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message 1: by Pink (last edited Apr 29, 2019 12:48PM) (new)

Pink | 6556 comments April is just a weekend away now. Do you have any reading plans yet?

Feel free to share or keep track here!

Here's what I'll be reading -

Complete Stories (women's decade challenge)
The History of Joseph: A Poem in Ten Books. (women's century challenge) 2 stars DNF
The Rainbow (old and new classics challenge)

Long read -
Bleak House (to continue)

Library books -
The Pisces 2 stars
Milkman
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold 3 stars


message 2: by Samanta (last edited Apr 18, 2019 01:15PM) (new)

Samanta   (almacubana) | 205 comments I'm going to finish the Harry Potter books I haven't managed to finish in March due to becoming obsessed with the TV series Grimm on Netflix. :D

I will also be reading:

Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf
TODAS LAS ALMAS. by Javier Marías
El hombre sentimental by Javier Marías

I will also try to read some of the books from my BINGO challenge and books for my work because the tourist season in Croatia starts soon and I have to prepare for the incoming Spanish and English-speaking groups. :)


message 3: by Julie (last edited Apr 28, 2019 11:36PM) (new)

Julie | 632 comments I will be making a more ambitious list for this month - finished my March list within the first two weeks of the month ;-)

Also, this month I will be doing the Dewey 24hr Readathon (April 6th), so should get plenty of reading done from that:

Currently reading (don't think I'll finish these by Sunday)
The Lost Traveller (library book)
The Just Men of Cordova (audio)

Planned
Lad den rette komme ind (audio)
Ellekongen (library book)
Plum Lucky (library book)
London (owned)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (owned)
Med fusk i fejemøget (e-book)
Murder on the Orient Express (e-book) - started
Artists in Crime (e-book)
Guards! Guards! (e-book)
The Lost Man (e-book)
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (e-book)
The Underground Railroad (audio)


message 4: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 462 comments I will be doing a buddy read of The House of the Spirits in April. I am also about 2 hours into Dracula on audiobook, I don't think I will be done in the next 2 days.

Other things that came or are coming in from the library:
The Winter of the Witch
The Library Book
The Silent Patient

Depending on how long The House of the Spirits takes, I may try to fit in another classic. I am desperately behind in Classics Bingo.


message 5: by Kimberly (last edited Mar 29, 2019 06:24AM) (new)

Kimberly Wendt | 130 comments Well I'm still working my way through The Pillars of the Earth. About 400 pages left. I just recently started reading Silent Spring for my in-person bookclub. I also plan on reading Dune Messiah.

Besides those books, I haven't made any plans! I'll need to find a short audiobook for the end of April (I'll be on a driving trip and have about 5 hours in a car), and then I may read either a new Agatha Christie novel (I think I'm up to The Patriotic Murders), or Origin, or Of Mice and Men, or Patriot Games.


message 6: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Apr 29, 2019 09:23AM) (new)

Bob | 4817 comments Mod
March didn't go as planned, hope in April I fair better. Not going to over load numbers, maybe that will break my slump.

Currently Reading:
Foundation-April New School

On Deck:
Kindred-May New School??

Planned:
28 Ways of Compassion: A Guide to Transformation and Leadership for a Relationship-Centric Healthcare Culture-Friendship requirement, written by high school classmate
Farewell to Manzanar-bingo nonfiction
Crime and Punishment-start, second quarter long-read, Started 4/11/19
White Death-old & new brain candy choice Started 4/27/19

Extra Time Possibilities/Substitutions:
Lord Jim-old & new alternate
Robert Frost: Selected Poems-bingo poetry
Guilty Wives-old & new brain candy choice
The Third Option-old & new brain candy choice


message 7: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 462 comments Bob wrote: "March didn't go as planned, hope in April I fair better. Not going to over load numbers, maybe that will break my slump.

Currently Reading:
Foundation-April New School

On Deck:
[bo..."


