Reading Challenges

July 29, 2011

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Read Along-Week 4

The reading of this short novel has sadly come to an end. I've read it in four sections, one for each week in July, following the schedule proposed by read-along host Unputdownables HERE.

July 24, 2011

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Read Along-Week 3

This third week's To the Lighthouse reading revealed what I suspected might happen last week: a strong shift in plot and mood. The first half of the book has us soak up an atmosphere that is so detailed and told from a variety of perspectives that one moment feels like an eternity as we are privy to the innermost thoughts and feelings of Woolf's characters. During this time of rich and unhurried writing, though, we feel a build-up, and one anticipates the tide of change, just as the sky and waves show signs of a storm on the horizon.

July 17, 2011

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Read Along-Week 2

Another week, another quarter of To the Lighthouse completed. For those of you who haven't already heard, I'm participating in Unputdownable's Virginia Woolf July read-along of To the Lighthouse HERE. You can find my very first impressions HERE. This week we readers began to learn more about the characters as various perspectives continued to be explored, revealing new threads of insight here and there. In my last post, I voiced my unease with Mrs. Ramsay's Victorian-esque sense of propriety and perfection. Onward her behavior demonstrates more and more the neurosis and critical nature that comes with such a label.

July 14, 2011

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights

A few months ago I decided rather randomly that it was high time I read Wuthering Heights, a book that has popped up in conversation and in cultural references since my childhood. Diving in, I didn't really have any preconceived notions of how I might feel about Wuthering Heights, though early reading proved a bit difficult in that I didn't feel particularly engrossed in the exposition. Plowing onward, Chapter 5 marked a turning point, however, and I'm happy to report that I  fully respect Emily Brontë's brilliance now and what makes Wuthering Heights an enduring classic.

July 8, 2011

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Read Along-Week 1

This July I'm participating in Unputdownable's July read-a-long dedicated to Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse HERE. For me this will be an interesting experiment as the reading is broken down into four sections, one for each week in July.

July 5, 2011

Yvonne Roberts' A History of Insects

The year is 1956 and young Ella Jackson lives in the British High Command's compound in Peshawar, Pakistan. Although compound life for her parents and their expat colleagues is largely insular and separatist, nine year old Ella oscillates between two worlds: the privileged white-washed world of her family and the reality of Pakistani life with its growing anti-British sentiment.
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