What I’m Reading: Right now I’m midway through Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep for Wilkie in Winter. This slim novella is a fairly quick read, but I put it down to pick up something else and I keep forgetting to finish.
I’m also just over a 100 pages in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I read this book back in the summer of 2003, but I remember very little of it. The first 100 pages encompasses the reader’s introduction to the heroine of the tale, Dorothea Brooke. Miss Brooke is passionate about learning and wants to lead a meaningful life of helping others. She is naive and becomes engaged and then married to a morose, dried-up man: Rev. Casaubon. Casaubon reminds me a bit of St. John Rivers from Jane Eyre in that he views marriage and love as utilitarian necessities to facilitate his own selfish ideas. There are so many more characters and side plots introduced in the first book and I’m eager to keep reading.
What’s Next: I plan on completing The Frozen Deep this week and Middlemarch will stretch until the end of the month. I’ve also set a goal of completing Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy before January 1st. If I’m really good and finish before the end of the month I’ll probably throw in some YA lit and graphic novels to end the year.
This leads me to talking about next year’s reading! I’ve noticed several book bloggers (including my buddies Andi and Heather) developing a list of ten books for winter (roughly 12/21 – sometime in March). I love that idea, but I rather make it a dozen books and have it run from January 1st until March 31st. I love having January 1st as my “clean start”.
Bobcat by Rebecca Lee
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A Dance to the Music of Time, volume 1 by Anthony Powell
The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
No Name by Wilkie Collins
The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
Wiliam: An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton
Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings by Angela Carter
The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
The Wife by Sigrid Undset
Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter Conradi
I know that I am being quite ambitious, but I am very determined to let reading become a major priority. Read on people, read on!