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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[Reviews] Two Japanese classics

[Reviews] Two Japanese classicsThe Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
Published by Kodansha on 1980 (first published 1957)
Genres: Japanese literature, Classic
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780870114243
The verdict: four-stars
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The beautiful, immature girl whom she took home to her husband was a maid only in name. Tomo's real mission had been to find him a mistress. Nor did her secret humiliation end there. The web that his insatiable lust spun about him soon trapped another young woman, and another ... and the relationships between the women thus caught were to form, over the years, a subtle, shifting pattern in which they all played a part.

So recently I read these two Japanese classics one after another, which frankly was a great decision! Both Fumiko Enchi (1905-1986) and Kanoko Okamoto (1889-1939) – the former more famous than the latter – were feminists and modern women in their time. Reading these two authors back to back was an interesting experience.

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[Review] The Well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe Hall

[Review] The Well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe HallThe Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Published by Wordsworth Editions on January 7th 2014 (first published January 1928)
Genres: Classic, LGBT+
Pages: 414
ISBN: 9781840224559
The verdict: five-stars
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‘As a man loved a woman, that was how I loved…It was good, good, good…’
Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.

I picked up this book nearly a year ago for the first time, but never read beyond the first few chapters (although I liked it back then). I picked it up again because it’s a perfect read for both the LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge and the Women’s Classic Literature Event.

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