Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Salon

I went through another time where I didn't feel like reading. It didn't last long, though.

I'm still working on It's Not About the Tapas by Polly Evans. I won this book back in December and I decided to break by own rule. I wanted to save all the books I receive for when I go to college and may not be able to get to a library easily. This book sounded too good, but it is disppointing me. When you aren't caught up in a hideously boring history lession about Spain, the story is quite monotonous. I like to read about travelling, especially since my dream is to backpack around Europe. Spain does not sound all too appealing while reading this.

On a brighter note, I decided that I am going to continue doing things like I did for my analysis of Chick-Lit post. I will chose a genre every so often and read a lot of books in that genre (to start off with. I may not focus on one genre, but a certain author or time period). I finished First Daughter my Mitali Perkins and decided that my next research-y post will be on YA books. I will not review any of the books that will be involved with the big post at the end, just to build up the excitement!

The coming month is going to be difficult reading-wise. I resolved that I would not get stressed out about reading for a reading resolution this year, but I am pretty stressed out. I have begun reading The Fountainhead and Wuthering Heights for school. The schedule I have to read the books for it difficult! It doesn't help that the books are not interesting! Both of these books are classics. I really don't want to read a classic for my personal classic challenge, but I need to. I could cheat and say either of the books are my monthly classic, but they are for school. I may get arounf to reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, but I won't risk getting stressed out about reading another book.

The Fountainhead is okay. I'm only a few chapters into this monster of a book. It is pretty boring, but not as boring as Crime and Punishment! In fact, the mood of the story reminds me a lot of Crime and Punishment, but some of the characters remind me of The Catcher in the Rye.

I am reading Wuthering Heaights while listening to it. I found a free podcast of it on itunes. I found that I try to read too fast, so I don't understand anything that happened! Even though reading a single chapter is a time commitment, it is still better than not understanding the book at all. It is still very confusing, but listening to the book while reading along helps a lot. I may even use this technique for reading more difficult classics if I can find the audio for it for free!


Anonymous said...

Spain is totally awesome, even if the history is a little boring sometimes. Don't let that book fool you :)

- Lu

samantha.1020 said...

I've wanted to read Wuthering Heights for some time but haven't picked it up yet. Sorry to hear that you are finding it boring though :)

Reverie said...

Hi! fellow Sunday saloner here: I found that listening and reading realyl helps things stick. unless you drift off and stop "Listening." Have fun witht hose classics. I really enjoyed Catcher inthe Rye way back when I had to read it. As far as Crime and punishment goes... have fun. for me personally, not my cup of tea. Great blog keep up the good work!