A Classic for an October Book Club

This is just a really quick post. Silvia recently announced an impromptu book club for October. The book:  The Trial by Franz Kafka. I am wanting to read some more classics before the end of the year and so I decided to join in.

Up until yesterday, all I knew about this book was that it is considered a modern classic. So I decided to read about it a bit. Kafka is said to have earned his place among modern literature. The Trial was published in 1925 (although it was written between 1914 and 1915) and is one of his best known works. I didn’t want to read too much because I didn’t want to know much about the actual story before reading it. Plus, I was afraid that I might run across spoilers and I didn’t want to know how the story ends. 😉 What I do know is that at the beginning of the book, an man is arrested. The first line of the novel says:

Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.”

From what I understand, the character Josep K. is arrested and is not told why. I normally don’t read suspense or thriller type novels, but I can’t wait to read this. The first sentence definitely has me intrigued! If you’d like to join me in reading The Trial, hop on over to Silvia’s blog HERE to read her post and get the schedule.




This and That Book Chat

It’s officially the fall season and I am so happy! Fall is my favorite season of the year! With the changing of the seasons, I’ve been considering what I want to read for these last few remaining months of the year. It’s so hard to believe that it’s almost October and that we only have a little over three months left in this year. In keeping with the new season, I have this cute little fall leaf divider for this post:Yellow Leaf BorderAs I’ve been looking ahead to what I’d like to be able to personally accomplish in my reading life in these last few months of the year, I have a few thoughts as to what I’d like to read. For now, here’s my thoughts:

  • I am planning on joining Silvia in October for her impromptu book club. We will be reading The Trial by Kafka, a modern classic. I may do another post about this. 🙂
  • I’m considering trying to read The Iliad and finish up The Odyssey by Homer. I began reading The Odyssey awhile back (last year sometime I think) and never finished it. So I am thinking that *maybe* I might try to finish it but to first read The Iliad. We’ll see….This may need to be part of what I read next year. I am currently reading Beowulf and would like to get it finished first.
  • I’m thinking I might want to try to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. My oldest daughter has told me more than once that I need to read it. This is the same daughter who chose The Count of Monte Cristo for me to read in last year’s reading challenge. It was a toss up for her between Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo  and I *think* Les Miserables when trying to decide which one to pick for me to read. I might add Les Miserable to my to-read list for next year.

That’s my thoughts so far. I am thinking I may like to add in some sort of science or nature book. I have a few options I can choose from. We’ll see. I tend to be ambitious with my reading goals, can you tell? LOL But my reading goals are just that…they are tentative ideas and are always flexible.

Yellow Leaf BorderAround this time of year, I tend to start thinking ahead to the next year…what goals I might like to have for my reading life and whether or not I want to officially try to tackle a reading challenge again. When the reading challenges roll out (usually in December), it’s hard for me to resist at least trying to tackle one. Ha! But I have some specific reading goals I’m already thinking about for next year. I’ve been considering trying to read from my shelves and my Kindle. I have quite a few books on my shelves and on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. Many of them are classics. I don’t want to limit myself to only reading from my shelves and Kindle, but to simply try to begin reading them more. 😉

My husband recently read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and said he was really surprised by it. He enjoyed it more than he thought he might. So that one may be on my list as well. Yellow Leaf BorderJust a quick little update on what I’ve been reading the last few weeks.

My Name is Lucy Barton

I finished My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

The Snow Child

I also read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This one was for my reading challenge for the category “A Book You Chose for the Cover”. I saw this book one day when I was at my local bookstore and loved the cover. I did pick it up and read the description; but it’s the cover that drew me to it and I decided I wanted to choose it for that particular category for my reading challenge.

I’m still reading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I know this is a classic; but for me, it’s just so-so. I don’t think it’s *not* a good book….just not a book for me.

My friend Silvia will be happy to hear this:  I’m reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and actually enjoying it! Yay!

Other books I’m reading right now that I hope to finish by the end of the month:

I only have a few more days to get them read! Yikes!

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Do you have any specific reading goals for the last few months of this year? Are you already thinking about reading goals for next year?