Victober

So, I’ve come across a number of book-related blogs which reference a “Victober” reading challenge – a focus on reading Victorian literature for the month of October.  Given my recent focus on getting back to the classics, I thought this was a perfect challenge for me.

A few books that I have in mind for this challenge:

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Far from a Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte

I had a number of other books I thought about adding to the list, but I tried to be realistic since it is only a month of reading.  😀

 

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Classics – An Update

As a follow up to my post earlier this year on getting back to reading more classics, I’ve made some good progress over the last few months. I also updated my list with additional books at the bottom of the list.  I’ve crossed off the books I’ve read so far this year, and hope to make more progress for the remainder of the year. I forgot how much I do enjoy reading classics – I just have to get back into that mindset and pace of reading.

  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  • Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  • The Portait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  • Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  • Far from a Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Completed Books – August, 2017

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
  19. Delicious!
  20. The Magnolia Story
  21. The Endless Forest
  22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  23. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  24. The Bookshop on the Corner
  25. The Lake House
  26. Blue Iris
  27. The Wind in the Willows
  28. How Not to Die
  29. The Gifts of Reading (essay)
  30. The Wild Places
  31. Northanger Abbey

Happy Reading!

Beautiful Books – Penguin English Library

I have a confession: my obsession of beautiful book covers has grown – in part because I’ve discovered some new (or new to me!) editions from Penguin.  I’ve loved the Penguin clothbound classics and have recently started adding some Penguin English Library editions to my collection.  I really like the editions that have more of the “rubbery” finish cover compared to the paper, but all of the editions are beautiful.  However, the editions with the nicer finish also have pictures of the author on the inside cover (bonus!).  I have a number of books that I would like to add to my collection (Far from a Madding Crowd with the bees on the cover, Middlemarch, Oliver Twist and more), but have a good start.  I didn’t include a picture, but the books also look great together with the colored spines between the classic Penguin orange stripes.

PEL

 

Do you have any favorite book covers or editions?  I’m always on the hunt for new editions.  😀

Completed Books – July, 2017

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
  19. Delicious!
  20. The Magnolia Story
  21. The Endless Forest
  22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  23. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  24. The Bookshop on the Corner
  25. The Lake House
  26. Blue Iris
  27. The Wind in the Willows

Happy Reading!

Update on Picks for 2017

I thought I would pop in with an update on some of the books I selected from my shelves for 2017.  Of the twelve books pictured in the stack, I’ve read five of the books so far, and I’m working on The Wild Places now.  As we’re at the midpoint in the year, I think I’ve made decent progress- usually by now I’m sidetracked with some new books or recommendations.  I still have a number of classics to tackle, and there are a few books I want to read over the next month that are not on the list (and have yet to be acquired), but I’m planning on picking them up soon. I am easily distracted with new books or newly discovered books.  😀

 

New (Used) Finds

I hit an annual used book sale last month and ended up with some great finds. Unfortunately, I don’t have any great pictures as I’ve already shelved all of the books, but I’ve included a list below.  I’m starting to add to my Classics collection – and really want to focus on the Classics in the coming months.  I scored some great poetry books as well.

  • Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck (I’ve read, but would like to read again at some point)
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf
  • East of Eden, Steinbeck
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain (I’ve already read this one, but found an older Signet Classics edition)
  • Pickwick Papers, Dickens
  • The Good Earth, Buck,
  • The House of Mirth, Wharton (I’ve read one as well)
  • Flight Behavior, Kingsolver
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Shaffer and Barrows
  • Natural History Essays, Thoreau
  • How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher, Barnes
  • The China Study, Campbell
  • New and Selected Poems, Oliver
  • Blue Iris, Oliver
  • Honey and Salt, Sandburg

Completed Books – June, 2017

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
  19. Delicious!
  20. The Magnolia Story
  21. The Endless Forest
  22. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – May, 2017

I’m a little behind in my reading goal of 50 books for the year, but getting close to the halfway mark.  I have a huge stack of books from the library (why do they all seem to be available at the same time?!), so I hope to make more progress this month. I have a couple of books I’m reading at the same time – a mix of non-fiction and fiction and really need to get back to reading some poetry as well!

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World
  16. The Art Forger
  17. How to Hygge
  18. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence

Happy Reading!

Completed Books – April, 2017

Well, April was not a great reading month for me.  Between being sick and getting side-tracked on a few things, I didn’t make much of a dent this month.  However, I am actually making some good progress on reading some of the books I picked out for 2017 (more to come on this).  I enjoyed reading To The Bright Edge of the World as it was full of outdoor adventures and exploration of new territories – it inspired me to get out in nature more often!  I’m also in the midst of reading The Art Forger and I’m really enjoying learning more about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light
  5. Upstream
  6. Bio-Young
  7. The Little Book of Hygge
  8. Mansfield Park
  9. Yours Truly
  10. 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous
  11. The School of Night
  12. Always
  13. A Moveable Feast
  14. Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
  15. To the Bright Edge of the World

Happy Reading!