Reading Goals Check In

Hello!

I thought it was time to check how my reading goals for 2022 are going.

  • My first goal was to read 60 books this year. So far I have read 25 books out of the 60. This means I am slightly behind my target currently but I’m not too worried as I usually read more in the summer when I am not working as much and in December.
  • My second goal was to read more classics this year with the aim of reading 10. To help with this goal I joined The Classics Club challenge and set myself 50 classics to read in 5 years. Here is my list. So far I have read 3 classics and I am currently reading my 4th classic book which is also rather huge. If some of the next ones I read are on the smaller side I might be able to complete my aim of 10 books.
  • Third goal was to read more poetry. I set myself the task of reading A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year. The idea was to read two poems a day but to be honest I have fallen a little bit behind. I am still reading poetry at least once a week though which is way better than I have done in the past so I am definitely doing well on this goal.
  • My final goal was to finish three book series and start another one. The series to start is The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. The three series to finish are:
    • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
    • The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey
    • Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom

I haven’t finished any series yet but I have moved forward with them all. I haven’t started The Witcher series though yet. To be honest I know I won’t finish The Wheel of Time series this year but I hope to make good progress with it. I do hope to finish The Expanse series and The Shardlake series though.

I’m not too worried that so far I am a little behind with my reading goals. My overall aim was to have a more relaxed reading experience this year and so far I think I am managing that and that is the main thing.

I hope everyone’s reading goals are going well so far this year.

Happy Reading

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Maigret Challenge #2

Hello!

I thought it was time for an update on my Maigret Challenge. I have started to read a Maigret book whenever the Grand Prix is on. The husband watches the Grand Prix and I read a Maigret book. This works out well because a Maigret book usually lasts for all of qualifying and the actual race. Sadly, it didn’t happen with the last race though because I was playing for a wedding during qualifying and cooking a roast dinner during the race but I am hoping to get back into the routine next race day.

Last check in I had read 8 books out of 75. So let’s see what the list looks like now. All the ticked off books are linked to the reviews apart from A Crime in Holland which still needs reviewing.

  1. Pietr the Latvian
  2. The Late Monsieur Gallet
  3. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien
  4. The Carter of La Providence
  5. The Yellow Dog
  6. Night at the Crossroads
  7. A Crime in Holland
  8. The Grand Banks Cafe
  9. A Man’s Head
  10. The Dancer at Gai-Moulin
  11. The Two-Penny Bar
  12. The Shadow Puppet
  13. The Saint-Fiacre Affair
  14. The Flemish House
  15. The Madman of Bergerac
  16. The Misty Harbour
  17. Liberty Bar
  18. Lock No.1
  19. Maigret
  20. Cecile is Dead
  21. The Cellars of the Majestic
  22. The Judge’s House
  23. Signed, Picpus
  24. Inspector Cadaver
  25. Felicie
  26. Maigret gets Angry
  27. Maigret in New York
  28. Maigret’s Holiday
  29. Maigret’s Dead Man
  30. Maigret’s First Case
  31. My Friend Maigret
  32. Maigret at the Coroner’s
  33. Maigret and the Old Lady
  34. Madame Maigret’s Friend
  35. Maigret’s Memoirs
  36. Maigret’s at Picratt’s
  37. Maigret Takes a Room
  38. Maigret and the Tall Woman
  39. Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters
  40. Maigret’s Revolver
  41. Maigret and the Man on the Bench
  42. Maigret is Afraid
  43. Maigret’s Mistake
  44. Maigret Goes to School
  45. Maigret and the Dead Girl
  46. Maigret and the Minister/ Maigret and the Calame Report
  47. Maigret and the Headless Corpse
  48. Maigret Sets a Trap
  49. Maigret’s Failure
  50. Maigret Enjoys Himself
  51. Maigret Travels
  52. Maigret’s Doubts
  53. Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses
  54. Maigret’s Secret
  55. Maigret in Court
  56. Maigret and the Old People
  57. Maigret and the Lazy Burglar
  58. Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse
  59. Maigret and the Saturday Caller
  60. Maigret and the Tramp
  61. Maigret’s Anger
  62. Maigret and the Ghost
  63. Maigret Defends Himself
  64. Maigret’s Patience
  65. Maigret and the Nahour Case
  66. Maigret’s Pickpocket
  67. Maigret Hesitates
  68. Maigret in Vichy
  69. Maigret’s Childhood Friend
  70. Maigret and the Killer
  71. Maigret and the Wine Merchant
  72. Maigret’s Madwoman
  73. Maigret and the Loner
  74. Maigret and the Informer
  75. Maigret and Monsieur Charles

I now have 65 books left to read. I think there are 18 races left this season so that possibly means 18 books to tick off this year but we will wait and see. Wish me luck!

