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Holiday Hangover, April Reading and Therapy…

Hello! Hello! I am back! And while I am overjoyed to be back in the world of cyberspace and virtual interactions, I must say, I soooooo do not look forward to the Monday! But that is a bridge that I will cross and dream of August again! Where was I you ask? (Even if you did not, please humor me…I am suffering from a really bad case of holiday hangovers!) I was away for last one week from the madding crowd, to the magnificent Himalayas, specifically the Dhauladhar Range,  or the White Range and I spent the first half in an artisan village, and the second half in the city of His Holiness Dalai Lama. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth and it was one of the best holidays ever! Be rest assured, that  I will share photos and adventures soon!  Yes! Those are the joys of blogging companionship!;)

For now however, April is here and considering the amount of reading I am taking on each month, I have started maintaining a Reading Journal, just so I remember what I have to read and how much I have to read and how many books at a glance are in my TBR, atleast the ones on Kindle! Just so I start getting some more discipline in not only my reading but also my book buying spree. I am not sure if this will work, but I will keep you all posted!

Now, considering I was on holiday during a significant holiday portion of March, I manage to stick to reading plan pretty well, except I did not read the fictions that I had charted out including Up the Country by Emily Eden, The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel and The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, because I was busy reading about Tibet! Since I was planning to do some serious cultural exploration of the Tibetan lives during my vacation, it made sense to read up some stuff but I may have gone on an overdrive!  But now I know much more beyond the Chinese annexation of 1951 and, for a somber moment, it is not a happy thought that a culture is passing away and hundred of Tibetans are dying with it while the world looks on! I will re-visit this later for sure!

For the April reading, there is an urgent need like I mentioned to discipline and close on everything that I already have and finish the open tasks! I am yet to complete my March Play, The Man Born to be King by Dorothy Sayers and since I did not want to add on more complications, I decided to mix my Drama Reading for April with my Reading England effort, this time covering Warwickshire and am going to read As You Like It by the Great Bard of England, William Shakespeare. Again because I have couple of books stemming from March, I decided to roll in Classic Club Spin#12 and Women’s Classical Literature Reading Event for the month and read Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather. The April theme for 12 month Reading Challenge is “A classic you’ve seen the movie/miniseries/TV show of” and I read The Murders at Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe. I have seen the 1983 made for television film recently and I was not very impressed, but I will read the book with an open mind and then decide on the matter! Finally, Ali is holding a Mary Hocking Reading Event and as both she and Jane have words of high praise about Mary Hocking’s works and since I really really appreciate their insights, which has led me to reading some brilliant works, I will for sure join this one reading event – Good Daughters by Mary Hocking!

My serial readings continue as before – I continue to read The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien with Cleo as part of my Lecito List and have now moved to The Twin Towers. I also hope to finish Metamorphoses by Ovid; I am down to the last two books and I really need to complete it before I move on to what I consider my reading albatross. For the next couple of months I will be reading The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser with Cleo, O, Ruth and many others . I read TFQ in college and did not like it at all. But I am hoping for a better experience this time, but for now I see it as an albatross! On the brighter side of things, I continue with the Pickwick Paper by Charles Dickens Read Along and I am beginning to really enjoy the work as well the way we are reading it! Finally Cleo again leads me into all these reading temptations and I have surrounded to them (completely my choice and my will)  after a long fight (actually no fight at all!) with them –  I am reading The Histories by Herodotus as well as 1 poetry a week for the National Poetry Month!

I know I need therapy! I wonder if there some kind of recovery program for the book reading obsessed! Do let me know if you find one….until then I am off to read!

 

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Really hope that you enjoy Good Daughters. 😊

    April 2, 2016
    • Thanks Ali…am sure I will! A big thank you as well for hosting the event!

      April 2, 2016
  2. Deepika Ramesh #

    That sounds like a marvellous trip. I look forward to seeing the pictures. 🙂

    April 2, 2016
    • It was Deepika and will share the photos soon!

      April 3, 2016
  3. Wasn’t it great to get away from everything, including your computer? I know not having wi-fi can be inconvenient, but there certainly is something freeing about it!

    You know, in spite of admiring people such as you and O, etc. for putting your reading plans down each month and wanting to do the same myself, on second thought I might now want to do this. I get overwhelmed when I read your plans, books I don’t even have to read …….. what would happen if I listed my own books? Mostly like, I would be paralyzed. So I’ll enjoy reading your plans and continue to ignore my own. This month is particularly heavy, so I don’t want to think about it. Yes, it’s denial. 😛

    I’m actually up-to-date with everything but Framley Parsonage, but with my 6 ILLs coming with only a 2 week loan time on each, my up-to-dateness might get eroded. We’ll see ……. You know me, I just plunge ahead!

    April 4, 2016
    • Getting away from technology is always great. Wi-Fi is something I am really fond off, but outside of that I can do without phones, televisions etc etc. I am trying to keep a planned program this year, simply because I have so much to read and if I do not keep a count, I will buy more and read something and then lose thread and….just basic confusion! I think we all have different mechanisms of how we move forward with our readings and whatever works for one is good!Plunging forward is a great idea, considering this month is Herculean in terms of reading! Lets get rolling!

      April 5, 2016
  4. Some books you spoke about are familiar to me either as read or to read so I look forward to your commentary and the lovely photos of the Himalayas.

    April 5, 2016
  5. I am so behind in my blog reading!

    Glad you had a great holiday. Will there be stories and photos? Please? And it is no wonder you need a journal to keep track of everything you are reading! Death Comes for the Archbishop is a good one. I hope you like it!

    April 12, 2016
    • There will be pictures and stories…I just have to kind of catch up on everything work and non-work related…hoping to share by this weekend! The journal is very handy, since I am losing track! Love Willa Cather!!! Already loving Death Comes to the Archbishop!

      April 12, 2016

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