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Soffitta1's Challenge

1soffitta1
Editado: Ago 27, 2020, 11:10am

Back again with more details to follow.

Stats
90 books
Pre-2018 - 6 (1 from last year)
2018 - 14 (10 from last year)
First half of 2019 - 26
Second half of 2019 - 42

Current Stats: 27 Aug 2020
65 books
Pre-2018 - 4 (1 from last year)
2018 - 11 (8 from last year)
First half of 2019 - 21
Second half of 2019 - 29

2soffitta1
Editado: Feb 9, 2020, 6:22am

3soffitta1
Editado: Feb 29, 2020, 5:42pm

2015: COMPLETED
Feb
1. The Gift of Rain

4soffitta1
Editado: Ene 2, 11:32am

5soffitta1
Editado: Ene 2, 11:32am

6soffitta1
Editado: Ene 2, 11:32am

2018
1. The Malayan Trilogy * from last year
2. Capital * from last year
3. The Star in the Sea * from last year
4. Sylt oder Solo (other BXer) * from last year
5. Pickwick Papers * from last year
6. The Three-Body Problem
7. House of the Hanged * from last year
8. Dark Forest
9. The Three-Body Problem 3. Death's End
10. Capricornia * from last year
11. The Pearl Sister * from last year

Feb
1. Five Boys
Mar
2. Offering to the Storm * from last year
Apr
3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike) * from last year

9soffitta1
Editado: Abr 12, 4:06pm

11soffitta1
Editado: Ene 2, 11:36am

14soffitta1
Editado: Abr 12, 4:10pm

2019: Oct

1. The Forty Rules of Love
2. The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
3. The Secret life of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ years old

Read
Jan
1.The Bear and the Nightingale
Aug
2. The cracked looking-glass
Sept
3. We need new names

15soffitta1
Editado: Ene 3, 2020, 4:56pm

2019: Dec COMPLETED
JAN
1. Hame

16soffitta1
Feb 2, 2020, 11:02am

Well, my goal is usually at least 5 a month. Didn't make it in January, after a good start, I got bogged down at work.

1. Hame - I enjoyed this, a fictional tale of a Scottish writer, lots of nods to Scottish literary history.
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - the first in a trilogy set in a Russia steeped in myth and orthodoxy. A great tale for Winter. I have the other two books on my list, will get to them soon.
3. The Maze of Cadiz - interesting premise for a thriller, but let down by the pedestrian writing.

10 1001 books read.

17mathgirl40
Feb 3, 2020, 10:22pm

>16 soffitta1: Glad to hear you liked The Bear and the Nightingale. I've not read it yet, but it's been recommended to me by several people.

18soffitta1
Feb 9, 2020, 2:47pm

A great Winter read, curl up by the fire.

20soffitta1
Feb 21, 2020, 2:34pm

21mathgirl40
Feb 28, 2020, 9:15pm

Nice progress for February, and it looks like you achieved your minimum 5 for the month. :)

22soffitta1
Feb 29, 2020, 5:47pm

10. The Gift of Rain

7 TBR for the month, brings me back on track for 5 a month.
I also read 11 1001 books.

March plans:
5 books from this pile and 10 1001 books. This month's challenge is to read a book from the year of your birth. I am going to see if I can read 1 from each year in the decade I was born.

23soffitta1
Mar 29, 2020, 11:31am

I have been concentrating on 1001 books, so my number here is lower than I thought.

11. Three women by Marie NDiaye - read on the way to WOW festival.

12. Offering to the Storm * from last year
Gripping end to the trilogy, when I was in Spain at the end of last year and saw that the author has brought out a prequel. I will be getting that!

Currently reading
The Girl in the Tower

24mathgirl40
Editado: Mar 31, 2020, 7:52pm

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of The Girl in the Tower. I still have to get to The Bear and the Nightingale, which has been on my wishlist for a while.

25soffitta1
Abr 1, 2020, 1:39pm

I am enjoying it, I like the magical element and the historical side. Lots happening, good for reading when you can't go anywhere.

26soffitta1
Abr 16, 2020, 7:08am

13. The Girl in the Tower - enjoyed this series a lot. Magic and history, lots to like here.

14. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike) * from last year - book 3 in the series. I really enjoy them, good plot and I just let myself get stuck in.

27mathgirl40
Abr 29, 2020, 9:37pm

>26 soffitta1: I picked up the first book in the Cormoran Strike series from a Little Library recently. Glad to hear you like the series so much.

28soffitta1
Abr 30, 2020, 3:51am

I also enjoyed the TV series. I am on the look out for book 4.

29soffitta1
Abr 30, 2020, 3:54am

I also enjoyed the TV series. I am on the look out for book 4.

Three 1001 books, all above 400 pages!
15. Auto da Fe - rather odd, but amusing at times
16. The Glass Bead Game - a game but ultimately about people
17. Islands - a look at South African history

30mathgirl40
Mayo 21, 2020, 10:28pm

>29 soffitta1: Good progress on the 1001 books! I'd read The Glass Bead Game myself last year and it was certainly not a quick read, but offered lots to think about.

31soffitta1
Jul 24, 2020, 9:48am

May
18. Come Rain or Come Shine - a short one from Haruki Murakami.

32soffitta1
Jul 24, 2020, 9:50am

June was really busy at school, online lessons left me really tired, so I didn't really read much. I am slowly getting back into reading again.

July
19. Sweet Mandarin
I really enjoyed this, a family history from Guangdong to Manchester looking at their food story. I can't wait to head to Manchester to go to the restaurant!

33mathgirl40
Jul 30, 2020, 6:08pm

>19 soffitta1: That book sounds interesting. I'm currently reading Chop Suey Nation, a book about Chinese restaurants in Canada. My parents had also owned a Chinese restaurant when I was young.

34gypsysmom
Jul 31, 2020, 1:57pm

>33 mathgirl40: My pandemic book club just chose Chop Suey Nation and I will be starting it soon.

35soffitta1
Ago 1, 2020, 7:25am

Oh thanks for the tip - I'll need to go on the hunt. I lived in HK as a child, so a love of Chinese food came early!

36soffitta1
Ago 23, 2020, 6:26am

Aug
20. The woman in the window
A thriller, page turning enough for the Summer. Shades of Rear Window amongst other books/films.

21. The cracked looking-glass
A short introduction to a new author, I will be looking out for more.

37mathgirl40
Ago 30, 2020, 10:30pm

>35 soffitta1: That's cool that you lived in HK as a child! I'd visited a couple of times on family trips, and the food there was wonderful.

38soffitta1
Sep 12, 2020, 11:16am

Such good food! A world city.

39soffitta1
Dic 29, 2020, 12:31pm

So, I read 21 books. My reading nose-dived when school went back and I concentrated on the 1001 Challenge.
I hope to be back reading more in 2021 and to read more of these books.

40mathgirl40
Dic 30, 2020, 3:32pm

>39 soffitta1: I'm always inspired by the progress you make on the 1001 books, whether or not they're BC books. I'm hoping to get through more of the list myself in 2021.