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January Wrap-up, and prospects for February

January has reached its end and it is time for a reading wrap up. For January I have two challenges; FINDS hosted by AnnaBookBel, reading Nordic literature, my own challenge, and the Classic Spin (Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence). I have started the book, but am only in the very beginning. Will continue reading though.



FINDSHere are my choices for books from each country.

I have read the books from Finland, Iceland and Norway (review to come). I have started the Danish book, but don't like it so will probably leave that one. I have also started the Swedish one, which is great and a review should come soon.

 

My challenge

  • a nonfiction from my TBR shelves chosen by a random generator

  • a fiction from my TBR shelves chosen by a random generator

  • a translated novel outside English- and Swedish speaking countries

  • a classic tale

  • a book from my Wish list

I had several books to read for FINDS and a book club, so did not do a random generator this months. I managed, nevertheless, to fulfil the five criteria for the month.

Nonfiction from TBR shelves - 1 book: Lochery, Neill - Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-4

Fiction from TBR shelves - 8 books (see Read)

Translated novel outside English- and Swedish speaking countries - 4 books (Portuguese, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian)


A classic tale - 1 book - The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas


A book from my wish list - The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas


 

All in all, I am pleased with the outcome of the month. Time to have a look a February.

  • a nonfiction from my TBR shelves chosen by a random generator - History of Europe 1598-1715 by Henry Offley Wakeman (e-book)

  • a fiction from my TBR shelves chosen by a random generator - Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence. Why not? As I am reading Women in Love for the Classic Spin, it might be a good idea to read the two books I have by him.

  • a translated novel outside English- and Swedish speaking countries - Royal Highness by Thomas Mann (e-book), German

  • a classic tale - Child Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron (suitable since I visited the Montserrate palace in Portugal which so inspired Byron on his visit, that he added a verse of the beauty of the place in this poem. See The Content Reader Newsletter for more information).

  • a book from my Wish list - The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea (audio book)

I also have to read/listen I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy for one of my book clubs.


That should keep me busy in February.



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I'm confused. How does a random generator know what you have? I admire your challenges but I'm not sure I could read that way!

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thecontentreader
Feb 08, 2023
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I have a numbered list of my books, for example 140 fiction books. I put the numbers between 1 and 140 for the generator and it chooses a number. I think they do the same for the spin in the Classic club. That is where I got the idea of the generator.

It is not the idea way of reading what is on your shelves. Since I have books from long way back, I think it is a way for me to grab those books (if they come up) rather than a newer one. It does not mean I manage to read all the books I have set up as a goal. There are always other challenges, book circles etc…

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