I’ve returned a number of books and I’ve “quit” a few challenges and so I’m feeling remarkably free to read whatever I want! I’m thinking I may take a page out of the NaNoWriMo’s book and go blog silent (or at least quieter) while I work on other projects this holiday season.
For example, I have a 750-page book that I’ve always been intimidated by. It’s Jesus the Christ by James E. Tallmadge, and it examines the life and mission of the Savior by turning to the scriptures (including LDS scripture). I think I’m going to dedicate December to reading that; it seems the appropriate month for it. I’ll also read a little bit of other things (such as The Pillow Book), but I’m looking forward to stepping back and focusing on a long (and intimidating) book that I really do want to read.
Until then, the next week will also be slower reading-wise as I get caught up on finishing the Harlem Renaissance studying, reading a shorter really old classic or two (I read one last night!), and reading the Gaskell novel for the upcoming circuit. I started Mary Barton the other day and I am so excited to continue reading it after this beautiful passage:
“It was an early May evening – the April of the poets; for heavy showers had fallen all the morning, and the round soft, white clouds which were blown by a west wind over the dark blue sky, were sometimes varied by one blacker and more threatening. The softness of the day tempted forth the young green leaves, which almost visibly fluttered into life; and the willows, which that morning had had only a brown reflection in the water below, were now of that tender gray-green which blends so delicately with the spring harmony of colours.” (page 7)
How is your reading this week? What are you planning for December? Will you be reading slower? Or are you speeding up to finish all your challenges? Continue Reading