Monday, 4 May 2015

It's Monday....

...and I'm finally caught up on all my half-finished novels!

I still have a few out-standing non-fiction titles by the bed, but it usually takes me months to read non-fiction anyway (biographies are the exception to this rule).

Perhaps if I could just read one book at once, I would get through more, but my reading is very much mood based. Some days are non-fiction and some days are not.

So what does this, the first week in May hold for me and my groaning bookshelves?

First up is the start of my month-long Wharton Review.

I will be rereading The Age of Innocence this year in the hope of knocking my Classics Club challenge into a higher gear.
Set in old New York, this novel details the thwarted romance between Newland Archer, a young dandy, and the beautiful, unconventional divorceee Countess Ellen Olenska. The cast of characters includes Newland's docile - and calculating - fiancee, May Welland and the lordly Mrs Manson Mingott.
In fact May will be the month of reread's for my Classic Club list.

The Great World by David Malouf is my Classic Club Spin this month. I first read The Great World in 1997, which also marks the beginning of my lifelong love affair with all things Malouf.
Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people's battles - from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In THE GREAT WORLD, his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience. But THE GREAT WORLD is more than a novel of war. Ranging over seventy years of Australian life, from Sydney's teeming King's Cross to the tranquil backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, it is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and lost innocence, of survival and witness.
During May & June I also plan to join in Corinne's Gone With the Wind readalong @Pursuit of Happiness.
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time.

Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives.

In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet
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I first read GWTW during my uni days. I loved how Mitchell picked me up & swept me along in her wake. It was one of those books that made real life seem dull by comparison. I can't wait to see if it has the same effect on 40-something me!

What will you be reading this week?

Are you joining in any of the above readalongs or challenges?

Do you enjoy rereading old favourites?

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PS Can anyone see the column on the RH side of my blog? When I view the whole blog, the column seems to have disappeared from view. But when I open a post...there it is! Are any other blogger uses having weird format glitches?

9 comments:

  1. You've sure got a lot reading lined up there Brona! I'm rejoicing today as I am up to date with scheduled reading (ahead even- its a rare moment), so I can use the next 11 days to catch up on reading from the TBR - all those CBCA books aren't going to read themselves it seems- and maybe even some blogging...

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    1. I'm hoping to have some time to pop around other blogs this week...I feel like it's ages since I had time to do more than the basic read, review and forget!!

      Good luck with your CBCA book challenge :-)

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  2. Tough books, but also great ones! I hope you enjoy them.

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  3. I love GWTW - my paperback copy is in shreds. I wish I could reread more these days, but I have serious bookshelf overcrowding.

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  4. I first read GWTW in high school and have read it many times over the last fifty years. It still remains one of my favourite novels.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Brona. Enjoy all your books this week!

    Yvonne
    http://adarngoodread.blogspot.com.au

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  5. I usually don't read non-fiction. It takes me months to finish too. :)

    OH.....I LOVE Gone With The Wind. My all-time favorite book and movie.

    Enjoy your reading week, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  6. I've been meaning to read Gone With the Wind forever! Seems to be on just about everyone's favorite list. Enjoy the readalong.

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  7. The Great World has been on my Wishlist for a while, I look forward to seeing what you think.

    Have a great week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  8. Gone With The Wind is such a good read! Hope you enjoy it as much as the first time you read it.

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