonesia)

Together with my Indonesian blogger fellows, I would join at least three of our themed reading program:

Jan: Book from Secret Santa: Dunia Anna (Anna) by Jostein Gaarder
Mar: Book adapted to movie: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift 
Sep: European Literature: The Stranger by Albert Camus 


Long Term Projects

The Classics Club (until March 2017) - @ Fanda Classiclit

All classics I’ll be reading this year will be included in this project. Please navigate to my project list to check my whole progress.

Books I've read for 2015:
1. The Confessions by St. Augustine Hyppo
2. Agamemnon by Aeschylus
3. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
5. A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen
6. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
7. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
8. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
9. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
11. Far from A Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
12. The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola


From my own list, I hope to get through these books during 2015:
1. The Confessions by St. Augustine Hyppo


My list is here.

Books I have read for 2015:


Historical Fiction Challenge 2013 - 2015 (@ Fanda's Historical Fiction)

Hosted by Maria, my list is here. Level: Curator (read 15 - 20 books/3 years)
Result: 2013 = 8 books
           2014 = 4 books
           2015 = 2 books

Books I have read for 2015:
1. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
2. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

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