I came very close to resolving not to get caught up in any reading challenges this year other than the two I'd already committed to, not because I don't like them, but because too many can make even a good thing feel like a chore.
But Kate's Reading Across Boundaries Challenge is too intriguing to ignore.
The idea, of course, is to read more books (Kate's gunning for ten) from the areas of the world that you'd ordinarily ignore, particularly in translation.
I have several either underway or on the schedule for the next couple of months, but some others that I have on hand and that I'm going to attempt to give some priority to this year are:
A Tale of Love and Darkness. Amos Oz (Israel)
World Light. Halldor Laxness (Iceland)
The House of the Spirits. Isabel Allende (Chile)
Kristin Lavransdatter. Sigrid Undset (Scandinavia)
Istanbul. Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Haruki Murakami (Japan)
Palace Walk. Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)
Snow Country. Yasunari Kawabata (Japan)