Via Dolce Bellezza, I’ve just discovered that 8–15th June has been declared Angela Carter Week by Caroline and Delia. Since I’ve just spectacularly failed at my Anthony Powell challenge, I thought I’d sign up. I’ve had a copy of Several Perceptions festering away on my shelves for several years, and I want to reread The Bloody Chamber. Even I should be able to read and post about a short story at least.
Another reading challenge on the horizon is Spanish Lit Month 2014 hosted by Richard and Stu. I managed not to fail at this in 2012 (by the skin of my teeth) so I thought I’d try not failing at it again. A dear friend gave me a copy of Javier Marías’ A Heart So White which I have ungratefully not read yet, and there are several stories in Borges’ Ficciones which are also awaiting the Parry eye. I might read both books!
Despite my previous form, I am cheerily optimistic about these two challenges. Both involve books I have been meaning to read for a while anyway, and both – crucially for me – are short. I think my weakness is long challenges which become burdensome. What about you – do you join reading challenges, as a way of encouraging you to read new things or dust down something from your shelves, or do you avoid them?