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On Feb 1 I'm definitely starting Nicholas Nickleby. I don't want to plan my whole year though because that takes all the fun out of life.
So I'll take it a month at a time. I've found you, and have starred you! I'm looking forward to following your reading here this year, especially since I'm considering the same sort of thing: I agree with your rationale for Years of Solitude.
I thought it was dense as well. The Children's Book by A. I have only read it once, in high school decades ago, and it was so daunting then in terms of themes, language, etc.
I hope you like magical realism. I found it a challenge. Hope you can stick to your resolutions, Joyce. I am determined to try and read more 'owned' books, and it was one reason that I stopped reading so many threads thru last year. My book-acquiring avarice was spiraling unchecked.
Anyway - I will watch your reads with controlled admiration.
The average pages thus far this year is I like your goal of reading fewer, longer books this year and hope to do something similar. I have had both One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera on my shelves for years now and remain quite daunted by them!
Your classifying the former as a "big" book actually, my copy has very small print, so does seem rather long makes perfect sense and makes me feel better about having neglected it thus far!
I hope to get round to reading at least one of them this year though I'm not sure how I feel about magical realism. I also plan to read The Corrections this year and look forward to seeing what you think of it.
Jan 3,4: I look forward to your thoughts on Blind Assassin which I read last year. I've found that I have to listen to things that are fairly light, because if I am listening to a book, I'm always doing something else.
I'ved really enjoyed all of Carey's books, but he tends to have long sentences and complicated characters. You can't skim his books and really enjoy them, so maybe they're not the best for listening to, but isn't it frustrating how new technology seems to take a step backwards?
I have The Book of Negroes here too. I'm taking a similar approach with planning - not too much, because I know I'll get carried away and go off on tangents based on whatever I've just read. Do you read one book at a time, or several? Jan 3, I think what has scared me off is what I've heard about all the people with the same or similar names.
That kind of thing sends me for a loop. I read Love in the Time of Cholera years ago and loved it, but it took me a long time to get through. Hence, this shorter book becomes a big book for me.
Karen - it's great to see you back! Except not short books if they're really dense like Heart of Darkness --my edition is 67 pgs long but it may be the longest book I ever read. It got even longer the second time I read it.
In my first post I listed the page size, amount of white space and density of language all as factors, but I forgot an important one--font size! Thanks for catching that.
Also, the audiobook itself was very well done and there were distinct voices for different characters, which helped a lot.
It was okay when I listened directly off iTunes, but once it was on the iPod it didn't work so well. Still, better to listen awkwardly to a novel when I garden than to not listen at all. It's great to see so many interesting people show up to chat on my thread!Archive, Sitemap.
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