Reading Challenge month 13 ~ A mystery or thriller

Hello. MM here, stepping in to write this month's summary of the Reading Challenge. This month's selection was A Mystery or Thriller, perhaps partly because of our schedule: it was a dark and stormy end of the semester and finals were on the horizon, and H. is a happy and well-versed fan of Ngaio Marsh—in… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 13 ~ A mystery or thriller

Reading Challenge month 5 ~ A book that became a movie

Far From the Madding Crowd, page 1, paragraph 1. We meet Gabriel Oak and his broad smile: "the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 5 ~ A book that became a movie

Reading Challenge month 4 ~ A book that came out the year you were born

In my grandparents' house (if you didn't count the steps leading to the veranda outside the front door), there were maybe 10 steps. They were slick, steep, linoleum-covered steps that led from the main floor down to the basement. There was a landing halfway down where you made a 90-degree turn. The steps were so… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 4 ~ A book that came out the year you were born

Reading Challenge month 3 – A classic romance

When H chose this category last month, the image that immediately came to my mind was that rack of pink-covered Harlequin Romances at the book store when I was a kid. That rack that I passed with barely a glance on my way to the brown clad books: dogs, horses, reference. In fact, I went… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 3 – A classic romance

Reading Challenge month 2 – A book you started but never finished

[Ed note: This month's post is brought to you by M, one of my favorite guest bloggers.] There's a book I've been trying to read for over half my life, and by that I don't mean a book I've always meant to get to but haven't yet (that would be the Brothers Karamazov), or a… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 2 – A book you started but never finished

Reading Challenge month 1 – A book set in a different country

In 1956, Gavin Maxwell was traveling in southern Iraq when it occurred to him that he would like to own an otter (his beloved dog had recently died). Though he had a flat in London and traveled widely, he also had tenancy of a remote house in Sandaig, on the western coast of Scotland, and… Continue reading Reading Challenge month 1 – A book set in a different country

All you gotta do to join…

I've heard from many of you dear people since I first posted about the Reading Challenge--and it looks like we have an Organization* (if not a Movement). We're so excited you're joining us! Here's a brief recap of the plan: We'll pick a new book category on the 9th of each month (for example, January… Continue reading All you gotta do to join…

What are you doing for the next few years?

We're reading. Well, yeah, we're always reading, but H told me about this 2015 Reading Challenge and it looked like fun, except I didn't really want the pressure of reading an assigned book a week (even a self-assigned one) since I already have a big pile of books I want to read. The last thing… Continue reading What are you doing for the next few years?