I realized that I had failed so utterly in my September reading goals (with the exception of the books read for school) that it wasn’t worth re-hashing. So instead I’m digging up the optimist inside and presenting October’s reading goals!
First of all, the event I’ve been waiting for will be happening in two short weeks. That’s right, the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace will be released on the 16th of this month. I am literally counting the days (I’m such a nerd). If the weather decides to cooperate and lets the cooler temperatures prevail, W&P is just what the doctor ordered (I’m also a seasonal reader. I love Russian literature at all times, but particularly crave it in the colder months).
Until the best day of the month arrives, however, I have plenty of fun books to delve into:
- Try to finish Dracula, but if I can’t, review A Sicilian Romance by Anne Radcliffe or The Monk by Matthew Lewis for the R.I.P. II Challenge
- Outmoded Author Challenge: either read Of Human Bondage by Maugham, or something by G.K. Chesterton (or something completely shocking: read both (gasp!))
- Unread Author Challenge: I would like to get to Wide Sargasso Sea, but I might go for Bellow’s Adventures of Augie March instead…
My coursework for the month of October has me reading the following:
- The Monk ~ Matthew Lewis
- Northanger Abbey ~ Jane Austen
- Waverly ~ Walter Scott
- Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte
- Great Expectations ~ Charles Dickens
My research has me reading the following:
- The Vale of Cedars; or The Martyr ~ Grace Aguilar
- The Days of Bruce ~ Grace Aguilar
- various fun things about espionage and WWII (to be finished in October, or else)
So it’s time to get myself some warm apple cider (or a tea) and curl up and read!