UPDATE #7 (and final): Summer Reading Challenge

Happy fall, followers and readers! My Summer Reading Challenge timeline has met its end, much more quickly than I expected and hoped. Here is a summary of my progress with the Penguin 80 and Challenge Your Shelf book lists: Total Number of Titles: 110 Number of Days: 89 (oh God why didn’t I make this…

UPDATE #6: Summer Reading Challenge

Okay, so my Summer Reading Challenge did not turn out as successful as I hoped, but I’m not going to dwell on that now, because I want to talk about Early Warning, the novel I just finished. I was excited to read this, because Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres was, from what I remember, enjoyable….

UPDATE #5: Summer Reading Challenge

I finished East of Eden last night, after making it through my first Fantasy Football Draft. That’s right, I FINISHED A BOOK ON MY LIST. Here are some quick thoughts, as I am already weaving the words together of a new post that I really want to get out. (I read from the Steinbeck Centennial…

UPDATE #4: Summer Reading Challenge

Just a little over 200 pages stands between me and the next book on my list. 200 pages of eloquent, intriguing words from John Steinbeck stands between me and. . . finishing Anna Karenina and Early Warning, a novel by Jane Smiley. If you remember, I have been battling through Tolstoy’s novel since [what seems…

Sunday Morning Thoughts: The Turn of a Century

From John Steinbeck in East of Eden: “There’s no rot on this clean new hundred years.” What’s in the future? Uncertainty. Hope. Despair. Innovation.¬†Hardships. Triumph. Sickness. Life. I have experienced the always moving and impending hands of time turn over into a new century – and that amazes me. Not everyone gets the chance to…

UPDATE #3: Summer Reading “Challenge”

It can’t be August already, it just can’t. I have just finished Candide, and am happy to say I will be reading it again. It’s a story surrounding the ideas of “the grass is always greener on the other side,” “someone else in the world is worse off than I am,” “perfection does not always…