More 2019 Wrap-Ups

OK, what else have we got to finish up here?

Back to the Classics:  I finished all 12 categories (just barely!).

1.  A 19th Century Classic --  Crime and Punishment, by Dostoyevsky
2.  A 20th Century Classic --  The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by Amos Tutuola
3.  A Classic by a Woman Author.   Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
4.  A Classic in Translation.--  Undine and other stories by Fouque
5.  A Classic Comedy.  --  Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley
A Classic Tragedy.  --  The Plague, by Albert Camus
7.  Very Long Classic
. --  The Adventures of Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett
A Classic Novella.  --  Kappa, by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). --  Walls of Jericho, by Rudolph Fisher
Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). -- Essential Encounters, by Therese Kuoh-Moukoury
Classic From a Place You've Lived. --  The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Classic Play. 
--  Othello, by William Shakespeare  


The Chunkster Challenge:  I wanted to do more, but honestly I didn't think I'd do this well.  I read nine book for a total of 50 points, and I have two chunksters that I'm partway through.

  1.  Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky -- 7 points
  2.  Born to be Posthumous,  -- 5 points
  3.  Black Earth, by Timothy Snyder -- 5 points 
  4. The Adventures of Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett -- 7 points 
  5. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, by Anderson and Yelchin -- 4 points (bonus for second new author)
  6.  The Claverings, by Anthony Trollope -- 6 points
  7.  Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich -- 6 points
  8.  Every Secret Thing, by Patricia Hearst -- 5 points
  9. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck -- 5 points

Rose City Reader's European Challenge:  I read titles from 13 countries.  Not bad.  Since I'm trying to read all around the world, it's hard to really rack up the Euro numbers.  But hey, I got Andorra and Azerbaijan!
  1. The Teacher of Cheops, by Albert Salvado (Andorra)
  2.  Agricola and Germania, by Tacitus (Italy)
  3.  Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia)
  4. A Most Dangerous Book, by Christopher Krebs (Germany)
  5.  Enraged (Greece)
  6. Yeats: Short Stories (Ireland)
  7. Say Nothing (Northern Ireland/UK)
  8. The Zelmenyaners (Belarus)
  9. Lais of Marie de France (France)
  10. Purge, by Sofi Oksanen (Estonia)
  11. The Green Face, by Gustav Meyrink (Czechia) 
  12. Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said (Azerbajian)
  13. Four Stories by Sigrid Undset (Norway) 

 And the Georgian Challenge.  This one was hard!  I think I can count myself as having read four books, because while I'm still (still!) only halfway through Johnson and Boswell's journeys, that is really two books in one volume.  I read Johnson's book, but I'm still working on Boswell.
  1.  The Unknown Ajax, by Georgette Heyer
  2. The Adventures of Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett
  3. A Journey to the Hebrides, by Johnson and Boswell
  4. The Bride of Lammermoor, by Sir Walter Scott

Also, I'm up to 52 titles read from All Around the World, and 81 from my current Classics Club list.  I have no idea how many books are on that list, though.  It's well over 200.

OK, 2019 is wrapped up!  Since I want to focus a little better this year, I'm going to try to cut down on the challenges for 2020.


  1. I am just flabbergasted (flabbergasted! I'm saying it again) by how much you manage to get done in one year. Wow! What do you plan to focus on next year, I wonder?

  2. Lory, I'm going to try to focus more on the world lit/classics theme, and also history. And also whatever I want. I don't know if anything will actually change that much? Because my eyes are always bigger than my brain when it comes to reading.

  3. Congratulations--Looks like a fun reading year! Lots of good stuff.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations on finishing so many challenges, including the European Reading Challenge! With 13, you are in the running for the prize.

  5. Thanks, Gillion! I'd bet money that Maphead will beat me, though!


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