|Still Life Vase with Flowers (1881)|
I have a number of challenges and read-alongs going on, including my Shakespeare challenge, my Greek challenge, my Reading England challenge, Back to the Classics, etc., along with a group read of The Faerie Queene motivated by O at Behold the Stars, my read of The Lord of the Rings with Cirtnecce of Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses and Prejudices, and I know not what (that last phrase is good to use when your head is going to explode with the possibilities! ;-) ). Will my list be longer than 10 books? Let's find out!
The Faerie Queene: The whole complete unabridged poem (although I liked the above book cover best). I'm terrified and also kind of excited.
The Pickwick Papers: For the Behold the Stars read-along in publication order. A very unique and illuminating experience to read Dickens as his first readers would have read his works ..... spanning about a year and a half!
The Histories by Herodotus: I've place it at the top of the list because I'm determined to get to it sometime this year, and I'd like to start it soon. Hopefully, the fact that I've been looking at it for the last month without reading it, isn't a dire premonition!
To Kill A Mockingbird: I'm reading this with one of my Goodreads groups. I haven't read it since high school and it's on my Classics Club list, so I'm looking forward to it.
Sophocles: I should be finishing up the plays of Aeschylus soon and then I'll begin on those by Sophocles. I've read his Theban Plays twice already and can't wait to re-visit them, but I'm also looking forward to reading the rest of his works.
Twelfth Night: This play is being performed at our local university, so I thought I should support locally, read a book for a challenge, and make another attempt at this play. I've read it twice already and wasn't enthused, but perhaps the third time will be a charm.
My Father's Dragon: This is such a great book! If you haven't read it, I guarantee you'll love it. I'm adding it for Amanda @ Simpler Pastimes' Children's Literature Event in April.
Emil and the Detectives: Another book for Amanda's event.
The Cloud of Unknowing: I'm trying to get through this one. Very mystical, which normally I like, but this time I'm not connecting. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the anonymous author at the beginning of the book says it is not to be read by anyone but a contemplative. And I didn't listen to the warning! :-Z
Framley Parsonage: Oh my goodness, do I owe an enormous apology to Trollope! Do you know how many years ago I started to read through his Barsetshire Chronicles? Two! Do you know how many books I've managed to read? Three! It's pitiful, especially considering that I really have enjoyed each book. Sigh! I just don't know why I have no desire to pick the next one up. In any case, I got this book for my latest Classics Club Spin and Cirtnecce has kindly offered to read-along with me. Do you think with a Spin hanging over my head and a blogging friend to hold my hand, that I can get it finished? We'll see .......