Monday, January 26, 2009

Call me crazy...

....but I'm joining another challenge. This is one I wanted to join last year, as soon as I started blogging, so I'm excited to get on the list!

Orbis Terrarum 2009

Main Challenge Rules:
*The Orbis Terrarum Challenge begins March 1 2009(you are welcome to join later) Through the end of 2009.
*For the challenge each reader is to choose 10 books (for the 10 months).
*Each book must from a different country, I have decided to go by the country of origin of the author, or the country he/she lives in is fine as well.
*You don't have to have a list, that means you can change your mind at any time. As long as there are 10 from 10 different countries, written by 10 different authors: Anything goes.

The bottom line: choose 10 different books, written by 10 different authors, from 10 different countries.

I'm also going to join the Orbis Terrarum Film Mini-Challenge, since I have so many things in my Netflix queue that will apply. =)

Orbis Terrarum Film Mini-Challenge:
I know some of you enjoy subtitled films, or foreign films. I love spanish ones because I can understand them. Maybe you are bilingual and would love to sit and watch foreign films sometimes.
The OT film mini-challenge is that you watch 10 films, 10 different countries, by 10 different directors in the 10 months. (choose the movies, just like the nation of origin or residence of the director, not where it was filmed or what it was about)

I'm starting a list of books for the challenge, which I will most likely add to or edit before the challenge is over:

1 - Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Norway)
2 - Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (Britain) finished 4/23/09, rated 6/10
3 - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desei (India)
4 - This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco) 12/15/09, rated 9/10
5 - Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards (Canada)
6 - The Matter of Desire by Edmundo Paz Soldan (Bolivia)
7 - Angel of Grozny by Asne Seierstad (Chechnya) - finished 3/1/09, rated 8/10
8 - Infinity in the Palm of her Hand by Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) finished 3/19/09, rated 7/10
9 - Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee (India) finished 5/8/09, rated 7/10
10 - Cutting Loose by Nadine Dajani (Lebanon) finished 6/13/09, rated 8/10
11 - Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan) finished 6/24/09, rated 8/10
12 - A Good House by Bonnie Burnard (Canada) finished 7/4/09, rated 7/10
13 - After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australia) finished 10/2/09, rated 8/10
14 - The Book of Murder by Guilermo Martinez (Argentina) finished 8/09, rated 6/10

Also, a list for the movies:

1 - Au Revoir Les Enfants (France)
2 - Journey from the Fall (Vietnam)
3 - The Namesake (India)
4 - Moolaade' (Senegal)
5 - The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (Denmark)
6 - The Band's Visit (Israel)
7 - Vitus (Switzerland)
8 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Romania)
9 - Good Morning, Night (Italy)
10 - Mad Love (Spain)
11 - Let the Right One In (Sweden)
12 - Rudo y Cursi (Mexico)

***edited to correct country for author Sigrid Undset - thanks bookoholic13!!***


Andi said...

Crazy! Kidding, kidding! I'm all for throwing another challenge on the pile. This one looks very tempting. Good luck with it!

violetcrush said...

I am joining this one too although I have no idea what I am going to read. Your list looks good.

bookoholic13 said...

Great challenge & list! I'm definitely going to look into jopining. Btw, Sigrid Undset is Norwegian (born in Denmark), not Swedish. Just letting you know so that you can add a Swedish writer to your list (yes, I'm from Sweden, if you hadn't guessed already...).

bethany said...

Oh, thanks for joining in! That is a great list you have there, I may need to steal some of your suggestions :)

I hope you enjoy this year's journey!

bethany said...

PS I love your blog too!!

Richard said...

Elizabeth, you have a couple of nice lists going here! I reviewed "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" on my blog recently, so I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think about the movie once you get around to it. This was my favorite challenge last year, so I'm glad you joined in on the fun this year! said...

I hope you will choose an Irish writer, perhaps one I have mentioned on my blog!
In addition, Linn Ullmann is Norwegian, in case you'd care to read her 4th one, A Blessed Child
(also on my blog).
I think I will join this challenge too! Should be a joy!

Tea said...

I stopped by to look at your reviews for Orbis Terrarum. You have listed really good books.