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. 😀
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.
In honor of National Poetry Month, I had a stack of poetry books I hoped to read this month. Unfortunately, I ended up getting side-lined with the flu, so reading progress came to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks. I read Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne. I enjoyed reading the letters and poetry, especially after watching the movie Bright Star a few years ago. I really didn’t know much about John Keats before the movie, outside of some his more famous poems, and for whatever reason, that movie really struck a chord with me. Perhaps because he was so young when he passed away, struggling to make his poetry known to the world. Perhaps it was the love story. I digress, but it helped me rediscover John Keats and his poetry.
Here a few poetry books I have set out on my reading table and hope to tackle over the next month or so (for belated National Poetry Month!) 😀
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.
So far, so good in terms of my reading progress – 14% of the way towards my goal of 50 books. I completed two non-fiction books this month, and I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park and also working on some poetry. I think this is the maximum amount of books I can juggle at one time!
I’m going to strive for a goal of 50 books in 2017. I’ve selected a few books that I hope to read in 2017 – I’m sure I’ll get side-tracked by new books, so we’ll see how well I do with completing the stack. 😉
I thought I would round up of some of my favorite poems for the winter season. Is it just me, or do you conjure up images of Robert Frost and some of his poems, like Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, when thinking about winter poems?
Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snow flakes by Emily Dickinson
Winter Stars by Sara Teasdale
A Winter Morning by Ted Kooser
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost