Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Literally Literary

Since the semester's been over, I've been reading like crazy.  Crazy.

I love having my twice-a-day commute and lunch hour to read for pleasure rather than for school.

Here's what I've read since mid-May*:

[Please note: just realized this sounds braggy.  I don't mean it to.  I just like to keep track of what I've read so that I can become a well-rounded, well-educated reader.]

Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Help - Kathryn Stockett 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog  - Muriel Barbery
Emma - Jane Austen
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

And now I'm having a stupor of thought.  Or a stupor of read.

I'm liking my exploration of classic women authors, and classics in general.  However (as my rather schizophrenic list exhibits), I'm always up for something new and less verbose. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated...


  1. I have to recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

    Or Gift of the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh.

  2. Hey Rachel! It's been a long time since I've seen you in a random city in which neither of us live. I'll be in Buffalo, NY next month... any chance I'll bump into you?? :) Say hi to Blake for me!

    You should join Goodreads.com... it lets you list books you've read and review them, and see what your friends on there are reading. It's kind of fun! Add me as a friend if you get on there!

    I've been reading a ton this year too... one book I liked was The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. If you are looking for something a little lighter and funnier, try the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (the first one is called One for the Money. There are like 15 in the series now, and each one is funnier than the last). If you like to stick to the classics, Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy is one of my all-time favorites. I could go on and on, but I'll stop there... for now. :)

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I'll have to hit the bookstore (I can't help myself...I just love buying books) or library pronto.

    Joni, I'll be up in NH next month, which is pretty close...but alas, we'll have to see if we can bump into each other in a random city sometime soon.

    I really liked Tess of the D'urbervilles and haven't read it in a lot time, so I shoudl read that again. Definitely exciting to have a list of options :)

  4. Twilight? J/K! Have you happened to read Rebecca? I just read that a couple weeks ago and LOVED it!

  5. One fish, Two fish, red fish, blue fish. Though the themes seemed a bit trying at times, and all too complex at others, after three months of intense reading I came out a better person with a thorough understanding of the plight of both the red and blue fish, singular and paired.

  6. I love, love The Help. It's now one of my favorites. Unlike you, however, I haven't been able to read it along with 10 other books since May. I think I started it in May and I'm ALMOST finished. (It takes me a long time when I throw in 15 min at the end of the day and I fall asleep :).) If you haven't read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society I highly recommend it.

  7. You'll have to tell me what you think of the ending of The Help. I have to say I was a little dissapointed...but I'd love to see what you think.

    Oh, and the only reason I can get through so many books is that I have 30 minutes each way on the metro and an hour-long lunch break = lots of time to read where I would otherwise just be doing crossword puzzles. I haven't got a cute 2-year-old to look after... :)

    I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a couple months ago and loved it. I really liked how it was written in letter format.

  8. Meg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is certainly a literary classic...though I'd say it's a toss up betwixt that and Go Dogs Go for a favorite...

  9. I don't know if you like to read about history or not, and this book certainly isn't a classic, but my Dad recommended it to me, and I'm enjoying it so far: "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's all the nitty gritty details of how and why the "Pilgrims" came to America, and what happened when they got here. It's been quite interesting so far!

  10. Love this list! I need you to be my friend on goodreads.com. Have you heard of it? It's like facebook.com but for geeks.