englishrose60 goes for 100 in 2009
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JILL - good to see you and a Happy New Year to you too. Good luck with your 75 challenge. Starred you too.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Penguin audiobook read by Richard Pasco.
4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Penguin audiobook read by Hugh Laurie.
5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - Penguin audiobook read by Jill Balcon
6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Penguin audiobook read by Alex Jennings.
Yes, I have discovered a new way to *read*. My OH bought me a 10-set collection of Classic Penguin Audiobooks for Christmas. These are all rereads for me of some of my favourite classic stories. I thought Hugh Laurie's rendition of Great Expectations was particularly good.
9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Penguin audiobook. Better than I remembered.
As tiff suggested I would probably have nodded off except for the fact that I kept my hands busy while I listened to these wonderful classics.
I still have 2 more to listen to The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but they'll have to wait until I have a few new jigsaws to do!
Now that I've found you, you are starred.
11. Harbor by Lorraine Adams - an interesting and thought-provoking about imigrants, both legal and illegal who arrive in Boston, USA from Algeria.
A short read but definitely not for the faint-hearted.
You are doing a great job with your reading! I was just wondering if you ever got a chance to read Beloved? I remember you saying that it was coming up last December.
I am thinking about trying books on cd to encourage me to exercise more on my elliptical.
Have a great day!
Audiobooks are great when you need to be doing something else, but I personally prefer to have the book in my hands.
Forgot to say good luck with your exercises.
As for non-Jane books, what do you think about The Mayor of Casterbridge? I just read it a week or so ago, and loved it.
I really like your reading lists, ER! So many books added to my TBR - thanks!
ETA: that message below is an inadvertent double post. Sorry!
What OU course are you doing?
Touchstone not working.
She reassesses the decisions she has made about her life.
Just stopping by. I think To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the all-time greatest books. I am glad that you liked it. Have a great day!
.......ducks US missiles......
I also used to think the US and Canadian accents were the same - now they are totally different to my ear. The Newfoundland accent is a favourite, though. It is quite charming.
I shall read the sequel to this book next. It is called The Shipyard, ('Allegorical, reflecting the decay and breakdown of Uruguyan society and modern urban life' - from back cover).
I found this book containing the diary and letters of a young Jewish woman in Holland during the holocaust very moving, especially her letters to her friends.
Have you read Critical Thinking Skills, Palgrave? I think it would support your OU course immeasureably - but you may already have seen it. See my 50 book challenge link to find out more.
I am thinking of doing an OU Course too - an MA in history. It starts in October. I am very excited about it.
mum, I have the Arts Good Study Guide, How to Read a Novel, How to Read Poetry but not Criticial Thinking Skills. I think I might invest in a copy as I surely need it.
Thanks for your kind wishes Mrstreme.
This is an allegorical story reflecting the breakdown of Uruguyan society and modern urban life.
There are many levels to this book, not only a history of India but also the position of women in a patriarchical society.
45.The City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron. Full of humour this was an enjoyable read about Omar who goes to Uruguay with the intentions of persuading the family of Jules Gund to authorise him to write Gund's biography. His arrival changes his life and theirs.
Happy reading and catcha later.
Lark Rise to Candleford (beautiful title) sounds like part of a series. Is it a stand-alone-book? I must read it. I, too, love books of this era.
If you've not, you must read Alice Hoffman's book of shorts: Blackbird House. I think you would enjoy it.
Happy reading on this snowy morning. Coffee, snow, LT, a good book--what more could a girl want?
Lark Rise to Candleford, a group read on the Virago site, consists of three volumes i.e Lark Rise, Over to Candleford and Candleford Green.
I will look out for the Hoffman book that you suggested.
OK! I give up! What have you done with the grandchildren? I don't have the pleasure of any yet, but I live in hope.
And not to worry, the grandchildren are safe. (not in the forest with the woodcutter and wife) Their mother took a vacation day today so I am free, free, free and loving it. Not that I don't love them, but a break now and then is lovely also as I have them daily.
This is the second time today that I have heard of the Virago Classics.
London and New York are also featured in this novel. Enjoyed this and would like to read more by this author.
#122 Virago Group is great! Happy to hear grandchildren are with their Mum for the day! Hope you enjoyed the break!
And yes, thank you very much. I did enjoy the break. I spent 18 hours on LT and 2 reading! Hmmmm, sounds like a fixation or something.
HALFWAY THERE!! That is to 100 although I shall try to reach 150 if I can.
Thought I would stop by and browse. Cool books and some new ideas for the old wishlist.
Hope you are both finding good books to read.
51. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Thoroughly enjoyed this book set in South America, about a group of people who are taken hostage while attending a birthday party. The house is under seige by the government forces and a Swiss Red Cross worker mediates between them and the kidnappers. The story of what goes on in the house over the next few months and how the people inside relate to each other is fascinating and full of suspense. Recommended
Bel Canto actually sounds pretty intense. That's why I never go to birthday parties. One just never knows what might occur.
Hey -- Congratulations on meeting (and beating) the 100 count mark. And look at all the months left in the year. You will most likely make 230 or so. You go girl.
I also just finished The Breakdown Lane by Jacquelyn Mitchard. It also was good, but not great. I had read only one other by her; The Deep End of the Ocean. The first 2/3 of the book was excellent, but the final 1/3 lagged for me and just didn't finish "on" if you know what I am trying to say.
You have a great day.
I am off to Olympia for some appointments. Seems like they never end.
I am glad you enjoyed The Weight of Water. I loved it as I do most of Shreve's stuff.
I toggled over and read the reviews on The Tenderness of Wolves and though it wasn't glowed on over here, I think I may give it a try. It sounds good to me. I'll let you know what I think when I finish it down the road because my list is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry long.
A happy day to you all.
I hope you enjoy and appreciate. Let me know.
I stopped by to say "hi" and it turned into a book so I copied and pasted it into your comments and deleted it from here.
65. Fish. Blood and Bone by Leslie Forbes. Orange prize longlist. A good read.
69. The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer
70. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
71. Beloved by Toni Morrison
72. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
73. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
74. Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
75. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
76. The Colour by Rose Tremain
lindsacl - Hello again. I have been so busy this month and with Wimbledon as a 'must not miss' event LT has been neglected by me. Shamed. Hope to visit more often again now.
mrstreme - good to be back - I have a lot of catching up to do on messages.
Are you enjoying the summer? It appears that you are getting quite a bit of reading in.
I think I need to add more Rebecca West to my library. She just sounds too good. I only have the one; The Fountain Overflows. I peeked at your library and you haven't rated that one. Have you read it as of yet?
Well you take care.
thank you for those recs. I love her works but had never looked into a bio on her. Was she part of the "bloomsbury group"? I have been reading a bio on Dora Carrington and seem to recall a mention of V. Woolf from there, though Carrington was rather on the outside.
nannybebette - yes she and her husband were part of the Bloomsbury Group as was her sister Vanessa Bell (an artist).
And somehow fitting that she should be your 100th read. Well done!
FlossieT - It does not matter how many books you read as long as you are enjoying the journey.
101. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. I enjoyed this very much, especially the idea of Judith Shakespeare. If only!! This small volume gives much food for thought. A definite re-read for the future.