March was an odd month. Maybe you can tell because I’m just now writing my “Month in Review” post and the month is already a week gone.
Not only did I take a ten-day hiatus from blogging in March, I also went a week without finishing a book. And then I did it again. I feel my blogging rhythm is off because I have been so busy. I’m trying to refocus my life and keep blogging a hobby, not a priority.
March’s calendar picture was a busy one: a woman on a busy boat, trying to get a little reading in. April’s picture is more relaxing: a woman leaning over a large book on a bright Spring morning. Although I still haven’t finished a book for April (I’m working on some long ones), I look forward to seeing where my month goes. I’m enjoying the sunny days when they come.
March in Review
Read Previously/Reviewed March
- Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language by Seth Lerer (265 pages; nonfiction).
- The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata (165 pages; fiction).
- DNA by James Watson (405 pages; nonfiction).
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (140 pages, plus 50 pages front/end matter; nonfiction/memoir).
- Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer (330 pages; nonfiction). Read in 2008 and 2009.
Read in March
- The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein (490 pages; fiction).
- The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer (300 pages; fiction).
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett (445 pages; fiction).
- The X in Sex by David Banbridge (180 pages; nonfiction).
- Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (140 pages; fiction).
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (11 ½ hours audio or 320 pages; fiction).
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck (600 pages; fiction). Began in February. A reread.
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson (140 pages; fiction).
- The Book of Mormon (530 pages; religious/scripture). This was my project book this month. No review.
- Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller (190 pages; nonfiction, graphic novel).
- King Lear by William Shakespeare (170 pages; drama).
- The Masterpiece by Emile Zola (425 pages; fiction). (Reviewed in April)
- Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki (230 pages; fiction).
Children’s Picture Books
- The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
(Although I only mentioned one picture book, I have a hundred to tell you about!!)
- February in Review
- Reading Journal (3 March): Swapping Books
- If You Are Looking for Georgette Heyer (i.e., I went on hiatus)
- This is NOT Goodbye (i.e., I came back)
- Reading Journal (17 March): St. Patrick’s Day Vlog
- Reading Reflections on Old Books + Reading Journal (31 March)
Although I intend to refrain from joining too many challenges, I really like the sound of the following ones, and I’ll be joining in!
The Once Upon a Time Challenge is to read fantasy and folklore. Although I have tons of books on my list, I plan on reading The Two Towers and Return of the King, which I’m also reading for the J.R.R. Tolkein readalong. If I get through those (which I hope I do!) I hope to read something else from my shelf; for months now, I’ve had my eye on rereading The Princess Bride and/or my childhood favorite Dealing with Dragons. (I am joining for the Journey 0/1 book, although I’m hoping to read three or four; ends June 20, 2010.)
The Orbis Terrarum Challenge is to read literature by authors from around the world. I may focus my eight books on the continent of Africa. Can you recommend any fiction by African authors? So far, Things Fall Apart and Half of a Yellow Sun, but those authors are both from Nigera, and I wanted different countries. (I am joining for the challenge: 0/8 books read; ends November 30, 2010.)
Have either of these challenges tempted you?
To see my progress on other challenges, both personal and community-wide, visit my challenges page.
Reading Journal (7 April)
Although I finished one book (Tanizaki’s Naomi) last Wednesday night, I’ve spent my weekend with my family, so I am only about a third of the way through The Three Musketeers. That’s it. I “need” to post about it on April 20 and I “need” to reread Crime and Punishment by my book club April 21 (I haven’t read it since college). My project book was supposed to be How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch. Since I haven’t begun and I want to go slowly, I may not finish it this poetry month. I’m also looking at some of Blake’s poetry but have made little progress. I’m afraid April may be a “little progress” month since I’m working with huge books!
That said, I’m happy to enjoy the sunshine with my toddler when it appears, and I’m enjoying, to some extend, my read of Dumas. I hope you enjoy your reading in the coming week too!
I have a number of finds, but I’ll same them for next week’s reading journal!