Monday, January 26, 2009

Orbis Terrarum 2009

For the first time, I will try the Orbis Terrarum 2009 challenge.

The rules are simple:
- The Orbis Terrarum Challenge begins March 1, 2008( you are welcome to join later) Through December 20, 2008.
- For the challenge each reader is to choose 10 books (for the 10 months).
- Each book must be by an author from a different nation in our world.

So, sign ups are open now, and I'm definitely in. I haven't even thought about a list of books to read yet, but I guess I'll get there as I'm reading:
1) Agatha Christie: The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side - Great Britain
2) Robert Fate: Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues - USA
3) Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis 2 - Iran
4) Eun-Ah Park: Sweet & Sensitive 4 & Sweet & Sensitive 5 - South Korea
5) Tachibana Higuchi: Alice Academy Vol. 4-7 - Japan
6) Friedrich Duerrenmatt: Die Panne - Germany
7) Gene Luen Yang: American Born Chinese - China

On top of that, I decided to join in the Orbis Terrarum Bilingual Mini-Challenge.


-5 books in their original language, by 5 different authors over 10 months.

-10 short stories in their original language, 10 different authors, over 10 months.

-10 children's chapter books in original language, 10 different authors, over 10 months.

So, I will go with option 1, where I will have to read 5 books in their original language by 5 different authors. I can do this!
My language options will be German, English and French. I don't think my Italian OR my Chinese is good enough to understand a whole book yet.

I will list my books as I read:
1) Agatha Christie: The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side - English
2) Robert Fate: Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues - English
3) Jay Asher: 13 Reasons Why - English
4) Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt: Die Panne - German
5) Jill Shalvis: Storm Front - English

And, as if I hadn't joined far too many challenges already, I'm challenging myself to actually check out who the director of the movies I'm watching is for the 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)

My list will follow as I go:
1) Formula 1 - Taiwan - Chinese with English subtitles


  1. I'm impressed by all the challenges that you are a part of!

  2. LOL, thanks, Irish! I think my feelings about all the challenges are similar at times. It is amazing, but I also debated long enough about most of them. In the end, I figured I would just take on this challenge and see whether I can complete a few of them.

  3. Welcome! I hope you love this year's voyage. I can't wait to see what you end up choosing to read and if you like it or not. Make sure to keep checking back on the OT blog we will have tons of fun things that you won't want to miss out on.

  4. Thanks for the nice welcome and the info, bethany! :-) I'll make sure to check back with the blog regularly.

  5. Kathrin, I'm glad you decided to join in on Bethany's challenge(s). The Film mini-challenge is new this year, so I'm especially looking forward to everybody's reviews on that one. Cheers!

  6. Richard, I hope I'll find enough movies on my DVD racks (or on my brother's). If I don't have a list ready in September, I'll probably race over to everyone else's reviews and get everything that sounds interesting. I have to buy, so I'd rather take it slow though... GB, USA, France, Australia and Germany will be easy to do, but the others will require me to be creative LOL
    I couldn't resist the Film Mini-Challenge, to be honest!