2013 reading challenges and reading goals



Chunkster Challenge
Level: Mor-book-ly Obese (8+ books, 3 over 750 pages)

  1. Jerusalem by Simon Seabag Montefiore
  2. Shogun by James Clavell
  3. A Dance with Dragons by G.R.R. Martin
  4. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
  5. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki
  6. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


Non-Fiction Challenge
Level: Explorer (6-10 books)

  1. Jerusalem by Simon Seabag Montefiore
  2. Alpha Beta by John Man
  3. In Search of Plenty: A History of Jewish Food, by Oded Schwartz and Jane Human
  4. Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox by Victoria Finlay
  5. Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams


Double Classic Challenge
Level: 2 pairs


Middle East Challenge
Level: Tourist (1-5 books)

  1. Jerusalem by Simon Seabag Montefiore
  2. … really no idea, but last year I ended up reading only books written by Western writers, so I’d like to concentrate on local writers this time. Any suggestion?


Aussie Author Challenge
Level: Tourist (3 books)

  1. something by Melina Marchetta, certainly
  2. something by Geraldine Brooks, ideally Year of Wonders if I can get a copy
  3. The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey


Global Reading Challenge
Level: Easy (1 book per continent)

  • Africa:
  • Asia: The Lilac House by Anita Nair
  • Australasia/Oceania
  • Europe: Long John Silver: the True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure As a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind, by Bjorn Larsson
  • North America:
  • South America:
  • The Seventh Continent:

Personal goals

  1. Joie de Croire, Joie de Vivre
  2. Luce del mondo
  3. Credo la vita eterna

Language diversity


  1. Brice Matthieussent, Vengeance d’un traducteur
  2. Michel Pastoureau, Bleu: Histoire d’une couleur



  1. Filipe Melo e Juan Cavia, As Extraordinárias Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy II – Apocalipse
  2. José Rodrigues dos Santos, A Fórmula de Deus
  3. Raul Brandão, Os pescadores
  4. João de Barros, Os Lusíadas Contados às Crianças e Lembrados ao Povo

Italian (original):

  1. Carlo Maria Martini, Credo la vita eterna
  2. Paolo Giordano, La solitudine dei numeri primi
  3. Carlo Lucarelli, L’ottava vibrazione

Italian (translation):

  1. Felix J. Palma, La mappa del tempo, trad. it. P. Marchetti
  2. Jan Potocki, Manoscritto ritrovato a Saragozza
  3. José Saramago, Viaggio in Portogallo
  4. Mario Vargas Llosa, La città e i cani

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