BBAW Giveaway: The Portrait of a Lady

It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week and I really appreciate you! Thanks for reading and appreciating the classics with me!

For this giveaway, I am sending a gently used book  from my shelf (a double copy), and I will send it anywhere in the world.

The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James is often considered Henry James greatest work. To be honest, I haven’t read it yet! But I plan on reading it for my Classics Reading Group in two months, so I’m looking forward to this “essential American novel.”

Do you want a lightly used, mark-free, mass market paperback copy for your own shelves? The cover of the copy I’m giving away is shown above.

Giveaway ended.

Rules for this giveaway:

Because this is for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, you must have a book blog to enter this giveaway. This is to show book bloggers I appreciate you!

Other than that, I do ask if you are a subscriber or have visited Rebecca Reads before. Although I’d love for all of you to subscribe, it will not affect the giveaway, I just want to know.

The giveaway will close on Monday, September 19, 2011. Giveaway ended. I will email the winner.

Good luck!


RIP Short Story Friday: “The Body-Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson (Brief Thoughts)

Today is my first day to report on my ghost stories reading project. I’m tackling the Everyman’s Pocket Classics Ghost Stories volume, aiming to read one or two stories a week.

My first ghost story was a rather tame one, even by my “I scare easily” standards. In “The Body-Snatcher” (first published 1884), an unnamed narrator explains a strange encounter between his friend, Fettes, and a visitor to the inn, Doctor MacFarlane, and then  subsequently tells the story of the two doctors, and just why they look at each other as if they see a ghost.

Although the story was entertaining, it was, as I said, a rather tame one. The questionable ethical role of the two men, who are grave robbers seeking bodies for the medical school to dissect, gave the reader an interesting quandary to ponder, and the payback at the end helped provide satisfaction for the story as a whole.  Nonetheless, there was nothing impressive about Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing.

Read “The Body-Snatcher” online.

I’m looking forward to Maupassant’s “The Horla” for next week. I’ve read it in the past and enjoyed it.

I Am a Mother: Thoughts on BBAW and Life

I am so delighted to be honored not only with a nomination as a Best Classics Book Blog, but also with placement on the short list! Thank you so much for reading along.

Other classics bloggers on the short list include Allie at A Literary Odyssey and Amanda at Dead White Guys.

Allie is a teacher working her way through a list of 250 classics. She’s read 112 of them, and has many more wonderful books to discuss. She writes about classics because she loves them and because she wants her reading life to have meaning: reading the classics is helping her ground herself as she searches for a full-time teaching job. I love reading of her discovery of new favorites! It’s an odyssey that she invites all of us to join in on.

Amanda subtitles her blog “An Irreverent Guide to Classics Literature” and I think that’s a perfect description! Here’s how she describes her blog:

I found a few blogs about classics, but they weren’t funny, and they made the books sound as entertaining or enticing as sticking knitting needles in my eyes. And I like knitting. SO! DWG was born. Here, we approach the classics in a light-hearted, sarcastic, silly-but-never-stupid way in order to remind people that these books are worth reading because they’re super awesome.

I love reading her responses to the books she reads — some of which she loves more than I did, and others that she loves (gasp) less than I did. She does make classics fun.Continue Reading

RIP Season Once Again

Just like hundreds of other reading bloggers around the web, I’m joining the RIP challenge, which is to read mystery, or suspense or horror books for the fall season.

I’m taking it rather easy with this and joining for just the read one book option.

I really want to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but I may instead be substituting a Gothic read, since the upcoming Classics Circuit will be pre-1840s Gothic literature. I’m not sure what it will be yet, since the only true Gothic novel from that era that I have read was The Monk and I didn’t like it all that much. Frankenstein? Or maybe Ann Radcliffe of some kind. Also, my classics book club is reading The Woman in White in October. Since I’ve already read it, I didn’t want to count it for this challenge, but then again, I do plan to reread it. If I do get all three of these read, I’ll have almost finished Peril the First!

I also plan on joining the Short Story challenge too. I have an Everyman’s Library edition of Ghost Stories with stories by classic authors from Saki to Maupassant. I hope I’ll write about one a week, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not a ghost story person, but this collection just looks so classic, I’m thinking I may enjoy it. (There is no Edgar Allan Poe in it, so it looks doubly promising…)

Anyway, which pre-1840s Gothic novel have you loved and could recommend? I’m still working on the intro to the Classics Circuit tour, so I have lots more research to do myself…