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Retos 2017
1- 50,000 pages read
2- 300 books
3- 4 books per month not from the USA, UK or Spain AND two extra books, so in total 50.
4- 100 female writer books
5- 1 Alphabet with Names & Surnames of the authors.



1- Gianni Rodari Tales Told by a Machine (Novelle Fatte a Macchina Italy – 8
2- Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons Objects Food Rooms US 4
3- Ada Leverson, Oscar Wilde and Robert Ross Letters to the Sphinx by Oscar Wilde Ireland 4
4- Sylvia Plath Ariel US 6
5- William Shakespeare Hamlet UK 7

6- Herb Ritts et al. Vogue the Covers

7- Naomi Campbell Naomi UK 7

8- Joël Dicker The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert) Switzerland 7

9- Basavanna, Devara Dasimayya, Mahadeviyakka, Allama Prabhu Speaking of Shiva India 8

10- Mircea Eliade Mystic Stories The Sacred and the Profane (Domnisoara Christina; Secretul doctorului Hungberger; La tiganci; Tinerete fara batrinete) Romania 8

11- Hiromi Tsuchida 土田ヒロミHiroshima (広島市) Romania 8

12 – L. S. Hilton Maestra UK 7

13 Jaime Bayly El escritor sale a matar Peru 8

14 May Byron, Unknown, Sam Walter Ross English Poetry UK 5

15 Jean-Dominique Bauby The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (Scaphandre et le papillon) Fr 6

16 Rabindranath Tagore Gitanjali (Naivédya, Khyá & Gitánjali) India 9

17 Mike Rosenthal Twitter: the Comic (the Book) US 5

18 Irvin D. Yalom Staring at the Sun - Overcoming the Terror of Death US 10

19 Fleur Adcock, Seamus Heaney, Carol Rumens, Christopher Reid, Craig Raine, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, Hugo Williams, Penelope Shuttle, Andrew Motion, David Sweetman Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand 8

20 Michaela Morgan, Jennifer Curry, Paddy Hughes, Lucinda Jacob, Mandy Coe, Brian Moses, Joseph Coelho, Chrissie Gissins, Michael Kavanagh, Anonymous, Patricia Leighton, etc .Read Me at School UK 9

21- J. R. Ashley Towards the Horizon UK 7

22 Anna Bauer Backstage Germany 6

23 Samuel Beckett Collected Shorter Plays Ireland 8


24 Miguel D'Ors, Andrés Trapiello, Ana Rossetti Poesía espaÑola Volumen 10 Spain 8

25 Eugène Ionesco Rhinoceros (Rhinocéros) Romania 8

26 Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquire into Values US 8


24 Miguel D'Ors, Andrés Trapiello, Ana Rossetti Poesía espaÑola Volumen 10 Spain 8

25 Eugène Ionesco Rhinoceros (Rhinocéros) Romania 8

26 Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquire into Values US 8

27 Jorge Luis Borges El hacedor Argentina 7

28 Terry Pratchett The Free Wee Men UK 10

29 Linda Manassee Buell Overcome Panic and Anxiety Disorder US 8

30 B. S. Johnson Travelling People UK 5

31 Richmal Compton Just William's Luck UK 7

32 José Mauro de Vasconcelos Meu pé delaranja-lima Brazil 10

33 Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Abu Hamid al-Andalusi, Qudama ibn Jafar, Marco Polo, Zuhri, Mas'udi, Miskawayh, Ishtakhri, Ibn Rusta, Ibn Hayyan, Muqaddasi, Ibn Hawqal, Ibn Rusta, Ibrahim ibn Ya'qub, Ibn al-Faqin, Ibn Hawqal, Marwazi, Qazqini, Ibn Battuta, Biruni Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness Iraq, Italy 8

34 William Shakespeare Sonnets UK 8

35 James Herriot Vet in a Spin UK 6

36 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Venus in Furs (Venus im Pelz) Austria 5

