I can't believe it's been a week since I last updated! It's been one of those weeks where I've had a lot going on, and yet achieved nothing of note and have more or less nothing to report. I haven't finished any books, I had total writer's block at the beginning of the week when I did have time, in the middle of the week I hurt my finger (I'll spare you the grim details, in short I thought I'd broken it, but it is no longer acting broken, so it must be fine), and now I have an hour or so to spare before we have Big C's daughter coming to stay for the night. I've hated not being able to update, so it's not to do with me losing interest in my blog. Just time.
I did, this week, buy my 690th book: I was most excited to discover a second hand book shop in town, which always appeared to me to sell tat, but I looked inside with Sandy yesterday and their classics selection is absolutely wonderful. I managed to buy some lovely editions of some Dickens books I was missing: hardback, leather bound, and £4 for both volumes of each book. I bought:
- Dombey and Son (vol. 1)
- Dombey and Son (vol. 2)
- Little Dorrit (vol. 1)
- Little Dorrit (vol. 2)
- Martin Chuzzlewit (vol. 1)
- Martin Chuzzlewit (vol. 2)
- Nicholas Nickleby
I also started using my Goodreads account, which so far I'm enjoying (my profile is here), though I haven't had a chance to use it properly and see what my friends on Goodreads are doing. I'll be online hopefully for a decent amount of time tomorrow evening, so that will be my opportunity.
And, while we're on online housekeeping, I'm sorry I've not been able to respond to the comments left for me on various posts. I do like talking to people in comment threads, and I will respond (if I have time after this post I'll make a start!).
I must say, I am looking forward to a bit of quiet time over the weekend. I've been working through David Copperfield, which I do absolutely love still (though I do not absolutely love Dora, far from it). I would normally have finished by now, so I am feeling the negative effects of the 'chunkster reading', that is feeling like I'm dragging along behind everyone. That said, I am enjoying Dickens month and reading through his major works so much, I think this is my favourite project so far. I'm already thinking about which Dickens I'll start next (I'm particularly interested in Dombey and Son having read the back cover, it sounds very much like Hard Times, though I'm also quite excited about Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend. I remain, it has to be said, very unexcited about Pickwick Papers, but there it is. I have so much I want to read at the moment, and I am frustrated at how slowly it's all going.
Finally, this weekend, aside from reading Dickens, my chapter for Les Misérables, and some Ted Hughes, I want to give Jillian's post some proper attention, something which I've been wanting to do all week. She's written about reading the classics, and responding to the idea that this is better left for school or university. As someone who reads almost nothing but classics, this is something I feel I must respond to, and I've given it a great deal of thought since she wrote it. For now, it is a claim I hear a lot, and reading classics seems to be viewed as something you 'ought' to do, therefore not doing it is an act of rebellion. As I say, I have a lot of thoughts on the matter! Needless to say, I am completely and wholeheartedly with Jillian on this matter.
For now, I need to wash some mugs, then I'm going to read until Big C gets back. I hope everyone's had a good week, and I shall catch up with blogs, comments, and posting this weekend :)