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Announcement: October’s Favourite Post

So here’s the thing – school has been hectic, and so I haven’t had time to reread the October Favourite, which is Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, and refreshing my memory is pretty much necessary before I introduce it.

Not to mention that I need to finish The Fractal Prince before the Book Fair.

And then there’s the fact that I’ll be leaving for Scotland the coming weekend. This means that I won’t have the time to read the book or write the introduction by Sunday. So here’s what will happen:

I’m going to move this fave post to November, hoping it’ll be way less busy. It’ll be up on the second to last Sunday as usual, just wrong month. (This won’t affect the last favourite, which will be up on schedule.)

Just realised I’ll need to figure out something regular to post next year. Any suggestions? Favourite classics? Movies? Characters? Authors? Covers? Adaptations?

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Summer Reading: Conclusion

Okay, so classes start today and summer reading time is over! Didn’t do too well… But you’ll see that from the list:

SUMMER READING LIST 2012

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace

China Miéville: The City and the City

Brandon Sanderson: Alloy of Law + The Way of Kings

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Graham Greene: Brighton Rock

Lev Grossman: The Magicians

Brent Weeks: The Night Angel Trilogy (Way of Shadows/Shadow’s Edge/Beyond the Shadows)

Frank Abagnale: Catch Me If You Can

Robin McKinley: Sunshine

 

So, uh… yeah. I’m pretty happy with this though.

But now it’s autumn and time for new books and new adventures!

I’m off to class now. Giddy!

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Announcement: School Excitement and Victorian Novel

I’ve been so excited about this for a couple of days now. I’m starting my pro-seminar this fall, and had my fingers crossed that I’d get into the class that was my first choice (because nothing else would really do) – and I got in! Hooray!

The title of the course is Victorian Novel. Yup, you can probably see why I’m so excited. I like the teacher, too, so I’m all set to go. However, this pro-sem means my reading list will be very limited during September and the first half of October. We plough through six books in seven weeks, and as you will see in a moment, they are not exactly your lightest reading. Who knows, maybe I will have time for other books as well, but I seriously doubt it.

So here’s what I will be reading:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Middlemarch by George Eliot

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The combined number of pages is 3,447.  I’m sort of taking a deep breath and getting ready for a period of intensive reading. We’ll see whether I’m absolutely fed up with Victorians by the time the period break rolls around… Hopefully not, because I’ll be doing this for quite a while after that, too!

So there it is. I wanted to share this, partly because I’m so excited and partly because now you know there will be lots of Victorian stuff lying around my blog. I’m thinking of doing Operation Classic reading diaries for these books (three of which I’ve read once already) and maybe musing on some stuff we go through in class. But we’ll see how I’ll go about this once the class starts next week.

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