Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR

Some Books on My Winter TBR

It may not technically be winter, but I'll be reading these in December:

Stories for Christmas
Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, illustrations by P.J. Lynch

The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

(And when I finish Fellowship, I can move on to the next book and the next,
which probably won't be until January and February.)

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Lives of the Noble Romans
Plutarch

(I want to finish "Antony," and then I'll be done. Hope to finish by end of December.
Once I finish Plutarch, I shall begin Augustine, finally.)

City of God
Augustine

I have not planned my next year, nonetheless, 
these are some books I am considering reading into the new year.

Northangar Abbey
Jane Austen

Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

Jude the Obscure 
Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton

Ourselves
Charlotte Mason

20 comments:

  1. What an utterly charming list!

    I really should do this list prompt, as I totally have a tower of at least 10 books waiting on top of a shelf in my kitchen for me to get to them.

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    1. Okay, there, I posted my list too. Glad I saw your post this morning, or I would have forgotten about TTT, and this was a quick and easy list for me!

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  2. Love the list - especially Wharton, Plutarch, and Hardy. If ever there was a winter poet/novelist it was Hardy. My list is more eclectic.

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  3. Many of these books are on my Classic Club list. I love Dickens. Have you read The Man Who Invented Christmas? I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a movie out now based on the book. I haven't seen it but I might. I love seeing what you are reading.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I'm glad to meet you. I have not read the Man Who Invented Christmas, but I just watched the trailer, and I'm so excited. I'm going to take my kids to see it ASAP. We read A Christmas Carol every December, and I already need a break from December (and it's not even here, yet!) Hahaha.

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    2. I'm also planning to start Augustine by the end of the year. My current read is An Instance of the Fingerpost. Started reading The Russian classic The Master & Margarita for a book group read but I'm not sure I want to continue it. I had also started reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica when my checkout expired on OverDrive. (I placed another hold, but I might not get it back until January). Other than that, I want to read Margaret Fuller's Woman in the 19th Century by the end of the year - it's short and I hope to squeeze it in as book #12 for the Back to the Classics challenge.

      I'm not sure about January - I think I want to do B2C again, but I might not do any other annual challenges. I will be reading Henry V in Jan-Feb, as I want to read it in time to see a local performance.

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    3. Are you reading City of God or Confessions or something else by Augustine?

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  4. Glad to see you posting again, Ruth. I've been reading your blog for years and I missed seeing what you were reading and what you thought about it. I'm hoping to read all five Christmas books by Dickens this December, as well. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get through all five. Hope you enjoy them!

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    1. Thanks, L. I don't think I have ever come across you blog, but I'm glad to have found it.
      I'm not sure how many of the Dickens' Christmas Stories I will read, aside from A Christmas Carol, which I read to my kids; so we'll see.

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  5. Impressive list. Ethan Frome is one of my all time favourites. Would like to read Jude the Obscure sometime. Hardy’s writing is exquisite but although I loved Far From the Madding Crowd, his fatalism in Tess really turned me off that book. Ourselves is a great read. I’m reading some Christmas themed short stories this month.

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    1. Well, I cannot wait to get started on Ethan Frome. I agree about Hardy's writing, so we shall see what his problem is in Tess. I have heard positives and negatives about both of these Hardy titles, so I suppose it depends on the reader.

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    2. I love Ethan Frome. It is my favorite Wharton book. For your Christmas reading, have you ever read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (I think)? I love this little book. It is a late elementary age book but it is really for the whole family. My favorite secular (sort of It is about a church's annual Christmas play) story.

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    3. Janet, we have read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and immediately after, my kids and I watch the movie on Youtube. It was so funny. They loved it.

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  6. This is a great list. I know because I have a few of these books myself. I have The Kite Runner because my mom really wants me to read it. I think it's going to be a grueling read, however. You must let me know how you like it.

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    1. I have read two of Hosseini's books already and they were both captivating and emotionally intense. I loved them. I cannot wait to start The Kite Runner.

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  7. I've actually 4 of your list just this year! The LOTR trilogy (plus Hobbit) and Northanger abbey - all rereads & all tremendous - you'll have a fabulous winter with them alone 😊

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    1. Oh, excellent. I'm looking forward to them.

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  8. I'm planning on reading City of God in the new year. Rather nervous about it! Plutarch I'm afraid terrifies me too - I'm in awe of you :)

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    1. I am intimidated about City of God, also. Unfortunately, I didn't get the abridged version, and I think I prefer to read that instead.

      As for Plutarch, I'm not sure which of his books you plan to read, but Lives was easy reading. I only struggled with it for so long b/c I was longing to read something else while forcing myself to read these histories/biographies that I was not interested in. But it turned out to be good.

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