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Reading! Fun! Etc!

Yo!

I decided to do this.  In addition to my classic novel a month goal.

2015 Reading Challenge

Which is insane.  I decided, however, that those two goals can overlap.  Last year I read 50ish books.  This list above is 52.  That I might be able to manage.  But perhaps not 64.  We’ll see.  I’m off to a big start so far.

For my classic novel a month goal in January, I finished Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope.  This also qualifies as my over 500 pages novel.

A book with more than 500 pages  — Can You Forgive Her?  By Anthony Trollope

A classic romance – The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer  (I’m not quite done with this one yet.  But I’ve read it before, and it’s frigging hilarious.)

A book with a color in the title —  Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater  (Love, love, love, love, love)

As for Can You Forgive Her?  I do think that it’s a pretty good book as far as classics go (aka slow-building).  But the truth is, for me…this wasn’t that great.  I’ll carry with the Palliser’s because I’ve read enough of Trollope to know I like his writing in general and the Palliser series is much more easily available than some of his other titles.

She's beautiful.

Trollope makes me think of my Dad.  A few years ago, Dad and I read Barchestershire together.  It took me forever.  He busted right through them.  Though Mumma has always been a reader, she read non-fiction until I was an adult.  Dad was one of my many good examples of always snuggling down with a book when given a chance.  Busy man though he was (pre-stroke), I still remember him reading.  His favorite book was Count of Monte Cristo.  I have been planning to read it again for a while, but I can’t face it right now.

Currently Reading: The Grand Sophy

Up Next: … perhaps The School for Good and Evil? (A book with an antonym in the title.)  Phineas Finn?  (Classic Novel for February)  The Fault in Our Stars? (A book that made me cry)  A Blunt Instrument?   (A mystery  My favorite one!)

What about you?

~Amanda

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3 thoughts on “Reading! Fun! Etc!”

  1. I’ve told this story before. So what. Dad made me a deal when I was in HS and deep into reading lots of SciFi and Fantasy books. He challenged me to read the Count of Monte Cristo. Which I did and have never regretted it. It is now also one of my favorite books of all time. I have decided that I will read that book every November in his honor.

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