Plans and projects

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


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-.

34 thoughts on “Plans and projects

  1. Wow – lots of great plans Silvia. And we do need to meet up soon. Hopefully this month 🙂 I’m thinking that I might focus on a no-list 2020 and pick categories instead. I want to get a lot of YA reading in that I haven’t been able to read so I think that’ll be my leading category for the next year. I also still need to read from my own shelves because of course there are tons to choose from there 🙂 ha!

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  2. Hi, Silvia! I designed a “button” for the One Hundred Years of Solitude Read-along. I need to share it with you. Do you have another way I can send you an image, like an email or other social media? This way, if you like it, you can use it.

    Speaking of Rushdie…I’m really struggling through his Satanic Verses, but I’m sure I just need to push through. But you say his new book is a tribute to Quixote? I think I’m curious and will have to take a peek!

    P.S. I was wondering where you were in Texas. My family is considering moving to Texas in the next two years…maybe Austin???

    Ruth @ Great Book Study

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    • I have an email, I already emailed you about the button. If you put it up in your blog, I know how to snatch it, LOL.

      I’m in Houston. Austin is neat, if you move there, we should plan a meet up.

      Rushdie is not easy. I have his Satanic Verses, but I don’t think I have the context needed for it to be easier to my liking. Quichotte we may click with it, Ruth. I get the feeling that it’s going to have a wide audience. Most at Goodreads rave about it.


  3. I love a list! You’ve got some great and really interesting plans for 2020. A lot to look forward to.

    I am so glad I recently read 100 Years of Solitude so I can follow your posts on that.

    I really hope you do read Quichotte and blog about it I would really be interested in your take on it given your familiarity with DQ.

    P.S. I listened to The Name of the Rose on audio recently after having first read it (and loved it) in 1986 or so and I think it holds up. So if you ever get the itch to revisit it…fear not. 😀

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    • How exciting! I am going to love to share 100 years with you, and my impressions on Quichotte, and thanks for the reassurance with The name of the rose. Big sigh of relief.


  4. Exciting books, Silvia! I don’t think I’ve read any Japanese literature except maybe Silence? That’s Japanese correct? I tried to read 100 Years of Solitude and I fizzled out. Not that I didn’t like it, it just was so stream-of-conscious and I couldn’t handle it at the time when I picked it up. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try. I just started The Four Loves and oooo, boy. It’s gonna be good. I love Kim’s Instagram account. 🙂 It’s been so fun to connect a little on there with her.

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    • Maybe together we can all make more sense of 100 Years. I believe Silence to be Japanese lit. I have read not much Japanese lit either, so I am very excited to do the challenge and add Japanese lit to my reads.
      I’m glad you and Kim know each other now. She’s a lovely person.

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  5. What a delightful list of literary endeavors! It inspires me with his breadth, and I look forward to your updates as you progress through.

    It will be especially fun to start the Japanese Literature Challenge with your suggestion of The Makioka Sisters. I can tell you right now that my favorite Japanese novel is Murakami’s Kafka on The Shore. It is a bit strange, as his writing most usually is, but somehow it just speaks to me each time I read it. I can recommend classics to you, too, which may be more to your liking, or crime/psychological thrillers which I am passionate about. Kenzaburo Oë’s novel, A Personal Matter, is a deeply moving novel about his son with special needs. Well, we will talk more.

    After Moby Dick, which I adore, I am ready for something fast and light. I probably won’t be ready for One Hundred Years of Solitude again, but I will eagerly read your posts for insight.

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  6. I’ve read 1Q84. I read it quickly, the plot was fascinating. I don’t think I’ve met Murakami yet just by reading that book. Since Kafka on The Shore is your favorite, that’ll be my starting point! A Personal Matter may be my second one.

    I saw at your past challenges you had featured a post on A Pale View of Heights. I’ve read all Ishiguro’s books twice, ha ha ha. All but one, The Unconsoled, that I’ve decided not to read. Of all his books, his Japanese oriented ones are the ones I like most, this one, A Pale View… and The Artist of the Floating World.

    I started The Pillow Book, and love it, but left it, -since it’s kind of a book of snippets or “quotes” on things, and I got sidetracked, -which happens often when it comes to books, 🙂 The Makioka Sisters is one of the few Japanese novels and classic that I’ve read, and it’s high in my list of favorites.

    The Ink Dark Moon was amazing poetry. And that sums up my small incursion into Japanese literature/poetry. It’s definitely a genre I want to explore more, so you and your challenge were very timely.

    I too want to get to something fast and light after Moby Dick, for sure. I too adore it, but after such a book, one needs to give her mind and soul a rest, 🙂

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    • The Unconsoled is my favorite of Ishiguro’s! I have come to appreciate that Japanese literature is not all clear and neatly wrapped up, such as so many American books are. (With a beginning, a middle, and an end which explains it all…)😉

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      • That’s the element of surprise I wanted you to experience in The Makioka Sisters, hahaha. But you already know about it. Of course, I should have known that you, above all, knew that different approach to the novel so characteristic to Japanese lit. The Elegance of the Hedgehog book, which I liked much, more than the other title, The Elves something, was told to have a Japanese feel to it because it wasn’t neatly wrapped up.
        I must read The Unconsoled, and, how you say?, complete reading all his oeuvre?

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  7. I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog! I was completely shocked though, never saw the ending coming.

    I have not read all of Ishiguro’s works, only The Remains of the Day (one of the few novels turned into film which I found exceptional), The Buried Giant, Pale View of Hills and The Unconsoled.

