Challenge Update: Women’s Classic Literature Event

Women's Classic Literature Event

My first Challenge Update this year was my late halfway-into-2016 update on the Goodreads reading challenge. You can read more about that here!

One of my aims this year has been to read as many books written by women as possible. When I saw the Women’s Classic Literature Event hosted by The Classics Club, I didn’t have to think twice.

So here is what I have read so far:

  1. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  2. The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
  3. A Riot of Goldfish by Kanoko Okamoto
  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  5. The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt
  6. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  7. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  8. A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
  9. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

And what a wonderful experience it has been so far! Not a single disappointment yet. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books. The Color Purple is my highlight of the year so far, but otherwise it’s hard to pick a favourite. Some of these authors I had read before, many of them had been on my list for forever, and then I am also glad to have tried new-to-me author Shirley Jackson.

I am definitely not going to stop reading classics by women, and recommendations are always welcome!

[Review] Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami

[Review] Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mannen Zonder Vrouw (Men Without Women) by Haruki Murakami
Published by Atlas Contact on March 1st 2016 (first published 2014)
Genres: Japanese literature
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9789025446604
The verdict: four-stars
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Like everyone else I was extremely curious about Murakami’s new short story collection, Men Without Women. I prefer my Murakami in English, although the Dutch translations are in a way superior because they are more true to the original, but as of yet there is no news on the publication date for the English edition of this book.

So when I got the chance to receive the Dutch one from the publisher back in January, I grabbed the chance. The following review is a translation of my Dutch review of the book, but I hope it’ll be interesting for those who are looking forward to the new book. No spoilers!

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Challenge Update: 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. I joined this challenge on August 1st, 2012, meaning my deadline would be July 31, 2017.

Well, without realising, I already passed my challenge, with over a year left! It took me a little while to update my challenge stats, and when I did, it turned out I had already read 53 books! You can read all my challenge posts here.

So here is what I have read so far:
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Challenge Update: Goodreads Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Carola has
read 42 books toward
her goal of
52 books.

This was supposed to be my halfway-into-2016 update, but I’m late as ever. Still, I figured I’d update on my challenges. Goodreads sent me a happy e-mail a little while ago, telling me I was ahead of my challenge. Which I knew because I’m always eyeing my Goodreads challenge, haha.

I am now 42 books into 2016. My goal is 52, so I will easily make it. I have to admit I read a lot of shortish books this year, and even a few short stories. Still, I’m pretty satisfied with my reading this year so far! Without going into specifics on the other challenges I participated in (separate posts will follow later), here are a few stats for this year so far:

I’ve read 42 books with a total of 9391 pages so far. Among these, there were 10 short stories, 12 books had 300 pages or more and 18 books had 200 pages or less. I read 2 graphic novels and 4 non-fiction books. In total there are 14 5-star reads, 18 4-star reads, 7 3-star reads, 2 2-star reads, and 1 1-star read, meaning this is not a bad year for reading at all! My favourite read of 2016 is still The Color Purple by Alice Walker. My least favourite read was The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer. I am currently reading 4 books, and did not give up on any book yet so far.

My goals for this year remain the same – albeit stronger than ever: read as much LGBT+ literature, and as many books written by female authors as possible. More on that in a future post!

[Review] Twinkle Twinkle, by Kaori Ekuni

[Review] Twinkle Twinkle, by Kaori EkuniTwinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni
Published by Vertical on May 2003 (first published January 1991)
Genres: Contemporary, Japanese literature, LGBT+
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9781932234015
The verdict: four-half-stars
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They got married ten days ago. They haven't had sex yet and they don't intend to.

I discovered this book through my quest to find as many LGBT+ themed Japanese literature books as possible (hint: there are very few in translation). If you’re interested in finding out more titles, I created a Listopia list on Goodreads that others have contributed to as well: here

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