I don’t think I’ve ever ended a month with so many recently read books still waiting to be reviewed! I intend to get to most of them in the coming weeks. My problem is that I have been wanting to read in my limited spare time – and that means I haven’t been writing reviews as much!
I will have a separate post for the year in review and the plans for the future months. One part of 2010: My Year of Reading Deliberately (details to come) is that every month I will have one intimidating book that is my “project” book. In December 2009, it was Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage, a book that at 700+ pages I’ve always been intimidated by. By making it a priority, I got through it with a few days to spare!
January’s project book is Winston Churchill’s A History of the English-Speaking People, in one volume. Yes, it is an abridgement of Churchill’s 4-volume set. But at about 500 pages, it’s still intimidating to me. I don’t know much about English history, and I feel I should know more. Besides, I loved Churchill’s writing style when I read his speeches in 2008, so it’s about time I revisit another of his works, even if I do go for the abridged version!
At any rate, there are a few new challenges listed below – details to come soon.
Fiction and Nonfiction Reviews
In December, I reviewed a few things I finished previously:
- Medea by Euripides, translated by Rex Warner (about 50 pages).
- Harlem STOMP! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill (135 pages; nonfiction/coffee table book).
- Carmen by Georges Bizet (opera on CD, plus commentary).
- Carmen by Prosper Merimee (about 60 pages, from Project Gutenberg; fiction).
- Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (484 pages; fiction).
- The Harlem Renaissance: An Explosion of African-American culture by Richard Worth (115 pages; children’s nonfiction).
- My Antonia by Willa Cather (265 pages; fiction).
I also read the following:
- The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule (215 pages; nonfiction).
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (190 pages; children’s fiction).
- The Harlem Renaissance edited by Harold Bloom (300 pages; nonfiction/essays). Background info for the upcoming (February) Classics Circuit.
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Fenyman by Robert Fenyman (10 discs, about 11 ½ hours total; nonfiction/science).
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (about 150 pages, from Project Gutenberg; children’s fiction).
- Growing a Reader from Birth: Your Child’s Path from Language to Literacy by Diane McGuinness (250 pages; nonfiction).
- The Touchstone by Edith Wharton (120 pages; fiction).
- A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Housman (105 pages; poetry).
- Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage (735 pages; nonfiction).
- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (350 pages; fiction).
- The ABCs of Literacy by Cynthia Dollins (250 pages read; nonfiction).
Not all my posts were reviews this month. In fact, because I wasn’t reviewing much, I may have had more non-reviews than reviews!
- November in Review + Reading Journal (2 Dec)
- Christmas Countdown: Music Collections I Love
- Reading Journal (9 Dec): Thoughts on Being a Selective Reader
- Reading Journal (16 Dec): A Classics Circuit TBR List
- Reading Journal (23 Dec): Holiday Reading
- Reading Journal (30 Dec): Happy New Year (Briefly)
I have more info about the new challenges in the next few days.
Past and Ended Challenges
Everything Austen Challenge [ended 31/12/09] 5/6. I never did watch another movie. The novel Sense and Sensibility is on the list for February, though!
Other than My Year of Reading Deliberately personal challenge projects, I’m going to be joining a few other challenges. Details and book lists to come.
Graphic Novels Challenge [ends 31/12/10]) 0/4. The Intermediate level is to read between 3 and 10. My personal goal is 4, one a quarter.
Black Classics Challenge [ends 31/12/10]. 0/7. I’m aiming for the “Experienced” level, not because I am experienced but because I need motivation and a challenge to read these books I should have read before!
Our Mutual Read [ends 31/12/10]. 0/8. I’m aiming for the second level.
Scottish Literature Challenge. Amateur Reader hasn’t given details or dates yet, but this is to read one book pre-1914 written by someone in Scotland.
Some projects appear on more than one list because part of the challenge is timed, but the overall project is not. I’ve made a note if I’m currently reading a book that applies to a particular challenge.
See the list of books I’ve read and what I’m planning on reading for each challenge on my Current Challenges page.
The Japanese Literature Challenge [ends 30/01/10]. 0/1 (In Progress: The Pillow Book. .)
Really Old Classics Challenge [ends 28/02/10]. 2/4 + 0/1 retelling (In progress: The Pillow Book).
Women Unbound [ends 30/11/10]. 2/8
Black Classics Challenge [ends 31/12/10]. 0/7
Graphic Novels Challenge [ends 31/12/10]. 0/4
Our Mutual Read [ends 31/12/10]. 0/8
Scottish Literature Challenge.
HTR&W project: poetry. 1/21 poems
Nobel Challenge. 15/101 authors
Pulitzer Challenge. 11/82
Newbery Medal. 28/88
Caldecott Medal. 47/72
My History of Children’s Literature Project. 6/15 chapters (I’ve finished the book, but I am reading novels from chapter 6. In Progress: Swiss Family Robinson)
U.S. Presidential Reading. 2/44 presidents
Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1/15 presidents
My Short Story Author Project.
My Poets Project.
Favorite Authors to Read.