Monday, 27 December 2010

Chinese Literature challenge 2011

I have been wanting to read more Chinese literature for some time now, but you know how it goes... life gets in the way, so many books to read, etc. So I came up with the idea of a read-along, hoping you (yes, you!) would join me in this endeavor :)

Why should I join?
More and more Chinese books are translated into English (and other languages) and wouldn't it be nifty to read more about the mysterious Far East? But seriously, it's always nice to read something new. Also, did I mention there will be prizes?

What is the duration of the challenge?
The challenge will start and end on Chinese New Year, which means it will run from February 3rd 2011 to January 23rd 2012. You can however join in anytime.

What do you mean by Chinese literature?
Books either written by a Chinese author or books about China (incl. Hongkong and Macau) or Taiwan.

What are the requirements for participating in this challenge?
You have to read at least one book and write a review about it. If you don't have a blog, it's also fine to post your review on Goodreads or Librarything.

There are four levels of participation (no need to set one beforehand):
Merchant: 1-3 books
Artisan: 4-6 books
Farmer: 7-9 books
Scholar: 10+ books

What kind of books can I read?
Any genre, in any format (audiobook/e-book/paper) in any language. Also, re-reads are allowed.

Do you have a list of books I can choose from?
I have listed a few books here. Feel free to contact me if you have suggestions for this list or if you need more suggestions from me.

Can I combine with other challenges?
Sure! You could, for example, combine this challenge with the East and Southeast Asia challenge hosted by VioletCrush. But anything goes.

Sounds like fun! How do I sign up?
It's all about having fun ;) You can sign up by using Mr. Linky below. If you have an introductory post or a Challenges page on your blog, feel free to link there directly. Participants without blogs should leave their e-mail address (and Goodreads/Librarything/Shelfari username, if available) in a comment below. Finally, feel free to grab a button.

Click HERE to for Mr Linky!


  1. I haven't written a post but count me in.

  2. I'm in, well starting with teh 3rd of February :)

  3. Thank you for stopping by and listing all these books-Chinese literature is a favorite genre of mine.

  4. This sounds great. i read three books at the end of the year, all set in China. Unbound: A True Story of War, Love and Survival by Dean King (dtails the long march), The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, and Waiting by Ha Jin. each covered a different period in history.

  5. Thank you for visiting me! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  6. Ugh! I swore I wasn't going to do a challenge this here! Luckily, I just finished one book that qualifies for this challenge, so I'll aim for two more.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  7. Sign me up please. I'd love to do this challenge. I have just read Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu, which has been shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize, and enjoyed it very much. Will link when I have written a post. Thank you.

  8. My post is done and linked. I have finished reading my first book. Three sisters by Bu Feiyu, shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2010. Thank you, I am enjoying this challenge very much.

  9. I'm going to try (I mean, I should be able to read 1 in a year, right?).

  10. Count me in for the Artisan category.

  11. Oh my gosh! Coincidentally, I have been reading Chinese literature all month! I'm so happy to have found this challenge!

  12. By the way, do I just make comments and reference my reviews, or is there another Mr. Linky to link directly to my books? Thanks!

  13. I've signed up with Mr. Linky linking to my post that introduces the Challenge. A question, are books by Chinese American writers like Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston included, since they are American born?

  14. @NancyO: that must be a sign ;) Glad to have you on board! There is a Mister Linky for reviews, under the tab REVIEWS.
    @Book Bird Dog: yes, they are allowed as well!

  15. I've linked my review of Red Jade, a mystery by Henry Chang, under Reviews.

    Red Jade

  16. I've listed all 5 of mine for February under reviews:
    Dream of Ding Village - Yan Lianke
    Three Sisters - Bi Feiyu
    The Vagrants - Yiyun Li
    War Trash - Ha Jin
    To Live - Yu Hua

  17. oops I linked too soon and didn't get the title of the book...just my name there... now how does one go back and fix that ? ?

  18. Does an author who lives in America but was born in China count?

  19. I'm glad I found this challenge, I'm already one book down :)

  20. Sounds like an awesome challenge. Good luck!

  21. How kind of you to comment on Carole's Chatter. I have done a number of posts on other artists that you might be interested in. Cheers

    PS If you were wanting to get your blog active again you might like to look at Carole's Chatter Blog Tips.