Reading Journal (23 December): Holiday Reading

Unlike some people, I am not planning on getting a lot of reading in this holiday week. My husband is home, and I never read as much when he’s home as I do when he’s traveling. (As much as I like to read, I’d much prefer to have him around more often.)

That said, I do think I’ll finish the Cather and my monthly project (Talmage) this week. Then I’ll focus on the really old classics (Shonagon and Sir Gawain). Although I got a number of new books this week, I probably won’t get through much of them before the new year. (I’m having a hard time resisting library books lately.)

The biggest change in my reading plans this week is that I gave up on the Wharton I started and chose a different one for my upcoming Circuit visit. Since I started the Circuit, I was feeling obligated to read something no one else was reading (I selected Son at the Front). But I found myself dreading it and wishing I was reading The Touchstone. It’s not that Son at the Front was bad for the 25 pages I read – I just didn’t feel like reading a novel about Paris in August of 1914. I ultimately decided I had every right to read what I want to read. I’m glad I changed, because I enjoyed reading The Touchstone very much. It was a New York Wharton story.

Are you going to get more or less reading time during the holidays?

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My Antonia by Willa Cather

I loved My Antonia by Willa Cather when I read it in high school, and when I went to pick it up, I had some dim memories of characters and setting. I recalled that it was about rural Nebraska. It was about a boy and a girl. They lived on farms and played together. It was very cold in the winter. Life was tragic (That Event), and yet Antonia rises above it.

What surprised me was that all of those beautiful country scenes I remembered from the book happened in the first 80 pages! After that, Jim Burden moves to town. I remembered the details as I reread it, and it was kind of a fun experience to reread it for the first time and gain an open mind as my memory of events unfolded just before they would happen.Continue Reading

Reading Journal (16 December): A Classics Circuit TBR List from Wilkie Collins to Harlem

This week, I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d thought I would. I also failed to keep up with blogs yet again, as I’d intended. That was mainly because compiling the information for the February 2010 Harlem Renaissance took me about five times longer than I’d anticipated!

I did enjoy the experience. It was one of those “do I have to?” jobs that, once I began, I enjoyed every day. I added tons of books to my TBR as I read about each author – and now I can’t decide what to read for the Circuit!

Here are my options for February (and what I decide kind of depends on what others decide, as I’m hoping the tour has variety and I want to add to it!).

Which do you think I should read and write about?

Are you going to sign up? How can I tempt you?

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