2016 Challenges







Rules.  0/6 Read. Complete by December 31, 2016

Read books with the following themes in the title:

  • A country : (Maid in SA; Americanah; Ghana Must Go)
  • An item of clothing : (Cape Coast Castle)
  • An item of furniture :
  • A profession: (The Maestro, The Magician and The Mathematician; The Fisherman)
  • A month of the year : (March)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it : ( The Word Tree; The Whispering Trees)







Rules: “For the first three months of 2016 read only the books that were already in your TBR stack as of midnight December 31, 2015. As always, you can include books you’ve ordered but not received yet as well as books you have already placed on reserve at your local library.  You can also make exceptions for certain books that will be published early next year along with book club choices and ARCS as needed.  The TBR Dare has always been about having fun, so make whatever changes to the “rules” you need to to keep it fun.”

  1. A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila

Read My Own Damn Books







Rules:  Participants gets to make up their own rules.

My rules: Read a particular set of books that have been on the TBR the longest.





Deal Me In Challenge






Rules: To read 52 short stories in 2016  (0/52 Read)


(1 = Ace; 13 = King)

♥ Hearts ♥

  1. The First Shampoo Hair Show by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
  2. Who Will Greet You at Home by Leslie Nneka Arimah
  3. Bethlehem by Chika Unigwe
  4. Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. Found Things by Yewande Omotoso
  6. The Closest Thing to Animals by Sofia Samatar
  7. The Kind of Water I like by Lilian Aujo
  8. Sleep by Colm Toibin
  9. Pulani’s Eyes by Lauri Kubuitsile
  10. The Collected Tricks of Houdini by Rotimi Babatunde
  11. The Second Coming of Dambudzo Marechera by Tendai Huchu
  12. Olikoye by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  13. Sweetness by Toni Morrison

♦ Diamonds ♦

  1. The Start of the Affair by Nuruddin Farah (New Yorker)
  2. Yesterday by Haruki Murakami (New York)
  3. How Shall I Know You by Hilary Mantel
  4. Old Men Around Town by Lydia Davis
  5. Monstro by Junot Diaz (New Yorker)
  6. The Dead at the Table by Antonio Tabucchi
  7. You are the Second Person by Kiese Laymon
  8. Feminmo by Akwaeke Zara Emezi
  9. The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro
  10. Samsara by Juan Pablo Villalobos
  11. The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang
  12. A Girl Who Comes Out of a Chamber at Regular Intervals by Sofia Samatar
  13. The Transformation of Mama Paulina by Chika Unigwe

♠ Spades ♠

  1. In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel
  2. One Gram Short By Etgar Keret
  3. Fewer Scruples by Javier Marias
  4. Symbols and Signs by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith
  6. What Happened to the Baby by Cynthia Ozick
  7. A Ride Out of Phrao by Dina Nayeri
  8. Whenever I Sit at a Bar Drinking Like This, I Always Think Wat a Sacred Profession Bartending is by Ryu Murakami
  9. The Sack by Namwali Serpell
  10. The Ibex by Aminatta Forna
  11. The Fisher Queen by Alyssa Wong
  12. This Time Last Year by Magdaléna Platzová
  13. Blood on a Spear by Javier Marias

♣ Clubs ♣

Taken from arablit’s 12 Short Short Stories for the Shortest Day of the Year

  1. Bloodred Dew,” Mohammed Dib, trans. C. Dickson
  2. The Battle of the Rabbits,” Muhammed Mustajab, trans. Qisasukhra
  3. The Logic of Birds,” Luay Hamza Abbas, trans Yasmeen Hanoosh
  4. Tantal,” Samir Naqqash, trans. Shakir Mustafa
  5. God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” Hanan al-Shaykh, trans. Randa Jarrar
  6. The Teacher,” Ibrahim al-Koni, trans. Elliott Colla
  7. Men Have All the Luck,” Mohamed Choukri, trans. Paul Starkey
  8. Silence,” Adania Shibli, trans. Randa Jarrar
  9. Oil Field,” Mohammad Hasan Alwan, trans. Peter Clark
  10. In the Long Shadows,” Jamal Mahjoub
  11. The Pride of Garbage,” Osama Alomar, trans. the author with C.J. Collins.
  12. The Way to Poppy Street,” Rachida el-Charni, trans. Piers Amodia
  13. Give Me Your Body by Catherine Chung


Read 100 short stories by December 31, 2016.  0/100 read.

  1. The Cuckold by James Harms (at Guernica)


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