Oh my gosh, Kindred won? I didn't even know. I'm so proud.


message 8: by Aubrey (last edited Apr 26, 2019 11:54AM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2445 comments Finished:
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee (Bingo, Separate Group Reading Women Challenge)
Foundation - Isaac Asimov (Bingo, April Group Read)
Halfbreed - Maria Campbell (Separate Group Reading Women Challenge, O&N)
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton (Bingo, Separate April Group Read)
Pedro Páramo - Juan Rulfo (Bingo, O&N)
Force Of Circumstance - Simone de Beauvoir (Separate Group Reading Women Challenge)
On Strike Against God - Joanna Russ (Bingo)
The Confessions of Lady Nijō - Lady Nijō (O&N)
The Dreamer Wakes - Cao Xueqin (Bingo, O&N)

Currently reading:

Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts - Catharine Maria Sedgwick (Quest for Women, Bingo)
Some Prefer Nettles - Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (O&N)
Trespassing - Uzma Aslam Khan (Separate Group Reading Women Challenge)
Told on the King's Highway - Eleanore M. Jewett (Quest for Women)


Planned:

Everything else will be some combination of my remaining challenge reads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

I can't see myself resorting to a library for the few I don't own yet, but stranger things have happened. One thing I'm definitely bent on is finishing 'The Story of the Stone' this month. Five months isn't the longest amount of time I've spent on a single work, but it is long enough for me to want to move past it sooner rather than later.

Update: Finished 'The Story of the Stone'. Hurrah.


message 9: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4817 comments Mod
Milena wrote: "Bob wrote: "March didn't go as planned, hope in April I fair better. Not going to over load numbers, maybe that will break my slump.

Oh my gosh, Kindred won? I didn't even know. I'm so proud...."


It hasn't officially won and I may be jumping the gun. But with the time running short and the lead it currently has, I don't see it loosing. Psycho will need 7 unanswered votes to beat out Kindred and I for one haven't voted, so make it 8 votes unanswered. At this stage my money is on Kindred.


message 10: by Erin (last edited Apr 28, 2019 10:11AM) (new)

Erin Green | 149 comments Epic read: to finish reading Bleak House by Dickens (nearly finished but not quite by the end of April)

My library read: finish Howards End - Forster - (finished 4 stars)

Autobiography: finish Not That Kind of Love - Wise (finished 5 stars)

I'd liked to have started my next Epic read by now but sadly not.


message 11: by Gavin (new)

Gavin (thewalkingdude) | 194 comments Finishing The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft is gonna take most of my time, but I also wanna get to 化物語 (上) Bakemonogatari and the Sandman series.


message 12: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Apr 27, 2019 06:16PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 2891 comments Mod
Here's my list, but my track record is to only read about half of what I think I will:

Carried over from March: Across Five Aprils

New books:
1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson - Old and New Classics Challenge and group bookshelf ✅
2. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington - Pulitzer Prize winner from 1922 I found at the library - Bingo square ✅
3. Pygmalion Bernard Shaw Group read
4. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Simon Armitage translator, Group read ✅

I am working my way through books I already own. This book has caught my attention: Sixteen Short Novels So I may read from it:

5. The Old Maid: The 'Fifties by Edith Wharton
6. The Ghost Writer by Phillip Roth - This will be my first time to read this author, who has won so many awards.
7. Catholics by Brian Moore

8. Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky - It is a group read; perhaps I will get to it.

9. A Penny Saved is Impossible a poetry collection by Ogden Nash. Another library book I checked out. ✅


message 13: by MK (last edited Apr 30, 2019 03:56PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments I'll have 4 of my 8 leftover from March:
- one is a book I need to send on to the next reader
- one is a library book/personal read
- one is an in-progress multi-book read for my old/new challenge, old school book (library books)
- one is a 'something for my kindle'


Besides those,

Personal reads checked out from the library:
- Robert the Bruce, by Jack Whyte
- plus one of the leftover from March books

Unread/new group/buddy reads:
- Flush, by Virginia Woolf (library book)
- Amongst Women, by John McGahern (library book)

- Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (maybe, don't have yet)
- Foundation, by Isaac Asimov (maybe, I have books 1 & 2 of the series on my kindle already)

Challenge reads:
- One of my new/old tbr books - not sure which yet - Read The Giver, by Lois Lowry (along with the rest of the quartet)
- Z author, A-Z challenge The Maw, by Taylor Zajonc


Something on my kindle:
- one of the leftover March books
- the A-Z challenge book up above
- possibly group read Foundation

- possibly Hydranos, by Constantina Maud

I'm off for a week in April, so might have more reading time, not sure.

