Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 – Preliminary List

Hello! I am back in Switzerland and the categories have been announced for Erin’s next reading challenge, so today I thought I would bring you my tentative list. As always, this is subject to change depending on my mood once the challenge actually starts.

The rules in brief: all books must be 200 or more pages, one re-read is allowed, only books read between 1 July and 31 October 2018 count. And, the most important rule, HAVE FUN!

Now the categories, and my choices.

5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
I will decide this based on what I feel I absolutely cannot wait to read once July comes around.

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N”
This one will be my re-read. I just picked up Needful Things by Stephen King while I was at my dad’s and it’s been about 15 years since I read it. I may change my mind though given it has 790 pages! I don’t actually currently own an unread book that starts with N though.

10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover
I knew I didn’t have an orange book so I bought one at the airport yesterday. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde. I have the copy pictured below – I hope it’s orange enough!

history of bees

15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character
I am trying to read books I already own and The Collector by John Fowles is on this Goodreads list of unlikeable characters.

20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read”. The list is here:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is on both this list and the BBC Big Read list so I suppose it’s about time I read it.

20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.
I have precisely two books with water-related titles on my shelves and both are over 600 pages long! I’ll probably go with The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy (my other option is River God by Wilbur Smith)

25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet (or that has been on your goodreads “to read” list the longest, or has been sitting in your kindle the longest)…basically, read a book you’ve been meaning to read the longest but haven’t got to it yet.
I can’t remember which book I have actually owned for longest, so I went to my Goodreads “want-to-read” list, arranged them in order of date added and discovered that the very first book only has 109 pages. The second book is Un Lun Dun by China Miéville so I’ll be reading that.

30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc. (submitted by Megan)
I thought I would have loads of books for this category, but I actually only found two on my to-read shelf: Love Always by Harriet Evans. (The other one was Joyland by Stephen King but I’m already reading a King book for this challenge).

30 points: Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter (submitted by Vinay); examples: Magpie Murders, Gone Girl, Peter Pan, Love’s Labor Lost – conjunctions and articles count; for example, if the title has “and” in the title, all of the other words must start with “A” to count; or if the title has “the” in it, all of the other words must start with “T”
I have two options for this one. I will either read Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips or Little Lies by Liane Moriaty (for some reason, my copy misses out the “Big”, making the title alliterative)

35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one – basically the idea is the character does the same kind of thing as you do day to day – stay at home parent or student counts as a profession; yes, you may need to be creative with this one, stretch it, and make it work for you. (submitted by Bev)
As most of you know, I am a translator. I plan to read The Irish Cottage Murder by Dicey Deere. The main character is apparently a children’s book translator so she’s basically living my dream. So much more interesting than translating technical manuals and price lists for dental equipment (yes, really).
I chose this category and I know it’s difficult, so if anyone is doing the challenge and struggling with this one I will be happy to help you find a book featuring someone with your profession!

And those are all my choices. Now I just have to force myself to wait until July to start reading them! Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are you joining in with this challenge? Let me know where your list is and I will come and have a look. If you think you might like to join in and would like more information there is both a Facebook and a Goodreads group where Erin provides lots of support and encouragement.

And now I’m off to buy milk so I can finally have a cup of tea!


9 thoughts on “Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 – Preliminary List

  1. That is quite a challenge. You must read very quickly. Unfortunately I’m a very slow reader – not helped by my turning to the back to see how it ends and then flicking through to book to check how the story progresses, it would be quicker if I just got on and read it. I should love yo devote huge chunks of my day just reading for pleasure (I assume it is a pleasure?) but I’d feel so guilty abandoning everything I need to do. I do wake up early and read in bed before getting up and tell myself that doesn’t count.
    What an interesting job you have. What language (or more) do you translate from – assuming you translate into English, which must be easier, or perhaps you translate from English into French/German/Italian as you’re in Switzerland? I can image more exciting things to translate than dental lists but it can’t be all that bad. Do you ever get to translate novels? That would be fun, but very difficult to do well. I’ve always steered clear of reading foreign novels as I believe they lose something in translation but realise I’m missing out on some great classics, so have finally succumbed and am more than 3/4 way through War and Peace (which I felt I had to read before I die). I started in April when I took it as my holiday book (not perhaps the most sensible of choices) so for me I’m doing quite well, but it does read as a translation, particularly in some places. As you as so very well read you’d probably be perfect for translating novels.

    1. I do read quickly. And I probably should feel more guilty about reading instead of doing my housework or whatever. I do have to travel to work and back twice a month though, which means 8 hours of train time that I really can’t do anything with other than read. Depending on the length of the book, I can usually read the whole thing in my 4 hours on the train and maybe start another.

      Translating novels would be the dream, but unfortunately very few people get to do that. Publishers don’t use translation companies for their translations anyway – I would have to go freelance for that I suspect. I mainly translate websites, correspondence, instruction manuals. Things like that.

  2. I enjoy doing these challenges vicariously through you! I have few books on my shelves that I haven’t read, so I’d have to go out and buy new ones (oh, the hardship). I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Outlander. I just looked at the PBS list and am distressed to see “50 Shades” on there. I read it (after my daughter and my parents had!) to see what all the hype was about, and I’m sorry, but that book does not belong on the same list as truly great books. I wouldn’t have put Outlander on there either. Good luck on the challenge!

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