Greetings and Salutations!
I have not completed any books recently so no books to review. Nor do I have any photos of pie to share; so sad. But I do have stuff I can chat about so allow me to ramble and chit-chat about nonsense and gallimaufries… (At least, I hope I am allowed to pluralize ‘gallimaufry’.)
I am one-third of the way through Anna Karenina. I purchased this heavy tome back in 2007 and have attempted it at least three times. Attempted meaning ‘and thus abandoned’. I was even a bit discombobulated when I went to search for me copy and couldn’t find it!
You see, I used my Audible credit for October on Anna K hoping that listening to it would be the ticket to success. I think I might finally be getting into it! I have been going back and forth between text and audio and even comparing the translations – both seem fine to me. Kate Lock is an admirable narrator, too. I am giving myself permission to skip over boring chapters and/or skimming the text if I don’t want to listen to Levin mow his yard.
And crazy Russian language; the many names for one person could drive me batty but I’m choosing to be apathetic. And just how would I have ever known that “LEVIN” has three syllables??? cuh-razy. She says lee-AY-vin.
And another thing to rant about… I just entered ‘anna k’ into the goodreads search and you would THINK that Anna Karenina would be the FIRST thing on the list?! no, nope. Little Women is. And then Hamlet. And then To the Lighthouse (which I LOOOOVED, by the way.) But, um, WHY wouldn’t ANNA KARENINA be FIRST!? I do not understand the goodreads search. It can be such a hunt to find obvious titles, sometimes.
I thought I was going to do a readalong with someone this month for AK but can’t remember who it is. I’m SORRY! Feel free to join in if you want… I intend to use my November credit on Bleak House – there’s a readalong for that, too.
What else? Oh, I’m reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and I am just not in the mood. This is a book that you must have the right mindset to ‘get’, I think. Maybe I am wrong but it is just too long for all this style and ‘thinking’. It’s truly a mind-dump of “thoughts in the moment” and though he is most eloquent and would be a hoot to chat with over a beer, methinks, I would prefer to just not read anymore of it. It’s for bookclub. Thursday. I hope to read the last chapter and say FINI.
It’s that time of year when I begin to wonder how I am doing with challenges. I didn’t sign up for many official ones — I completed the What’s in a Name early, thank goodness. And RIP VII is done and Readalongs have been fantastic. The #ITalong has to be a highlight for my 2012 reading. But as to my own Tracy Kidder goal to read everything – I have only read one when I have two more on my shelves to read. I also have not read anything this year (nor last year) for my John Cusack challenge. WAIT! I take that back. I’ve read some 20 pages or so of Tropic of Cancer (eBook). I have no comment.
As to all the books LOANED to me that I have on my shelves? Yep, need to get a move on that. I think I have taken in more books than I read/returned.
Attempts to read from the 1001 Books To Read Before Dying without really trying (meaning I do not seek out books on this list but love to find out that I read something and it happens to be on the list), I am doing quite well! Cloud Atlas, Cranford, American Psycho and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day! Am I right to assume AK is on the list, too? YAY ME.
What are YOU up to this week, readingwise?