This time around, I read...
The Count of Monte Cristo; The Ear, The Eye and The Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; The Eyre Affair
I also read Euripides' Medea for book club
What I liked: Discussing Medea. Lending The Eyre Affair to a friend. Re-visiting the magic of Nancy Farmer's works.
What I disliked: I chugged through the first third of The Count of Monte Cristo pretty quickly, but then ended up taking a break around the holidays. When I picked it up again, I had forgotten many of the characters' names and backstories. It gave the final two-thirds of the book less of a punch - I know these characters are generally evil, but I can't remember exactly what they did, so I don't know how exact Cristo's revenge has been. Also, can someone explain Haydee to me? The way she ends up with the Count at the end of the book seems a little off.
Something that surprised me: My favorite discussion point of Medea was the idea of feminism: Can we label Medea as one of the first feminist characters, or do we only see her as feminism coming from a 21st century viewpoint? To put it another way, can we attribute characteristics to literary characters that the author may not have intended for them?
What I'm reading next: I'm currently reading The Big Over Easy; Sense & Sensibility and Tarzan of the Apes are coming up for my various book clubs.