Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reading Through My Bookshelf: 8 Months

Whew.  This is taking longer than expected.  I've only just cracked the second shelf of my bookshelf.  My progress has been slowed by the fact I'm involved in two book clubs, and my friends keep encouraging me to read other interesting books, but truthfully, I just mis-estimated.  I thought I'd be more than halfway done by now!  Oh well.  It's a privilege to have so much good reading material.

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

(I previously read the books listed here and here.)

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.

1 comment:

  1. I know The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic, but I've never actually read it. And I've read some of Euripedes' work back in college, but not Medea. I know if I decided to read all of the books on my shelves would take forever! I don't read nearly as much as I used to.