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What Andy and Netty will be reading in 2014 …

January 31, 2014
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Don’t assume your cat can’t read …

So, it’s the end of January, and, in what must be a first in Andy and Netty’s Reading Challenge – now into its seventh year – we have both finished this month’s book!

Which is just as well, because we have a big, big year of reading ahead of us, fellow book lovers. After all, it’s not called a Challenge for nothing.

Here we go:

JANUARY: By Night in Chile – Roberto Borlano

FEBRUARY: The Well – Elizabeth Jolley

MARCH: Palace Walk – Naguib Mahfouz

APRIL: Selected Poems – Seamus Heaney

MAY: The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

JUNE: Bad Behaviour – Mary Gaitskill

JULY: Collected Stories – Lydia Davis

AUGUST: The Songlines – Bruce Chatwin

SEPTEMBER: The Country Girl Trilogy – Edna O’Brien

OCTOBER: Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett

NOVEMBER: Stasiland – Anna Funder

DECEMBER: Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille

Impressive, huh?

The Side Challenge returns again this year, too. Regular readers of this blog will note that often Andy and/or myself will end a review with words akin to “I am going to read everything (insert author’s name here) ever wrote”. This year, we’re making good on that promise, each selecting an author of a previous year’s Challenge and dedicating ourselves to six books by said author. And because neither of us likes to make things particularly easy for ourselves, I have chosen American author Don DeLillo, while Andy will be tackling English doyenne Iris Murdoch. Our side challenge reviews will be appearing every other month, starting from February.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting – we always welcome feedback, of any description. Our little blog does modest traffic, maybe 500 hits a month, which is peanuts compared to, say, a certain right-wing commentator’s one million a month – but then again, I seriously doubt anyone who goes there also reads, for example, Mahfouz. If you like us – or even if you don’t – let us know. Like, share, comment, etc. Read along with us. But really, just read. Support local bookstores. You know the drill.

OK, here we go …

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