    At first, I was very frustrated with the Japanese tendency to give a “slice of life”, now I love it. I also had trouble with magical realism, as in Allende’s The House of Spirits, but I love that, too, now. I have learned much, but still have much more to learn, about literature.

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    • Same here. That end shocked me. Now I’ve seen that in other books. The Artist of the Floating World is excellent. I think with that and his We Were Never Orphans, plus his collection of short stories, you’ll complete too! I lament that he’s not more prolific. I’m waiting for a new book from him.

      I agree, the more we know, the more we appreciate literature, the different styles across time, countries, genres, and authors themselves.


  8. I always love reading these kinds of posts that share book reading plans. 🙂 I have been trying to leave a comment on your tidal reading post but it doesn’t seem to be posting. So I’m going to try and post it here with this post and see if it will go through. 🙂 Here it is:

    Hi Silvia! Goodness….I have been out of the loop in the blogging world for quite awhile now. I haven’t written a post on my blog in so long. 😦 I *have* read some of your posts recently but just haven’t commented yet. It’s been a tough time of late. There’s been a lot going on and each time I think I want to try to write a post on my blog, I come up empty of words. At some point I really do need to do a What I’ve Been Reading Lately post!

    Anyway, I think I would definitely consider myself a “tidal” reader. I have seasons where I read like crazy. Then other times I may only read a couple of books in a month, reading them slowly. And there are times, when I only read before bed because I’ve gotten caught up in a great TV show series on Netflix or Prime. 😉

    Books are an integral part of my life. But like you, I have times where I’m not as engaged as well. I’m currently in one of those slower times, where I’m not as engaged in my reading. I am only reading two books right now and I’m reading them fairly slowly. I’m working my way through The Two Towers by Tolkien. I’m about 3/4 of the way done with it. I’m sure I will go on to read the final book of the series, The Return of the King, when I’m done. But I’ve begun to really be in the mood for trying to read Les Miserables. So we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll probably opt for the last Tolkien book first so I can finish the series. I’m also reading a non-fiction book on autism. So I have both a fiction and non-fiction going right now….but like I said, at a pretty slow pace.

    I’m so glad to see you back her posting regularly. I’m a consistent reader of your blog, even if I don’t always comment. 🙂

    Hope all is going well!


    • Karen, what a surprise! I visited your blog last week. I follow it, but I thought I may never subscribed since I had not seen any new posts from you.
      I understand. Last year it was a tough one for us, and I too stopped blogging at times. Now I am more inspired.
      I am sad to hear you could not comment in other posts. Someone else told me the same. I wonder what I have done or could do about this, because I love hearing from you.
      Nice plan, Les Mis. My friend Kim read and loved it.
      I have missed your posts. Whenever it comes back to you, your reading inspiration, I am here. And thanks for sharing that you read my musings. Such an honor.


      • I think I am going to try and write something in the next few days on my blog. Maybe. So much going on right now….But tonight, I wanted to try to write something and so maybe some inspiration is beginning to unfold. 🙂

        I just started reading Les Mis tonight also. I read some introductory material on the book and on Victor Hugo. It was very interesting! And then I have read the first chapter of volume one so far. I plan to read more when I head to bed. I had a thought that maybe I would just start sharing some quotes from the book each week as I read. Nothing fancy, nothing indepth. Just some quotes. Maybe some thoughts here and there. And maybe that will help me get the ball rolling again with writing on my blog. 🙂

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  9. Well, we’ve been talking about reading Cicero’s On Friendship and The Art of Loving …. do you think I should do formal read-alongs or do you want to just read together? I’d like to do a read-along for The Art of Loving but after The Four Loves, I might be overloading people. What do you think?

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    • I don’t want to impose but the read-along is very appealing. I will participate. It’s up to you, how much time you have. I do love the scholar that you are. You have a talent and I learn at your feet.🤗

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        • Thanks also for your compliment on my comments. We’ll have a wonderful read along. Take your time to get back to that point where you feel more ready for the task. I have no rush. Actually, right now I’m very caught up with work and an upcoming birthday! 🙂


  10. Thanks for reminding us about the Japanese Challenge, I keep forgetting it’s now at the beginning of the year. I have several Japanese titles on my Classics Club list, they will fit beautifully.
    Also, I have already read One Hundred Years of Solitude – by the way, I highly encourage you to print a genealogy of the characters (easily found online), because so many have the same first and last name in different generations, that’s it’s quite confusing. With a list, things get easier – and now I would love to read Love in the Time of Cholera. How about a read-along together, if not in 2020, what about 2021?

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    • Yes. It’s going to be a great edition of the challenge, I know. I have seen that you like Japanese lit too.

      I read both of those long sagas but so long ago that I need to read them again to see if something more than a vague memory of them comes back. A genealogy will be very useful, you are right. And we’ll start the year, Ruth at and I, with One Hundred Years of Solitude. But even if it sounds far away, Love in the Time of Cholera for 2021, or maybe the summer, after a bit of a break from the other one.
      This is the plan:


  11. Dear Sylvia & Ruth,
    I’m in.
    Moby-Dick finishes at the end of Feb 2020, so after a week off, I’ll be ready to jump back into another slow read readalong 🙂
    I’ll also share your badge on the Classics Club pages.

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  12. Just popping by to say that I think I might try to join you in reading 100 Years of Solitude. I just checked tonight and my local library has it on audiobook. I may still buy the book though. 😉

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