Thursday, March 12, 2009

Elizabeth Gaskell Mini-Challenge


This challenge is for 2009-2010. The challenge will begin January 1, 2009. The challenge will end June 1, 2010.

Read and/or watch TWO works by Elizabeth Gaskell

For example:
Watching two movies
Reading two books
Reading one book; watching one movie

Novels

* Mary Barton (1848)
* Cranford (1851–3)
* Ruth (1853)
* North and South (1854–5)
* Sylvia's Lovers (1863)
* Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story (1865)

Novellas and collections

* The Moorland Cottage (1850)
* Mr. Harrison’s Confessions (1851)
* The Old Nurse's Story (1852)
* Lizzie Leigh (1855)
* My Lady Ludlow (1859)
* Round the Sofa (1859)
* Lois the Witch (1861)
* A Dark Night's Work (1863)
* Cousin Phillis (1864)

Short stories (partial)

* Libbie Marsh's Three Eras (1847)
* Christmas Storms and Sunshine (1848)
* The Squire's Story (1853)
* Half a Life-time Ago (1855)
* An Accursed Race (1855)
* The Poor Clare (1856)
* "The Manchester Marriage" (1858), a chapter of A House to Let, co-written with Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Adelaide Anne Procter
* The Half-brothers (1859)
* The Grey Woman (1861)

Non-fiction

* The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857)

You can always read (or watch) more. But two is the minimum. I don't know that this has ever come up, but you CAN count abridged versions of the novels. You CAN also count audio books.

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Participants:
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Leo Tolstoy Mini-Challenge


The Leo Tolstoy Mini-Challenge will be for 2009-2010. The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and go through August 31, 2010.

The goal of this one is to read TWO of his books.

Novels and novellas

* (1852) Detstvo (Детство); English translation: Childhood
* (1854) Otrochestvo (Отрочество); English translation: Boyhood
* (1856) Yunost (Юность); English translation: Youth
* (1859) Semejnoye schast'ye (Семейное счастье); English translation: Family Happiness
* (1863) Kazaki (Казаки); English translation: The Cossacks
* (1869) Voyna i mir (Война и мир); English translation: War and Peace
* (1877) Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина); English translation: Anna Karenina
* (1886) Smert' Ivana Il'icha (Смерть Ивана Ильича); English translation: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
* (1891) Kreitzerova Sonata (Крейцерова соната); English translation: The Kreutzer Sonata
* (1899) Voskresenie (Воскресение); English translation: Resurrection
* (1911, written 1896-1904) Fal'shivyi kupon (Фальшивый купон); English translation: The Forged Coupon
* (1912, written 1902-1904) Khadzhi-Murat (Хаджи-Мурат); English translation: Hadji Murat

One movie may be substituted in the place of one of the books, if you want.

If you want to join me for this reading challenge, leave a comment below.

Participants so far:

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George Eliot Mini-Challenge


This challenge is for 2009-2010. The challenge begins January 1, 2009 and goes through June 1, 2010.

The goal of this one is to read TWO of her books.

Novels

* Adam Bede, 1859
* The Mill on the Floss, 1860
* Silas Marner, 1861
* Romola, 1863
* Felix Holt, the Radical, 1866
* Middlemarch, 1871-72
* Daniel Deronda, 1876

One movie may be substituted in the place of one of the books, if you want.

If you want to join me for this reading challenge, leave a comment below.

Participants so far:

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Elizabeth Scott Mini-Challenge


The Elizabeth Scott Mini-Challenge will be for 2009. January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

The goal of this one is to read TWO of her books.

Her YA books include

Bloom (2007)
Perfect You (2008)
Stealing Heaven (2008)
Living Dead Girl (2008)
Something Maybe (2009)
Love You Hate You Miss You (2009)

To join this challenge, please leave a comment!

Participants so far:
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Anthony Trollope Mini-Challenge


This challenge is for 2009-2010. The challenge will begin January 1, 2009. The challenge will end August 31, 2010.

Read and/or watch TWO works by Anthony Trollope

For example:
Watching two movies
Reading two books
Reading one book; watching one movie

Novels unless otherwise noted:

* The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847)
* The Kellys and the O'Kellys (1848)
* La Vendée:An Historical Romance (1850)
* The Warden (1855) Chronicles of Barsetshire #1
* Barchester Towers (1857) Chronicles of Barsetshire #2
* The Three Clerks (1858)
* Doctor Thorne (1858) Chronicles of Barsetshire #3
* The West Indies and the Spanish Main (travel) (1859)
* The Bertrams (1859)
* Castle Richmond (1860)
* Framley Parsonage (1861) Chronicles of Barsetshire #4
* Tales of All Countries--1st Series (stories) (1861)
* Tales of All Countries--2nd Series (stories) (1863)
* Tales of All Countries--3rd Series (stories) (1870)
* Orley Farm (1862)
* North America (travel) (1862)
* The Struggles of Brown, Jones & Robinson (1862)
* Rachel Ray (1863)
* The Small House at Allington (1864) Chronicles of Barsetshire #5
* Can You Forgive Her? (1865) Palliser Novel #1
* Miss Mackenzie (1865)
* Hunting Sketches (sketches) (1865)
* Travelling Sketches (sketches) (1866)
* Clergymen of the Church of England (sketches) (1866)
* The Belton Estate (1866)
* The Claverings (1867)
* Nina Balatka (1867)
* Last Chronicle of Barset (1867) Chronicles of Barsetshire #6
* Lotta Schmidt & Other Stories (1867)
* Linda Tressel (1868)
* Phineas Finn (1869) Palliser Novel #2
* He Knew He Was Right (1869)
* Did He Steal It? (play) (1869)
* The Vicar of Bullhampton (1870)
* An Editor's Tales (stories) (1870)
* The Commentaries of Caesar (school textbook) (1870)
* Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite (1871)
* Ralph the Heir (1871)
* The Golden Lion of Granpère (1872)
* Australia and New Zealand (travel) (1873)
* The Eustace Diamonds (1873) Palliser Novel #3
* Harry Heathcote of Gangoil (1874)
* Lady Anna (1874)
* Phineas Redux (1874) Palliser Novel #4
* The Way We Live Now (1875)
* The Prime Minister (1876) Palliser Novel #5
* The American Senator (1877)
* Is He Popenjoy? (1878)
* South Africa (travel) (1878)
* How the 'Mastiffs' Went to Iceland (travel) (1878)
* John Caldigate (1879)
* An Eye for an Eye (1879)
* Cousin Henry (1879)
* Thackeray (criticism) (1879) English Men of Letters Series #11
* The Duke's Children (1880) Palliser Novel #6
* Life of Cicero (biography) (1880)
* Ayala's Angel (1881)
* Doctor Wortle's School (1881)
* Why Frau Frohmann Raised Her Prices and other Stories (stories) (1882)
* Lord Palmerston (biography) (1882)
* The Fixed Period (1882)
* Kept in the Dark (1882)
* Marion Fay (1882)
* Mr. Scarborough's Family (1883)
* An Autobiography (autobiography) (1883)
* The Landleaguers (unfinished novel) (1883)
* An Old Man's Love (1884)
* The Noble Jilt (play) (1923)
* London Tradesmen (sketches) (1927)
* The New Zealander (essay) (1972)

Trollope on Film

* The Barchester Chronicles (7 episodes)
* The Pallisers (26 episodes)
* He Knew He Was Right (4 episodes)
* The Way We Live Now (4 episodes)

To join the challenge, please leave a comment.

Participants so far:

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