Saturday, January 4, 2014

Eternal Endeavors~More and More and More Books

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A sample of my bookshelf

  Of course the best way to start of a New Year is to tell yourself all the new books you're going to get read finally. And while this is a more than common refrain, it is nevertheless a good one. And I am going to read everything.

  Ha, hardly. But to cover some classics I have not yet read, and to get some books on my shelf finally read, I am making a goal of reading at least 40 books this year. (And it is also a way of finding out which books actually deserve a spot on my shelf). I think I can do more, but let's try to keep it manageable, shall we. Speaking to myself So this is my current list:

A Tale of Two Cities

Great Expectations (first on my list, really)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Paradise Lost

The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit (an annual endeavor--my favorites)

The Lucy Montgomery Album

Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Wizard of Oz (five books at least)

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Secret Life of Bees


Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Many of those on on my shelf, so that should take care of some "unread" space. And I am, of course, expecting many of those to completely earn their spots in my bookcase.

  Now--trying to finish all of Shakespeare's works before the year's end just might be too much. But that's just one of my habits--biting off more than I can chew. I enjoy the challenge. I have to have a challenge or I get incredibly bored incredibly quickly. So. I'm going to have to set the timer to see how long it is before my brain starts melting and draining from my ears. I have yet to actually order the edition of Shakespeare's Works that I want--I have to wait for another shipment to come in. This one (according to the descriptin, has some hitherto unpublished work. So I definitely want it. Hopefully it will be worth my while.
  We'll see though. And for some of  the other things...The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Great Expectations. Browsing British dramas on Amazon Prime actually introduced me with those--I have obviously heard of Great Expectations, just have never gotten my  hands on it. Both adaptions (speaking from a newbie's point of view) were absolutely enthralling. I enjoyed them so much, and intrigued me to no end. The characters and setting and the whole psychology behind motives/perceptions was incredible. Now I can't wait to read the books. That is the gift of good adaptions--introducing us into something that is definitely worth reading.

  So here's to a new year of reading, finding new stories, and hopefully learning good things along the way. That's the purpose of good writing. May this be a year of inspiration. (And from a writing perspective, I need it).

  ~E. C. Shore


  1. Seems like a great idea! I saw Voltaire and Sophocles on the bookshelf and did a double-take. I may join you in Great Expectations...I've been meaning to re-read it since my new fascination with Dickens. Probably his most psychologically complex novel would be the lovely Our Mutual Friend, if you're looking for something you haven't seen before. The 1998 film is wonderful. Speaking of films, make sure you don't watch any versions of A Tale of Two Cities before reading the book, they all fall far, far short. (Interestingly, Mel Gibson almost starred in one, turning it down for Braveheart, alas.)

    Oh, and Dickens's Bleak House is another good Dickens. It's on Prime, and that adaptation seems to adapt word for word (it's very long, but very good.)

    Paradise Lost is great.

    I'll shut up now. :)

    1. I will definitely take your advice. Getting to A Tale of Two Cities should be relatively soon...granted, it's me talking. Okay, March. ;D And I'll definitely put Our Mutual Friend on the list! I love psychological stories! I watched Bleak House on Prime, and enjoyed it very much. It was slow, compared to some stories, like you said--but I felt the characters were very good. I was so disappointed that Nemo died so soon. I think he was my favorite. I wonder how Gibson would have done for a Two Cities adaption? Hmm. I haven't seen Braveheart, but I've heard that it's a very strong story.

  2. One more thing - if you're interested in Shakespeare adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is really, really good. His Hamlet (the whole play!) and the very brilliant Much Ado About Nothing are both available on Prime. As a warning, Hamlet has steamy scenes in it. Much Ado does as well, but to a lesser extent, and it's tremendously funny. His best adaptation would have to be Henry V though...which is harder to find. He's very different from Wallander, needless to say. David Tennant is a great Hamlet as well, probably my favorite.

    P.S. Joyeux Noel isn't on Youtube, but Prime...the Youtube version is in Spanish.

    1. I've already put them on my list. Hopefully soon! Kenneth Branagh is awesome. Really is!

  3. That's a great list! I've set my goal at 36 books (three per month). I tried to do 50 books last year and only made it to 42. Since I was falling behind, I started reading more manga and counting those. I'd really like to get 36 solid books read this year. Good luck with your goal!

    1. Good luck with yours too! 3 books a month can be hard, especially if you're busy! I'm wondering how far I'm going to get.