Reading Journal (23 Aug) + Reading Red in Review

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Some of you may have noticed I disappeared from blogging and reading blogs for a month this summer. I also essentially stopped reading for a few weeks too. Since my post July 22 until I posed my review of Candide, I read only Candide, which was 90 pages. Besides it being summer (and therefore busy and fun for me and for Raisin), there are personal family things going on that made blogging difficult. All is alright, and I’m glad to be back!

Not only am I finding the blogging groove again, but I’m feeling my desire to read again. I have finished The Grapes of Wrath for the Classics Circuit, and I also found myself reading all of The Glass Menagerie while my son played at the library today. That felt good!

In just two more weeks, Raisin goes back to preschool for two mornings a week. I’ll have some time to get back to regular reviewing when that comes. For the next two weeks, please continue to bear with me while I try to get my feet back on the ground.

I must add a special thank you for the nomination for Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Best Classics Blog. There are so many incredible classics blogs I’ve discovered that I feel a little out of place, given my disappearance this summer and my general difficulties in blogging regularly over the past year. Nevertheless, I certainly do appreciate all my blog readers and I thank you for the vote of confidence! I don’t want to go anywhere.

At any rate, I haven’t done a reading wrap-up since the end of the first quarter 2011. Here, then are the adult books that I’ve read and reviewed on Rebecca Reads since the end of the first quarter.

Reading Red

For my Reading Red project, I was to read books from my shelves that had a red cover. I didn’t keep up this theme very well in general. I do have so many more red books to read!

Other Reads

Books Not Reviewed

I read a few books in July that got lost in the cracks since I did not post for most of August. These were:

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I’m sure I’ll reread this again in the future. So much great thoughts in that little book!
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. A light read. If my book club reads it sometime, I’ll reread it and write about it then.
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch. I was surprised by how unmoved I was by her “read a book every day for a year” project. I kept thinking the whole time: what about your four kids?! Why don’t you spend a year nurturing your family instead of reading by yourself? I love reading and I love books, but I felt her project just seemed….selfish. Some nice insights, but not a favorite for me.

From here

I don’t have a new project to begin. I’m just hoping I can read my book club books and Classics Circuit books each month. My other goal is to read the books I own. If I don’t want to read them, why do I have them on my shelves?!

Life is pretty busy right now! How is your reading going?

Reviewed on August 23, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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  1. Do you like the feeling of having no real projects? I love that – I feel really free about my reading, to read when I want and not read when I don’t want. Like I finished Lady Audley’s Secret last week, and just haven’t even thought about picking up another book since then. It’s nice!

  2. Oh The Glass Menagerie! I love Tennessee Williams, and I think that’s the first one I ever read. So very, very good.

    And congrats on the nomination!

  3. Congrats on the nomination! I love the idea of reading all one color of books — that’s such a good way to give structure to your TBR pile. I’d do likewise, but most of my TBR books are still in Louisiana. 🙁

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