37 Louise Reilly Sacco & Michael Frank The Museum of Bad Art: Masterwork US 8

38 Christopher Reid A Scattering UK 10

39 Society of Nigerian Arts Contemporary Nigerian Art Nigeria 5

40 Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood UK 8


41 Carol Ann Duffy Feminine Gospels UK 7

42 John Luther Novak eXistenZ US - 7

43 Austin Wright Tony & Susan US - 6

44 Patience Agbabi Telling Tales UK - 6

45 Maya Angelou Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie US - 9

46 Catullus The Shorter Poems (Cui dono lepidum novum libellus arida modo pumice expolitum?) Rome 9

47 Idea Vilariño, Nicanor Parra, Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, Gabriela Mistral, Leopoldo Lugones, Rafael Cadenas, Andrés Bello, Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges, Vicente Huidobro The Penguin Book of Latin American Verse Cuba, Brazil, Argentina... 9

48 James Rebanks The Shepherd's Life UK 8

49 Jaime Bayly El misterio de Alma Rossi (Morirás mañana 2) Peru – 5

50 Tracy Chevalier Remarkable Creatures UK – 5

51 Claire Kendal The Book of You UK - 10

52 Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus UK – 10

53 Richard Mosse Infra Ireland - 7

54 Guy Bourdin Guy Bourdin France 6

55 Irvin D. Yalom When Nietzsche Wept US - 10

56 S. E. Hinton The Outsiders US -7

57 bob cobbing shrieks & hisses UK - 7

58 Bridget Riley Complete Prints UK 6


I would like to recommend books which I feel that they are good Reading Club material because they offer ideas, concepts, speak about this and that. I will have not necessarily loved them, but I found they have interesting ideas or they discuss important topics. Having said that, I cannot promise that you will like them, of course, but I will not torture you with books I found boring or uninspiring. What I can say is that these books treat important ideas and concepts.

I am listing them down in alphabetical order taking out articles and such. I am including between brackets what I feel they are the main topics in that book.

- Answering Back, edited by Carol Ann Duffy [Sexuality, Age, Social importance of Literature, History, Gender]

- The Art of War by Sun Tzu [Social class, War, Power, Philosophy]

- Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [Justice. Punishment. History. Autobiographies]

- Basic Instinct by Richard Osborne [Sexuality, Violence, Psychology, Question of authority, Art, Professional vocation]

- Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [Feminism, Psychology, Sexual mores, Art, Professional life]

- Belwether by Connie Willis [Advertising, Science, Research, Modern life, Geniality, Pressure at the workplace]

- A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul [Post-colonialism, Racism, Capitalism]

- Blood, Sweat and a Cup of Tea [Health, Society, Work, Politics, Modern life, Women's Lives, Men's Lives, Modern technology]

- Book Borrower by Rebecca Makkai [Sexual mores, Education, Religion, Innocence vs experience]

- Brand Failures by Matt Haigh [Economy, Society, History]

- Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller [Ecology, Militarisation, Religion, Folklore, Disability]

- Carrie by Stephen King [Bullying, Education, Religion, Popularity]

- Cartas desde el infierno by Ramón Sampedro [Suicide, Depression, Euthanasia, Medicine, Masculinity, Crime]

- Censored Poems by Martin Sorescu [Dictatorships, Socialism, Freedom of speech, Cynicism, Religion, Art]

- The City & the City by China Miéville [Brainwashing, Social pressure, Education, Democracy, Peer pressure, Question to authority]

- A Closer Look at Ariel by Nancy Hunter Steiner [Feminism, Depression, Friendship, Art, Professional Vocation, Teenage angst, Rape, Abortion]

- Clublife by Rob the Bouncer [Modern entertainment, Masculinity, Sexual mores, Drugs]

- Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas [Sexuality, Nazism, Travelling, Art]

- Doll House by Henrik Ibsen [Individual in society, Sexual mores, Marriage, Capitalism, Women's lives, History]

- Drowned World by J. G. Ballard [Ecology, Survival, Society vs individuality, History]

- Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey [Age, History, Psychology, Sibling rivalry]

- Equus by Peter Shaffer [Psychology, Ecology, Masculinity, Teenage angst]

- Falconer by John Cheever [Social rehabilitation, Sexual fluidity]

- Flatland by Edwin Abbott [Class, Society, Education, Abstract art, Religion]

- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway [Human nature, Politics, Society and individuality, War]

- Full Monty by Wendy Holden [Real economy, Masculinity, Sexuality, Women's life, Modern families]

- A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o [Democracy, Colonisation and post-colonisation, Individual and society]

- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [Post-colonialism, Racism, Psychology, Clash of cultures]

- Horns by Joe HIll [Sexual mores, Psychology, Revenge, Real economy, Friendship, Folklore, Relition]

- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros [Sexual mores, Latin people in USA, Women's life, Clash of cultures, Ambition, Education, Innocence vs experience]

- Incertas memorias dun home lobo by Alfredo Conde [Sexuality, Justice, History, Men's and Women's lives, Violence, Sanity]

- El Jarama by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio [Realism, Sexual mores, Democracy, Innocence vs experience, Teenage angst]

- Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta [Third world, Marriage, Women's life, Traditionalism, Education and upbringing]

- Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez [Women's lives, Multiculturalism, Finance, Marriage, Religion]

- Laberinto griego de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán [Humour, Sexuality, Women's life, Modern life, Culture]

- Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin [Politics, Peace, Cultural Differences]

- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist [Bullying, Sexual mores, Addiction, Pederasty]

- The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon [Feminism, Sexual mores, Economy, Power in a marriage, Motherhood, Religion, Importance of aesthetics, Ambition]

- Loaded by Christopher Tsiolkas [Second generation of migrants, Homosexuality]

- The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson [Modern life, Safety, Tourism, Humour, Village life]

- M by Martin Calinescu [Disability, Economy, Relationship father-son, Marriage]

- Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fire [Modern life, Education and upbringing, Innocence vs experience]

- Made in Galicia by Sechu Sende [Linguistics, Modern life, Innocence vs experience]

- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [Sexual mores, Ambition, Women's life, Power, Money and society, Psychology]

- Mon père est femme de ménage by Sophia Azzidine [Money and society, Teenage angst, Education, Masculinity]

- My Booky Wook by Russel Brand [Sexuality, Modern life, Relationship, Mass media, Professional career, Politics]

- My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pilcher [Multiculturalism, Racism, Education, Innocence vs experience, Family life]

- Myra Breckindridge by Gore Vidal [Sexuality, Cinema, Real economy, Education, Power, Innocence vs experience]

- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane [Education and upbringing, Violence, Psychological problems, Question to authority]

- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri [Multiculturalism, Sexual mores, Marriage, Immigration, Cultural clash, Women's life]

- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [What makes us human, Education, Peer pressure, Sexual mores, Advances in medicine, Innocence vs experience]

- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck [Economy, History, Disability, Women's lives]

- Oil by Upton Sinclair [Capitalism, Religion, Ecology, Sexual mores, Ambition, Real economy]

- Old School by Tobias Wolff [Education, Writers an Literature, History, Ideology, Childhood]

- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan [Sexual mores, Innocence and experience, Professional life, Ambition]

- Paula by Isabel Allende [Medicine, Family life, Democracy, Culture clash, Immigration, Women's life]

- Pearl by John Steinbeck [Money, Society, Human nature, Superstition, Religion, Medicine]

- Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger [Economy, Ecology, Work]

-Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman [Immigration, Innocence vs experience, Education, Poverty, Women's life]

- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [Sexual mores, Real economy, Women's lives, Class, Education]

- Property by Valerie Martin [Slavery, Psychology, Sexuality and morality, History, Economy, Society, Children's lives, Women's lives, Race, Prostitution]

- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N. Adichie [Violence, Innocence vs experience, Post-colonialism, Religion, Women's lives, Children's lives]

