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I am very sad that I am unable to participate in the inaugural Classics Club read-a-thon! Unfortunately, my job is kicking my ass right now, so I will be spending most of my waking hours this weekend working instead of reading. Sometimes life gets in the way of literary fun! It will be fun to spend some of my relaxing time keeping up with the reading that other people are doing!

I have two significant semi-long term classics projects going right now: the Moby-Dick Big Read and my Daily Dickens Project.

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I started this project on January 1, and have listened to – now – four chapters! I wasn’t able to start the Big Read in September, but all of the chapter are still available on iTunes. There are a few fellow-readers in one of my GR groups who are listening along with me. I am hoping that this will be a great way to get this classic under my belt and I am actually planning on picking up a print copy of the book as well. There have been a number of moments so far that I want to annotate, and listening doesn’t give me any place to jot down my thoughts.

David Copperfield

My Daily Dickens book is David Copperfield. I initially intended to read all of the Dickens in order of publication, but I abandoned this after deciding that I really didn’t want to read Oliver Twist right now. I am on Chapter XIV of David Copperfield and am enjoying it much more than The Pickwick Papers. I liked the Pickwick Papers, but it was really more of a series of vignettes, and I prefer my narratives to be plot-based.

I also feel very guilty, because I have been neglecting Les Miserables, but I’m just not feeling the Victor Hugo mood right now. Soon.

I also have a few new books heading my way from Amazon that will get me started on my “neglected women writers” reading resolution. Monica Dickens, Dorothy Whipple, Muriel Spark and Angela Thirkell are all new writers to me. I can’t wait!

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It almost seems that amazon has secretly read my 100 books of the 20th century list! On cyber-Monday, I was able to pick up:

Armageddon, by Leon Uris
The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
North and South, by John Jakes

All for $2.02 a book! Four books for $8.08, which is less than a grocery store paperback.

And then, just yesterday, Lucky Jim, by Kinglsey Amis, went on sale for $2.02.

I also picked up the four Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane books by Dorothy Sayers for a mere $2.99 each: Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and The Busman’s Honeymoon. All of Sayer’s books were on sale for $2.99. I wish I’d had enough money laying around to get them all, since Peter Wimsey and Dorothy Sayers are totally awesome.

This time of year, keeping track of the books that Amazon is putting on sale is a little bit of effort that generally pays off pretty big in inexpensive, well-written, traditionally published fiction.

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I just bought these two books for my personal collection:

Harold Bloom tends to be a rather irascible old fellow, but he is very scholarly and I’m interested in his opinion.

I bought this one at Barnes & Noble in print format, although it looks like it’s only available on amazon in kindle format. This omnibus edition contains five short novels by Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat, The Moon is Down, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row and The Pearl. I am especially interested in Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row. I sort of hated Of Mice and Men when I read it in school, but I’m prepared to give it another chance since there is a more than remote possibility that my hatred stems from the fact that someone MADE me read it, rather than from the fact that it isn’t amazing.

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