Challenge Roundup for January

I didn't write up a post for my December challenge books since I only read 3 Canadian books, bringing me to 6/13 books read for The Canadian Books Challenge

January wasn't a great month for challenges. I'm stuck at the same number for Canadian books. I'm 0 for Gender in SFF but I have big plans for next month.

However, I did cross off 2/12 off my audiobooks for the Audio Book Challenge: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and A Far Cry from Kensington

And just because I don't have enough to do (ha!) I created a personal challenge for myself. I was browsing through some public domain titles and found a few with a similar theme that I'd like to read. The Genteel Ladies in Foreign Lands Challenge. I plan on reading these memoirs written by women about their travels beyond their own backyards. I don't have a particular order but I hope to read them all by the end of the year.

*Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie (1852): Moodie wrote of her experiences as an immigrant in Canada. Yes, Canada is not a foreign land to me, but it was to Moodie.

*A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird (1873): Published letters to her sisters back in England, Isabella travelled on horseback through the Rocky Mountains.

*Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley (1893): In a time when spinster ladies did not travel unaccompanied to foreign countries,  Mary did.

*In Morocco by Edith Wharton (1920): When Edith Wharton wasn't destroying New York society with her pen, she was travelling. 

This is a personal challenge but if you'd like to join me in reading any or all of them, you're welcome to play along! Let me know and maybe we can read them together.

(The photo is of my Grandmother on a road trip. My challenge, my Granny.)


  1. Oh, I like the idea of your personal challenge. I have always wanted to read the Moodie and the other 3 sound really good... When you decide to read them you should let me know.

    1. I just started Moodie yesterday. Is it too soon for you?

  2. Wow, these memoirs look great! I had no idea Edith Wharton wrote a book about Morocco. Thanks for putting these on my radar.

  3. There are a couple of challenges that I haven't read towards yet, either, but, like you, I have big ideas for them for next month. Sometimes it seems to take awhile just to aim your reading in the direction of a specific title for it too, right?


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