That's 4 leftover from March, 5 definite for April, 3 new maybe/possibly for April.
That's 12 altogether. Hmm. Might be too many ;-)

Edit - added in audibles ~
- still listening to The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, which is a re-read for me
- started listening to Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, narrated by Martin Jarvis
- husband says I need to listen to Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson, cuz he says I'll love it :).

Which, I guess, makes 14 15 :p.

I also put a bunch of DVDs on hold at the library.
I've been looking forward to watching Pillars of the Earth, but not until I'm done reading (re-reading/listening).

- (movie): Besides Pillars (DVD, library), I also put on hold:
- (movie): Children of Men (DVD, library)
- (movie): The Martian (DVD, library)
- (movie): Ondine (DVD, library)
- (movie, animated): Song of the Sea (DVD, library)
- (movie, animated): The Book of Kells (DVD, library)

I still want to watch a few of the adaptations of Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Moll Flanders, and Beowulf, but I think those will wait until May...

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Unplanned reads (or movies) snuck in/completed:
- book: Journey to the Center of the Earth (kindle)
- (cable series): Game of Thrones , Season 7 - the first tv - of any kind - I've watched in 2 or 3 years!!, HBO OnDemand
- book: Gathering Blue, The Giver quartet #2, by Lois Lowry (kindle)
- book: Messenger , The Giver quartet #3, by Lois Lowry (kindle)
- book: Son The Giver quartet #4, by Lois Lowry (kindle)
- (movie): The House with a Clock in Its Walls (DVD, library)
- book: Foundation and Empire, Foundation (original) trilogy #2, by Isaac Asimov (kindle)
- book: Second Foundation, Foundation (original) trilogy #3, by Isaac Asimov (library)

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March 2019
May 2019


message 14: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 2891 comments Mod
MK wrote: "I'll have 4 of my 8 leftover from March:
- one is a book I need to send on to the next reader
- one is a library book/personal read
- one is an in-progress multi-book read for my old/new challenge,..."


It is alright to have too many. No planning is ever lost. You know what you have and where to locate it.


message 15: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Good point, Lynn! :-))


message 16: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3676 comments Gavin wrote: "Currents:
The Iliad/Homer
The Town/Faulkner

In the hopper:
The Odyssey/Homer
The Mansion/Faulkner
[book:The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Yo..."


Oh! Your John Gardner book The Art of Fiction is very close to my heart. One of my oldest and best-loved books on writing. I think the style can feel dated for some readers, but hope you enjoy it, Gavin. :-)


message 17: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3676 comments I have another overly-ambitious month planned.

Very excited about our group reads:
Dracula
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Newer books with other groups:
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
Millenium People
Halsey Street

And I'll be continuing these which are all fantastic:
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
Scenes of Clerical Life
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Possibilities:
Foundation
The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

ha, ha, ha, ha. I have to laugh at myself.


message 18: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3676 comments Gavin wrote: "Kathleen wrote: "Oh! Your John Gardner book The Art of Fiction is very close to my heart. One of my oldest and best-loved books on writing. I think the style can feel dated for some readers, but ho..."

Oh my. I had to add The King's Indian: Stories and Tales. Sounds wonderful--thanks!


message 19: by Tammy (last edited May 02, 2019 08:59AM) (new)


message 20: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Wendt | 130 comments Update to my previous post: I've decided on Heart of Darkness for my road trip audiobook.


message 21: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Kimberly wrote: "Update to my previous post: I've decided on Heart of Darkness for my road trip audiobook."

