Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday Salon: November Challenges

Why are all the fun book challenges in November?! It's not fair!

Of course, this isn't really true, but there are a lot of them. In alphabetical order, there's:



Margaret Atwood Reading Month

Non-Fiction in November

Novellas in November

And we're already in the middle of Witch Week

Now if Margaret Atwood would move to Australia, write a short non-fiction book in German about warlocks and have it translated, and do it by the end of the week, I would be all set!

Short of that...I've got two books that I read in October and should write posts for soon. James Baldwin's novella about homosexual life in Paris, Giovanni's Room, and John Szwed's biography of Sun Ra, Space Is The Place.

Other things I'm thinking about that fit one or more categories:

Susanna Clarke's Piranesi
Les Murray's Dog Fox Field
Ingeborg Bachman's Malina
Jenny Erpenbeck's The End of Days
Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye
Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus

This post is mostly to help organize myself, but maybe it helps you, too...


  1. Haha! Love the ideal Margaret Atwood book.

    I should probably add some of these challenges to the Classics Club list of events.

    1. I'm sure Margaret Atwood could do it! But she probably won't...

  2. i don't think i'm young enough to do clubs; simplicity is about all i can handle any more... (being 77, and all that entails haha)

    1. I'm nevertheless envious of the amount of good reading you do!

      My eyes tend to be bigger than my stomach with this sort of thing, but we'll see...

  3. The best non-fiction book about warlocks is unfortunately, for your scheme, Italian.

    By "non-fiction," I mean "history."

    1. Margaret Atwood wouldn't have to write the best book about warlocks--just a small adequate one, that's all I ask...

      The Carlo Ginzburg does sound pretty good, though.

  4. I have four books lined up for Nonfiction November...but I may also be too ambitiou.

    I really liked Piranesi and it is a pretty quick read. Under 300 pages. Not the whopper that Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was but maybe the jumping off point for a series of books? It holds its own but COULD be the start of something bigger.

    1. I'd really like it if Piranesi were the start of something bigger. Big as Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was it could have bigger still as far as I was concerned! And we've waited so long...

  5. It is an unreasonably busy month. Thanks for the #MARM shoutout. And good luck with all your vague ideas/plans/dreams! :)