Long-term Challenges

Long-term Challenges


Murakami Challenge

Challenge: Read all novels and short stories collections (translated to English) by Haruki Murakami.
Term: Until I finish
Finished: 11 / 16 (not counting bonus)

  • Hear the Wind Sing (1979) (read Mar 31, 2012)
  • Pinball, 1973 (1980) (read Jun 02, 2012)
  • A Wild Sheep Chase (1982) (read Jun 19, 2011)
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985)
  • Norwegian Wood (1987) (read Mar 22, 2011)
  • Dance Dance Dance (1988)
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun (1992) (read Dec 31, 2011)
  • The Elephant Vanishes (1993)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) (read Dec 14, 2013)
  • Sputnik Sweetheart (1999) (read May 26, 2012)
  • after the quake (2000)
  • Kafka on the Shore (2002) (read Feb 04, 2013)
  • After Dark (2004) (read Oct 04, 2015)
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2006)
  • 1Q84 (2011) (read Sep 09, 2012) [review]
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2014) (read in Dutch Dec 21, 2013) [review]

Bonus:
Books

  • ふしぎな図書館 (picture book ‘The Strange Library’ illustrated by Maki Sasaki) (2005) (read in Japanese Aug 24, 2014) [review]
  • 羊男のクリスマス (picture book ‘Sheep Man’s Christmas’ illustrated by Maki Sasaki) (1985) (read in Japanese Dec 26, 2012)
  • ふわふわ (read Jul 28, 2015)
  • Een stoomfluit midden in de nacht (special Dutch publication ‘A steam whistle in the middle of the night’) (2005) (read in Dutch Feb 10, 2012)
  • Kangaroecorrespondentie (published in Dutch in 2012)

Short stories

  • トニー滝谷 (1990) (short story ‘Tony Takitani’) (read in Japanese Nov 2010)
  • The Shinagawa Monkey (read Dec 31, 2013)
  • Town of Cats (read Sep 10, 2012)
  • Samsa in Love (2013) (read Oct 22, 2013)
  • The Bakery Attacks (published in Dutch in 2012) (read Jan 12, 2013)
  • Sleep (published in Dutch in 2012) (read Mar 05, 2014)
  • Yesterday (read Sep 30, 2014)

About Murakami

  • 村上ソングズ (‘Murakami Songs’)
  • Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (2002) (by Jay Rubin)

The Classics Club challenge

The Classics Club Challenge

The Classics Club is a challenge to read at least 50 classics within a maximum of 5 years. As my to-read list of classics is enormous, I figured I’d take the challenge! My list contains more than 50 books, but my aim is to read 50 out of this list (and I will add classics that I read that I did not originally put on the list!). I am also specifically interested in Dutch and Japanese classics, hence these two separate categories.

Challenge: Read 50 classics within 5 years.
Term: August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2017
Finished: 53 / 50

» See my challenge posts

Classics Club Spins:

  • #6: The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe [review]

Classics Club List:

