Reading Challenge 2017

by ada

I’m currently in the middle of a midlife crisis, think health problems, work problems, family problems, financial problems, add general unhappiness and an invincible inner force to question the meaning of everything, haha; so I’m desperate for anything that could add structure or a frame to my life, for strategies to hold onto, for anything that could be helpful. I found my project 365 in 2012 to be an enormous help in bringing myself, when not exactly back on the same track, at least into motion. I don’t want to repeat it though – I’m way behind with photos on this blog anyway. So I decided to do something easier but equally fun: a reading challenge. I’m not very good at challenges, my last try was a complete failure (I finished only two books from the pile, both of them a year or two later than planned, haha), but let’s hope for a better outcome this time! (I never learn, do I?)

I got inspired by Manja Mexie’s booklist and some Reading Challenge lists floating out there on the internet but I haven’t found one that would fit my exact ideas, so I decided to create my own. Some categories are borrowed, some are made up to fit my rather narrow field of interest. My goal is to get out of my comfort zone of early 20th century detective stories but still find books that I enjoy all the same.

I’ll go down the one-book-a-week route, so 52 books it is. Of course it can be more, and of course it does not have to fit into a category on the list for me to read it. There is no particular order, but the list have to be complete with at least one title per category by 2017 December 31. I’ll be updating it continuously, just like I do with my record of finished books.

1. A book set in WW1

  • Jaroslav Hašek – Švejk, egy derék katona kalandjai a világháborúban (A hátországban / A fronton / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi folytatása)
  • Jean-Christophe RufinDas rote Halsband

2. A book set in WW2

  • Bohumil Hrabal – Szigorúan ellenőrzött vonatok

3. A book about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

  • Karinthy Ferenc – Budapesti ősz
  • Vámos Miklós – Zenga zének

4. A book written by a Soviet author, set in the Soviet Union

5. A book written by a Holocaust survivor

  • Szép Ernő – Emberszag
  • Jean BernardLelkészblokk 25487

6. A childhood favourite I don’t remember very well anymore

  • Thury ZsuzsaA francia kislány
  • Hermína FrankováKi tud franciául?
  • Arkagyij Petrovics Gajdar – Timur és csapata / A hóvár parancsnoka
  • Jaroszlav SztehlmanAz erdei tó titka

7. A book in Dutch

8. A fiction book about music

  • Scott MarianiMozart rejtélyes halála

9. A book written by a musician

  • Hélène Grimaud – Wolfssonate

10. A book about a nurse/nursing (not a medical book)

  • Kertész Erzsébet – A lámpás hölgy. Florence Nightingale élettörténete

11. A book that was published in 2017

  • Michelle Birkby – The Women of Baker Street
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Bitó és borostyán

12. A book written before 1900

  • Elisabeth Gaskell – Cranford / Egy orvos vallomásai

13. A book written before 1800

  • Denis Diderot – Rameau unokaöccse / Első szatíra / Ő és én

14. A book written before 1700

  • Daniel Speer – Magyar Simplicissimus

15. A book written before 1600

  • Paracelsus – Elementális lények
  • Morus Tamás – Utópia

16. A book written before 1500

  • The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam

17. A travel journal/a book on travelling

  • Háy János – Ország, város, fiú, lány 
  • The Journal of Madam Knight. A Woman’s Treacherous Journey By Horseback From Boston to New York In the Year 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight 

18. A biography

  • Franz Xaver NiemetschekIch kannte Mozart

19. An autobiography

  • Heinrich Schütz – Autobiographie (Memorial 1651)

20. A book translated from a language I don’t speak (so, other than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian)

  • Clara RoyerCsillag
  • SimenonMaigret gyanút fog
  • Simenon – Maigret az iskolában
  • SimenonMaigret és a hazudós szeretők
  • Simenon – Maigret és a csökönyös leányzó
  • Simenon – Maigret csapdát állít

