Sonntag, 1. April 2012

April, month of chunksters

Today is the first day of April, which means that one quarter of the year is already over. Easter is advancing fast and everything is changing; moving forward, at least in my perception.
It's unalterable: when the birds start singing and the winter jackets disappear into the wardrobes to rest half a year I grow restless. My head is full of travelling plans, but since I am not financially independent I have to transfer my planning to other areas of life, books namely. During the first three months of this year I didn't finish more than nine books (a post on the last one, Carmilla, which I finished last night by candlelight is coming up soon). I have also been reading about the first quarter of Les Misérables, which was surprisingly enjoyable, but plunged me into desperation for a while nonetheless, simply because I didn't see any progress. I am looking forward to intensifying my work on it, because with this book I want to read more and more once I pick it up, but since it is not very plot-driven I do not pick it up as often as I should. My intention is to finish it in April.

I have signed up for Reading Rambo's The Woman in White Readalong starting tomorrow. I am really looking forward to exploring this book, after all Wilkie Collins was a close friend of Charles Dickens and also, since the ominous woman in white is obviously no ghost my curiosity demands to know who she is to get a whole book named after her.
My edition has 500 pages, so considering my slow reading pace I will be busy with that.

This month is going to be dedicated completely to these two big projects, as well as to a third chunkster. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind is a fantasy novel a friend wants me to read. I am not too eager to do so, but she and I usually have pretty similar tastes, so probably I will enjoy it.

What is most important is that I am dying to read: I am so excited to explore new books and putting together my list for The Classics Club has opened my eyes to the multitude of amazing books in the world. I am so hungry to read at the moment and every day a new book catches my fancy. Today I came across the trailer for Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and it has really tried my determination to stick to my chunksters-only reading plans.
Perhaps I'll give in when I am doing well with my regular reading schedule, we'll see. Until then I am just going to hit the repeat button on Youtube.

Kommentare:

  1. Enjoy your chunksters this month! I'm behind on Les Misérables,but hopefully I'll catch up in April. :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope I will! You should be close to the part where Hugo goes on endlessly about the battle of Waterloo, which is completely unrelated to the story. I am feeling kind of bad for saying it's my favourite part so far ;)

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  2. Some great April plans! I haven't yet read The Woman in White, but I've really enjoyed the Collins I have read--and this is supposed to be one of his best. Good luck and enjoy!

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    1. I am really looking forward to it, although it is my first Collins (I mean Dickens's best friend must be awesome!). Thank you!

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  3. Terry Goodkind? You? I think that is going to be a Mexican-Chicken Wrap situation, if you know what I mean. :)
    Apart from that I'm wondering WHEN you will have the time to read these, apparently amazing books, but knowing your genius, I shouldn't fret so much. (;
    Plus, I already told you 12189038210498094 times that I envy your taste, English and your ability to publish such amazingly well written posts. *sigh*

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    1. You are stupid, my dear Sophiechen.
      But yay for the Mexican Chicken Wrap ;)

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  4. You read Carmilla? I'll look forward to your thoughts on it when you post them as you know that I really enjoyed it.

    The Woman in Whist is a fantastic book too. If you like it you should read Moonstone too.

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    1. I enjoyed it too! Since you actually reminded me that I wanted to read it for years I have to give you credit for an amazing reading experience (reading it alone at home at midnight by candlelight intensifies the atmosphere a lot, as you probably could have guessed).

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  5. I love the idea of reading Carmilla by candlelight. Way to appropriate the Gothic!

    I, too, am dying to dig into my Classics Club list but unfortunately I also seem to be surrounded by distractions. I also want to join in on The Woman in White readalong! Hopefully I'll be able to get in some good reading time this week. :)

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    1. It was great fun, but it was a stormy night and everything was dark around me and then my candle burned down, so it also brought me close to a heart attack! So much for Carmilla isn't scary...

      Ah, the distractions. They are hidden everywhere and want to lure you away from the right path, but I am glad you join the Readalong now :)
      Happy reading!

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