This month I started the Les Miserables Chapter-a-day Readalong, an experiment in “slow reading” that I’m enjoying very much. It’s sometimes hard to resist continuing to the next chapter when the action gets exciting, but it’s not difficult at all to complete one chapter per day – they’re usually very brief. I look forward to each day’s installment, as I feel as though the characters are truly becoming a part of my life. The language (in the translation by Julie Rose) is rich and gorgeous, and a pleasure to linger over.
I also started on my three-month project of only reading books from my own TBR pile, and I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know my own books better in this way. You’ll see that I’ve done quite a few rereads this month — these tend to languish while I’m lured by the new and shiny, and yet I’m so glad I revisited these wonderful books that still have so much to say to me many years after my first encounter with them.
- The Populist Explosion was my sixth book from the New York Times list of books to understand Trump’s win — I almost didn’t read it, but I’m glad I did.
- The Girl in the Tower is the follow up to last year’s favorite The Bear and the Nightingale, and it’s a good one.
- I read Part I of Don Quixote, a fascinatingly timely but sometimes frustrating classic.
- Walking with Our Children is a lovely book for parents from the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.
- Three story collections from Tachyon offer storytelling magic from Jane Yolen, Peter S. Beagle, and Jo Walton.
Other Books Read
- Westmark, The Kestrel, The Beggar Queen by Lloyd Alexander – Reread
- The Blue Hawk by Peter Dickinson
- Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery by Rudolf Steiner – Reread
- The Darkangel and A Gathering of Gargoyles by Meredith Ann Pierce – Reread
- Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – Reread
- The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro – Review to come
- The Small Rain by Madeleine L’Engle – Reread
Other Features and Events
- I celebrated my blogoversary with a “Make Me Read It” giveaway (and I read it!)
- A tour of my tidied bookshelves showed off the results of my “KonMari,” tidying project, done in my own way.
- The question “Can I stop acquiring books?” was a natural follow-up for discussion, as I’m attempting to read down some of the unread material I separated out, before putting more on the shelves.