Read in 2020

January

National & International DaysTitle
Australia Day, Australia. 26th JanuaryHappy Valley by Patrick White Australian classic; Australian Nobel prize-winning author; set in Australia. ✔️
Republic Day, India. 26th January.The far field : a novel, by Madhuri Vijay Set in India; Indian author.✔️
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Literary AwardsTitle
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award To Name Those Lost, Rohan Wilson✔️
2014 Winner Victoria Premier’s Literary
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Two of the words in the title start with the letter M.Meet Me at Lennon’s by Melanie Myers ✔️
The theme of the book is survival that does not involve war situations.After the Flood by Kassandra Montag ✔️
The book is set in a small town. Taking Tom Murray Home by Tim Slee✔️
The book is set in Italy, India or Indonesia.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay✔️
The theme is North American aboriginal people.The Round House by Louise Erdrich✔️
There is a wild animal on the cover.The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle✔️
Set in the 19th centuryTo Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson✔️
A book written by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner.Happy Valley by Patrick White ✔️
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. Read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

February

National and International DaysTitle
Waitingi Day, New Zealand 6th FebruaryDied in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh✔️ Set in New Zealand; New Zealand author.
Estonia Independence Day 24th FebruaryThe willow king : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal✔️ Set in Estonia; Estonian author
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Literary AwardsTitle
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Winner announced 29th February 2020The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones✔️
2020 shortlist
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The cover has a keyThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield✔️
The book is set between 1760 and 1820.The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan✔️
The book’s genre is time travel.The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence✔️
The word “king” is in the titleThe willow king : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal ✔️
Originally published 2018The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones✔️
There is one or more sheep on the cover.Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh✔️
The book was translated from another language to EnglishA Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende✔️
First or second in a seriesThe End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde✔️
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. Year-long Trivia Challenge: On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

March

National and International DaysTitle
World Wildlife Day 3rd March. Celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Tiger by Polly Clark ✔️ – about the Amur (Siberian tiger), of which there are only about 500 left in the wild.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21st MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin✔️ One of the themes of the novel is race discrimination.
Bangladesh Independence Day 26th MarchA Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
Ghana Independence Day 6th MarchThe Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry ✔️ The story is set partly in Ghana 1957.
Pakistan Republic Day 23rd MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid ✔️ Mohsin Hamid is a British/Pakistani writer. The novel takes place partly in Pakistan, dealing with its cultural and political issues.
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Literary AwardsTitle
Indie Book Awards (Aus) Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar Indie Book of the Year Debut Fiction 2016
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The book has “tiger” in the title. Tiger by Polly Clark✔️
The book is set in New YorkThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin✔️
The cover has a woman wearing a hat.The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry✔️
The genre is Scandinavian mysteryLittle Siberia by Antti Tuomainen.✔️
A book by an Irish author, other than C. S. LewisThe Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan✔️
The cover has a detailed feather on it.Here We Are by Graham Swift✔️
Setting is between 1900 and 1920House of Glass by Susan Fletcher✔️
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment.On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books
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A known author. I’ve also read: “The Gathering” and “The Green Road”.Actress by Anne Enright✔️
Recommended to meThe Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave✔️
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April

National and International DaysTitle
Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)The Map of Salt and Stars Zeyn Joukhadar
Zimbabwe Independence DayThe Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
Senegal Independence DayGod’s Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembene
So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
Queen’s Birthday, DenmarkSmilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Israel Independence Day, IsraelDinner at the Centre of the Earth by Nathan Englander.
St George’s Day, England.To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf, 1927)
Union Day, TanzaniaGravel Heart, by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Official Birthday of His Majesty, King Wilem-Alexander, NetherlandsMax Havelaar, or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli, Eduard Douwes Dekker, Roy Edwards (Translator)
Freedom Day, South AfricaCry, The Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton
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Literary AwardsTitle
New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards
The Stella PrizeThere Was Still Love, Favel Parrett (2020 shortlist)
PEN/Faulkner AwardOn Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 2020 shortlist
The Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx 1994 winner
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Set in Africa?Gravel Heart, by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The word “Orphan” is in the title or a significant character is an orphanA Thousands Moons by Sebastian Barry
Genre is thrillerThe Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
FlowerThe Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books
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Genre: Historical fiction; GothicThe Lost Ones by Anita Frank
Genre: Historical fictionThe Year Without Summer Guinevere Glasfurd
Recommended to meThe Braid by Laetitia Colombani
Recommended to meNottingham by Nathan Makaryk
Recommended to meThe Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
Recommended to meElmet by Fiona Mozley
Theme: Australian historyCaptain Cook’s Apprentice by Anthony Hill
A known author.The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
A known author.The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson
A known author.The Dickens Boy by Thomas Keneally
A known author.All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton
Recommended to meRed at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodon
Recommended to meThe Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Recommended to meDominicana by Angie Cruz
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Recommended to meMiss Austen by Gill Hornby
Recommended to meRising From the Flood by Jamie Simmonds
Recommended to meThe Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
Recommended to meGirl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Recommended to meThere Was Still Love by Favel Perrett
Recommended to meHamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Recommended to meHow We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
A known author.Peace by Garry Disher
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May

