Thursday, February 21, 2013

Monthly MeMe

Vintage Pen

On my list of classical reading I was most surprised by, Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote. At the beginning of making the list I thought I might not like the author’s writing. I first read, In Cold Blood and found myself drawn to the author and his works. I actually have found a new genre, Southern and southern gothic literature. The characters are most likable and I enjoy the descriptions of the scenery.

I resided in the south for a number of years and have since returned to my roots here in New York. I never read books concerning the south while I was there – at that time it was especially, Jane Austen and 19th century literature.

I have found a welcome change and am reminded of a place I have loved and miss very much.

♥ The Classics Club

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Classics Check ♥ In

group-check-ins1I like the look and sound of those words, A Classics Check ♥ In.

Last July, I joined The Classics Club which sadly was not the beginning of of the club so my Goodreads gauge always states I am behind. Perhaps one of these days I will catch up.

I have read five books on my list of fifty-two. If I read ten per year I will reach my goal in five years. I also have a revisions list because I have read seven classics that are not on my list.

Through the group and visiting the various blogs of other dedicated readers I have joined various challenges and events. My reading has expanded as I have been introduced to new authors and also have found new genres I would not have read before. I find I am enjoying myself immensely and have my reading to look forward to each new day.

I have new routines and/or reading practices that I feel have improved my skills as a reader. I now take notes, nothing fancy or time consuming – just a clip-board and lined notebook paper with a dollar pen. I have taken the time to work with my kindle and find I use it more and more. I don’t watch television, except for Sunday evenings. I read at least five nights each week between seven and eleven o’clock. And, last but not least I read one book at a time. For several years I would have two or three going at one time. I found I wasn’t completing many books. I read on someone's blog it would be better to read one book, complete it and move on to the next. It does improve things rather quickly, although, at times I am tempted to start another book.
This past week I noticed an improvement in the note taking process as I seem to be delving deeper into the author’s writing. I am hoping it will one day reflect on my blog posts, also.

All these changes and better habits as they might be called have came about since I joined The Classics Club which I am truly grateful for.

♥♥♥ I had started with a blog at Wordpress and moved to Blogger as I find it easier for me to work with. I was not able to post this as Wordpress does not allow this without payment. I am sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, February 15, 2013

TRB Challenge


The TRB Pile Challenge is hosted by Roof Beam Reader.

Check Point #2 – I have completed five books so far for the challenge.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  2. Other Voices, Other Rooms – Truman Capote
  3. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  4. The Shadow of the Sun – A.S. Byatt
  5. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliff

All the books are very good – but – my favorite is, The Mysteries of Udolpho. It has sat my book shelves for years and moved to different locations twice. I cannot believe the beauty of this book and I am looking forward to reading the other two I chose from this author, Ann Radcliffe.

Complete List

Ruth – Elizabeth Gaskell
Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary E. Bradden
The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Italian – Ann Radcliffe
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
The Monk – Ann Radcliffe
The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt
The Shadow of the Sun – A.S. Byatt
The Biographer’s Tale – A.S. Byatt
The Glass Harp – Truman Capote
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote  - finished in December 2012
Other Voices, Other Rooms – Truman Capote
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Dickens Challenge

Celebrating Dickens

To celebrate the anniversary of Charles Dickens I was able to complete two novels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and A House to Let.

I find Charles Dickens a delightful author. The challenge allowed me to venture into two more novels I would not have read had it not been for the challenge.

I got a bit side tracked and missed Character Thursday this new week. I wanted to write about a favorite character from, A House to Let, Trottle.

Trottle is a faithful servant to Sophonisba or Sarah. He has been her servant for many years. He finds a new home for her in London across the street from, A House to Let. Trottle sees that all the arrangements for moving are made and carried through. He has a rival, Mr. Jaber. Both men have romantic inclinations towards Sarah and both work hard to find the mysteries of strange behavior at, A House to Let. Mr.Trottle in the end becomes the hero in finding the answers which deeply rewards Sarah.

Trottle has great strengths, insight, and intelligence. It could be hard to use his merits as he is a servant – still he goes about finding the mysteries of A House to Let. I have enormous respect for his decision making abilities and the way in which he goes about it.

♥  Thanks to Fanda for hosting this wonderful challenge!

Social Justice Challenge

Social Justice Theme

For the Social Justice Challenge I was able to read four books – To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood, Malcolm X, and The Jungle.

I cannot say I had a favorite read. All the books were beyond good and each has led me in a different direction of understanding and continued reading.

I have found I have fallen in love with Southern and Southern Gothic literature. From this genre I have also read, Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Salvage the Bones. To Kill a Mockingbird, has become my favorite novel and In Cold Blood I have discovered an author with a new form of writing. The most informative book was Malcolm X with its history of black immigration from the south to the north, and the jungle was the saddest novel I have yet to read which really showed a need for some sort of social change.

It has been an incredible journey and an excellent start to the New Year.

Thanks to Rachel for hosting this wonderful challenge!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Classics Spin

The Classics Club

A Classics Club Spin

Choose twenty books for February and March, numbering from one to twenty. A number will be chosen and that specific book will be read by April 1st.

I broke down my list into the suggested categories of dreaded reads, can’t wait reads, neutral reads and free choice reads.

The choices, of course, are from my Classics List of books to read over the next five years.

  1. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  2. More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft – H.P. Lovecraft, S.T.Joshi & Peter Cannon
  3. The Transition of H.P.Lovecraft – The Road to Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  4. The Dream Cycle – Dreams of Terror and Death – H.P. Lovecraft
  5. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets – Stephen Crane
  6. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence
  7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. The Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  10. The Solitary Summer – Elizabeth von Armin
  11. Washington Square – Henry James
  12. Lolita – Vladmir Nabokov
  13. Henry & June – Anais Nin
  14. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  15. The Lifted Veil – George Elliot
  16. The Bell Jar – Silva Plath
  17. Sandition – Jane Austen
  18. There Eyes Were Watching God – Zora N. Hurston
  19. The Trail – Franz Kafa
  20. Adam Bede – George Elliot