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Happy Reading

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Lady Susan and Other Works by Jane Austen (Review)

Lady Susan and Other Works by Jane Austen

Blurb

This collection brings together Jane Austen’s earliest experiments in the art of fiction and novels that she left incomplete at the time of her premature death in 1817. Her fragmentary juvenilia show Austen developing her own sense of narrative form whilst parodying popular kinds of fiction of her day. Lady Susan is a wickedly funny epistolary novel about a captivating but unscrupulous widow seeking to snare husbands for her daughter and herself. The Watsons explores themes of family relationships, the marriage market, and attitudes to rank, which became the hallmarks of her major novels. In Sanditon, Austen exercises her acute powers of social observation in the setting of a newly fashionable seaside resort. These novels are here joined by shorter fictions that survive in Austen’s manuscripts, including critically acclaimed works like Catharine, Love and Freindship [sic], and The History of England.

This edition includes:

Frederic and Elfrida

Jack and Alice

Edgar and Emma

Henry and Eliza

Love and Freindship

A History of England

The Three Sisters

Lesley Castle

Evelyn

Catharine, or the Bower

Lady Susan

The Watsons

Sanditon

Review

This was the only work by Austen I had left to read and as I usually like to start the New Year with an Austen book I decided it was high time to read this collection of works and complete the set. 

I was really excited to read Austen’s juvenilia work and I was not disappointed. I was also really frustrated that so much was left unfinished. I knew it would be unfinished but I so desperately wanted to know how the stories ended. 

Austen’s juvenilia stories were hilarious and you could really tell they were written by a girl who had not seen a lot of the world yet but was starting to get a good understanding of people. At times you could really see the true magic of Austen’s wit starting to develop and make itself known. There are a great deal of fainting ladies in Austen’s juvenilia works, they are either fainting on the sofa, on the floor, basically all over the place and for very little reason. One thing we do learn though is that it is better to run around like a lunatic than faint in bad weather because running around keeps the cold away and fainting will make you catch a chill with mortal consequences. 

One of my favourites in this book was A History of England. I loved Austen’s clear love of Mary Queen of Scots and hatred of Elizabeth I, she is forever putting down Elizabeth I and praising Mary Queen of Scots at every opportunity. The history is not accurate and it is clear that Austen has made up quite a bit of her facts with hilarious results. There are also no dates but the monarchs are in chronological order. The added illustrations by Cassandra Austen were an added bonus. 

Lady Susan I struggled to get into to begin with due to the story being written in the form of letters but once I got used to it I loved it. Lady Susan is quite a character and one I imagine people with any sense would steer clear of. She has a quite a reputation but men pay no heed to this reputation because of her way with words and her beauty. Thankfully, most women can see through this scheming character. 

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book and there really wasn’t any story that I did not enjoy. It was so interesting to see Austen develop as an author and I loved her little dedications for each story. I give this book a massive 5 out of 5 Dragons and will definitely be reading it again. 

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About the author

Jane Austen born 16th December 1775 died 18th July 1817 was an English novelist known for her six major novels. Austen’s novels are known for social comedy and accurate depiction of human relationships.

This review is part of my Classics Club challenge. Please click the link to see my list of 50 books.

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2022 Reading Goals

Hello!

It has taken me a while but I have finally come up with some reading goals for this year.

  • My first goal is to read 60 books this year. I usually aim for 70 but because quite a few of the books I plan to read are rather large I have gone for a lower overall book total.
  • My second goal is to read more classics this year. Last year I really missed reading classics so I made a decision that this year I would get back into reading them. I’m aiming to read at least 10 classics.
  • Another aim is to get back into reading poetry this year. I really struggle with poetry and a couple of years ago I made an effort to regularly read poetry and by doing this I found certain poets that I loved to read. This year I am trying to start each day with a bit of poetry again in the hope of finding some more poets that I love to read.
  • My final aim is to finally finish off several book series that I have started but never finished and also to make a start on The Witcher books. The series that I aim to finish are:
    • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
    • The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey
    • Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom

Overall, I hope to make my reading experience a lot more relaxed this year as last year I found myself pushing myself to get certain books read and to read enough books to complete my height in books.

So there are my reading goals for this year.

Happy Reading

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The Classics Club

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So for quite a while now I thought about joining The Classics Club and this year I have decided to join up. I have chosen 50 books all published before 1900 and plan to complete the list in five years, so my deadline is 11th January 2027. I used to read a lot of classics so it will be good to get reading them again and tick off quite a few books on my TBR pile.

The list has mostly new reads for me but there are a few favourites on the list and ones that I can’t quite remember all the storyline of and would like to read again.

All books that I read and review will be linked back to this list.

In no particular order, here is the list…

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Goodreads Monday
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Goodreads Monday
  3. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens – Goodreads Monday
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – Goodreads Monday
  5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  6. Silas Marner by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  7. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Goodreads Monday
  8. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – Goodreads Monday
  9. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson – Goodreads Monday
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë – Goodreads Monday
  11. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas – Goodreads Monday
  12. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë – Goodreads Monday
  13. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy – Goodreads Monday
  14. The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas
  15. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
  16. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas
  17. Louise de La Valliere by Alexandre Dumas
  18. Lady Susan and other works by Jane AustenGoodreads Monday
  19. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. Evelina by Frances Burney
  21. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  22. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
  23. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  24. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  25. Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood – Goodreads Monday
  26. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  27. Candide by Voltaire
  28. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  30. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
  31. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  32. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  33. The New Magdalen by Wilkie CollinsGoodreads Monday
  34. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna hart
  35. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes
  36. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
  37. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  38. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  39. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  40. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy 
  41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  42. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  43. Cecilia by Frances Burney
  44. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  45. Moll Flanders by Daniel DefoeGoodreads Monday
  46. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  47. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  48. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  49. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  50. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Wish me luck!

