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Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

I don't know quite what to say about this. I'm not sure if I liked it. I know I didn't like any of the characters.

 

And yet it's been haunting me. Haunting me while I read it and haunting me since I've finished.

 

Where did this come from? How did it get turned into a romance or a love story? How is Heathcliff seen as a romantic hero?

 

So, of course, this goes in the reread stack. Not soon, maybe not this year. But I will read it again.

 

Definitely an excellent book, whether or not I end up liking it.

February 2014
Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur & the Legends of the Round Table - Thomas Malory Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte Against All Enemies - Tom Clancy, Peter Telep The Hero of Ages  - Brandon Sanderson

Seems like a short list, but it is a short month. And I'm certainly not limiting myself to these!

 

Le Morte d'Arthur - DWS read. The current plan is to read this over two months.

 

The Silver Chair and The Horse and His Boy - For the Narnia group read.

 

Wuthering Heights - Reading the Brontes this year.  About 40% in right now.

 

The Hero of Ages - Hope this is better than the last one.

 

Against All Enemies - Audio book

 

2014 Mt. TBR books

 

Wuthering Heights

 

The Hero of Ages

 

Against All Enemies

January 2014 Recap
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Stockholm Octavo the Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte New Earth - Ben Bova Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon Command Authority - Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - For the Narnia group read. Still love these, even knowing what I know now about them.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - For the HP group read.

 

The Great Gatsby - Hauntingly beautiful language. Sad story.

 

The Stockholm Octavo - Intrigue and more intrigue! Will look for her next book.

 

The Fiery Cross - Audio book. Getting caught up with the Frasers and the MacKenzies before the new book comes out.

 

Agnes Grey - Enjoyable, but it didn't grab me the way The Tenant of Wildfell Hall did. Perhaps because Agnes neither broke any conventions nor had any great difficulty to overcome.

 

New Earth - So disappointing. So very, very disappointing.

 

Jane Eyre - Most of this was familiar, but a good chunk of it wasn't. I must have read an abridged version in my teens. Amazing book!

 

The Hermit of Lammas Wood - Meh. A quickie read, but nothing to write home about. The characters and their way of speaking in adages ("Sooner started, sooner finished." etc.) grated on me.

 

Command Authority - Audio book. I miss the Jack Ryan of old. The Jack Ryan of The Hunt for Red October. Not a huge fan of Jack Ryan, Jr. I only stuck with this out of nostalgia.

 

Wuthering Heights - About 30% in. I won't finish tomorrow. So very dark!

 

 

Mt. TBR Books:  The Great Gatsby, The Stockholm Octavo, Agnes Grey, New Earth, Command Authority, Jane Eyre

 

January 2014 Books
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia Publisher: HarperTrophy; Full Color Collector's Edition edition - C. S. Lewis Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling Command Authority - Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon The Stockholm Octavo the Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann

Happy New Year! A whole wonderful year of books awaits, beginning with:

 

The Great Gatsby - DWS book of the month

 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian - Narnia group reread 

 

Agnes Grey - Bronte buddy read with Moonlight Reader

 

The Stockholm Octavo - Another buddy read

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - HP group read with Litchick. Carryover from December.

 

The Fiery Cross - Audio book. Carryover from December.

 

Command Authority - Audio book

 

My 2014 Mt. TBR goal is 36 books - qualifying books include The Stockholm OctavoCommand AuthorityThe Great Gatsby and Agnes Grey.

December 2013 Actual
The Well of Ascension  - Brandon Sanderson The Once and Future King - T.H. White Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home - Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

I was hard pressed to finish these - time got away from me, as it seems to do every December. I didn't make it to Marmee and Louisa (November 2014, maybe?).

 

Books 

 

The Well of Ascension - I didn't like this as much as Mistborn. It was worth the read, but seemed to drag on forever. And I hated the ending. Hated it. Still, I'm planning to read the next ones.