21. A book with a character with my name

  • Ljudmila Ulickaja – Szonyecska
  • Corrie Hafkamp – Ein Kuss für Alida

22. A book set in my hometown

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – A pesti ezüstfokos
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Leányrablás Budapesten
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Beretva és tőr
  • Böszörményi Gyula – A Rudnay-gyilkosságok
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Ármány és kézfogó
  • Kondor Vilmos – Bűnös Budapest
  • Kondor Vilmos – Budapest romokban
  • Kondor VilmosBudapest novemberben
  • Szécsi Noémi, Géra Eleonóra – A budapesti úrinő magánélete (1860-1914)
  • Kondor VilmosA budapesti kém

23. A book written by an author from the country I’m currently living in

24. A book set in the country I’m currently living in, written by an author with a different nationality

25. A book that was banned in the Third Reich

  • Irmgard KeunDas kunstseidene Mädchen

26. A book that was banned under the Socialist regime

27. A book that was banned by the Catholic Church

28. A play

  • Bertolt Brecht – Leben des Galilei

29. A poetry book

  • Varró Dániel – Mi lett hova?
  • Philip Larkin – Nászi szél
  • Louise Labé – Szerelmes szonettek

30. A dog book

  • Karel CapekDásenka, avagy egy kölyökkutya élete

31. A cat book

  • Akif Pirinçci – Göttergleich

32. A book about death/dying

  • Singer Magdolna – Partitúra. Utolsó beszélgetés Polcz Alaine-nel
  • Atul Gawande – Mert egyszer meghalunk. Az orvostudomány és ami a végén számít
  • Paul Kalanithi – Elillanó lélekzet

33. A book about love (not necessarily romantic)

  • Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe blue castle
  • Alina Bronsky – Baba Dunjas letzte Liebe

34. A book with numbers only in the title

  • Florian Illies – 1913. Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts

35. A book with a name only as a title

  • Neil Gaiman – Coraline

36. A book with a colour in the title

  • Baráth Katalin – A fekete zongora
  • E. D. BiggersA sárga detektív
  • E. D. Biggers – Charlie Chan találkozása a fekete tevével
  • Maurice Leblanc – Az aranyszemű asszony
  • Gaston Leroux – A sárga szoba titka

37. A book about science

  • Siddharta MukherjeeBetegségek betegsége: mindent a rákról

38. A book about mathematics

39. A book about religion

  • Mónika naplója. Egy szerzetesközösség élete az üldöztetés éveiben

40. A book about the universe

41. A book to improve my life

  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: Gut and Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia

42. A book set in a place I’ve already visited

  • Erich Kästner – A salzburgi szobalány

43. A book set in somewhere I’ll most likely never visit

  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Double Comfort Safari Club

44. A book by a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

  • Patrick Modiano – Dora Bruder

45. A book that was published in the year I was born

  • J. B. Priestley – Found, Lost, Found

46. A science fiction novel

  • Peter HellerKutya csillagkép

47. A vampire story

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist – Hívj be!

48. A book featuring the Devil

  • C. S. Lewis – Csűrcsavar levelei
  • Jacques Cazotte – A szerelmes ördög

49. A book with an intriguing cover

  • Beregi Tamás – Noctambulo

50. A book recommended by my mother

  • Alekszej Nyikolajevics Tolsztoj – Golgota

51. A book recommended by my father

  • Thomas Mann – József és testvérei

52. A book recommended by my sister

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7 Comments to “Reading Challenge 2017”

  1. I commend your spirit! :) I’m very glad to hear that you got inspired also by my booklist and thank you for linking there. Wishing you happy reading and ticking items off your list.

  2. Sorry to hear about health problems.

    Not a book but a film.
    Have you seen The Roundup? (Szegénylegények) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Round-Up_(1966_film) I saw it a long time ago and then bought the DVD a couple of years ago. It’s a very visual film, very beautiful. Maybe it will cheer you up?

    • Thank you for the recommendation! I haven’t seen it yet, but I know it to be very famous. It’s director is also the most famous Hungarian director ever :o)

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