What Andy and Netty will be reading in 2014 …January 31, 2014
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
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 …