 

The Once and Future King - I'm not a fan of the Arthurian legend. Not sure why - maybe it was being force-fed the story in high school. Maybe it was because Arthur seemed to be too much of a Marty Stu (although I didn't know that term at the time). Maybe it was because Camelot seemed too good to be true. Anyway, I enjoyed The Sword in the Stone, but found the rest of the book grating.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - For the HP group read. For some reason, I thought I didn't like GoF that much, but I enjoyed it as much as the first three. Not sure why I thought I didn't like it. I really like how these books are getting darker and more complex as the characters are getting older.

 

A Christmas Carol - Delightful Dickens Christmas classic. I've seen several movies based on the story, and have listened to Tim Curry's audio book narration, but this is the first time I've actually read the book.

 

Audio Books

 

Split Second - Laughably bad! I remember liking it when I read it years ago, but I found the story deeply unsatisfying this time around. Caricatures rather than characters. A preposterous premise. And the narration, while good from a technical standpoint, was unnecessarily snide and sarcastic, which seemed to only highlight the flaws in the story.

 

A Christmas Carol - Listened to this Christmas Eve...it's becoming a holiday tradition. And yes, I read it and listened to it this year.

 

The Cricket on the Hearth - A cute story, one of Dickens' Christmas stories. Picked it up as an Audible freebie, narrated by Jim Dale. Excellent narration.

 

The Fiery Cross - Started this just after Christmas. Will finish it up in January.

Mt. TBR: Unclear on the Concept
New Earth - Ben Bova 2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson The Firebird - Susanna Kearsley Hawaii - James A. Michener Command Authority - Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

Or so it seems. I've bought a couple a few several books since committing to the 2014 Mt. TBR Challenge. In my defense, most were on sale. So that's something, at least.

 

Not on Sale

New Earth by Ben Bova

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Hawaii by James Mischener

Command Authority by Tom Clancy (audiobook)

 

On Sale

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Second Generation by Howard Fast

The Legacy by Howard Fast

The Immigrant's Daughter by Howard Fast

An Independent Woman by Howard Fast

Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer

Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

Sycamore Row by John Grisham 

Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (audiobook)

 

Truth be told, I bought the five books full-price books so they'd qualify for my 2014 Mt. TBR goal. Which is probably not the point of a TBR challenge. Lol. 

December 2013 Books
The Well of Ascension  - Brandon Sanderson The Once and Future King - T.H. White A Christmas Carol - The Original Manuscript - With Original Illustrations - Charles Dickens, John Leech Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by LaPlante, Eve (11/6/2012) - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The Well of Ascension - I'll finish this in a few days. It's been a bit slow, but the pace is beginning to pick up.

 

The Once and Future King - DWS group read

 

A Christmas Carol - Tis the season....

 

Marmee and Louisa - for November's Alcott event. Yes, I know it's not November any more!

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - for the Harry Potter group read. I may have time to sneak in Deathly Hallows too. We'll see...

 

And an audio book or two.

November 2013 Actual
Mistborn: The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott Rose in Bloom - Louisa May Alcott Chronicles of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling The Well of Ascension  - Brandon Sanderson

Here's what I actually read in November 2013:

 

Mistborn

Eight Cousins

Rose in Bloom

Chronicles of Avonlea

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Well of Ascension - 50%

 

And let's not forget audio books:

 

The Drums of Autumn

Threat Vector

The Secret Servant

Mars

 

Eugene Onegin defeated me, I'm sorry to say. 

2014 Mt. TBR

Insomnia + cats = shelf update project. Sorry about that.

 

The good news is I've created and updated a 2014 Mt. TBR shelf. (The bad news is I'll be falling asleep as soon as it gets dark.) I'm in for at least 36 TBR books, including audio books. And I think I only bought 4 or 5 books.

 

(What? That's not the point? I'm not supposed to buy books I want to read so they'll qualify for a Mt. TBR challenge? That's crazy talk!)

 

Actual titles subject to change. Audio books still to be selected.

Yes, this

Mistborn Group Read 2013
Mistborn: The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson

November 9

 

Finished! I really enjoyed this - the characters were interesting and real, for the most part. I really liked Vin, and hope to see more of her in future books. I would have liked to have learned more about the other characters, but can't use how that could have been worked in. Not in this book, anyway.

