What I’m Reading

King Arthur Stories

It has been awhile since I’ve blogged about my re-read challenge.  I am still plugging away at Le Morte d’Arthur.  It is long and I’m taking my time.  I started out reading Le Morte d’Arthur in the version above.  I am finishing up in the version below.  I will finish this book as soon as I can and move on, but rather than have a re-read challenge, I’ll just blog about books I’m revisiting.

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I finished The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites recently and will post a review as soon as possible.  This is a story of a family starting in the early 1900s (during the First World War) and ending in the 1960s.

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I am currently reading Let Go by Sheila Walsh.  She released some very good records in the 1980s-early 1990s and she is a good writer.  The main point of the book is to trust God and look to God for your self-image, not other people or your circumstances.  I will do a longer review later.

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What I’m Reading-Re-Read challenge

King Arthur Stories

For my re-read challenge, which I last blogged about HERE  I finished the holiday stories by Washington Irving and Charles Dickens, and read The Nutcracker.  I am still plugging away at the King Arthur collection, specifically Le Morte d’ Arthur.  It is long.  I will finish this collection as soon as I can.

I think next on my re-read challenge will be Peter Pan.

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And Alice In Wonderland and then I’ll go on from there.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and Cutthroats & Curses

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I am currently reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente, and although the story is somewhat quirky and unusual, it’s also imaginative and engaging.  I will finish it ASAP and share my thoughts when I get a chance.

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I am also reading Cutthroats & Curses:  An Anthology of Pirates.  I have loved pirate lore since the first time I saw Disney’s Peter Pan and went on the Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland as a kid, so I am enjoying these pirate-themed short stories by various authors.

Re-read challenge update

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I finished the Silver Chair, which I was reading when I made last month’s post, and I have read The Horse and His Boy.  I am about at the halfway point with The Magician’s Nephew.

Next will be:

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The Last Battle, and I will be done with the Chronicles of Narnia.

After that, I plan to read Robin Hood

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and then

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Gulliver’s Travels.  I am having fun with this.  It will be interesting to see what I have read at the end of the year.  I do have a long list of books I want to re-read.

The re-read challenge

 

Re-Read Challenge

I found the re-read challenge on Hannah’s site.  http://www.soobsessedwith.com/2014/12/the-re-read-challenge-details-sign-up.html

I thought it would be fun to just make a list of books I want to re-read and see how many I can read before December.  It’s a long list, and I may not get to all of them, but it’s worth a try.

I want to reread The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

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The Circle Series by Ted Dekker.

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Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne,.

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War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

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A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

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And something by Jane Austen and/or one of the Bronte sisters (haven’t decided what yet).

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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(Book image from Wikipedia).

First of all, I want to make it clear that nothing I say here is meant in any way to knock Ms. Meyer or Twilight fans.  I have done my share of being a fan of various books, T.V.  shows and/or movies and I figure the author must have done something right for her book to sell so well and be made into a movie.

Admittedly I got around to reading Twilight late in the game, eight years after it was published.  For the most part, I enjoyed it, but my take is that it’s overrated. Again, I don’t say that to criticize anyone.   I think that’s probably the case with the majority of the “best sellers”; however, that’s a topic for another post.

What I like about the book:   I have a weakness for love stories, and I think the underlying love story is appealing. The author has a good understanding of the alienation many young people deal with.   The idea that vampires can be caring and have consciences is an interesting one. 

What I have issues with:  Bella is essentially going “oh, this guy is dangerous and might kill me, but I just love him so much anyway and I’ll go ahead and die.”  That doesn’t strike me as a good message.  Bella and Edward also spend a little more time rolling their eyes and focusing on how good they smell to each other than I think is necessary.

It was a fun read, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to read again, and I likely won’t read the rest of the books in the series.