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A library haul after months | Notes from my Reading

Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

Read-alongs Galore!

I have a very unpredictable schedule for July and August. With that unpredictability comes a tendency for me to sign up for new challenges or read-alongs. I haven't been reading much this month, I wonder how the next two months will fare, but I can always jump ship, can't I? Except that I won't.

Nicole and Heather are hosting a read-along of The Color Purple by Alice Walker. If you remember, I had taken this book from the library a month ago, but have not yet gotten around to reading it. It's a good thing, because now I can take part in this read-along and return the book back when it's due in July. (In case you're wondering, my University has a 3 month checkout period.)

Michelle is holding a read-along of Ulysses by James Joyce. Now, I know this is one hell of a challenging book. I got inspired to read this, ever since I read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, where the 12-year old girl, Meggie, has already read this book. My! That embarrassed me big time! I wonder how long I can read it before giving up, but at this point, I am not reading anything about the book so that I will have that feeling of newness and excitement when I turn the first page. My friend had borrowed the library book some time, and the sheer size had me faint. Almost. So instead of getting the book, I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg on my nook. The good thing is I can enlarge the font and read, so I can make "good progress".

Are you in any of these read-alongs? Since I'm on this topic, what read-alongs are you participating in during July - October?

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bermudaonion said…
I've never done a read-along. I hope you have fun with them - The Color Purple is a fabulous book!
I've never done a read-along. The Color Purple is intense and really good. I've never read Ulysses and, must confess, don't have the desire since I am not a huge James Joyce fan. You are probably better at "good" literature than I am though. Have fun and good luck! I can't wait to hear what you think of a read-along
I've never done a read-along as I tend to read ahead too much. As far as challenges are concerned, I have taken this year off as I found myself reading only challenge books and not reading books I really wanted to read.

Good luck with your two read-alongs. As they are both on my 1001 list I have requested them fron the library and will try to get them read also. I have read The Color Purple before and really enjoyed it, but Joyce is scary to me; oh well, what does not kill us makes us stronger...right?
Cat said…
You'll enjoy The Colour Purple. I've never read Ulysses and it doesn't really appeal to me.
I'll probably be doing the July readalong at A Literary Odyssey depending what the poll choice is.
Alyce said…
Good luck with the readalongs! I look forward to seeing how far you make it with Ulysses. I tried to read it earlier this year and didn't make it all that far. It's definitely challenging. I would suggest picking up the annotated Ulysses for when you want to know what the heck is going on.
Tales of Whimsy said…
Oooo I want to do a read-a-long some day :)
Athira said…
Kathy, you should try a read-along. They can be fun!!

Helen, I love readalongs! I've done quite a few of them, and they make for interesting discussion. I'm not sure how I will find Ulysses either, but ever since I had an English lesson on it (around the part where Cyclops assaults the ship party), I've wanted to find something out about this book.

Roseann, I feel I am not reading any of the challenge books, and I really really have to get cracking! I hope you will join us for the readalong too. No issues if you read fast, we can read at our own pace.

Cat, I need to look at what the readalong choice is, at A Literary Odyssey.

Alyce, thanks for reminding me about the Ulysses guide. I will definitely need one!

Juju, you should!! It's a great experience!
OK, you talked me into it--my books are in and I have now joined both THE COLOR PURPLE and ULYSSES(GULP!) read alongs!
Athira said…
Yay, Roseann!! I'm so excited that you are joining in! Even I am terrified of the Ulysses readalong!