|Source: Library of Congress|
Yikes! This is the longest that I’ve been AWOL since I started this blog. I’ve been so busy in the month of June that I haven’t had time to read, let alone to blog. And to top it off, I was bitten by the writing bug, so I’ve been letting whatever is inside my head, come out. This can be a little scary. Needless to say, this is not my usual modus operandi and somewhat disturbing. Fortunately, the busyness continues only until mid-July, but then ends (Yippee!!) and I can hopefully get back to normal — or as normal as I get. Ha ha!
Soooo, as for the books that I have planned to read for summer …….. I have a number that I have to finish up, from anywhere from a month ago, to a year ago. I’ll be focussing on:
What is to Be Done?: Chernyshevsky’s classic novel and response to Turgenev’s Father’s and Sons, advocating a socialist model through radicalism and social education. I still have to get to Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky, which is his response to Chernyshevsky.
Gone With the Wind: for Corinne’s read-along which, of course, has already ended. I was enjoying the book so far, so I want to finish it.
The Essays of Montaigne: I still have to finish up the recommended essays and I have one more blog post to compile. I love Montaigne so this won’t be a chore.
Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories: I’ve read about ⅓ of this and love it. But I have to finish it. This summer for sure.
The History of Napoleon Buonaparte: I love this book and I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to finish. This biography was written no more than 10 years after Napoleon’s death —- a very valuable viewpoint.
The Terror: a nice gift from my blog friend, Andrea. I read half last summer and I want to finish it this summer.
|On the Coast at Trouville (1881)
Series and Challenges:
Framley Parsonage: How embarrassing. I really, really need to keep on reading The Barsetshire Chronicles. I’m enjoying them, I’ve just stalled. Such is life.
Sense and Sensibility & Pride and Prejudice: I need to get moving on my Austen Project.
Up From Slavery: I’ve started this one and it’s my favourite so far of the slave narratives. For my WEM Project
The Canterbury Tales and The Brubury Tales Project: I really should get started on this if I want to finish it by the end of the year.
Classics Club List: there doesn’t seem to be as many Classic Club Spins lately, so I’m going to choose a book from my list, as I think I’m dragging behind a little. I’m going to take The Histories by Herodotus which is supposed to be a fun read (no, that’s not a joke. I’m serious.)
My Shakespeare Project: perhaps Henry V which I didn’t get around to reading for my reading of the Henriad.
Guardians 1000 List: yes, the never-ending list that I won’t finish before I die. For this, I was thinking of reading A Confederacy of Dunces. If anyone wants to take a quick look at the list, I’m open to recommendations!
Deal Me In Challenge: Yipes! I’m so behind. I need to try to catch up at least a little.
Should I Or Shouldn’t I?:
Ulysses: I started this rather thick book, but I really dislike it. Joyce is a pretentious, annoying …. grumble, grumble, grumble. Well, enough said. Should I finish because I started? Because I was silly enough to include this book in my TBR Pile Challenge? I haven’t decided yet.
The Lord of the Rings: I often choose to read this in the summer and I haven’t read it for about 4 years, but do I have too many other books going on? Or do I throw caution to the winds?
Ovid’s Metamorphoses: I have included this book in my reading list for the past two years and I just can’t seem to get into it. I was going to delve into it this summer but somehow it doesn’t seem like a summer book. Hmmm ……
|Sanary Landscape (1937)
I was going to list a few new books that I wanted to read, but you know what? I’m not even going to go there. I have way too many listed already and I know I won’t read them all, but at least this post will give me some focus for summer.
In any case, I hope you all are having a great summer so far and are getting lots of reading in. I just wanted you to know that I haven’t left forever and I should be back fairly soon! À bientôt!