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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject: Reading choices for 2010  Reply with quote

It's nearly 2010 here and I am wondering what to read to start the year off.  I am only luke warm about the book I am reading about travelling by narrowboat to France, so I am looking for something else.

I have wondered about the non-fiction book tempting me from the library called The Gaol about Newgate Prison, or another non-fiction one about transported convict history.  Then there are the Alice Munro short stories, or I could continue with David Copperfield or Testament of Youth, or I could try something lighter.  Or some NZ fiction.  

But I have decided that this is definitely to be the year of Anna Karenina so I think I will start on this tonight.  I expect to vary it with others but NY's Eve seems a good time to start.  

What are you starting the New Year with?

Cheers, Caro.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Caro, I, too, have decided to read 'Anna Karenina' this year!  I read 'War and Peace' about this time last year so I think I'm ready.  Since I retired I've been tackling the Great Unread and have demolished 'Don Quixote', 'Moby Dick' and 'Paradise Lost'. However 'Middlemarch' stares at me accusingly unread from my shelves.  And it's a lovely copy with illustrations by Robin Jacques (Hattie's brother. Really!)


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inspired by Michael Harvey's exhortation, I will read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, which I bought recently.

Maybe I should read Anna Karenina too...I read it a long time ago, but would love to read it again - have never read either that or War and Peace again.  We'll see.

Michael, I am sure you can fit both Anna Karenina and Middlemarch in this year...the latter remains my favourite novel of all, it's a stunner.

I have decided to read all the books on my TBR shelves.  It's a TBR pile built up over a number of years, so there is quite a range of things there - will have to count and see how many there are, and whether it's doable in a year - and I may ask you all from time to time to help me choose what to read next!


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My reading plans for 2010 look a little like this:

Trollope - Framley Parsonage
John Updike - Rabbit, Run
more Dickens
more Montherlant
the complete Roald Dahl short stories

3 American Noir novels
4 of Himadri's Top 100 Novels
4 of Mike's Top 85 Novels
5 winners of the Carnegie Medal

I dare say more will be added in time. This at least gives me some license to choose what I feel like at any one time while keeping up with the challenges. Watch this space!


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have realised that I don't want to make too many plans.  I do want to make decent progress with my current TBR pile, and I also want to read Scott's novel Kenilworth, since I now live in that town again (and grew up here).

But my aim for 2010, rather than making specific reading plans, is to concentrate harder and be more thoughtful about what I read and write better reviews of books as a consequence.  I find concentration difficult - a side-effect of depression, with which I have a constant battle, and it's been a fairly bad year with it - but I aim to try to read more carefully, whatever I end up reading.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that your depression was bad last year, Evie, and hope this year will be a happier one for you.  I have (more or less) never suffered from depression, but still find concentration very difficult.  I used to think it was just that as I got older I didn't put the effort in, and that may be true to a degree, but I remember when I sat exams at university and school, I had problems concentrating for the full time and my mind would wonder for half an hour and then I would run out of time.  Which may have been partly why my results - good enough - weren't really good enough.

Now I sit down to read for half an hour and am up at the computer or the kettle in a few minutes.  Or deciding a little puzzle would be a good idea.

Cheers, Caro.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Caro.  It does affect my reading, and I hate that - my reading rate has really dropped off this year, and I have trouble remembering what I have read - though as you say, it could just be that I am getting older!!

I do want to try to read things more thoroughly this year.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had much the same problem this year (not quite full-blown depression, but I've certainly been struggling to remain upbeat at times). It's been very hard to focus on anything. I've tried reading lighter stuff, but have often found it unrewarding. Hopefully things will improve this year!



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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to suffer from depression and anxiety, the depression has gone but I still take medication for anxiety - getting palpitations and sinking feelings in tummy etc. Since my partner died in September 2006 I tend to wake up with a feeling of 'Oh God.. another day', but once I'm out of bed and start on the duties of the day (like those characters in 'The Gondoliers') I'm not too bad.  Thank goodness for books and friends and music and the theatre and the cinema. And a lovely day like today.  I do sympathise with anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety. It does go away after a while.
I once had a year's psychotherapy for depression (so-called) at University College Hospital.  The best moment was when I was talking to my therapist and he yawned!!  And once coming away from a session I got stuck in a lift for half-an hour and managed to extricate myself by climbing through a gap.  I regarded it as a sort of metaphor for my condition and its cure. I told my therapist all about it and he showed no interest whatsoever.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have struggled with it since my teens, and it simply won't go away!  Though it does get better at times, and rarely do I sink to the depths I reached in my early 20s.  I nearly failed my finals at university, and didn't sit two of my exams, but an excellent GP (who had seen me for a couple of years before that and knew me well), and a fabulous personal tutor, got me through - very disappointing result, but at least I got a degree.  It is a horrid thing, because no one really understands, however kind they are - they think you can pull yourself out of it, or do nice things to make yourself feel better, etc, but nothing takes away the utter leadenness and inability to focus.  I have been treated with drugs, psychotherapy, and spent a year going to a day hospital when I graduated, but nothing has really made much difference - I would still love to find a good therapist, but currently don't have the funds to pay for one!  I am not starting the new year in great mental shape, but I have certainly been worse.  I think moving house was a mistake.

However, in terms of reading, I just keep trying, as I do want to read serious literature again - just have to wait for the energy to return!  And do what I can to push my way through the fog.



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