Reading Goals Check In

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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.

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The Classics Club: Spin #30 – Results

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So the results of the latest spin are in and the number is 5. For my list for Spin #30 the post is here. Number 5 on my list is Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot.

A collection of three stories. The Stories take place in and around the fictional town of Milby in the English Midlands. Each of the Scenes concerns a different Anglican clergyman, but is not necessarily centred upon him. Eliot examines, among other things, the effects of religious reform and the tension between the Established and the Dissenting Churches on the clergymen and their congregations, and draws attention to various social issues, such as poverty, alcoholism, and domestic violence.

I haven’t read much George Eliot so I am looking forward to reading this book. Hopefully I can finish it by August 7th.

Now I have started reading classics again my TBR pile is growing as there are so many I want to read.

Please drop me a comment if you are doing the Classics Club challenge or if you have taken part in the Spin Challenge.

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The Classics Club: Spin #30

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It is time for another spin event from The Classics Club. I really enjoyed the last one I did, because it chose me an absolutely brilliant book that I think I would have left to the end of the challenge. So here are my 20 books, whichever number gets picked on the 12th June I will read and review the book before the set date of 7th August 2022.

  1. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  2. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  7. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome
  9. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  10. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  11. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  12. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  13. Evelina by Frances Burney
  14. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  15. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  17. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  18. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
  19. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  20. Candide by Voltaire

I’m really looking forward to what the random selection will be and I hope I will be able to read the book within the time frame. 

Wish me luck!

Please drop me a comment if you are taking part in the Spin event or if you have read any of the books on my list.

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The Classics Club: Spin #29 – Results

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Last week I decided to take part in the Classics Club Spin Event to decide my next read off my Classics Club List. The post can be found here.

Well the results are in and the chosen number was 11. This means my next read will be The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins and I have to finish it by 30th April 2022.

I have only read one book by Wilkie Collins but I did love it so fingers crossed I will enjoy The New Magdalen just as much.

I am thoroughly enjoying my classics reading after so long without reading any.

Please drop me a comment if you are doing the Classics Club challenge or if you have taken part in the Spin Challenge.

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The Classics Club: Spin #29

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I have decided to take part in my first Spin event for The Classics Club. To join in you simply list 20 books left off your Classics Club list before Sunday 20th March 2022 and then the club will randomly select a number. The selected book then has to be read before Saturday 30th April 2022. I have a lot of titles left to read as I have only recently started the challenge so it has been a difficult selection but here is my list:

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  3. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  6. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  7. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  8. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  9. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  11. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  12. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  13. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
  14. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
  15. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  16. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  17. Evelina by Frances Burney
  18. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  19. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  20. Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood

I’m really looking forward to what the random selection will be and I hope I will be able to read the book within the time frame.

Wish me luck!

Please drop me a comment if you are taking part in the Spin event or if you have read any of the books on my list.

Happy Reading

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Goodreads Monday: 7/03/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

This weeks book off my Classics Club List is another new author to me and one that I have been meaning to read for many years and own a lot of her books already.

When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction.

In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. 

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Hopefully I will get around to reading this book this year and it will be another classic off my ever growing TBR pile.

Please drop me a comment if you have taken part in Goodreads Monday and I will head over for a visit.

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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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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!

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