For Reading Addicts Reading Challenge 2020 – June

This year’s challenge is proving more popular than ever, thank you all for joining in, We hope you’re all finding it helpful at this difficult time. We’ve had lots of posts on the reading group page and many members have managed 3 or more books. Thank you all for sharing.

June’s categories are:-

EASY – ALPHABETICAL CHALLENGE

Read a book by an author whose name begins with F or T. Here are just a few examples;

Stephen Fry, Clementine Ford, William Faulkner, Helen Fielding, Carrie Fisher

Angie Thomas, Colm Toibin, Amor Towles, Rose Tremain, Stuart Turton

HARD – MONTHLY CATEGORY CHALLENGE

Read a translated work – here are just a few suggestions from Cwts Club Discussion Group (I appreciate that this will mean different books depending on your first language, as For Reading Addicts is based in the UK, these are all books translated into English):

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. “Please,” asks the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper . . .

The Little Prince

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

Like Water For Chocolate tells the captivating story of the De la Garza family. As the youngest daughter, Tita is forbidden by Mexican tradition to marry. Instead, she pours all of her emotions into her delicious recipes, which she shares with readers along the way.

Like Water for Chocolate

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘Cemetery of Lost Books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Julian Carax.

Shadow of the Wind



A Long Petal of the Sea- Isabel Allende

Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.

A Long Petal of the Sea

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Other suggestions include The Tabacconist or A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, any of Jo Nesbo’s many novels, Leo Tolstoy, Cornelia Funke, Irene Nemirovsky, Muriel Barbery, Gabriel García Márquez … the list is endless.

From For Reading Addicts see also:

7 Book for Women in Translation Month

40 of Your Favourite Translated Novels

 

SUPER READER – READ HARDER CHALLENGE

Read a book by an author whose name begins with F or T and read a translated work.

Pick a book from our list, mail order from your local book shop, download an e-book from your library or pick something that’s already in your TBR pile.

We hope you enjoy this year’s challenge. Don’t forget to share what you are reading in our Cwts Club Discussion Group.



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