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?



6 thoughts on “This and That Book Chat

  1. I’ve done a few reading challenges here and there over the years, but I’m not that great at them. I’m more of an emotional reader! LOL! I go with how I feel…if I’m exhausted I tend to read simple, predictable, cheesy things. If I’m feeling dreamy, nature memoir type books, if I need a mental break, fiction. If I really an interested in following a spark of something, non-fiction.

    This is the first year where I’ve chosen to be more careful about fiction, trying hard to stay away from the cheesy end of things. I’ve also read more non-fiction for me!

    I don’t really plan out my months in advance etc, more broad goals or something to shoot at. I will have to think if I want to do something more focused for next year. I used to attempt the Back to Classics challenge, but hmmm…I don’t know if I will be able to read The Trial next month either. Maybe. I’m supposedly reading Jayber Crow right now via another blog, but it’s hard to keep up on reading during the week with home educating etc. 🙂

    Anyway, love talking books, as always. Amy

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    • I attempted the Back to the Classics Challenge once and I think I maybe read one or two books that fit the challenge that year. Then I discovered Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenges and it seemed to fit me better and I was much more successful with it last year. It’s going pretty well this year too, but I think I’m going to end up with a few categories not filled. Oh well. I have been thinking about classics challenges again though.

      This year, I have read so much more than what has been on the challenge so I’m wondering if I want to do any challenge next year. Like I said, when the reading challenges begin rolling out in December, I inevitably get tempted by at least one! LOL

      I have read a lot of various things this year, but I am kind of wanting to read more classics. So I was thinking of different ideas….make a list of classics I’d like to read, work through a Great Books book list, read a history series and pair up classics along with that (I had this idea earlier in the year)….most likely I will just go with the flow as they say and see how it goes. 🙂

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  2. Karen, I was typing you a comment on my phone the day you posted this, and lost it. I have friends who love that modern Mrs. Darcy. I was going to say how much I love seeing what you and my friends read. I’m thankful you may try to join, but don’t feel that you must.

    I happen to be one who loves Robinson Crusoe, I’m reading it aloud for the second time. It’s a family favorite. But I agree with you, there’s many classics that leave me a bit indifferent too.

    That Snow Child cover is very beautiful. And yes, you are right, I love that you are enjoying Midsummer. What a fun book to read.

    I’m also a big fan of Frankenstein, and specially Dracula. I love the book. I have never read Count of MC or Les Mis, but both (specially the first one), are books I’d love to read. Maybe that’s next for a family reading, as I know that Dumas is a big hit with both boys and girls, I think my husband will love it if I read it aloud.


    • I think that Robinson Crusoe is written well….and I guess it’s not that I don’t like it…it just feels a bit dry for me. But that’s just me. 😉

      I was thinkiing that October is a perfect time to try to read Frankenstein or Dracula. Don’t you think? Great Fall reads. So I’m thinking about going ahead with at least Frankenstein along with The Trial.

      I’m really looking forward to reading The Trial with you. I typically don’t read suspense/thriller type novels and I’ve seen this one described as both. But I did already see the beginning line and have read just a wee bit about the book and I’m intrigued. It sounds interesting. I actually just worked on a little post about it that I hope to put up today sometime. 🙂


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