 

Hard to believe this was over 500 pages - nothing dragged anywhere except the prologue, I thought, and that probably has more to do with me than with the writing or story.

 

i very much liked the Allomancy and Feruchemy - hope to learn more about the latter in future books. The rules of the two, and their similarities and differences, made the powers seem believable.

 

Very enjoyable story, and I plan to read the next couple in the series.

 

November 2

 

15% - I had my doubts about this. While I read SF, I don't read much fantasy. But I'm doing all sorts of new things with books this year, including talking about them, so why not? The blurb sounded pretty good, so I here I am.

 

The first chapter or two seemed slow, but I was reading in the evening this past week when I was pretty tired. In all fairness, I'd have probably nodded off no matter what I was reading. I wasn't excited about picking it up this morning, but it sucked me right in when I did! 

 

Really enjoying this so far!

November 2013 Books
Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin, Stanley Mitchell Chronicles of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott Rose in Bloom - Louisa May Alcott Mistborn: The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson 해리포터와 마법사의 돌 1 - 김혜원, J.K. Rowling

Eugene Onegin - A DWS read. This intimidates me - poetry is all but incomprehensible to me.  Wish me luck!

 

Chronicles of Avonlea - for the 2013 Anne of Green Gables reread. I don't think I've ever read this, so I'm looking forward to it.

 

Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom for the Alcott event. I cheated a bit and read An Old Fashioned Girl last weekend. Time permitting, I might sneak in an Alcott biography, but I haven't decided which one yet.

 

Mistborn for the SFF group read here.  It's new to me, and I'm enjoying it so far.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for Litchick's Harry Potter group read. 

 

I'll finish up An Unlikely Spy soon, possibly over the weekend.  I haven't decided on my next audio book, but Drums of Autumn is a strong contender. So is Phantom of the Opera.

 

And it's my husband's turn to pick audio books for our trip to see family at Thanksgiving, so there will be at least one more book for the month.

30 Day Challenge: Day 30
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Day 30: Favorite book

 

I thought this would be difficult, if not impossible. But after going through all the other topics this month, one book kept popping up. I could have answered at least half the questions with this book and its characters.

 

I loved it as a child, as a teen and as an adult. I recently reread it, and it still touched my heart the same way.  

 

I have this in a beautiful hardcover, with gorgeous illustrations sprinkled throughout. One of my most treasured books! I've curled up with it countless times over the decades - and it's moved with me everywhere I've lived. I simply cannot imagine any home of mine without it.

 

Little Women FTW!

30 Day Challenge: Day 29
Johnny Tremain - Esther Forbes

Day 29: A book you liked but everyone else hated

 

This was tough - it's only in the last year or so that reading has become a social thing for me. Reading has always been a very solitary activity for me. Most of my friends aren't avid readers, and if they are, they don't necessarily read the same books or genres I do. 

 

So I had to go waaaaaay back to 7th grade for this. At this point, all I remember is that my class mates grumbled about having to read a book, and I was thrilled. Possibly because I could read it in class and not worry about the teacher confiscating it. (My entire school career up to that point had been a quest to read in class and not get in trouble for it.)

 

My most vivid memory of this book was being called a liar by my teacher over it.

 

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30 Day Challenge: Day 28
Mars - Ben Bova Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy

Day 28: Favorite title for a book

 

Mars - Just four letters, and yet an entire planet. Adventure. Discovery. Exploration.

 

Red Storm Rising - So ominous! I read this in 1989, just as the Cold War was ending and the Berlin Wall fell. Perhaps that's why the title gives me the shivers....shades of what could have been, but thankfully wasn't.

30 Day Challenge: Day 27
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque, A.W. Wheen Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Day 27: Most surprising plot twist or ending

 

All Quiet on the Western Front - If you've read it, you know. If you haven't read it, you should.

 

Gone Girl - Every time I thought I had this figured out, there was an unexpected development. Every.Single.Time.