National and International DaysTitle
International Day of Families 15 May
Paraguay Independence Day 15 MayThe News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck
Constitution Day, Norway 17 MayThe Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas (translated by Elizabeth Rokkan)
Restoration of Independence, Timor-Leste 20 MayThe Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luís Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translation)
The Redundancy of Courage is a novel by Timothy Mo
Cameroon National Day 20 MayBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Unification Day, Yemen 22 MayThe Monk of Mokha Dave Eggers
Jordan Independence Day 25 May
Argentina Revolution Day 25 May
Georgia Independence Day 26 May
Ethiopia National Day 28 May
Azerbaijan Republic Day 28 May
Nepal Republic Day 29 May
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Literary AwardsTitle
Australian Book Industry Awards
Man Booker International Prize
The British Book Awards (Nibbies)
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

June

National and International DaysTitle
World Environment Day June 5Strange As This Weather Has Been, Ann Pancake
Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey
Potiki by Patricia Grace:
World Oceans Day June 8The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
World Refugee Day June 20Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher-Staples
Green Island, Shawna Yang Ryan
Dogs at the Perimeter, by Madeleine Thien
Samoa June 1

Samoan author: Albert Wendt
Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel
Republic Day, Italy June 2Italian authors: Elena Ferrante, Niccolò Ammaniti
First Execution by Domenico Starnone
Commissario De Luca Series by Carlo Lucarelli
Eva Sleeps, Francesca Melandri
For Isabel: A Mandala, Antonio Tabucchi (translation)
The Worst Intentions, Alessandro Piperno (translation)
The Young Bride, Alessandro Baricco (translation)
Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare
Sweden June 6Swedish authors:Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Jan Guillou, Per Anders Fogelström
Sleet by Stig Dagerman (translation)
The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson, t. from Swedish (translation)
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories, Tove Jansson (translation)
The Faculty of Dreams Sara Stridsberg (Swedish)
Vilhelm Moberg, Emigrants series
Portugal Day, Camões Day and Day of Portuguese Communities, Portugal June 10Portuguese author: José Saramago
Joseph Walser’s Machine, Gonçalo M. Tavares (translation)
Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier
Tango in Madeira by Jim Williams
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Richard Zimler
A Small Death in Lisbon, Robert Wilson
Russian Day June 12 
Philippines June 12Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not),Jose Rizal
Dusk by F Sionil José
Iceland June 17Last Rituals, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indriðason
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
Slovenia June 25In the Light of Morning, Tim Pears
Mozambique June 25Confession of the Lioness, Mia Coutu
Madagascar June 26Beyond the Rice Fields, Naivo
Seychelles June 29
Democratic Republic of Congo June 30Brazzaville Beach, William Boyd
Black Moses, Mabanckou, Alain
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Literary AwardsTitle
Women’s Prize for Fiction Winners announced June 5 2019An American Marriage
Circe
Lost Children Archive
The Silence of the Girls
California Book awards Winners announced Jun 10 2019Fruit of the Drunken Tree
International Dublin Literary Award Winners announced June 12 2019The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Longlisted)
Elmet (Longlisted)
Idaho (Shortlisted)
Wales Book of the Year Winners announced June 20 2019
Walter Scott Prize Winners announced June 17 2019
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

July

National and International DaysTitle

Nelson Mandela International Day
Long Walk to Freedom
Conversations With Myself
Dare Not Linger
World Population Day 11 Jul
Burundi 1 July Small Country Gael Faye L
Canada Day, Canada 1 July
Somalia 1 JulyCrossbones by Nuruddin Farah
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
The World’s Most Dangerous Place by James Fergusson
After the monsoon Karjel, Robert
Somali Dawn by Charles Joseph
Belarus 3 July Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale
Liberation Day, Rwanda 4 July


United States of America 4 July
Cape Verde 5 JulyThe Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo by Germano Almeida
Venezuela 5 JulyChronicles of a Nomad: Memoirs of an Immigrant by A. A. Alvarez
Comoros 6 July

