Monday, 10 March 2014

The "Piggybank" Challenge 2014

I have taken part in this challenge last year and decided to carry on. Why? You will discover once you read this text:

This is a challenge idea by a German blogger. I have translated her text and you can find the original site here at "Willkommen im Bücherkaffee".

How long does this challenge last?
1 March 2014 to 1 March 2015

What goes into the piggybank?
For every book I've read - €2.00 into the piggybank
(Amount can be individually altered, of course)

    • For every finished book, the amount chosen is inserted into the piggy bank/ money box.
    • This money is then off limits until the end of the challenge, i.e. the piggybank stays closed.
    • On 1 March the piggybank can be opened and you can go shopping extensively - or carry on reading and saving.
    • Be consistent and put the money into the bank immediately, otherwise you will lose track easily. (Personally, I put the books I read right next to the money box  until I drop the money in, otherwise it gets forgotten very quickly. Only after that do i put the book back on the shelf.)
    • A list of books read would be very nice because you can perfectly observe the savings success.
    • In addition, it would be great if you post a challenge post on your blog. This way, everyone can follow the progress of the other challenge participants so much easier. If you don't have a blog, then just leave a comment here in the comments from time to time about your opinion or your progress.

    Would you like to join us?
    Go ahead ! It is worthwhile in any case and you will not regret it.

    Just write in the comments or by email to and send your link to the post. You may use the challenge logo with a link to the challenge in the Bücherkaffee.

    The hashtag for the Twitter exchange : # Sparstrumpf

    Would you like to join?
    Go on. It is worthwhile in any care and you will certainly not regret it.

    Last year, I read 95 books in that timeframe which resulted in €190 to spend on something nice. :-D

