This is a draft post to help me have a reference for the many books, challenges, and projects I’ve been talking about with you lately, and that I plan to join in.
2020 Read Alongs and Challenges
1. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
With Ruth, I’ll be reading and blogging about this book. This was her plan which I intend to follow.
Here is some rough thinking for reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez. We could plan for 2020.
My copy is 417 pages. If we start on March 6, which is Marquez’s birthdate, and end on April 17, Marquez’s death, that is exactly 6 weeks. There are 20 unnumbered chapters or breaks, making it approximately 3 1/3 chapters a week, which is a slower-paced read. Also, we could make it a read-along, and see if anyone else wants to join us.
I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to pick possibly 2 or 3 quotes from each chapter, and post the quotes every 5 chapters.
The challenge will run from January 2020 until March. I’m truly excited about this. In January I’ll know what I’m reading for it. I let Bellezza pick for me. My recommendation of The Makioka Sisters, and her willingness to read this classic, sealed it as Belleza’s choice. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks about this favorite title.
3. Earlier, in the summer, when I saw Chleo doing a read along for C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves, I decided to read it and read her posts on it. It was one of the best things I’ve done this summer. Her posts on all the chapters of the book which correspond to Lewis’s love categories, were superb. She may conduct another read along on Cicero’s treaty about friendship, and possibly read Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving. I’m in for each and all.
4. I have not met with my dear friend Kim in ages. We must do so soon. I’ve always loved reading books with her. In real life, I only have a couple of friends with whom I can discuss books and ideas as I do with you here. We usually pick some titles we both are interested in reading, or she shares her choices, I share mine, and we decide on a common list. It’s been a source of wonderful reads. We’ve discovered authors and classics new to us together this way.
5. With Bellezza, we talked loosely about reading a book by Umberto Eco. Currently, I’m entranced by his book on translation, but it could be a good idea for 2020.
6. Janakay wrote a treasure trove list on Ancient Rome. Her list made me long to read some of those classics. I’m currently re-reading my old friend Marco Aurelius Meditations. If I read Cicero with Chleo, that will take care of this Roman crave. She also included Mika Waltari, a Finish prolific writer from whom we don’t have much in translation. He wrote historical fiction, and I’ve read his book The Egyptian, Janakay read that one plus The Etruscan, and he has another one, The Roman. Which one will make it to my future list, and be read? I don’t know.
There’s some books I read in my youth that left a pleasant impression in me, and I’m a bit scared to revisit them and not find them as magical as they were. One of those is The Egyptian by Waltari, another one is The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco, and another One Hundred Years of Solitude. But that last one I’m going to brave up and re-read.
2019 – 2020 Book Acquisitions and Books I Want to Read
1. It’s no secret that I love Don Quijote. And this summer, thanks to several of you who keep abreast of book awards and new publications, I learned that Rushdie’s new book is entitled Quichotte, and that it’s a tribute and a spin of Cervantes’s novel. I was pleased to learn that Rushdie read Edith Grossman’s newer translation of Don Quixote, which fired him up and motivated him to try his hand at his own spin on it. Having only read Midnight’s Children, it may sound a bit ludicrous, but I do believe that if anyone can give us a XXI century version and vision of this book and its characters, whose style is bigger than life and exuding zest, it’s definitely my man Rushdie.
2. I have to come back to the post. I’m sure I’m forgetting books I’ve been seeing around which I would love to buy and read. I know I have to go to the Master List I created, and add books I’ve been recommended written by African writers.
3. Also, towards the end of the year and the beginning of next, I’ll be busy reading those scrumptious posts with lists of books read, books to read, and the recaps, and writing my own. I want to be sensitive and responsible, so I’ll definitely go back to my existing piles, my TBR lists, and continue reading from my shelves.
4. I believe I have enough projects and reading goals of my own, and as I said, I’m not sure I’ll be joining the Back to the Classics 2020 edition if Karen decides to host it next year. This year I’ve already read 10 of the 12 categories. I don’t know if I’ll finish the last two. I’m not sure if I’ll join. Truth is that I love seeing what others read and review for that challenge. Maybe I make an entry blog, because knowing I read many classics, I may be able to fit my reads into the new categories. And all that assuming Karen keeps up with the challenge.
5. As for the TBR challenge I joined in this year. I am keeping the post with those books I planned to read, and I may continue updating it, or even make a new list. We’ll see, but the truth is that I’ve read many because I had them in that list, and that motivated me.
6. The Classics Club Challenge, I’ll consider it finished at the end of this month, when I’ll submit the books read, and I’ll default to my Lifetime Master List for the classics that I’ll continue trying to read and the ones that are being brought to my attention.
That’s all for today. Before I go, I’d share that Houston is reaching record hot temps this summer, which makes me feel very thankful for good AC systems in buildings and cars.
And if I’ve forgotten any book addition, challenge suggestion, or you have any you think would interest me, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments, please. I plan to come back here and add more, -if just for my own records-.