I mentioned on twitter while I was finishing my dissertation that I really missed reading classics while doing my MA, especially while on the dissertation. This was the first year of my reading life in which I wasn’t required by school to read actual literature. We read bits and pieces of medieval literature, but I don’t actually like most of that, although I do find it interesting. I actually miss my English major; not really the bit that required me to write papers, but the six to ten books of thought-provoking literature assigned for every class and the space in which to discuss them. As expected, I am back to it, now that I have nothing better to do. I’m working my way through Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, a surprisingly easy and pleasant read, I checked The Warden by Anthony Trollope out from the library, and I’m thinking about reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence since this is Banned Books Week. I signed up for the challenge a while ago, but the library didn’t have either of the two on my mental list (Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange) so I suppose I will have to resort to the one I own!
This has also been review book catch-up week. I have been neglecting a whole lot of review copies, mostly because they seemed like they were going to be slow and/or heavy and I didn’t think my mind would be up to it. As a result, I’m reading them all now, so expect to see a deluge of requested reviews popping up over the next couple of weeks. I’m attempting to try to finish and review all the ones I have before my parents get here on the 15th with my next batch! Right now I’m reading The Fire, which I got from LibraryThing last summer. I know, a VERY long time ago, but since I really disliked The Eight, I haven’t felt like reading it. Now that I know it’s basically a bunch of confusing puzzles, it’s flowing better because I don’t try to figure anything out and let the characters do it for me. I’m also reading a novella every day from the anthology On The Prowl. I won Hunting Ground a week or two ago and while it hasn’t come yet, I want to be up to date with Anna and Charles from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series before it does, so I’ve read the story here and will be reading Cry Wolf sometime this week. So far the rest of the anthology is hit and miss, but since I bought it, I’m going to read all of it.
I’m afraid I don’t have anything more interesting to report! I meant to go see the Staffordshire Hoard today, but when we got to Birmingham the line was so long we weren’t sure we’d get in before the museum closed. Keith marvelled that so many people were interested in seeing Anglo-Saxon gold; I was thrilled even if it meant I couldn’t go yet. We’re going to get out earlier next weekend. So, expect a recounting of the treasure, with pictures if I’m allowed to take them, sometime in the next couple of weeks. I also went to one of my new libraries and am going to the other one tomorrow, so a Library Loot post will be coming soon!
What are you reading today?