Wednesday, 18 December 2013

2014 Challenges.

I think it's time I finally got my 2014 Challenges in order! That said, this isn't definitive - if anything pops up that is appealing, I shall consider it, but with all the Zola planned and various other projects, I do want to keep challenges to a minimum.

First is Adam's TBR 2014 Challenge. This is traditional. I couldn't not join in. My choices are:

  1. The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
  3. Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli. 
  4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. 
  5. Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  6. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
  7. Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford.
  8. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. 
  9. The Wings of a Dove by Henry James.
  10. On Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham.
  11. Metamorphoses by Ovid.
  12. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope.
  1. Is He Popejoy by Anthony Trollope.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. 

Next, The Chunkster Challenge. Details are here. I plan to read at least ten books with over 450 pages. You don't have to list your books ahead of time, but I do aim to re-read Remembrance of Things Past in 2014. Summer, most likely. And, hopefully, if there's time, a re-read of Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, which I imagine I'd want to read in autumn.

Then, my own challenge, Russian Literature 2014. I did say there was no need to list the books ahead, but I do want to read a fair bit of Dostoyevsky. I'm aiming for Level 3, 7 - 12 books.

So, there it is: my challenges laid out! I'm now off to do a little Christmas shopping (hence search an early morning post!). I can't believe it will be 2014 in two weeks today....


  1. I read The Master and Margarita this year and what a great book. Very different from the Russian Lit I have been used to reading …

    The Infinite Jest and Of Human Bondage are on my radar but I would approach them with trepidation …..

    I tried to make it through Metamorphoses and failed this year but I AM going to get through it in 2014. We can compare notes!

    1. Have you read Ted Hughes's 'Tales from Ovid'? I highly recommend that as a starting point! It was that that inspired my to read Ovid!

  2. I really need to get around to finishing Parade's End next year. I'm almost at the end of the first book but that has taken me a year.

    The Moonstone, Middlesex and The Phantom of the Opera are all amazing. The Moonstone, particularly. But then I am a serious Wilkie enthusiast so I guess I'm biased.

    2014 is definitely coming around at speed!

    1. I've started Parade's End countless times now, and there's nothing that puts me off, just somehow I always get distracted. 2014 is the year for it, though!

  3. You know, I never realised until now how every single Russian classic seems to have been written by a man. Are there any women who published in that era under their own names or pseudonoms?

    Your plans for 2014 look exciting and ambitious. I look forward to following your progression!

    1. Thank you :) As for women - I honestly don't know. I shall have to report back when I've made some progress...


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