Sunday, February 6, 2011
TBR Readathon Update 1
Sunday morning already and I didn't post any updates yesterday. What I thought would be a quiet day reading was not so much. Not only did I have my classics discussion group yesterday, it was also the Jane Austen Book Group, and it was movie day. I had originally planned on staying only a little while since I wasn't optimistic about the movie adapation -- fittingly, The Jane Austen Book Club, which I read and reviewed (briefly) last month. Despite the changes made by the filmmakers, I quite enjoyed it. And of course since it's held at the library, I had to stay afterward and help clean up and ended up chatting with my librarian friends. . . it was 2:30 by the time I got home!
Then at 4:30, it was off to the high school for the awards from the annual Latin competition. My daughter is in the eighth grade, but her class is high-school Latin so they were allowed to compete. She had a lot of fun but the awards were delayed which meant a long wait in a loud gymnasium with uncomfortable bleachers. . . I did bring a book, naturally, but it was hardly optimal reading conditions. When we finally got home I did get some reading done after dinner. Here's what I got finished:
1. Finished A Raisin in the Sun for the classics discussion -- about 100 pages, but it's a play and it was really fast.
2. Finished the audio book of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day -- I only had a couple of chapters, and I finished it easily while driving to and from the library. I read it last year but I'd always wanted to listen to the audio version, narrated by Frances McDormand who played Miss P. in the movie adaptation.
3. Read three more stories from The Virago Book of Ghost Stories, about 40 pages -- I only have one story left and it's finished. The final unread story is The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell. For some reason I've been avoiding it, I'm not sure why because I love Gaskell. I guess I'm saving the best for last.
4. Started a new Persphone Book, Farewell Leicester Square -- I made some real progress, 109 pages! I know I posted earlier I was going to read Flush, but I grabbed this one instead. I joined the Persephone Reading Group on Goodreads and this is the February read. (Last month was Few Eggs and No Oranges which is more than 600 pages, and I haven't even opened it. I'll try to get to it in time for Persephone Reading Weekend).
So -- I still haven't tackled Villette but I did read about 250 pages total. Not bad for a Saturday when I was actually out and about since I couldn't lock myself in a room and read all day. I hope to get more reading done today since I don't really watch the Superbowl!