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. 😀
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.
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.
Do you have any favorite book covers or editions? I’m always on the hunt for new editions. 😀
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
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!
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.
March ended up being a good reading month – I am now 26% complete towards my goal of 50 books. 😀 I finished Mansfield Park, which I thought was a charming book. The School of Night brought back memories of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I also enjoyed A Moveable Feast, especially after reading The Paris Wife and Hemingway’s Girl. I think in honor of spring, I might try to read a few nature books next month, along some poetry since April is National Poetry Month.