Friday, 3 March 2017

March Reading List + Apology

How, HOW is it March already? The new year started just a week or two ago, surely? But no, time paces heedlessly on and in a couple of weeks, we'll be a quarter of the way through 2017. It's scary how fast time moves as you get older although this year it is exciting because every day brings me closer to my USA trip! (More to come on that front😊). First things first though, last post I promised a review of The Lizzy Bennet Diaries for Hamlette's "I Love Jane Austen" week and I'm afraid it never eventuated. I know I keep saying it, but real life is very full on at the moment and even though I started my review, I never got round to finishing it. If you're reading this Hamlette, I do apologise! One day....

The onset of March also means that my first month of attempting dedicated reading is over and I come to report on my progress and also set this month's goal.

New: The Hobbit
I tried it before and couldn't make it past the first few pages but this time I got through and I actually rather enjoyed it! I struggled a bit with the poetry throughout but right from the onset, loved the quality of writing. Talking about literature? The Hobbit is exactly that and the skill of word use interwoven with the darkness of life, passion of the brave and amusing touches of English humour enthralled me - and well, made me pretty jealous actually. I wish I could write like that! I probably will go back and watch all The Hobbit movies now. I've only gotten through the first one before, mainly because I've never really enjoyed Richard Armitage's acting. Sacrilegious, I know.

Old: Yes there were some of these including The Golden Road by LM Montgomery of which I finally bought my own copy! Browsing the book section in second hand shops is ALWAYS a good idea.

Rhyme: Um... reading poetry hasn't been my thing of late. I used to love writing poetry and reading it so I really should get back into it. This is my way of confessing that I did NOT read a book of poetry over February.  Most remiss of me. I'm trying to feel guilty.

Soul: Good and bad news on this front. The good is that I kept up better than I expected with the Bible readings but the bad is that of late, I've gotten out of my routine (not completely my fault) and they've fallen by the wayside a bit.

New month, new beginning, new hope. Here is March's reading list:

New: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Old: Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgomery (I read it recently but it's one of my very favourites of hers so why not get a double dose)
Rhyme: A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Soul: Keep up with the weekly readings for March + finish Mark's gospel.

Any suggestions for April?



Miss March said...

"Most remiss of me. I'm trying to feel guilty." Haha. You're funny. ;)

Great Expectations! I've read that one. It's been awhile, though. And Jane of Lantern Hill! I do believe that is my absolute favorite L.M. Montgomery book. It's such an adorable story. :)

Good luck with your March reading, Elf!!

The Elf said...

Haha Miss March, I try ;)

Great Expectations will be a fascinating and at times - I suspect - a heavy read. Jane of Lantern Hill probably ties with The Blue Castle as my favourite LM Montgomery novel - and they're about the two novels of hers that I don't have hard copies of! The older I get, the more I love the background story between her parents as well and the way life is told through the eyes of a child rather than those of the author :)

MovieCritic said...

The Hobbit is so excelent!!!!!

Ah! I so need to read more L. M. Montgomery!!!!!!!

YES! Great Expectations is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Is Jane of Lantern Hill the first in that series?

Shel Silverstein is pretty funny! My favorites of his are, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and, Runny Babbit!

April Suggestions: (I'm sorry, I know we are already half way through.)
NEW: If you like mysteries, A Study in Scarlet is pretty good.
OLD: I'm not really sure about this one.
RHYME: April is National Poetry Month! City Street by Nancy Larick is a good collection.
SOUL: I have been reading 1 Corinthians and it is pretty good!

Nice post!!

The Elf said...

Hi @MovieCritic, sorry I took so long to publish your comment! As I explained in my latest blog post, I've been meaning to but just come home and rest instead :(

Jane of Lantern Hill is a stand alone book but one of my favourites by LM Montgomery :)

I basically missed all of April.... I'm sure I did reread at least one old favourite though so that's SOMETHING!

Thanks for commenting :)