I ended up liking Heart of Darkness as a 40+ year old a lot more than I did as a college student. Good luck to you and enjoy!


message 22: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 1843 comments April!
Plans!
ye-e-e-s-s... (rubs chin...)
"Planned 12"
2 carried over from last month
1) Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
2) Unfortunates, The Johnson, B. S.
2nd-Quarter Long Read
3) Infinite Jest Wallace, David Foster (say at least first 350 of 1100 pages)
4 main challenge
4) Maus: A Survivor's Tale Spiegelman, Art
5) Blindness Saramago, Jose (also a group-read!)
6) Red Dragon Harris, Thomas
7) Man In The High Castle, The Dick, Philip K.
old-and-new-challenge
8) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Twain, Mark
"author-more" (book by author I promised myself I'd read more by)
9) Norwood Portis, Charles
3 book-group/buddy-read
10) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight anon
11) Pale Fire Nabokov
12) Spring Snow Mishima, Yukio
1 carried over from last year (blush!)
13) Vurt Noon, Jeff
1 impulse start "queue jumper"
14) Guns Of Navarone, The MacLean, Alistair
oops! that's more than 12 isn't it?
ah well
;o)


message 23: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn | 699 comments Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story - buddy read
Strange Fruit - challenge read and carry-over from February & March
Foundation - group read
Revolutionary Road - local library group read
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm - loan from a friend


message 24: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Darren wrote: "April!
Plans!
ye-e-e-s-s... (rubs chin...)

"Planned 12"

2 carried over from last month
1) Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
2) Unfortunates, The Johnson, B. S.
2nd-Quarter Long Read
3) Infinite Jest Wall..."


Infinite Jest took me longer to finish than any book I've read in the last 3 years. Even broken into segments it will be soul sucking work. Some parts are highly entertaining while others are bogged down with minute detail. Flipping back and forth to the end notes is very time consuming, as well. It is one of those confounding books that is painful while you read it but as the pieces come together it becomes more and more fascinating.


message 25: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 1843 comments how long would that be Tammy?
according to your shelf data it was 12 days!
I'm hoping to manage it in 90 ;o)


message 26: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments That sounds about right. It was 12 or 13 days of intense reading and there were no side reads going on. It is a draining experience. I wouldn't call it a comedy, either. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. Thought provoking and achingly human.


message 27: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6556 comments I read Infinite Jest over a couple of months or more and found that about right for me, so I could read other things alongside. I enjoyed it all!


message 28: by MK (last edited Apr 05, 2019 02:10AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments I edited my post up above to include audibles, and some DVDs I put on hold at the library:

Edit - added in audibles ~
- still listening to The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, which is a re-read for me
- started listening to Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, narrated by Martin Jarvis
- husband says I need to listen to Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson, cuz he says I'll love it :).

Which, I guess, makes 14 15 :p.

I also put a bunch of DVDs on hold at the library.
I've been looking forward to watching Pillars of the Earth, but not until I'm done reading (re-reading/listening).

Besides Pillars, I also put on hold:
Children of Men
The Martian
Ondine
Song of the Sea
The Book of Kells
.

I still want to watch a few of the adaptations of Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Moll Flanders, and Beowulf, but I think those will wait until May...


message 29: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1403 comments Here is where I am for April so far.

Group Reads:
Dracula (almost half through)
Crime and Punishment (about 20% done
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (actually finished in March)
Pygmalian (also finished)
Foundation

Buddy Read:
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

20th Century Challenge:
1951 - Foundation
1905 - The House of Mirth
1908 - A Room with a View by EM Forster
1903 - The Ambassadors by Henry James (if I have time, or it will push forward)

Modern Mrs Darcy subject challenge:
A book on the backlist: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (about 80%
done)
A book in translation: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
Three books by the same author (if I have time, I may start): Balthazar by
Lawrence Durrell, The second of four in The Alexandria Quartet.

I think this fill my reading life. If it doesn’t, or if I feel a whim, I may throw in a wildcard, contemporary novel.


message 30: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6556 comments Terry wrote: "Here is where I am for April so far.

Group Reads:
Dracula (almost half through)
Crime and Punishment (about 20% done
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (actually finished in March)
Pygmalian (al..."


I like the look of your list, you’re doing well with it already!


message 31: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1403 comments Thanks, Pink.

Since joining this group, I have definitely increased the number of books per month that I am reading. In high school and college, years ago, I read quite a few classics, including some intense reading, like War And Peace, The Magic Mountain and Remembrance of Things Past. That said, there are definitely holes in my classic backpack.

After college, during the era of the feminist movement, I went through a period of reading women authors in what I would call a book club today, but it was organized by a leader who charged for the “class.” Then a long William Faulkner binge on my own. A Hemingway binge.

