Sunday, October 31, 2010

Novella Reading Challenge 2010



Hosted by J.T. Oldfield at Bibliofreak.

Goal: Read novellas in November.

"Level I: Read one (just one!) novella by Nov. 30
Level II: Read four novellas (one each week, mayhaps?) by Nov. 30
Level III: Read eight novellas (two a week?) by Nov. 30
Level IV: AKA, the As Many As You Freakin’ Can  by Nov. 30 level"

Books on hand tbr:

Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi (Afghanistan) 54 pages
The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki (Japan) 90 pages
The Stillborn by Zaynab Alkali (Nigeria)106 pages
Hiroshima Mon Amour by Marguerite Duras (France) 112 pages
Farwell Sidonia by Erich Hackl (Austria) 135 pages
On the Side of the Angels by Elizabeth Smart (Canada) 135 pages
The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) 145 pages
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali (Yemen) 167 pages
The Typist by Michael Knight (US) 185 pages

Brief reviews will be posted here as I complete them. Which have you read, or which interest you?

Completed:


Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi

A short but powerful masterpiece from Afghanistan. 4.5 stars Highly recommended reading for everyone, and very topical. This was my first experience reading Rahimi but I have his One Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fears my library and will be reading it soon. Then The Patience Stone when I acquire a copy.
Any comments on this book or author?

Also reviewed by The Boston Bibliophile
                          Bermudaonion's Weblog
                          Caribousmom
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10 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say that I stopped by and enjoyed the blog today.
    Mike

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  2. Hello Sandra, how are you doing?! I hope all is well with you, long time no posts.
    I hope you have fun doing this challenge.

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  3. Hello Sandra

    My advice is to avoid "The White Castle" like the plague .....

    http://lizzysiddal.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/the-white-castle-my-name-is-red-orhan-pamuk/

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  4. This sounds incredibly tempting. And novellas, being shorter reads, should be doable for me?

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  5. This is a good challenge. Wish I could join you. Nice reading.

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  6. well I love Rahimi but you know that :-) I can't wait to see what else you read in this challenge.

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  7. Definitely want to read Earth and Ashes now! Can't wait for those other reviews. :)

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