  1. Adams, Richard – Watership Down
  2. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  3. Atwood, Margaret – A Handmaid’s Tale (read Nov 15, 2013)
  4. Austen, Jane – Lady Susan (read Aug 19, 2012) [review]
  5. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  6. Baldwin, James – Giovanni’s Room (read Oct 5, 2012) [review]
  7. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451 (read Aug 19, 2013)
  8. Bradbury, Ray – The Martian Chronicles (read Jul 27, 2014)
  9. Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  10. Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  11. Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  12. Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange
  13. Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Secret Garden
  14. Burroughs, Edgar Rice – A Princess of Mars (read Jul 18, 2014)
  15. Capote, Truman – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (read Nov 2, 2012)
  16. Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express (read Oct 11, 2014)
  17. Dickens, Charles – Tale of Two Cities
  18. Doyle, Arthur Conan – A Study in Scarlet (read Jan 6, 2013)
  19. Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers
  20. Fanu, Joseph Sheridan Le – Carmilla (read Apr 15, 2014)
  21. Forster, E.M. – Maurice (read Oct 22, 2014)
  22. Garden, Nancy – Annie on My Mind (read Oct 14, 2015)
  23. Gaskell, Elizabeth – North and South
  24. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins – Herland (read Jul 21, 2014)
  25. Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
  26. Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm – Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm (read Jun 8, 2014)
  27. Grossmith, George – The Diary of a Nobody
  28. Hall, Radclyffe – The Well of Loneliness (read Jan 17, 2016) [review]
  29. Heller, Joseph – Catch-22 (given up)
  30. Herbert, Frank – Dune
  31. Highsmith, Patricia – Carol (read Dec 15, 2015)
  32. Homer – The Odyssey (read Mar 23, 2014)
  33. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  34. Isherwood, Christopher – Goodbye to Berlin (read Jul 09, 2016)
  35. Isherwood, Christopher – Mr Norris Changes Trains (read Jul 07, 2016)
  36. Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
  37. Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived in the Castle (read May 22, 2016)
  38. Kafka, Franz – The Trial
  39. Lawrence, D.H. – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  40. Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness
  41. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird (read Dec 03, 2014)
  42. Lewis, Carroll – Alice in Wonderland (read Jun 13, 2014)
  43. Lewis, Carroll – Through the Looking Glass (read Jun 16, 2014)
  44. Maurier, Daphne du – Rebecca (read Feb 8, 2014)
  45. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  46. Montgomery, L.M. – Anne of Green Gables
  47. More, Thomas – Utopia
  48. Nabokov, Vladimir – Lolita
  49. O’Brien, Robert C. – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (read Apr 23, 2015)
  50. Orwell, George – Animal Farm (read Aug 25, 2013)
  51. Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar (read Mar 09, 2015)
  52. Potter, Beatrix – The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  53. Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
  54. Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
  55. Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein (read Jun 30, 2014)
  56. Stoker, Bram – Dracula (read Jun 21, 2014)
  57. Thackeray, William Makepeace – Vanity Fair
  58. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Hobbit (read Dec 23, 2012)
  59. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings
  60. Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
  61. Victor, Hugo – Les Misérables
  62. Voltaire – Candide (read Aug 15, 2012) [review]
  63. Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse-Five (read May 31, 2015)
  64. Walker, Alice – The Color Purple (read Feb 14, 2016)
  65. Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine (read Mar 10, 2013)
  66. Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth
  67. Wilde, Oscar – Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (read Dec 11, 2012)
  68. Wilde, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest (read Dec 31, 2013)
  69. Winterson, Jeanette – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (read May 19, 2016)
  70. Woolf, Virginia – Haunted House (read Jul 02, 2016)
  71. Woolf, Virginia – Mrs Dalloway (read Jul 20, 2016)
  72. Woolf, Virginia – Orlando (read Apr 19, 2014)
  73. Zamyatin, Yevgeny – We (read Jan 08, 2016)

    Classics by Dutch authors:
  74. Abdolah, Kader – Het Huis van de Moskee (The House of the Mosque)
  75. Couperus, Louis – Stille Kracht (Hidden Force)
  76. Dragt, Tonke – De Brief voor de Koning (The Letter for the King) (read Nov 22, 2015)
  77. Dragt, Tonke – Geheimen van het Wilde Woud (Secrets of the Wild Wood) (read May 05, 2016)
  78. Frank, Anne – Het Dagboek van Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  79. Haasse, Hella S. – De Heren van de Thee (The Tea Lords)
  80. Hermans, Willem Frederik – De donkere kamer van Damokles (The Darkroom of Damocles)
  81. Mulisch, Harry – De Ontdekking van de Hemel (The Discovery of Heaven)

    Classics by Japanese authors:
  82. Abe, Kōbō – The Woman in the Dunes (read May 24, 2014) [review]
  83. Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke – Rashomon and Other Stories (read Jan 16, 2012)
  84. Edogawa, Ranpo – Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination (read Jan 7, 2014) [review]
  85. Enchi, Fumiko – Masks (read Jan 25, 2015)
  86. Enchi, Fumiko – The Waiting Years (read Jan 22, 2016) [review]
  87. Kawabata, Yasunari – The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa
  88. Mishima, Yukio – Forbidden Colors (read May 18, 2014)
  89. Mori, Ogai – 山椒大夫 (read Apr 12, 2015)
  90. Okamoto, Kanoko – A Riot of Goldfish (read Jan 27, 2016) [review]
  91. Osamu, Dazai – No Longer Human (read Jun 24, 2013))
  92. Shikibu, Murasaki – The Tale of Genji (given up)
  93. Shōnagon, Sei – The Pillow Book
  94. Soseki, Natsume – Botchan
  95. Soseki, Natsume – Kokoro (read Mar 28, 2013)
  96. Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro – In Praise of Shadows
  97. Ueda, Akinari – Tales of Moonlight and Rain
  98. Yoshikawa, Eiji – Musashi

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