December, Reading & More…..
I know I have been away, but this time it was a good away. I was on road trip with bunch of friends visiting one of the most underrated ruins of medieval world, Vijaynagar. I will post up a bunch of pictures about this wonderful city in ruins soon with a bit of history (dependent on when my flatmate downloads the pictures from her camera!) In the meanwhile, December is here; my favorite month ….the birthday month, the holiday season month, the off with old and one with the new month! I celebrate it, naturally with books and more books.
To begin with, as part of my Women’s Classic Literature Reading Event as well as my Reading England Project, I have started reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh. Jane had blogged about it way back and since then it has been on my TBR forever. I am LOVING the poem so far! I have also decided to join Sarah Emsley and Dolce Bellze’s Emma Readlong, celebrating the 200 years of publication of Emma by Jane Austen. Being December, I have naturally overloaded myself with more books than I can possibly read – I am almost done with third Cormoran Strike Novel; this volume is just something else and there is too much of harsh reality to absorb, but I just cannot seem to stop. I have also began Kazuo Ishiguro’sThe Buried Giant, and, well I will review it pretty soon. I also have Azar Nafisi’s Republic of Imagination lined up, but I am not sure if I will be able to finish it this year. I also bought Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay on a whim and I plan to finish this volume soon. Finally, I realized that while I was reading extensively in English, I have not read much, especially in recent years in my native languages of Hindi and Bengali. There is a vast pool of literature that is available in both the languages and some of most beautiful prose ever written is in Bengali. Therefore, it is but natural that I begin re-reading some works in this language and towards this end, I also started reading “Kitne Pakistan” (literally meaning How many Pakistans) by Kamaleshwar – it is a courtroom drama where historical figures are bought in to be tried to understand why was India partitioned in 1947. It’s quite a gripping read so far.
Now if this reading was not exciting enough, Classic Club is doing Spin#11 and how could I possibly give this up? The Rules are as always simple enough –
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
- Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
- Monday morning, they will announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- The challenge is to read that book by December/January, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading!
Here goes my list –
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
- A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
- The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
- Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Love in the Times of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
- Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
- Doll’s House by Henrick Ibsen
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
- The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- Queen Lucia by E F Benson
Now I wait with bated breath for Monday to arrive!
To end, as you can all see, I have changed my blog pages a bit as some things were really not working out, while I was racing in others. I thought, it best to go with the flow and therefore took off The Poetry Project and the A Century of Books and instead replaced them with Reading England and Women’s Classic Literature Event. In the near future sometime, I hope to get back to both these abandoned projects and then may re-open these pages.
That all for tonight folks! Happy Reading!