Books: Everything España: a 2014 Reading Challenge

Posted 1 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments


Everything España: a 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

For the past two years I’ve participated in two lovely reading challenges that were geography-based: I Love Italy in 2012 and Books on France in 2013. Now, I have quite a soft spot for Spanish literature (novels set in Spain or were written by Spanish authors) and am always on the lookout for novels about the Iberian country (which can be a bit scarce, I find, especially translated contemporary novels). I currently have quite a number of books sitting on my to-read pile at present that involve Spain some way so I’ve decided to host a reading challenge (you can sign up for the reading challenge IN THIS POST :))

These are the books I’m planning to read for this event that are on my to-read list at present. This list is, of course, subject to change:

  • Dave Boling’s Guernica (set in Spain) — review
  • Idelfonso Falcones’ The Hand of Fatima (set in Spain) — review
  • Prosper Merimee’s Carmen (set in Spain) — review
  • Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote (re-read; Spanish classic)
  • Javier Cercas’ The Soldiers of Salamis (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Graham Greene’s Monsignor Quixote (set in Spain) — review
  • Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station (set in Spain) — review
  • Almuneda Grandes’ The Frozen Heart (Spanish author; set in Spain)
  • Antonio Munoz Molina’s In the Night of Time (ARC; Spanish author; set in Spain) — DNF
  • Andrew Greeley’s The Archbishop in Andalucia (set in Spain) — review
  • Victor del Arbol’s The Sadness of the Samurai (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra (set in Spain) — reveiw
  • Antonio Hill’s The Good Suicides (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Stories by Foreign Authors: Spanishreview
  • Antonio Hill’s The Summer of Dead Toys (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream (Spanish author) — review
  • The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Laurie Lee’s A Rose for Winter (travelogue set in Spain) — review
  • Julian Sanchez’s The Art Restorer (Spanish author; partly set in Spain) — review
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Marina (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (partly set in Spain) — reviwe
  • Federico Garcia Lorca’s Selected Poems (Spanish poet) — review

Date Updated: 22 November 2014

Aside from Cervantes, I may re-read a few of Arturo Perez-Reverte’s books (thus coinciding with re-reading challenge that I’m also hosting) but we’ll see. As always, we’ll see how this goes! (it’ll likely expand the more I learn about new titles that are available out there and stuff =P)

What do you think? Will you be participating in this reading challenge next year? Or, if not, have you read any of the books I’ve listed about or that I’ve previously read?

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4 Responses to “Books: Everything España: a 2014 Reading Challenge”

  1. Great list! I have only read Carmen and Don Quixote, and both of them were good.

    Ildefonso Falcones, who is also a Spanish author, also wrote Cathedral of the Sea, which I thought was only okay. So I haven’t read more of his novels. Maybe I’ll change my mind when you review The Hand of Fatima.

    • I have fond memories of Cathedral of the Sea (enjoyed this one, prompted me to pick up The Hand of Fatima when it came out) because I bought & read it while I was in Spain 😀

      Glad to hear Carmen was great, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  2. Isi

    My personal recommendation is that you get rid of immediately of The hand of Fatima. It’s one of the most boring books I’ve ever read!! 😛

    • Aww, sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy that book! I enjoyed reading Cathedral of the Sea years ago and was curious to check out another one of his books 🙂

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