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Any information on starting a new book, taking a break for finals, or any other updates on my book reading.

Sorry for the Delay

Sorry for the delay on THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. CR is done because she has had more time the past week, but also because she was reading it on a Kindle, and I was reading it on my phone. At my school eReaders are allowed, but obviously phones aren’t, so I haven’t been able to read in school. I should have it done by next week at the latest, and hopefully I’ll have a physical copy. Can’t wait to actually have out reviews up, and I should be done rather soon.

JJ

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Here We Go

As soon as I finish my extra credit assignment for AP literature I will begin THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, which CR is already more than 40% in to due to the fact that she did not have to read LIGHT IN AUGUST for school. Good story, good messages, awful read. The parts with Joe Christmas were extremely long, and very rambling. I’ll read it again, and express my distaste for Joe Christmas’s sections again in more detail.

My extra credit assignment was to do a book card (Basically analyzing the entire book’s setting, themes, plot summary, literary devices, critical reviews, etc.) and I got to pick a book from the AP literature reading list. I picked Candide by Voltaire, and let me say, it is hilarious. That was the second book ever I have laughed audibly, more than once or twice. It’s short, and hilarious, and awesome. Go read it, as it will only take a couple of hours at most. If you don’t find it funny, then I’m pretty sure you aren’t human…

I’ll update this once I start.

Update: I’ve now begun the book, but I may have a very irritated review since I have to read it on my iPhone… Despite the fact that paper versions are about 230 pages, the iBook app has it at something like 1500, so I have to flip the “page” around 6 times more per real page. Yes I actually did math on my reading site, that is your daily math lesson.

You’re welcome,

JJ

The Other Author

New Year’s is the time for setting goals and trying new things, so when JJ told me about the lists of books he had found and planned on reading I decided to take the challenge with him. JJ and I are totally different people so it’ll be interesting to see how our opinions differ. I also thought it’d be nice to give a girl’s perspective on all the books. I’m a little nervous though because I don’t usually like sharing my opinions with the whole world, but there’s a first time for everything right? Anyways…I’m excited about reading all of these books and can’t wait to see where they’ll take me.

Also, I’d just like to say that your opinions are welcome too! If you disagree with me, please tell me why. I love hearing other people’s opinions so don’t hold back!

-CR

Note from JJ:

So now there are two, and we begin around Thursday. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS is up first, and apparently isn’t good enough for our public library, or our high school library… So I’ll be reading it through Project Gutenberg, and since I am reading it through this amazing program, I decided to note on the review of each which ones are available through Project Gutenberg.

Can’t wait to begin, and we’ll see how it goes.

Correction

So today, a commenter on my about page pointed out that there were three doubles I missed, so the list is now 176. I hope that no one is too upset at my mistake 🙂

I’m reading LIGHT IN AUGUST for AP literature right now, and I was thinking about not reading it again, but it gets really good in the middle, so I will probably do it again.

Thanks for all the encouragement, I hope it lives up to it!

JJ

Tentative Starting Date

I plan on starting next Thursday, because midterms will be over by then.  I may have a friend also doing it with me and contributing to the blog. She can add a female perspective to the, admittedly very dead, old, white man-ish, list.  I can’t confirm for sure, however she seemed pretty set on doing it with me.

The first book is THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington, and as true with many of the books on the list, I have no idea what to expect. I’ve read 5 of the books on the Modern Library’s list, and around 13 on the Radcliffe list, so I will be going into most of these blind.

I am extremely excited to start, and I will get started as soon as possible. Hopefully the first novel isn’t too hard of a read, so I can get my first review in.

On a random note, I plan noting whether or not each book has a movie each review because I’m interested in seeing how many of the so-called greatest novels ever have warranted a film version.

JJ

The Beginning

So, this is my last post as a sane human being (if it could ever be said I was sane). I will be undertaking my 176 book journey after midterms next week starting with THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington.  In case you couldn’t tell I will be putting book titles in caps, since they are quite obviously the only important part of this undertaking.

I will not be talking about the author, other than their name, unless there is some direct correlation in the book such as it being semi-autobiographal.  The reason for this is that the books should speak for themselves.  No one should ever have to know about the author to understand the book (however I do believe that the author’s background is important, just not necessary, and why include unnecessary information?).

My own rules that I have set up for myself are all somewhere within my about page, and my first post.

Other than my posts on the books, I will write random updates on my reading, especially the long ones (I’m especially dreading GONE WITH THE WIND, because I saw the movie, and I detest Scarlett O’Hara, and it’s excruciatingly long).  I may post random personal posts sometimes, like my overflowing joy when summer comes, or some college stuff next year when I’m a senior.  Between Books, Updates, and Personal expect 2 or 3 posts a week.

I’ll see you when the insanity of midterms end, and the insanity of this journey begins.

JJ

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