Kaffir of Karthala  (Le Kafir du Karthala) by Mohamed Toihiri
Lithuania Satehood Day 6th July
Malawi 6 July
Solomon Islands 7 July
South Sudan 9 July
Bahamas 10 July


Anniversary of Mongolian People’s Revolution, Mongolia 11 July
Kiribati 12 JulyA Pattern of Islands Arthur Grimble
In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
São Tomé & Príncipe 12 JulyThe Shepherd’s House (A casa do pastor) by Olinda Beja
Montenegro 13 JulyBlack Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West
Bastille Day, France 14 July
Colombia 20 JulyAuthor: Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Gabriel García Márquez
Isle of Passion by Laura Restrepo
Latin American Trilogy by Louis de Bernières
Accession of King Leopold I Belgium 21 July
Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt 23 July
Liberia 26 JulyThe Land of My Fathers – Vamba Sheriff
Boy Interrupted, by Saah Millimono
Murder in the Cassava Patch – Bai T. Moore
Maldives 26-27 July
Peru 28 JulyDeath in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
Throne Day, Morocco 30 July
Vanuatu 30 July
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Literary AwardsTitle
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
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Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

August

National and International DaysTitle
Switzerland 1 AugustMary Shelley Frankenstein
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes
The Pledge, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Beauty on Earth by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, translated from the French by Michelle Bailat-Jones
Benin 1 AugustThe Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
Constitution Day, Cook Islands 4 August
Constitution Day, Cook Islands 4 August
Burkina Faso 5 August
Bolivia 6 AugAmerican Visa by Juan De Recacoechea
The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez
Jamaica 6 AugustPao by Kerry Young A
The Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter A
The True History of Paradise by Margaret Cezair-Thompson A
Augustown by Kei Miller A
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes S
Côte d’Ivoire 7 August
Singapore 9 AugustSharlene Teo’s Ponti S
Ecuador 10 August,
Chad 11AugustThe Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary S
Liechtenstein 15 August,
Liechtenstein 15 August,
Gabon 17 August,
Proclamation of Independence, Indonesia 17 AugustTwilight in Jakarta Mochtar Eka Kurniawan
The Year of Living Dangerously, by CJ Koch
Map of the Invisible World Tash Aw
Black Water by Louise Doughty
Afghanistan 19 AugustBorn Under A Million Shadows, Andrea Busfield
Nadeem Aslam – The Wasted Vigil
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari
Day of the Foundation of the State of Hungary & St Stephen’s Day, Hungary 20 AugustEmbers by Sándor Márai
War & War by László Krasznahorkai
The Book of Fathers by Miklós Vámos
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro ?
Ukraine 24 August,The Boy from Reactor 4 by Orest Stelmach
Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov
Uruguay 25 AugustThe Purple Land by W.H. Hudson
Moldova 27 August,
Kyrgyzstan 31 AugustEnemy of the good Palmer, Matthew
Malaysia 31 August,Layers of Deception
The Gift of Rain Tan Twan Eng
The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
The Consul’s File Paul Theroux
My Life as a Fake Peter Carey
Evening in the Whole Day Preeta Samaeasan
The Separation Dinah Jefferies
Trinidad and Tobago 31 August

Mycroft Holmes : a novel Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
A House for Mister Biswas Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad),
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Literary AwardsTitle
Miles Franklin Award
James Tait Black Prize
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

