I thought I would make a list of the books I want to try to get to in the month of September (because lists keep me sane). This way I have a decently defined goal to measure myself up against when the month is over (or, I can conveniently forget all about it when the 30th rolls around…)
The need for a list is compounded by my insatiable desire to pile on the reading challenges. So, without further ado, here are September’s reads:
- Dracula ~ Bram Stoker (R.I.P. II Challenge)–the other option was Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, but I’m trying to be realistic. Radcliffe might have to wait until I have a bit more time on my hands.
- The Wide Sargasso Sea ~ Jean Rhys (Unread Authors Challenge)–I’m (re)reading Jane Eyre this semester for one of my classes, so I thought this would be a good choice.
- Of Human Bondage ~ W. Somerset Maugham (Outmoded Authors Challenge)–I’ve wanted to read this for quite some time.
- Oblomov ~ Ivan Goncharov–This is for my own personal challenge to read a lot of Russian literature (have I mentioned that I can’t wait for the new translation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace?)
- The Woman Who Waited ~ Andrei Makine (Slaves of Golconda)
- IF I should be so lucky as to want to read yet another book, I think I’ll be going with Nathan Englander’s The Ministry of Special Cases. I picked it up at the library and I loved the beginning so much that I might just have to buy this one (and his short stories as well).
On top of the challenge reading, I have course reading to do. Just to organize myself, here are the novels I’ll be getting to in September:
- Caleb Williams ~ William Godwin (course on the Romantic Era Novel–hereafter REN)
- Adeline Mowbray ~ Amelia Opie (REN)
- Middlemarch ~ George Eliot (19th c. reading group)
- Vanity Fair ~ W. M. Thackeray (19th c. British literature course)–I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago–so I won’t have to read this one quite so diligently
- various excerpts/articles/poems and the like
Looks like I’ll have my hands full! I quite like being this busy–I always manage to be more efficient when I’m scheduled to the hilt. Wish me luck!