Reading Journal (23 Sept): The Classics Circuit

I was going to write a post about what I’ve been reading, for I finished a couple of books during the end of last week and over the weekend. But then for the last three days I’ve been working on getting The Classics Circuit up and running, so that’s what on my mind today.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this! Trisha suggested the title, and I have to say I think it captures perfectly the concept of this classics blog tour. An author (and right now we’re going to start with authors, but we may branch out to themes) “rides the circuit” of blogs as we each take a turn reviewing a classic by that author.

I think the fact that so many people have already expressed an interest in the potential reads for the November tour (voting is open now!) is a testament to the fact that people are still interested in reading the classics.

I’m so excited for this type of project! This week I finished one classic and started two others. Thanks for your eagerness, too, for it should be fun to see classics take the blogging world by storm!

You are more than welcome to vote for which classic author you’d like to see featured for this first tour, even if you are not interested in joining the “circuit” as a reader and reviewer.Continue Reading

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

At first, Baking Cakes in Kigali by Galie Parkin reminded me of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith.

In both novels, an independent woman in an African country runs a business and listens to the gossip of her neighbors, showing the reader a little bit about African locale, but also illustrating the pure spunk behind a strong woman in various situations. Both books share humorous anecdotes in a light, easily accessible tone. Even when difficult things happen, the tone remains hopeful.

But that is where the similarities end. McCall-Smith graciously paints the beautiful and peaceful, yet poor, Botswana. Parkin, on the other hand, illustrates a pained Rwanda. The stories Angel hears are those of genocide survivors. And yet, even Angel’s story is ultimately full of hope.Continue Reading

Blogging Goals for the Coming Year

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week’s topic today is to be about our blogging goals for the coming year. It is supposed to be concise, in 50 words or less. You may have noticed, but I’m not concise. Anyway, I included my goals in brief and then my goals explained.

My goals in 28 words:

Request fewer free books; join fewer giveaways. Spend less time blogging. Spend greater portion of blogging time promoting the classics. Read with more focus. Join fewer organized “challenges.”Continue Reading

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Although I do not like reading violent stories, one of my favorite books has such a poignant message that I love it regardless, or maybe because of, the brutal facts is illustrates.

In Beloved by Toni Morrison, the ghosts of slavery live on, even though it is the year 1873. In one sense, Beloved is literally a ghost story: former slave Sethe and her daughter, Denver, are haunted by the ghost and apparition of Beloved, Sethe’s daughter. However, the true ghost haunting 124 is more significant, for the ghost is not a tangible person, but rather memory. Even eighteen years after her escape from slavery, Sethe is haunted by her past.Continue Reading