September

National and International DaysTitle
International Day of PeacePeace by Richard Bausch
Slaughtherhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The War Prayer by Mark Twain, John Groth
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar & Peace Writing by Lawrence Rosenwald (Editor), James Carroll (Foreword)
Lay Down Your Arms by Bertha von Suttner, T. Holmes (Translation)
War Is a Lie by David Swanson
Constitution Day, The Slovak Republic 1 September
Uzbekistan 1 SeptemberThe Devils’ Dance by Hamid Ismailov
Vietnam 2 SeptemberParadise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong
National Foundation Day, San Marino 3 September
Swaziland 6 September
Brazil 7 SeptemberPaulo Coelho
Anonymous Celebrity, Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
A Breath of Life: Pulsations, Clarice Lispector, t. from Portuguese (Brazil)
Raduan Nassar (Brazil), A Cup of Rage
Chronicle of the Murdered House, Lúcio Cardoso, t. from Portuguese (Brazil)
Andorra 8 September
Macedonia 8 September
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 9 SeptemberHow I Became a North Korean, by Krys Lee
Tajikistan 9 September
Costa Rica 15 September
Chile 18 SeptemberWays of Going Home by Alejandro ZambraIsabel Allende
Armenia 21 SeptemberThe Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjelain
El Salvador 15 September
Guatemala 15 SeptemberMr. President by Miguel Ángel Asturias
Silence on the Mountain by Daniel Wilkinson
Love in a Fearful Land by Henri Nouwen
Honduras 15 September
Nicaragua 15 SeptemberThe naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt
Papua New Guinea 16 Septemberhttps://crocodile-prize.com/The Crocodile, by Vincent Eri
Brokenville, Leonard Fong Roka
Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 SeptemberCaryl Phillips
Belize 21 SeptemberJoey Garcia
Beka Lamb Zee Edgell,
Malta 21 SeptemberThe Kappillan of Malta – Nicholas Monsarrat
Sirius the Star of the Maltese Temples – Lenie Reedijk
Death in Malta by Rosanne Dingli
Proclamation of Independence, Mali 22 SeptemberThe Fortunes of Wangrin (L’Etrange destin de Wangrin) by Amadou Hampâté Bâ, translated from the French by Aina Pavolini Taylor
Saudi Arabia 23 SeptemberQueen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell
Princess by Jean Sasson
Jeddah City of Art; The Sculptures and Monuments
Guinea-Bissau 24 SeptemberThe Ultimate Tragedy (A última tragédia) by Abdulai Silá, translated from the Portuguese by Jethro Soutar
Proclamation of Independence, Mexico 27 SeptemberCaramelo by Sandra Cisneros, 2002
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, 1989
The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes, 1962
The Years with Laura Diaz by Carlos Fuentes, 1999
Botswana 30 SeptemberAlexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
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Literary AwardsTitle

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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

October

National and International DaysTitle
International Day of Older Persons 1 October – to highlight the contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.
World Animal Day 4 October – to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
World Teachers’ Day 5 October – to honor teachers and recognize their contributions to education and development.
World Mental Health Day 10 October – a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.
World Food Day 16 October
World Cities Day 31 October – to promote interest in global urbanization, and to address challenges of urbanization.
The People’s Republic of China 1 October
Cyprus Independence Day 1 October
Nigeria Independence Day 1 October
Tuvalu Independence Day 1 October
Palau Independence Day 1 October
Guinea Independence Day 2 October
National Foundation Day, Republic of Korea National Foundation Day3 October
Day of German Unity, Germany 3 October
Lesotho Independence Day 4 October
Croatia Independence Day 8 October
Uganda Independence Day 9 October
Fiji National Day 10 October
Equatorial Guinea Independence Day 12 October
Spain 12 October
Niue Independence Day 19 October
Zambia Independence Day 24 October
Austria National Day 26 October
St Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day 27 October
Czech Republic Independent Czechoslovak State Day 28 October
Turkey Republic Day 29 October
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Literary AwardsTitle
Queensland Literary Awards
Western Australia Premiers Book Awards (even years)
Man Booker
Governor-General Canada Awards
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

November

National and International DaysTitle
World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 November
Universal Children’s Day 20 November
International Day for Tolerance 16 November
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day 1 November
Anniversary of the Revolution, Algeria 1 November
Panama Independence Day 3 November
Dominica Independence Day 3 November
Tonga National Day 4 November
Cambodia Independence Day 9 November
Poland Independence Day 11 November
Angola Independence Day 11 November
Oman National Day 18 November
Proclamation of Independence, Latvia 18 November
Monaco National Day 19 November
Lebanon Independence Day 22 November
Suriname Republic Day 25 November
Mauritania Independence Day 28 November
Albania Independence Day 28 November
Barbados Independence Day 30 November
St Andrew’s Day, Scotland 30 November
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Literary AwardsTitle
Irish Book awards
National Book Award
Scottish Book Awards
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books

December

National and International DaysTitle
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2 December
International Mountain Day 11 December
Human Rights Month
Myanmar (date varies)
Central African Republic Republic Day 1 December
Romania Great Union Day 1 December
Lao People’s Democratic Republic National Day 2 December)
United Arab Emirates 2 December
King Bhumbibol Adulyadej’s Birthday, Thailand 5 December
Finland 6 December
Bahrain 16 December
Kazakhstan 16 December
Jamhuri Day, Kenya 12 December
Bhutan 17 DecemberThe Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden
Niger 18 December
Qatar 18 December
Emperor’s Birthday, Japan 23 December
Libya 24 December
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Literary AwardsTitle
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia)
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. Read for enjoyment.
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books