Reading Challenge Update – January

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January is to me the examination month. It’s always filled with exams and books to study, and I really don’t have time to read something that I do really enjoy. Luckily there’ll be no examination ’till May, so I have time to read what I like.

This month I read three books. Not much, not an impressive start, but we’ll get better.

  1. Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
    This novel is all about Oedipus complex and its absurd development in the life of a poor young man, oppressed by his mother’s love. It’s an heavy book, I wouldn’t recommend it at all! The style is Victorian, because of the long sentences, but at the same time it shows to have a lot in common with Modernist novels, because of the stream of consciousness. Well, you’ll get confused and you’ll hate Mrs Morel and her inept children. I assure you.

  2. Orlando – V. Woolf
    On the contrary, this novel was absolutely adorable! The irony and bitter comments from the narrator are really funny, and the novel is very lighthearted. I read it in five days! Wonderful! I totally recommend it. Or, you can watch Sally Potter’s film version.

  3. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up – M. Kondo
    As a messy person, I guarantee this reading will change your view on tidying up. It is a bit of a radical method for decluttering, and I’m not sure whether I’ll apply it or not. Truth is, it sounds reassuring to read about all these cases of people changing their habits and living better after purging and cleaning their house once for all.

What have you read this month?
How is your reading challenge going? I’m already at 6%!

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Calendar Bookmarks DIY

You might have read that this year I’m trying to read 50 books (or at least, as many as possible!). Well, to keep myself motivated I decided to print out something cute for my books.cards1

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Online I found this printables for a calendar (I’d like to give credits, but the blog where I found them seems to have disappeared! Anyawy, it was a french diy blog) and I decided to turn them into bookmarks.

How to create these lovely bookmarks? It’s super easy!

Step 1: print the calendar (or the picture you like) on a normal sheet of paper
Step 2: glue it to cardboard
Step 3: cut the bookmarks in a rectangular shape (how obvious!)
Step 4: when you finish a book, write it down on the back of your bookmark. If you like, you can even cross or circle the day you finished it.

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Does it sound like a good idea?
Will it help me with my reading challenge?
If you like this printable, I can mail you a copy (but first, let me find out who did this great job!)

2015 – My Reading Challenge

I’ve always read a lot. Since I was 6, and I decided to pick up a book at the local library, I’ve never stopped reading. I read while cooking, while going to the university (I go by train, I don’t read and drive), I read while relaxing. I read to study, because I study Literature.
I read a lot.

In 2014 I wanted to read 50 books. Unluckily I failed, but that’s mainly because after a big exam in September with something like 20 books to read, I felt like all my reading energies were gone for a long long time. Now, I’m here to start again. With my books, with my e-reader, and with so many possibilities!

There’s one reading challenge that to me sounds quite interesting, even though I’m not sure it’s an actual challenge. If it is, and you know the right name, tell me!
I want to read a famous book set in each state of the US.

This challenge will put together my usual 50 books challenge, I try every year, and I’ll probably read some good books that I’ve never heard before.

The list I’m going to follow is this one from Business Insider, that I found online some months ago. But since I’ve already read some of these books, and I don’t feel like re-reading them (*waves at Twilight*), I’ll read some others. I’ll try!

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Have you already set any reading challenge?
Do you read a lot?

Reaging Recap

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I had a goal: reading a very very long list of books. A month has passed, how good was I at it?


A Midsummer Night’s Dream – W.Shakespeare (rereading)

Frankenstein – M.Shelley (rereading)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (rereading)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle – S.Jackson (I just started it!)

Winter’s Tales – K.Blixen

Martian Time-Slip – P.K.Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – P.K.Dick

The Famished Road – B.Okri

The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

A Game of Thrones – G.R.R.Martin

Interview with the Vampire – A.Rice (rereading)

Madame Bovary – G.Flaubert

Tintenherz – C.Funke

Tintenblut – C.Funke

Le Bal – I.Némirovsky

Not very good, but I hoped for something better. I have to read harder, if it’s possible.

How is your summer reading going?

Never Finished Books

In my life I’ve started loads of books, but a couple are still unfinished.

These three are all pretty recent, but I haven’t still made it over half of the book.

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Ansichten eines Clowns, in English The Clown, is a novel by Heinrich Böll, one of my favourite German writers. I found the book in a second-hand book fair, in Italian, for less than 5€. There are still 100 pages left, but I forgot about it because of school exams. I should finish it, I really liked Böll’s style!

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was bought a year ago, when a publisher created a series of very cheap classics. I have read half of the first chapter. I should start it again, I guess.

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl caught my eyes two or three years ago, but I just read two chapters. It was thrilling, but I was distracted by Notre-Dame de Paris.

Have you got any book that you haven’t finished yet? Are you, like me, planning to finish them?

Summer TBR

This summer I have to read a couple of books for an exam in September, but these books are luckily of my favorite genre, mostly fantasy/romance books. I must read them in English, but that’s not a big deal.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – W.Shakespeare (rereading)

Frankenstein – M.Shelley (rereading)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – L.Carroll (rereading)

We Have Always Lived in a Castle – S.Jackson

Winter’s Tales – K.Blixen

Martian Time-Slip – P.K.Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – P.K.Dick (rereading, and lots of love!)

The Famished Road – B.Okri (almost done with it!)

The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

A Game of Thrones – G.R.R.Martin

Interview with the Vampire – A.Rice (rereading)

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TBR (To Be Read)

While watching some booktubers I discovered this project (here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBmzoavi6OY] it’s perfectly explained) and I felt like I had to do it. So, I picked a jar, filled it with unread or unfinished books, and from this month on I’ll pick four or five books and read them. Everything is random, except when I pick a sequel, I put it back into the jar, because I first will have to read the prequel.

All of these books are in my native language, Italian, except for Madame Bovary, which I own even in French.

Madame Bovary – G.Flaubert

Tintenherz (Inkheart) – C.Funke

Tintenblut (Inkspell) – C.Funke

Le Bal – I.Némirovsky

 

I’m a bit behind my reading schedule on Goodreads, 50 books in a year, I’ve read only 18 up until now, but this summer I will read a lot!

 

What are you going to read? Have you read any of these books? Would you recommend me other interesting books?