So…that last “in the works post” I wrote up? Yeah, I didn’t do so well when it came to completing much on that to-do list. It looked a little something like this:
- a post relating to Middlemarch
- a post relating to Makine’s The Woman Who Waited for the Slaves of Golconda (I will participate in this one, I swear!)
- get back into the creepy world of Dracula (thank goodness I’m a wimp who can only handle a little bit of peril)
- get back to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (particularly as Jane Eyre is coming up on the syllabus–I love it when my “fun” reading and my “fun school” reading mesh so well together!).
- Bake some apple cider cupcakes (we’re having a little potluck with the neighbors upstairs this weekend–I love my new neighborhood).
Well, I finished reading the first three books of Middlemarch in plenty of time to discuss it with my 19th-century reading group, but I never got around to posting about it. And I read the first half of Makine’s The Woman Who Waited, but, once again, didn’t actually finish it or write a post. I did enjoy the part I had read however, and he’s an author whose works are worth exploring in greater depth. Dracula is still desperately trying to spook me from the vantage point of my bedside table, but I just haven’t had the energy to get to it, and Wide Sargasso Sea continues to languish as well. I did, however, bake lots o’ cupcakes. I decided not to go with the apple cider cupcakes because it hasn’t felt very fall-like around here (upper 70s and humid in late September? Are you kidding me? Where the hell is autumn?). Instead I went with two different choices: mint chocolate and chocolate stout. The chocolate stout cupcakes are like intense chocolate bombs and they are supremely delicious. And the mint chocolate cupcakes vied with my (in)famous mint chocolate brownie recipe. And because baking is a relaxing activity for me that allows me to think at the same time, I also made pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes with cinnamon icing this past weekend. Pictures will follow…eventually.
Given the fact that I’m a glutton for punishment and I’ve just taken on an additional research project that needs to be completed within the month of October if at all possible, I’m not sure how great I’ll be at getting other challenge reading done. But never fear, I have a devious plan: I’m going to cheat. I know I picked Dracula as my wimpy peril choice for the R.I.P. Challenge, but in the next three weeks I’m reading Ann Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance, Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, all of which could qualify as challenge reads. In addition, in the near future I’m going to see if there’s a way to combine other challenge reads so that I don’t feel like a complete failure. In the meantime, I might make weekly to-do lists in order to give myself a goal to shoot for. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s attempt to keep myself organized (it’s a mix of fun and school stuff)!
finish A Sicilian Romance(and write a post) start Lewis’s The Monk write a post on the Russian Reading Challenge I’ve joined for 2008 post some pictures of cupcakes in an effort to make my readers hungry September reading wrap-up post post about October’s reading goals start short-term research project (I’ve given myself two weeks to review the previously collected sources I have) continue gathering sources for 2 ongoing research projects
- post my recent acquisitions (they’re getting out of control)
So bear with me and stay tuned!