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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

That's quite a task to set yourself Marita. I have a much less ambitious target, which is to finish reading all of Dicken's major works before my 50th birthday. I think I only have 5 to go once I have finished Edwin Drood, so I should manage that quite comfortably. As for Our Mutual Friend, I'm not sure why, but it's not one of my favourites; hope others enjoy it as much as Evie though.
Mike, I also plan to read more Zola and have a copy of Au Bonheur Des Dames already on my bedside shelf and hope to tackle it fairly soon.
Other books I intend to read this year include The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope, Le Temps Des Secrets by Marcel Pagnol and the final part of Norman Denny's translation of Hugo's Les Misérables. I also have a Penguin Classics collection of short stories by Anthon Chekhov, which was a very fine Christmas present.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not really one for resolutions, but I have just decided to visit the public library more, and try not to buy those okay-ish books for a pound or two that I read, forget almost instantly, and recycle. If I buy a book it ought to be one I'd like to keep. And I ought to buy it from a proper bookshop (I think that was last year's resolution  Sad ) And I must resolve to take a list of books and authors to the library with me as usually when I get in there I go quite blank. Unfortunately the books are not shelved in a particularly tempting or enlightening way, so that doesn't help me remember.


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verityktw



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My reading resolution for this new year is to begin to read for pleasure again. Since I began my degree in English Literature in 2007, much of my reading has been reading because I need to and, even when it hasn't been, it has felt like it was, or formed a connection for an essay! My masters (2010-11) didn't do much to improve the situation, but now that I am working full time and studying something else (books read between August and Dec almost all about healthcare), I hope I can get back into the swing of things. I would love to post here, if I do manage to read regularly again!

I have read two novels this year: The Other Half Lives and Lasting Damage, both by Sophie Hannah. I've also started The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides, but Derrida features significantly too early on for my liking, and I think I might need to tackle it at a later, braver stage...!


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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Verity, lovely to hear from you again. I hope you can begin to enjoy reading once more and I look forward to reading more posts from you!


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I should have posted my reading of Proust in French here, although the chances of my finishing the whole work in one year are minimal. I might just manage the first volume - if I am lucky and no major distractions keep me from reading!


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, V  Very Happy


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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, very lovely to see you, Verity, and hope you do find time to post here more frequently - you are much missed when you aren't around!

I remember all too well, even though it's 25 years ago for me, that experience of finishing a literature degree and adjusting to reading for pleasure and for my own thoughts and reading my own choices again, and not having to read towards an essay title or seminar discussion...think I've gone a bit too far the other way now, though!


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Yes, very lovely to see you, Verity, and hope you do find time to post here more frequently - you are much missed when you aren't around!

I remember all too well, even though it's 25 years ago for me, that experience of finishing a literature degree and adjusting to reading for pleasure and for my own thoughts and reading my own choices again, and not having to read towards an essay title or seminar discussion...think I've gone a bit too far the other way now, though!


I can echo that. I thought I would never read another book for - or with - pleasure, but before the course drew to a close I was making a mental list of what I'd like to read when I was "free"!


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes I feel that I could do with a more rigorous course of reading. I fear my thinking about books is becoming - some will say always was - very mushy. But I enjoy my literary wanderings and never know what will crop up next.  At the moment I'm reading Jules Verne's DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS - now who would have thought JV would be next?


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Marita



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gul Darr wrote:
That's quite a task to set yourself Marita. I have a much less ambitious target, which is to finish reading all of Dicken's major works before my 50th birthday. I think I only have 5 to go once I have finished Edwin Drood, so I should manage that quite comfortably. As for Our Mutual Friend, I'm not sure why, but it's not one of my favourites; hope others enjoy it as much as Evie though.
Mike, I also plan to read more Zola and have a copy of Au Bonheur Des Dames already on my bedside shelf and hope to tackle it fairly soon.
Other books I intend to read this year include The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope, Le Temps Des Secrets by Marcel Pagnol and the final part of Norman Denny's translation of Hugo's Les Misérables. I also have a Penguin Classics collection of short stories by Anthon Chekhov, which was a very fine Christmas present.


Sorry for not replying to this earlier. I don’t think I can read all Dickens’ novels in one year. I’m just going to try. After reading The Christmas Books I’m really in the mood for more Dickens, so that is a good start. I’ll read something different in between the moment I start sounding like a Dickens’ novel. I have read most of them in the past. Just 5 will be new to me: The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Dombey and Son, A Tale of Two Cities and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
I can’t make your target anymore though. My 50th birthday is passed already.


Welcome back from me too, Verity.

Marita



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