Just rereading stuff, I didn’t finish anything. I continued reading in a few anthologies I’d already opened up last year, but didn’t finish any of them yet. Reading aloud to small children just saps my desire to read print silently. Hopefully that changes before I get behind on my schedule. Still 77 to go.
It’s a new year, and for people who read, that always means making a fresh new reading action plan. I used to make big lists of books, but then I only ended up reading a few on the list and reading dozens of others instead. So now I stick to straight numbers.
Read 60 books to the end last year, ranging from pamphlet sized to doorstopper sized.
This year I think I’ll try for a clear hundred. The twist is that I hope only 1/5 are ebooks. I went ebook heavy last year when I got tired of reading like 1960 hadn’t arrived and wanted to read something modern and fresh. Which led to me reading a bunch of 70s and 80s ebooks, lol. I did stumble into a couple of interesting new authors writing fresh recently published books, though.
Anyway I’m back to old stuff again, because I got some ancient tomes for Christmas gifts and they are delightful. I guess I’m making this post so I remember to do a monthly update.
Happy New Year!
I recently finished the D’Artagnan Romances. which consist of The Three (Scandalous) Musketeers, Twenty Years After and Vicomte De Bragelonne. The last one is around 2000 pages and usually split up into three books called Vicomte De Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask. The evolution of the Musketeers from rascally 20somethings to middle-aged men to men just waiting to retire and/or die is quite fascinating. And there is lots of drama and intrigue and action. And something like 3500 pages total.
I am currently beginning the very long journey that is reading the unabridged (and also steam coming off the 1200+ pages “mature”) Count of Monte Cristo.
I also read some Dorothy Sayers, a couple of memoirs by a 1940s housewife and Winnie the Pooh. I read all of Narnia, and The Last Unicorn, which is truly magical.
I’m still working on Maria Montessori’s pedagogy.
I have also been reading some demographic analysis stuff, apparently looking into the increase in college education among women and how it was changing their family having patterns was all the rage and then it suddenly wasn’t, around the time they became a majority of all births (the 80s).
And I haven’t done more than glance at it yet, but I have a very interesting book about sorcery, the occult and Christianity and how the neo-pagans of the late 19th century were not creating something new and weird, but echoing long standing occult practices that had been aggressively hidden by Victorians wishing to represent an unbroken line of faithful and untainted Christian practice. It’s actually about how much of this was carried over the sea by those English and Germans who “founded the country”, but it gets into backstory about the occult in Western Europe up until the 19th century.
I thought I hadn’t been reading much this year, but I haven’t even covered a quarter of what I’ve gotten through and I started on a couple other books. I guess the Dumas being soooooo long makes it seem like I’ve barely read more than two books in six months, but it’s nowhere near that bad.