It’s almost the end of the year and I am going to throw in the towel on two challenges. Back on the bookshelves go Don Quixote and the rest of the books I was reading for the Armchair Travel Challenge. Oh this is sad.
I really enjoyed Don Quixote until I got towards the end of the first part – I actually did finish the first part of Don Quixote but it was a struggle to get through it. This is actually my second attempt and at least I made it through the first part so perhaps on my third attempt I’ll finish it all!
Of course now what do I do but join more challenges. I participated in nine challenges this year and only completed two so you would think that with that track record I wouldn’t join others but to me these are fun. I enjoy “meeting” other bookworms, the excitement generated over books, and as I always read books from my shelves (Graphics Challenge aside) this is a great way to remember those shelf-sitters and work through my stacks. So without further ado, here are the two other challenges I’m joining:
Becky’s 19th Century Women Writers Challenge. This year I only read one classic so hopefully with this challenge I’ll make a bit more effort and read some books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. Here are my six choices:
- Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- Elizabeth & Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Joy’s First in a Series Challenge. I’m a big fan of mysteries, and as I always start with the first one in the series this challenge should be a snap (I hope so at least!). Here are my 12 choices:
- A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish
- A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church
- The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
- Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
- The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson
- What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris
- This Dame for Hire by Sandra Scoppettone
- Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
- The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly
- Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson
- Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
- A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
Some of the choices may overlap with other challenges or book groups and I may switch out a title here or there but that’s it for now. And, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that no new tempting challenges come up (like that’s going to happen – hee).