Category: challenges

A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

Posted June 17, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 26 Comments
A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

As part of my personal language learning goals, I’ve decided to challenge myself to read only French for my pleasure reading in the month of July. I’m pleased the lovely Emma of Words and Peace has agreed to join me for a buddy read of Complètement cramé by the popular contemporary novelist Gilles Legardinier. Paris […]

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Reading All Around the World update

Posted March 29, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Reading All Around the World update

After a couple of years of very little activity, I finally got back into the Reading All Around the World project and I’m so glad I did. It reminds me of how powerful reading is as a way to learn and expand our horizons while staying in one place. Here’s what I’ve read since the […]

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Discussion challenge: 2019 review and 2020 signup

Posted December 18, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 22 Comments
Discussion challenge: 2019 review and 2020 signup

I’ve been doing the Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight since it began five years ago. That means I’ve posted more than 50 discussions so far, and I still haven’t run out of ideas! I always enjoy the lively conversation generated by these posts, and so […]

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The Spin Number is …

Posted September 26, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 11 Comments
The Spin Number is …

Number 5! That means I’ll be reading: I’m excited to finally read this Australian classic, with perfect timing for Brona’s Australian Reading Month in November. If you’re participating in the Spin, what did you get? How do you feel about it?

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Classics Club Spin #21

Posted September 22, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 25 Comments
Classics Club Spin #21

It’s time for the Classics Club Spin! Club members pick 20 books from their list and number them. A number is chosen and then the challenge is to read that book by a certain date (October 31, in this case). Even though I no longer have an official target date for my Classics Club list, […]

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Five years of the Classics Club

Posted June 23, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 36 Comments
Five years of the Classics Club

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I joined the Classics Club, with the goal of reading 50 classics from my self-defined list in that time. Well, it’s been a wonderful part of my blogging life and I am so grateful for all the books I’ve encountered through this project. I did not […]

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Don Quixote: The Next Adventure

Posted March 19, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 15 Comments
Don Quixote: The Next Adventure

I’ve been meaning to read the second half of Don Quixote, having taken a break after Part One. When I found out Emma from Words and Peace was interested too — a chapter-a-day readalong she’d been following seemed to be defunct — I offered to read along with her. We decided to do alternating posts […]

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Les Miserables: The Final Chapters

Posted December 31, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Les Miserables: The Final Chapters

Yes, I’ve made it to the end of the readalong! I spent the entire year with Jean Valjean and co., from the battle of Waterloo to the sewers of Paris and beyond. I appreciated Victor Hugo’s vivid and poetic language, his wide-ranging imagination, and his sense of drama. I truly feel I’ve been living part […]

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Les Miserables: Nearly nine months in

Posted September 16, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Les Miserables: Nearly nine months in

I’ve been reading a chapter a day (on average) of Les Miserables for almost nine months now. In this quarter, the big new development has been the love story of Cosette and Marius. A prime example of the Idealized Romance in its most passionately unrealistic form, this reminded me of some psychological texts I’ve been […]

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