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message 1: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore Pardeshi (heenarathore) | 2214 comments Mod
Hello all RMFAO members...

It's almost May, which means our Classics month is almost upon us.

Feel free to share the books you're planning to read or re-read and also the links of your reviews (for Classics) here.

Happy Reading!!!


message 2: by Chris (new)

Chris Quinn Lots of free classics on kindle which is nice :)

I'm thinking of reading:

Rinkitink in Oz
The Origin of Species
Dracula
The Swiss Family Robinson
Frankenstein

all of which can be got for free. Technically as non fiction, The Origin of Species may or may not count, but as it's a classic scientific work, I'm going to include it here also ;)

For bonuses, I don't have too many classics in graphic novel format, but I did pick up The Complete Alice In Wonderland in a recent sale, so I'll get through that as well.


message 3: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore Pardeshi (heenarathore) | 2214 comments Mod
My reads will be:

Dracula
The Wizard Of Oz
Richard Hannay #3 and #4

I'm keep it down a bit with the classics. I have a few Literary works from NetGalley so I'll read one or two of those as well.


message 4: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "Technically as non fiction, The Origin of Species may or may not count, but as it's a classic scientific work, I'm going to include it here also ;)"

I'm counting at least two non-fiction books too, Chris!

June is non-fiction month but I've got a couple of books on Space Exploration and some other 'new' stuff lined up for then, so I'm including a couple of older non-fiction books for May. Carter on King Tut's tomb discovery and Shackleton on his last voyage. The last is available free. I'll post links when I get my list organized.


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message 6: by Dagny (last edited Apr 29, 2015 11:53AM) (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Two which I will be sure to read as they're group reads:

Novels in Three Lines Group read for May at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FrenchL...

The Black Sheep Group read beginning May 10 at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/19thCen... It has also been translated as The Two Brothers which is free at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1380

Anyone interested is the two above classics is more than welcome to join us.

Yesterday at the library I picked up The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

The other non-fiction classic I plan to read is South: The story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914 - 1917 Text: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5199 or Audio https://librivox.org/south-by-ernest-...

I also want to read the next in the Richard Hannay series: The Three Hostages which is free at http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301...


message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve | 208 comments I just noticed the title of this thread is incorrect. It should be "May: Classics/Literary".

:)


message 8: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore Pardeshi (heenarathore) | 2214 comments Mod
Steve wrote: "I just noticed the title of this thread is incorrect. It should be "May: Classics/Literary".
:)"


OMG! Thanks Steve for pointing it out... will correct it right away! :D


message 10: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Finished my first Classic for May.
1. South! The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Sir Ernest Shackleton

(see above for links). Non-fiction, but a great read. Exciting even though I knew how it would all turn out.


message 11: by Steve (new)

Steve | 208 comments Finished classic #1: Our Man in Havana. My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 12: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Steve wrote: "Finished classic #1: Our Man in Havana. My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."

I've heard of that one, Steve. Probably from the movie though. Haven't seen the movie, just recognize the title.


Titas (I read in bed) | 98 comments I am going to start To Kill a Mockingbird in two days! Super pumped up for this because I had watched the movie long time ago and loved it!


Titas (I read in bed) | 98 comments To Kill a Mockingbird is as great as I had imagined it to be!


message 15: by Steve (new)

Steve | 208 comments Finished books #2 and #3 for the May challenge:

A Rose for Emily - 5 stars (no review)

The Forever War - 5 stars, and my review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

To Kill a Mockingbird is next!


message 16: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Steve wrote: "The Forever War - 5 stars"

I read The Forever War years ago. Although I don't remember a lot about the story, I remember the premise and how much I loved it.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Quinn The Forever War is one of my favourite books too, I could read it again and again. This months challenge is not going so well, I got stuck on The Swiss Family Robinson which is turning into a real slog.


message 18: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "This months challenge is not going so well, I got stuck on The Swiss Family Robinson which is turning into a real slog."

I'm doing pretty good for this month. Only one completed, but five in progress. All totally different.


message 19: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
2. The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter and A.C. Mace


message 21: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
4. The Three Hostages (Richard Hannay #4) by John Buchan


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message 23: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
5. Candide by Voltaire


message 24: by Steve (new)

Steve | 208 comments #5 complete: In Cold Blood. This is a good transition to the "Nonfiction" genre for next month.

My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 25: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Steve wrote: "#5 complete: In Cold Blood. This is a good transition to the "Nonfiction" genre for next month."


I'm ending up with several nonfictions this month also, Steve.


message 26: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
6. Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly. This is actually a reread for me, but I was proofreading it for Project Gutenberg via Free Literature. It's not my favorite by her, but quite an interesting portrait of Mexico over 100 years ago.


message 27: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
7. Novels in Three Lines by Felix Feneon


message 28: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
I ended up with seven Classics for May. I read a lot of Classics - Classics and series mysteries comprise my main reading. Turns out I read eight mysteries in February Mystery month.

I should have rushed ahead and finished the Classic I have in progress, 75% done. Then I would have tied my Mystery Month.


message 29: by Chris (new)

Chris Quinn So I did better than I thought I would with this one, although some of the books were quite short. I got through:

Around the World in 80 Days 4/5
The Swiss Family Robinson 2/5
Rinkitink in Oz 4/5
Frankenstein 3/5
Tarzan of the Apes 3/5
The Lost Princess of Oz 4/5

with bonus graphic novel The Complete Alice In Wonderland by Leah Moore . Didn't manage Dracula or Origin of the Species so I'll bump those to horror and non-fiction instead.


message 30: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 3421 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "So I did better than I thought I would with this one, although some of the books were quite short."

You read some fun books, Chris! Just as well you're holding Dracula over for Horror month. It's a longish book.


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