- Push by Sapphire [Education, Racism, Sexual mores, Single mothers, Violence, Education, Women's life]

- Queen of Angels by Greg Bear [Human identity, Technology, Social discrimination]

- Quiet American by Graham Greene [Sexual mores, Alcoholism, Post-colonisation]

- Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid [Sexual mores, Imperial culturalism, Psychological problems, Ambition]

- Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr [Addiction, Art, Family life, Mass media, Modern life, Teenage angst, Real economy, Psychology, Age]

- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates [Marriage, Sexual mores, Real economy, Professional life, Innocence and experience, Ambition, Stream of consciousness]

- The Road by Cormac McCarthy [Ecology, Education, Family, Moral, Reminiscences, Society, Suicide]

- Sally Heathcote by Mary Talbot [History, Women, War and peace, Social Movements, Feminism]

- Santiago by Mike Resnick [Democracy, Sexual mores, Freedom of speech]

- Satellite City and Other Stories by Alecia McKenzie [Cultural Imperialism, Poverty, Violence, Education, Sexual mores, Third World, Emigration, Women's life, Capitalism]

- Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta [Marriage, Money, Sexuality, Children, Modern and traditional Ways of Life, Race, Class]

- Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff [Mental illness, Abuse, Sexual abuse, Childhood, Psychology, Law, Life in the Countryside, Remembrance, Sexual identity]

- Shirley by Charlotte Brontë [Capitalism, Religion, Sexual mores, Innocence vs innocence]

- Short Stories by Dorothy Parker [Racism, Sexism, Money, Society, Sexual and Love Relationships, Women in the Workplace]

- Starship Troopers by Robert M. Heinlein [Totalitarism, Violence, Militarisation of society]

- Still Alice by Lisa Genova [Sickness, Age, Dementia, Identity, Modern Life]

- Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule [Psychology, Crime and punishment, Women's life, Biography]

- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein [Religion, Individualism vs socialisation, War of sexes]

- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith [Sexual mores, Violence, Psychology, Economy, Marriage, Money and power, Film adaptation]

- Stuart A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters [Poverty, Mental problems, Society, Family, Childhood, Abuse, Pederasty]

- Suite Française by Irène Némirovski [Nazism, Art, Freedom of speech, Judaism nowadays, Feminism, Writers' compromise]

- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin [Sexuality, Marriage, Capitalism]

- Talking Heads by Alan Bennet [Sexuality, Family life, Women's life, Masculinity, Real economy, Professional life]

- Teacher Man by Frank McCourt [Education, Society, Women's life, Vocation]

- Testament of Mary by Colm Toíbin [Religion, History, Women's lives]

- Time Traveler's Life by Audrey Niffenegger [Human nature, Sexuality, Marriage, Women's life]

- Under the Skin by Michael Faber [Power, Social classes, Mercy, Sexuality, Men's lives, Ecology]

- Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett [Football influence, Ambition, Universities, Humour]

- The Vegetarian by Kang Han [Modern life, Art, Mental illness, Society, Women's lives, Men's lives, Society, Mistreatment, Family]

- El vendedor de naranjas by Fernando Fernán-Gómez [Cinema, Money, Capitalism, Humour]

- What Mad Pursuit by Martha Gellhorn [Sickness, Sex, Women's lives, Education, History, Society]

- When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr [Nazism, Innocence vs experience, Immigration, Cultural clash, War, Politics, Education, Race, Nationality]

- Where I'm Calling from by Raymond Carver [Modern life, Crime, Sexuality, Marriage, Real economy, Power]

- Wine's Republic by Mo Yan [Psychology, Dictatorship, Crime, Alcoholism, Surrealism, Art and fame]

- Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend [Women's lives, Men's lives, Family, Race, Modern life, University life, Cultural differences]

- Yes Man by Danny Wallace [Masculinity, City life, Positive versus Negative outlooks in life, Modern Mysticism]

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