2017 Reading Challenge: 2nd Quarter

I’ve taken my eye off the ball this quarter because I realised at the start of May that I was unlikely to meet my Goodreads Challenge (104 books in 2017), so hurriedly read a lot of the shorter things cluttering up my TBR pile to get back on track.  Reads meeting the diverse challenge included…

2017 Reading Challenge: 1st Quarter

Yes, the plan was to write monthly updates on my challenge. And now it’s March, so we’ll go with quarterly updates instead. In some ways that’s better, as I can mention books that perhaps only warrant a few lines, and would otherwise have been missed. My 2017 reading began with an unusual (for me) choice:…

2017 Reading Challenge

I completed the 2016 Classics Challenge with True Grit in early December. After reflecting on what I read in 2016, and how I chose the books for my challenge, I’ve decided that I want to be more intentional in what I choose to read in 2017. In particular I want to counter my tendency to default to white,…

True Grit

When I discovered this Classic I discovered this Classic when I watched the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit at the cinema. Why I chose to read it I needed to read a book narrated by a female character for research, and remembered that True Grit is narrated by Mattie Ross. I hadn’t initially considered…

Now in November

When I discovered this Classic Earlier this year the Guardian Bookshop emailed me about a deal on books from APOLLO, an imprint which specialises in ‘forgotten’ modern classics. Josephine Johnson’s Now in November was one of two I ended up ordering. Why I chose to read it I chose Now in November over my other purchase…

The Stand

I had this all lined up to post on October 31st (Halloween, King, etc), and forgot to actually schedule it *facepalm*. Silver lining: you get to read about 2 Classics in November. 🙂 When I discovered this Classic When I read King’s On Writing last year he mentioned The Stand as the novel his readers…

The Lusiads

I did it! I finally finished The Lusiads. When I discovered this Classic Camões is a giant of Portuguese literature, and I studied excerpts of his work in high school. Why I chose to read it I came across a second-hand copy of an English translation of The Lusiads in Edinburgh’s wonderful Armchair Books. I’d…

Small Gods

I’m still toiling away at The Lusiads, but the Edinburgh International Book Festival falls in August, and I had a number of books to read for Book Festival events, so I went with Plan B: Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods. When I discovered this Classic I’ve mentioned before that I discovered Terry Pratchett in my teens,…

The Eve of St Agnes

July did not go entirely according to plan. I started reading The Lusiads, but, between CampNaNoWriMo and family commitments, I didn’t get very far. Finding myself in danger of having no Classic to blog about for July, I turned to Penguin Little Black Classic No.13:  The Eve of St Agnes. In addition to ‘The Eve…

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

When I discovered this Classic & why I chose to read it I won tickets to see Janice Galloway speak at the Saltire Society, (sadly childcare issues prevented me from going) and I realised I hadn’t actually read any of her books. This one came highly recommended. What makes it a Classic It’s a beautifully…

The Female Man

When I discovered this Classic I found this Classic on Forbidden Planet’s list of 50 must-read SF books. Why I chose to read it I’d never heard of Joanna Russ (the highest-ranked female author on the list after Ursula Le Guin), and it seemed like a good opportunity to discover a new (to me) author….

Oliver Twist

Things have been odd this month as I’m in the middle of moving, so while I was able to make time to read a Classic, it’s taken me a lot longer to get around to posting about it. When I discovered this Classic Like most people, I suspect, I knew Oliver Twist as a musical. I’m not sure…