There was period of my life where I was mothering and concentrating on a career, so I wasn’t reading at this pace, but I have almost always had a book going at any given time. For a few years, I was in a book club that was focused on contemporary novels, but it didn’t meet very often (only 4-6 books per year), and when it did, only a few of us actually read the books. So, what’s the point?

I started listening to Anne Bogel’s podcast at the suggestion of my sister. That finally introduced me to Goodreads, which I had never heard of. I started last year with a Goodreads goal of just 24 books, but read 46. This year I upped the goal to 48 books, but I am already about half there, so I am fairly confident that I will need to raise the number. I just found this group in February of this year.

Engaging with other readers is definitely motivating. Listening to audio books while commuting, and traveling for work or visiting family has also really helped. One other thing — I am once again trying to read before bed each night, in part just so I have a bit less screen time.

I really appreciate the hard work that the moderators of this group take on, so thanks!


message 32: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Terry, I really relate to a lot of what you have told us about yourself. Thanks for sharing your reading journey with us. I, like you, am very appreciative to the folks who keep this warm, welcoming forum running smoothly for us!


message 33: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6556 comments I love hearing about other people’s reading journeys. I barely read a book between leaving school and my mid thirties. Then I stumbled across Booktube which led me to Goodreads 7 years ago and I’ve upped my reading most years since then. Becoming active in a few groups and making friends here keeps me motivated and always gives me inspiration for more books.


message 34: by Matt (new)

Matt (mmullerm) | 764 comments Mystery and Thriller week coincided perfectly with my A-Z author list. In April, I plan to read:
In the Woods In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French by Tana French
Lethal White Lethal White (Cormoran Strike, #4) by Robert Galbraith by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), and
I’ll be reading Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky with the group.

I didn’t plan to have a reading theme this month, but that’s how it has worked out. I’m enjoying all of them so far. Crime and Punishment is a re-read for me. It is one of my all-time favorites!


message 36: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2445 comments I feel like I've slowed down this month a tad, but considering that I have four books down so far with another finished today and another I plan to finish tomorrow, I may just fooling myself.


message 37: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Aubrey wrote: "I feel like I've slowed down this month a tad, but considering that I have four books down so far with another finished today and another I plan to finish tomorrow, I may just fooling myself."
I've definitely slowed down this month, but I'm still trying to plug away at my plan. I feel confident that I'll knock out most of it and the you will probably do the same, Aubrey. I have too many books right now that have tiny print. My eyes just aren't what they used to be and I find the small print off-putting.


message 38: by Casey Workman (new)

Casey Workman (caseyworks22) | 2 comments This month, I’m working on getting back into reading as voraciously as I once had. Thus far I have read:

Rebecca—Daphne de Maurier
I’ll Give You The Sun—Jandy Nelson

Currently, I’m reading:

To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee
What If It’s Us—Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

As far as classics go, I want to read:

Picture of Dorian Grey—Oscar Wilde
Dracula—Bram Stoker


message 39: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Great books!! :)


message 40: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2445 comments Six down, three on the currently reading docket with a fourth to be added as soon as I type up my last review. If I can get those other four done before April's over, I'll be happy. I'll also be happy if I end up taking on another long book (finished my near 700+ pager yesterday) and getting all but that one finished.


message 41: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 1843 comments ok so, with one week to go, my April reading is going pretty much to plan :oO
of the 14 books I declared, I have read 9, have 3 on the go and expect to get to the other 2
I've also read 2 bonus books, which means 2 might not get completely finished, but on track to finish 14...

1) Nostromo - finished - 5
2) The Unfortunates - finished - 4
3) Infinite Jest - 1/3rd way through as per target
4) Maus - not started yet
5) Blindness - finished - 3
6) Red Dragon - in progress...
7) Man In The High Castle - not started yet
8) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - finished - 2
9) Norwood - finished - 5
10) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - finished - 4
11) Pale Fire - in progress...
12) Spring Snow - in progress...
13) Vurt - finished - 5
14) Guns Of Navarone - finished - 2
+
15) The BFG - finished - 4
16) Milkman - finished - 5


message 42: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6556 comments One week left, oh no! I’m definitely behind in finishing books this month, but I’m part way through most of my planned reads. I’m yet to start Milkman, but you gave it 5 stars, so that’s encouraging me to pick it up.


message 43: by Julie (new)

Julie | 632 comments Pink wrote: "One week left, oh no! I’m definitely behind in finishing books this month, but I’m part way through most of my planned reads. I’m yet to start Milkman, but you gave it 5 stars, so that’s encouragin..."