    My progress (I add the German title, if available, for my German friends):
    Sendker, Jan-Philipp "Das Herzenhören" (The Art of Hearing Heartbeats) - 2002
    Ionesco, Eugène "Rhinocéros" (Die Nashörner) - 1957
    Karystiani, Ionna (Ιωάννα Καρυστιάνη) "The Jasmine Isle" (Μικρά Αγγλία/Mikra Anglia/Die Frauen von Andros) - 1997
    Thackeray, William Makepeace "Vanity Fair, or, A Novel without a Hero" (Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeit) - 1848
    Scott, Mary "Tea and Biscuits" (Tee und Toast) - 1961
    NDiaye, Marie "Rosie Carpe" (Rosie Carpe/Rosie Carpe) - 2001
    Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "The Midnight Palace" (El Palacio de la Medianoche/Der Mitternachtspalast)
    Austen, Jane "Persuasion" (Überredung/Anne Elliot) - 1817
    Linthout, Dik "Onbekende buren" (Frau Antje und Herr Mustermann) [Unknown Neighbours] - 2002
    Lander, Leena "The Order" (Käsky) - 2003
    Nabokov, Vladimir "Lolita" - 1955
    Wolff, Uwe "Wo war Jesus zwischen Karfreitag und Ostersonntag? Das Leben Jesu für unsere Zeit erzählt" [Where was Jesus between Good Friday and Easter Sunday? The Life of Jesus told for our time] - 2003
    Seth, Vikram "Two Lives" - 2005
    Pamuk, Orhan "Snow" - 2002
    Scott, Mary "A Change From Mutton" - 1964
    Calvino, Italo "Why Read the Classics?" (Perché leggere i classici?) 1991
    Christie, Agatha "Poirot Investigates" (Poirot rechnet ab) - 1924
    Mann, Thomas "Der Tod in Venedig" (Death in Venice) - 1912
    Kishon, Ephraim "Kein Applaus für Podmanitzki. Satirisches" [No applause for Podmanitzki. Satirical] - 1973
    Dallaire, Roméo "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers" - 2010
    Nafisi, Azar "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" (Lolita lesen in Teheran) - 2003
    Lindgren, Astrid "Seacrow Island" (Vi på Saltkråkan/ Ferien auf Saltkrokan) - 1964
    Tartt, Donna "The Goldfinch" - 2013
    Sienkiewicz, Henryk "Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero" (Quo Vadis?/Quo vadis) - 1895
    Heller, Joseph "Catch-22" (Der IKS-Haken) - 1961
    Austen, Jane "Emma" (Emma) - 1816
    Green, John "The Fault in Our Stars" (Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter) - 2012
    Palma, Félix J. "The Map of the Sky" (El mapa del cielo/Die Landkarte des Himmels) - 2012
    Gaarder, Jostein "Sophie's World" (Sofies verden/Sofies Welt) - 1991
    Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "El principe de parnaso" (Der Prinz von Parnass) [The Prince of Parnass] - 2012 .
    Montgomery, LM "Anne of Green Gables" (Anne auf Green Gables) - 1908
    McCulloch, Colleen "The Thorn Birds" (Dornenvögel) - 1977
    Scott, Mary "Turkey at Twelve" (Truthahn um Zwölf) - 1968
    See, Lisa "Peony in Love" (Eine himmlische Liebe) - 2007
    Burgess, Anthony "A Clockwork Orange" - 1962
    Aaronovitch, Ben "Moon over Soho" (Schwarzer Mond über Soho) - 2011 (Rivers of London 2)
    Nietzsche, Friedrich "Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen" (Thus spoke Zarathustra. A Book for All and None) - 1883-85
    Stratmann, Cordula "Sie da oben, er da unten" [She up there above, he down there below] - 2010
    Döblin, Alfred "Berlin Alexanderplatz: Die Geschichte vom Franz Biberkopf" (Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf) - 1929
    Korschunow, Irina "Von Juni zu Juni" [From June to June] - 1999
    Byatt, A.S. "Ragnarok. The End of the Gods" (Ragnarök. Das Schicksal der Götter) - 2011
    Bryson, Bill "One Summer: America, 1927" (Sommer 1927) - 2013
    Brizuela, Leopoldo "Nacht über Lissabon" (Lisboa. Un melodrama) [Night over Lisbon] - 2010
    Scott, Mary "Shepherd’s Pie" (Geliebtes Landleben) - 1972
    Austen, Jane "Northanger Abbey" (Kloster Northanger) - 1818
    Dahl, Roald "The Best of Roald Dahl" - 1978
    Bradbury, Ray "The Martian Chronicles" (Die Mars-Chroniken) - 1950
    Shields, Carol "The Stone Diaries" (Das Tagebuch der Daisy Goodfellow) - 1993
    Harris, Joanne "Blackberry Wine" (Wie wilder Wein) - 2000
    Faulkner, William "Light in August" (Licht im August) - 1932
    Hislop, Victoria "The Last Dance and Other Stories" - 2012
    Berry, Wendell "Hannah Coulter" (dto.) - 2004
    Pamuk, Orhan "Der Koffer meines Vaters" (Babamın Bavulu) [My Father's Suitcase] - 2007
    Scott, Mary "Strangers for Tea" (Fremde Gäste) - 1975
    Baxter, Charles "The Soul Thief" - 2008
    Hunter, Stephen "Night of Thunder: a Bob Lee Swagger novel" - 2008
    Roth, Charlotte "Als wir unsterblich waren" [When we were immortal] - 2014
    Austen, Jane "Sense & Sensibility" (Verstand & Gefühl/Sinn & Sinnlichkeit) - 1811
    Vermes, Timur "Er ist wieder da" (Look who's back) - 2012
    Dickens, Charles "The Pickwick Papers" (dto.) - 1836
    Montagu, Ewen "The Man Who Never Was" - 1953
    Hamdi Tanpınar, Ahmet Hamdi "The Time Regulation Institute" (Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü/Das Uhrenstellinstitut) - 1961
    Scott, Mary "Board, but no Breakfast" (Übernachtung - Frühstück ausgeschlossen) - 1978
    Lahiri, Jhumpa "The Namesake" (Der Namensvetter) - 2003
    Lamb, Wally "We are water" - 2013
    Brown, Daniel James "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" - 2013
    Sefton, Maggie "Knit One, Kill Two" - 2005
    Smiley, Jane "Some Luck" (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga #1) - 2014
    Virgil "The Aeneid" (Aeneid lat.) - 29-19 BC
    Clayton, Meg Waite "The Wednesday Sisters" - 2008
    Follett, Ken "Fall of Giants" (Sturz der Titanen) - 2010
    Mann, Thomas "Buddenbrooks" (Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family) - 1901


    1. I'll give it a go, I just finished a book today "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", a book I've been meaning to read forever.
      I'll put in $2.00 for each book.

    2. That's wonderful, Janet. After all, we are doing ourselves a favour. ;-)

      Something I always wanted to ask, do you blog at all? Would love to visit your site if you have one.

      Happy saving,

    3. Yes I do, my blog is

    4. Oh, thank you, I will check that out. :-D