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Book Challenge Update

This year I set myself the challenge of reading what I had left unread on my shelf (as well as whatever new books may appear from time to time).

I had a small list of 13 (although some are REALLY long books like War and Peace or Vanity Fair). So far I have managed 6, so that’s roughly half. I have been knitting and crocheting like mad, started a new job and what not, so reading has taken a bit of a back burner, although it does come in fits and starts (3 books one week and then none for a month).

I have read the following:

  • The Return of the Native   JANUARY 2017
  • Women in Love   JANUARY 2017
  • The Riddle of the Sands JANUARY 2017
  • 20000 Leagues Under the Sea FEBRUARY 2017
  • Daniel Deronda   APRIL 2017
  • Cross Stitch   MAY 2017
  • Anna Karenina
  • Ivanhoe
  • War and Peace
  • Rob Roy
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Woman in White
  • The Mill on the Floss

(As well as 84 Charing Cross Road, Goodbye Things and a re-read of The Gunslinger).

Cross Stitch (Outlander in the US) by Diana Gabaldon was finished today, it has taken me almost 2 years to read (sorry Lizzie!). It’s about a 1940’s nurse who time travels in Scotland by about 200 years. I liked it, but I didn’t love it, I don’t know why. Maybe because there was so much left unexplained, like what happened to her husband in the present. Maybe there could have been more focus on how she got there and how she gets back and other women who it had happened to (yes, I know you see Geillie but who else?). It was well written and in an easy to read style, but still, I felt something was missing. Maybe I am being overly fussy and pedantic – who me?!!

I think I might read Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood next, yes it’s not on the list, but at only 7 to go, I think I have time for this challenge to be completed this year!

Hmm, need another trip to the library soon I think! Have a Happy Thursday, Ellen x


52 BOOKS #19

Happy Tuesday…

Oh my gosh, I am SO behind on my 52 Books target! That averages out, in theory, at 1 book a week, but since I spent the first few months not really reading much, I think I may have shot myself in the foot. Figuratively speaking.

I am only up to 19 as of yet, but in my defence, many of the books are LONG and many are OLD (i.e. classics!) so take a bit of thought and therefore time to read.

That being said, I picked up Chocolat by Joanne Harris yesterday and finished it by teatime.

I love the film, it’s one of my favourites. And it’s got chocolate in so what’s not to like?! But, I didn’t enjoy the book as much. Oh the disappointment!

I think if I hadn’t have seen the film then I would be a little confused as to what was going on.

I didn’t like the fact the film’s Compt de Reynauld was the priest in the book, and that the priest had previously set fire to the river barges many years ago, killing 2 people.

Oh…er…sorry…SPOILER ALERT!!

It just makes him an evil criminal. And not the petty baddie he is in the film.

In the film, Pantoufle is a kangaroo, but a bunny in the book.

And Roux! While he is quite the gentleman in the film, he is a bit of a stroppy, moody, proud, almost wet-blanket kind of guy in the book.

It was OK overall, and gives a little more history and background than the film does (it is implied that Vianne was abducted as a baby by a gypsy which is why she travels around so much), I’m not so sure I enjoyed the book as much as it left me wanting a proper ending. I do have the sequel, The Lollypop Lady downstairs so maybe that wraps things up satisfactorily? Another day’s read I think.

Ellen x