Happy Reading

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Reading My Height in Books #12

Hello!

It is time for my final update of my 2021 challenge. I had to change location of the book stack because I could no longer keep it upright without it leaning on against a wall.

Sadly, I failed the challenge. The final stack came to 64 inches and it needed to be 67 inches. I was so close but I just came short.

Here is the year in full.

Maybe, I will try the challenge again another year.

Happy Reading

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My 2021 in Books

Hello and happy New Year!

Apologies for being a bit quiet recently, I must admit I have been enjoying a break from everything over the festive period but now I am back to normal and looking forward to a good year of reading and blogging.

So here is my year in books!

I am pleased I made my Goodreads Challenge again this year.

Here are all the books I read

I think I read a few different genres in 2021 and I did try to leave my comfort zone at times as well. One thing I did learn was that I really miss reading classics so I think 2022 will involve me reading a few more classics.

Happy Reading

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Reading My Height in Books #11

Hello!

I must admit I am starting to panic that I might not finish my challenge. I only have December left and that is usually quite a busy month for me work wise.

Building the massive stack was very difficult as I was fighting to stop it falling over. It now involves me holding it up and my husband helping to build the stack.

Only 6 books were added this month and sadly some of these were rather thin books.

The stack now measures at 52 inches high. 15 inches to go and last month I only read a total of 3.5inches! The stack doesn’t count my digital books so I could find a way of including those to help the total.

Here are the pictures from the rest of the year.

15 inches to read before the end of the year. Wish me luck.

Happy Reading

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Reading My Height in Books #10

Hello!

It is time for the latest update of the enormous book stack. I must admit it is getting quite scary now when I assemble it and the pile in the corner where they are all stored is even scarier.

9 books were added to the stack in October. I’m laughing in the photo because my husband was making me laugh with his photographer impressions.

The new height is 48.5 inches! Just 18.5 inches to go.

Here are the pictures from the previous months.

Happy Reading

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Maigret Challenge #1

Hello!

I thought it was time for an update on my Maigret reading challenge. I did read some Maigret books in October so I have a few more books ticked off the list.

  1. Pietr the Latvian
  2. The Late Monsieur Gallet
  3. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien
  4. The Carter of La Providence
  5. The Yellow Dog
  6. Night at the Crossroads
  7. A Crime in Holland
  8. The Grand Banks Cafe
  9. A Man’s Head
  10. The Dancer at Gai-Moulin
  11. The Two-Penny Bar
  12. The Shadow Puppet
  13. The Saint-Fiacre Affair
  14. The Flemish House
  15. The Madman of Bergerac
  16. The Misty Harbour
  17. Liberty Bar
  18. Lock No.1
  19. Maigret
  20. Cecile is Dead
  21. The Cellars of the Majestic
  22. The Judge’s House
  23. Signed, Picpus
  24. Inspector Cadaver
  25. Felicie
  26. Maigret gets Angry
  27. Maigret in New York
  28. Maigret’s Holiday
  29. Maigret’s Dead Man
  30. Maigret’s First Case
  31. My Friend Maigret
  32. Maigret at the Coroner’s
  33. Maigret and the Old Lady
  34. Madame Maigret’s Friend
  35. Maigret’s Memoirs
  36. Maigret’s at Picratt’s
  37. Maigret Takes a Room
  38. Maigret and the Tall Woman
  39. Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters
  40. Maigret’s Revolver
  41. Maigret and the Man on the Bench
  42. Maigret is Afraid
  43. Maigret’s Mistake
  44. Maigret Goes to School
  45. Maigret and the Dead Girl
  46. Maigret and the Minister/ Maigret and the Calame Report
  47. Maigret and the Headless Corpse
  48. Maigret Sets a Trap
  49. Maigret’s Failure
  50. Maigret Enjoys Himself
  51. Maigret Travels
  52. Maigret’s Doubts
  53. Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses
  54. Maigret’s Secret
  55. Maigret in Court
  56. Maigret and the Old People
  57. Maigret and the Lazy Burglar
  58. Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse
  59. Maigret and the Saturday Caller
  60. Maigret and the Tramp
  61. Maigret’s Anger
  62. Maigret and the Ghost
  63. Maigret Defends Himself
  64. Maigret’s Patience
  65. Maigret and the Nahour Case
  66. Maigret’s Pickpocket
  67. Maigret Hesitates
  68. Maigret in Vichy
  69. Maigret’s Childhood Friend
  70. Maigret and the Killer
  71. Maigret and the Wine Merchant
  72. Maigret’s Madwoman
  73. Maigret and the Loner
  74. Maigret and the Informer
  75. Maigret and Monsieur Charles

Just 67 books to go! Time to order some more books.

Please drop me message if you have read any Maigret books.

Happy Reading

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