Since I haven’t been finishing nearly as many books this month, it’s been quite around Rebecca Reads. I’ve been enjoying the nice spring weather and getting some other projects done. Today, I thought I’d share some of my “in progress” reads so I can get your thoughts about these books in progress. It might be nice to look back on my reading progress when I finished books too.
I have finished two books I’m going to review in the coming week: Billy Collins’ Sailing Alone Around the Room (poetry collection) and The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Newbery winner).
I’m currently reading The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, which is 900 pages long. Since I’m on page 175 even after three weeks, it may take a while at this rate! I’m enjoying the slower pace (although I do intend to pick it up a bit). It’s a slower book, so taking it slowly is appropriate. Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 1930s, so the writing is quite enjoyable, even if the story is slow.
I also started reading Julius Caesar, which I’m reading for both the Martel-Harper Challenge and the BiblioShakespeare challenge. My edition (Signet Classic) includes a few short essays about the play, and I hope that will enhance my reading of it.
After my abandoned attempt to listen to Brave New World via audio, I picked up the audio of 1984 by George Orwell. Thus far (an hour into it), it is much more rewarding than Huxley’s book, simply because there is a character I can identify with. I’m also better able to relate to it, since like The Handmaid’s Tale (reviewed here), it’s about a character that remembers the time before totalitarian rule.
Also, via Dailyreader.net, I get one 10-minute increment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe each day; at this continued rate, I’ll finish in July or August. It’s an interesting novel, but not powerfully written. I’m glad I’m reading it for the historical value, but I’m also glad I’m reading it in little chunks.
I checked out Husain Haddawy’s The Arabian Nights for the “folklore” section of the Once Upon a Time Challenge. Since I’ve already read a few fantasy and fairy tales books that count for the challenge and I’d only signed up to read one work, I probably won’t push myself to read this in the time before it’s due back at the library. It does look very interesting and I look forward to reading it in full someday. According to reviewers on LibraryThing and Amazon, a version by Husain Haddawy is the one to read.
I’ve been reading my son the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury by Betty MacDonald. We’ve finished the first two books in it, and I’m in the middle of the third and last (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic). I got kind of burned out reading chapter books aloud to him because of my push at the end of April to get many minutes of reading together, so I’ve been going slower, reading every other day or so. I do want to finish this volume. I’ve enjoyed it, although I have to say maybe Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is best in small doses.
In nonfiction, I’m reading The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington. This is for the “politics” category of the World Citizen Challenge. I’m surprised at how readable it is; I was afraid it would be “beyond me.” At the same time, it’s rather poorly written: lots of bullet points and headings. I’m more of a transition girl, so the lists and headings make it feel disjointed and just pasted together in terms of argument. I am enjoying it, but I’m also going rather slowly.
And that’s it in the reading front. Make sure you go and make a guess at my giveaway post as I’m going to choose a winner early next week.