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Tadoku Reading Challenge 3 (May 2021) – introduction

Tadoku Reading Challenge 3 (May 2021) – introduction

At the start of the year I posted to say that I was planning on possibly taking part in a couple of Tadoku reading challenges in 2021. Today the third Tadoku challenge of the year starts, and I am thrilled to be cracking open another book in a non-native language.

In case you’re new to Tadoku let me explain the principal.

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{Reading Challenge} The Classics Club | Spin Event #26

{Reading Challenge} The Classics Club | Spin Event #26

If you fancy a chuckle at how life gets in the way of remembering to read, then take a gander at my reading challenge post for the Classics Club.


To join in simply list any 20 books that remain on your Classics Club list before Sunday, 18th April 2021. On the 18th, the club will announce the winning number and then all you have to do is read the corresponding book by Monday, 31st May 2021.

Here is my list:

  1. A Room With A View – E M Forster
  2. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  3. Watson’s Choice – Gladys Mitchell
  4. Have His Carcase – Dorothy L Sayers
  5. Zazie in the Metro – Raymond Queneau
  6. The Fountain Overflows – Rebecca West
  7. The Singing Sands – Josephine Sands
  8. Claudine in Paris – Colette
  9. The Pumpkin Eaters – Penelope Mortimer
  10. Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier
  11. The Romance of the Forest – Ann Radcliffe
  12. Earth – Zola
  13. Transparent Things – Nabokov
  14. The Phantom Tollbooth – Juster
  15. The Memorial – Isherwood
  16. Incidents in the Rue Langier – Anita Brookner
  17. Some Tame Gazelle – Pym
  18. Wuthering Heights – Bronte
  19. 100 Years of Solitude – García-Marquez
  20. Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner
 
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Posted by on April 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Long-term Reading Challenge} The Classics Club

{Long-term Reading Challenge} The Classics Club

On the 15th of June 2016 I signed up for a long-term reading challenge: the Classics Club. Then I got caught up in starting a part-time degree and forgot about the whole thing until today.

As a dedicated commitment-phobe I only wrote the titles of the first 20 books (of 50+) that I had a burning desire to read. I thought that I’d read the first 20 books over the course of a couple of years, then come back to said list and add in the next batch of 20 that interested me (etc).

As of today I have still read 0 of those first 20 titles. Yes you heard me right: none of them.

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Posted by on April 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Wrap Up} Tadoku Reading Challenge 2 (March 2021)

{Wrap Up} Tadoku Reading Challenge 2 (March 2021)

The Challenge

The goal is incredibly simple: read as many pages as you fancy/ are able to in the foreign language or languages of your choice. I loved the open-ended nature of the challenge. With some reading challenges it can feel a little overwhelming to retrospectively find criteria to shoe-horn books I’ve read into to finish a challenge.

The Tadoku challenge took a lot of that stress away. Instead I just had to ask myself one question: “is this book in the challenge language?” This time around I chose just French as the challenge language. I have a shamefully large pile of books in French that I’ve bought that have languished on my TBR pile. If this challenge tickles your pickle then you can sign up here. The challenge runs every other month (January, March, May, etc.)

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Posted by on April 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Review} Mousseline La Serieuse by Sylvie Yvert

{Review} Mousseline La Serieuse by Sylvie Yvert

This is one of two books that have loomed unread for no good reason since January’s Tadoku challenge.

Mousseline La Sérieuse tells the story of Marie-Therese Charlotte de France (Mousseline La Sérieuse was her nickname). Born to Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, Marie-Therese had a life of luxury until the French Revolution which started when she was ten years old. She and her family were placed under house arrest and eventually imprisoned in Temple Tower.

Gradually her parents, aunt, and younger brother were separated from one another, and for two years she was imprisoned alone. The silence of her days punctuated with the sound of her 9 year-old brother’s cries as he was beaten. Of her family, she was the only one to survive. This retelling of her incredibly tragic life follows her from youth to old age, but dwells on the horrors she endured during the Terror.

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{Readathon} The London Bookshop Crawl – 2nd April- 5th April 2021

{Readathon} The London Bookshop Crawl – 2nd April- 5th April 2021

This year marks the first year of Ninja Book Box’s London Bookshop Crawl Readathon. Ninja Book Box specialises in spreading the word about independent publishers so I thought that now would be the perfect time to dig out some of the indie books that I’ve been itching to read but haven’t made it to the top of Mount TBR.

I’m hoping to read 2-3 books out of this list over the course of the readathon. In no real order, these are the books I’d love to read this weekend:

  1. The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen – Lindsay Ashford
  2. Silver Candlesticks – Shirley Shapiro
  3. Unfilled Graves – Ah Cheng
  4. Ghost Variations – Jessica Duchen
  5. The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty – Stowell, Cox & McKnight

This is going to be a wild night in par l’extraordinaire !

Yeah I know that should have been weekend in, but what’s a terrible pun between friends, eh?

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Half-way check-in} French Tadoku Reading Challenge 2 (March 2021)

It’s half-way through March, which means there are only 15 days left in this month’s Tadoku challenge! If you’re not sure what Tadoku is, then this is a link to my introduction post.

My reading goal for this challenge was to read L’inconnu du donjon by Evelyne Brisou-Pellen, and try to finish Mousseline la Sérieuse by Sylvie Yvert. My overall goal was to consume 1000 pages of French-language material.

So far, I’ve completed L’inconnu du donjon, and am a third of the way through Mousseline la Sérieuse. With a decent few days of reading, I *should* hopefully be able to finish Mousseline and end this month feeling like a champion.

My overall page count so far is 702.6, which puts me 15th in the challenge. Not too shabby for someone whose reading speed in French has dropped to a drunken snail’s pace. Providing I keep gaming in French (and reading, of course) it looks like I will easily reach my 1000 page goal.

Even though I am frustrated by my reading speed, by making time to consume French content my reading fluency has picked up a little. If I keep this up, then by the end of the year I almost be back up to my old reading speed.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2021 in 2021 Challenges

 

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{Wrap up}Books I read in February, including A Thousand Li series, and The Tales of Shikonoko

This month had a slow start, but I ended up speeding through 10 books (11 if you count the Shikonoko books as 2 instead of 1). Not bad for only 28 days of reading!


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Posted by on March 4, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Review} The First Step (A Thousand Li series) by Tao Wong

{Review} The First Step (A Thousand Li series) by Tao Wong

I have wanted to read a xianxia novel since I watched a TV adaptation of The Untamed, and felt a giddy rush of love for the genre. Before I rush breathlessly into the review, I’m going to give a quick explanation of what xianxia actually is.

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Posted by on March 2, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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{Book Review} Pride by Ibi Zoboi

{Book Review} Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Hello, my name is WildNightIn, and I have an addiction to retellings of Jane Austen novels. If you’ve gone out on a limb and guessed that “Pride” is a retelling of “Pride and Prejudice“, then you are 100% correct. But if you think you already know how this story is going to pan out then you, my friend, are going to be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by on February 17, 2021 in 2021 Challenges

 

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