Reading Challenges

January 19, 2008

Outmoded Authors Challenge Sep 2007-Feb 2008

Outmoded Authors Challenge Sep 2007-Feb 2008

The challenge will last for six months and end on February 29th 2008. During that time you may choose to read however many books by however many authors you like. Membership will be open to all, including those who don’t have a blog, until January 31st 2008. As you can see I’m not one for too many rules, not liking them myself when it comes to any sort of group reading activity.

Outmoded Authors


Neustadt Challenge May-Aug 2008

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Neustadt Challenge May-Aug 2008

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award for a body of work by poets, novelists, or playwrights. The prize is not limited by geographic area, language, or genre, and is hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the international literary publication World Literature Today.
You have two options with this challenge, which will run from May – August, 2008.
1. Read three books/plays/collection of poetry by one of the authors who have received the award.
2. Read three books by three different authors.

Here is the list of award winners.

2008 Patricia Grace (New Zealand) – to be awarded in Fall 2008)

2006 Claribel Alegría (Nicaragua/El Salvador)
2004 Adam Zagajewski (Poland)
2002 Alvaro Mutis (Colombia)
2000 David Malouf (Australia)
1998 Nuruddin Farah (Somalia)
1996 Assia Djebar (Algeria)
1994 Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados)
1992 João Cabral de Melo Neto (Brazil)
1990 Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden)
1988 Raja Rao (India)
1986 Max Frisch (Switzerland)
1984 Paavo Haavikko (Finland)
1982 Octavio Paz (Mexico) 
1980 Josef Škvorecky  (Czechoslovakia/Canada)
1978 Czeslaw Milosz (Poland)
1976 Elizabeth Bishop (USA)
1974 Francis Ponge (France)
1972 Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) 

1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti (Italy)

January 15, 2008

The Unread Authors Challenge Feb 2008

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The Unread Authors Challenge Feb 2008

The challenge asks its participants to read at least six books in six months (September 2007 to February 2008) by authors whose work they have never previously read. New members are welcome at any time.

I had not heard of her before this. Now I finished 7 books by Jodi Picoult:

The Sister’s Keeper

The Tenth Circle

Second Glance

Nineteen Minutes

Perfect Match

Salem Falls

Picture Perfect

Celebrate the Author Challenge 2008

Celebrate the Author Challenge 2008

This is a twelve month challenge (January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008).

The challenge is designed to “celebrate” author birthdays. Choose one author for each month of the year. Read at least one book a month. 12 authors. 12 birthdays.

Jan-Haruki Murakami/Umberto Eco
Feb- Amy Tan/Steinbeck
March-Gabriel García Márquez
April-Charlotte Bronte
May-Picoult, Joseph Heller/Daphne du Maurier
June-Orhan Pamuk/Harriet Beecher Stowe
July-J. K. Rowling/Cormac McCarthy
Aug-Alex Haily/Jostein Gaarder
Sep-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie/Stephen Edwin King
Oct-Miguel Angel Asturias
Dec-Jane Austen

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