I've been sidetracked throughout the month but managed to finish or start the majority of the books on my list - the ones I missed will probably migrate to May's list ;-)


message 44: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Apr 27, 2019 06:33PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 2891 comments Mod
With three days left in the month I have read seven books and two short stories. I have only read four out of nine of the new books I listed at the beginning of the month. ( ✅ )
Book completed
✅1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage - group read
2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translator Jessie Laidlaw Weston - group read
✅ 3. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (Pulitzer Prize - Bingo Square
✅ 4. A Penny Saved is Impossible by Ogden Nash
5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from my Old and New Classics Challenge
6. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes from the group bookshelf
✅ 7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson from my Old and New Classics Challenge and also a group read.

I have read two short stories with my 8th grade students this month:
8. The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
9. The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

My class is currently in the middle of The Pearl by John Steinbeck which is a reread for me.

Right now I have five more squares on Bingo to fill and I have read six out of twelve for the Old and New Classic Challenge. The other challenges I am working on are increasing bookshelf read percentages and reading a book published each year for the Twentieth Century. The last two will take a while to work on.


message 45: by Aubrey (last edited Apr 27, 2019 07:33PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2445 comments Nine down. I'll definitely finish the Tanizaki and maybe one other before the end of April, depending on how much I enjoy and/or get impatient with a work. I'm starting to break into the books that I need to go to various libraries for, so I'll have to plan that out when deciding on my next read. I might start reading some non-challenge books in May, as finishing Xueqin's 'The Story of the Stone' is a big enough accomplishment to merit one or two unscheduled reads.


message 46: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 2891 comments Mod
Terry wrote: "Thanks, Pink.

Since joining this group, I have definitely increased the number of books per month that I am reading. In high school and college, years ago, I read quite a few classics, including ..."


Very well said Terry. I agree with your sentiments and have also had times of reading interspersed with times when life demanded other things from me.


message 47: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1403 comments I did pretty well with my list. I am in the middle of The Ambassadors, and am ready to move on to Part Three of Crime and Punishment. The books I didn’t get to which will push to May are A Room with a View and Balthazar. Otherwise, all accomplished and a great month of reading!


message 48: by MK (last edited Apr 28, 2019 03:00PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Since Pink started these monthly plans threads for March, then April, I've realized exactly how hard it is for me to stick to the plan I have for reading!

So many books branch off into new books I want to read, it's sometimes an effort to back up and put myself back on the path I set for myself...

With that said, as I'm winding down the month, I had listed 15 books, including 4 holdovers from March, 5 new 'definites' for April, 3 new 'maybe/possiblys' for April, and 3 audibles. Of the 15, 8 are still tbr (4 in progress), and 7 are read. I still have tbr:

- 2 of the 4 that were leftover from March outstanding (2 are in progress as of today).
- 1 of 2 personal reads checked out from the library
- 1 of 4 buddy/group reads (it had been listed as 'maybe')
- 0 of 2 challenge books
- 1 'possibly' for the 'something on my kindle' sub-group
- 3 of 3 audibles that I listed for April (2 in progress, 1 not started)

I also added in some movies, and catching up a tv series this month, which was a big deal for me, b/c I haven't watched tv of any kind (including movies) for a couple years!

I checked out and watched 7 movies from the library, and caught up a couple seasons of Game of Thrones, which was fun! :D

I also .... snuck in 6 unplanned reads :p -
- Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, because it was related to the book I read for the A-Z author challenge (The Maw, by Taylor Zajonc)
- books 2, 3, and 4 of The Giver Quartet, by Lois Lowry, because book #1 was one of my challenge books
- books 2 & 3 (publication order) of The Foundation Universe, by Isaac Asimov, because book #1 was one of my group read books.


So, 13 books read, 7 movies watched, 2 seasons of GoT watched, 8 books tbr (4 in progress)...


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Terry | 1403 comments “..how hard it is to stick to the plan...”

LOL — Oh, yes!


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments *grin*


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