A few random bookish thoughtsJanuary 10, 2010
1. Well I must admit that I finished North and South ages ago, so that sidebar is definitely not current. I put off writing a review of it at first, because I wanted to read the introduction. Then, I wanted to copy out some notes in my journal about quotes that I flagged. Then, well I ran out of excuses. My main problem is that this book really floored me–I loved it way more than I expected to. I just can’t find the words to express everything that made it such a fantastic book, so I’ve been intimidated by the review.
2. So I what am I reading right now? For a while, it was the Wharton stories, then I read a quick thriller by “Richard Castle,” based on the TV series, Castle. I know that sounds corny, but it truth it was a fun book to read while I had a stuffy nose and it was ten degrees outside. (Also, I love the show, and the premise of a fake author writing a real book that made it to the NYTimes bestseller list intrigued me.) I keep looking at The Name of the Rose, and thinking about picking that up. But at this point, I think that I will need to start from the beginning again, even though I’m about 60% of the way through! This time I will keep notes on characters’ names. I’m currently rushing through the latest Rhys Bowen mystery–Royal Flush. I picked that up today because I was in the mood for British royalty.
3. Why was I in that mood? All because of a fantastic film that I saw last night called The Young Victoria. Everyone should rush out and see this movie before it leaves theaters! Even though I consider myself to be quite up-to-speed on all things Victorian, I must admit that my image of Queen Victoria was entirely based on her constant state of mourning and her love of all things proper. I had never stopped to consider what she might have been like in her twenties when she fell in love with the husband she missed so much. Very well acted, with great scenery.
4. I have a couple of books on their way to me–both for February group reads. One is Howard’s End, for my real life book club, and the other is Their Eyes Were Watching God for the next Classics Circuit. I’m looking forward to both of them, but I’m a bit stressed about figuring out how to balance my reading time so that I finish them in time. So that’s what’s coming up here.