I told myself that I would not get embroiled in the many enticing challenges that I see everywhere in the book-blogging world. Just the initial one, I told myself, just the Classics Club. Plus the few personal ones that I’d set for myself anyway.
Then Woolfalong, which I’d been resolutely turning away from, could be resisted no longer – the requirements for this next phase, as explained by heavenali, happened to fit perfectly with two books already on my Classics Club list. It made sense to join in, really, don’t you think?
And then yesterday, several blogs that I’m enjoying directed me to R.I.P. XI – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, just entering its eleventh year. Now, I don’t like gothic, horror, thriller etc. This challenge surely encompasses all things that I don’t choose to read. But it’s the start of a new month; the seasons begin to turn; by the end of this challenge we’ll have reached Hallowe’en and Carl’s blurb on his longstanding annual challenge was simply too enticing to resist. After all, I really, really ought to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I both want to and don’t want to in equal measure – either way, I really ought to read it. And he’s offering me the opportunity. Not only that, but once again, there are several books on my Classics Club list that fit the brief. So one book will cover more than one challenge. Nice. And I get the fun of playing with my book lists and planning out what’s possible and the satisfaction of ticking off titles and seeing reading progress on many fronts. I love a good list. I love seeing progress. How can I not do this!
So here is my intended reading for September and October. Two of the titles I’ll be reading electronically; five I already own; four I need to find. How easily I’m going to be able to stick with the list remains to be seen. But if I manage it, I’ll be very impressed with myself indeed! And Frankenstein? I can’t see myself tackling him this year: I’m going to start in gently with short stories and novellas. But it will be top of the list for next year’s R.I.P. – hopefully!
(I’m starting to list the challenges under the reading page. There’s a few more still to add.)
Planned Reading September/October 2016
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Daily Lit) – Classics Club
Rainbow Valley by Lucy M Montgomery (Kindle) – Classics Club
A Gull on the Roof by Derek Tangye – A Cornish Cornucopia
A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman – A Cornish Cornucopia
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham – Classics Club, A Cornish Cornucopia
The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier – Classics Club, A Cornish Cornucopia, R.I.P.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – Classics Club, Woolfalong
A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf – Classics Club, Reading about Writing, Woolfalong
Lady into Fox by David Garnett – Classics Club, The Prizewinner Challenge, R.I.P
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – Classics Club, R.I.P.
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer – because I want to and because I can!