Friday, June 1, 2018

My Reading Stack for June is Crazy




What mischief I have gotten myself into 

If I can keep my eyes open tonight (May 31st), I may finish Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy, before the official start of the new month (as I write, there are four hours left of May); otherwise, it will be added to the rest of my stack for the month of June.

I am still perusing my way through City of God, by Augustine. I read about five chapters a night, unless I fall asleep in the middle of reading. Then I fall behind.

Continuing with The Little House-athon at The Vince Review, I begin The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This will be my easiest read, obviously.

But then I joined Jillian and a group on Twitter for Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain, which spans the entire month of June. There is no way I can finish 600+ pages in a month. Even if it was my only book, there are not enough minutes in my days to read.  

For the Well-Educated Mind Reading Challenge (Histories), I am moving on to Utopia, by Sir Thomas More. I want to finish this one in the month of June because I prefer to move quickly through the WEM books, though these things are not in my control.

And finally, a friend of mine encouraged me to join her book club. They are reading Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, in June. Again, I know I will never finish this book by the end of June, but if I like it, I will continue on until I finish it. Dickens sometimes exhausts me, and this book is a tome. The sight of it intimidates me.

There are so many other books I want to read for summer, too, and maybe I will get to them come July. But these are my main focus for June, and I am not adding any more

There, I said it.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that is quite a stack! But if it helps, I really liked Bleak House. It's a pretty good read, not tedious or dull, and also Utopia is not too hard.

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    1. I have had the most positive response to Bleak House, so I am greatly encouraged. Thank you. And I cannot wait to begin Utopia.

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    1. It sure is. And I just finished Tess, so I feel better about beginning Testament tonight.

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  3. I would be daunted by City of God alone, nevermind the rest...!

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    1. City of God is excellent -- not only intriguing, but you can take it in little chunks b/c the chapters are super short.

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  4. What an ambitious reading! If it helps, Bleak House isn't really bleak actually... maybe at first, but when you get through the plot, it's quite interesting.

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    1. In other words, I should expect to like it and finish it to the end, even if it takes longer than June. : )

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  5. I LOVE the story of Bleak House... to be honest, I have not read the book all the way through, so my opinion is based on the TV adaptations. But, I know it's great. :) Good luck on all your summer reading!

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    1. Well, thank you. Again, all my positive feedback is on Bleak House. Thank you.

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  6. It does look a little crazy, but you never know...a few sleepless nights - I can't do that any more. Bleak House is a great book; Testament of Youth - I skipped the last few chapters as I got tired of her Marxist blethering. The writing otherwise was very good but I was reading it at the same time as All Quiet on the Western Front & in my opinion that was a much more powerful & selfless portrayal of the devastating effects of WWI. I've just finished Kristin Lavransdatter which was quite a long saga although not a hard read.

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    1. Hey, Carol, I've been falling asleep WHILE READING. It's NUTS. : (

      I felt that way about the end of the film version of Testament, and it will be a great challenge for me to read it. I am open to her memoir, but I do not agree with the Marxist ideology. So we'll see how that goes.

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  7. Nope...I've got one more you MUST add.
    JK of course. Impressive list, but you can do it.

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    1. Aww, I was almost expecting you to tell me another great book I should start.

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  8. Wow, what a huge pile! Yes, I agree The Long Winter looks like the most easy read on that list. I read Bleak House for Uni, but don't remember much about it, except that it was quite enjoyable, but a bit heavy. There was a court case going on all through the story which dragged on. I might read it again some day.

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    1. Oh, no . . . you don't remember BH? LOL.

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