In the past year and a half I have managed to get my reading list down to about half of what it was. I haven’t read much since January but I am getting back in the swing of things now.
I have come across a challenge online which is to read what you have. I have been doing this already as I went through a period about a decade ago of buying up classics when they only cost about £1 or £1.50 each. Penguin used to do them really cheap…not any more alas!
So here is what I have left to do…
- ANNA KARENINA
- WOMEN IN LOVE
- CROSS STITCH
- THE WOMAN IN WHITE
- WAR AND PEACE
- VANITY FAIR
- THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
- THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE
- ROB ROY
- DANIEL DERONDA
- 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
- THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
As you can see some quite thick volumes here so I wont be narrowing down the list anytime soon. But I have managed a few big ones recently.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens – quite good although there could have been just a little more excitement and more of the romance between Esther and Mr Wood-something (Woodcourt? Woodhouse?) and now I understand the reference to the ‘growlery’ that my friend Lizzie used to talk about years ago
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne – ok again could have been more excitement…and maybe a bit more courage from the narrator
Moby Dick by Herman Melville – for an adventure story there is surprisingly little adventure…it reads more like a textbook in some parts and the ending is rushed. In fact the most exciting part is at the beginning when the hero and the savage share a bed together!! – no funny business except smoking a pipe – not a euphemism there either!
So the last three classics read recently were average in my opinion. But at least I can say I have read them and can tick them off my list – and because I am still on a decluttering drive, once I have enough books to fill a bag I will donate them to a charity shop in a few months. I have already cleared out another shelf on my bookcase although the danger with that is that it becomes a dumping ground for all sorts of crap!
Till next time