I read about this clever idea at Col’s blog The Only Way is Reading
The rules are simple: record the first line(s) of your blogpost ( in my case the conclusion) from the first bloppost of every month.
I was surprised what it revealed about myself!
World War I: my only source of history about this was is series of war movies: All Quiet on the Western Front, Atonement, War Horse for example.It was time to do some research.
No posts…..up to my ears in Le Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo…….
This book (in Le Notre-Dame de Paris) is going to take months to read. Plowed through to pg 84 and finding it easier than expected. Vocabulary somewhat similar to Flaubert. Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) at least lived to a ripe old age unlike Flaubert, Maupassant en Daudet!
Cin cin e saluti!!
Every french book (Princesse de Clèves) I finish is a celebration! Time to relax, gather my thoughts and enjoy my traditional Heineken!
This was a difficult book ( Rhinocéros d’or) to read. I struggled with every chapter and had to skim a few. Without the help of Wikipedia I would not have been able to read this book.
Mega French challenge starts today. I finished 1 year of French reading and now I will start the Zola cycle of 20 books about a fictional family living in France 1852-1870 les Rougon-Macquart.
Not every Zola book ( Son Excellence Eugène Rougon) is a “home run” . There are better books in the Rougon-Macquart series, but this was well worth reading once you know what to look for.
This was a terrible book (Stranger in a Strange Land). It had very little to do with science fiction. It was more of a religious allegory.
I’ve had this book (Persuasion) for years and never got around to reading it. I am a “not a fan” of Jane Austen, but realize she has given us an inportant and detailed picture of gentry life in 19th century British society.
I have spent many moments thinking about this book ( 2666) . What is it worth? How many stars? 1st reaction: 1 star it was difficult to swallow, sometimes dry and other times bitter. 2nd reaction: 5 star It is a mammoth undertaking and it seems Bolano’s genius lays in its excess.
On The Beach is widely considered one of the most significant anti-war novels of the 20th century. It seems to me no one ever reads this book anymore, even though it is often listed as one of the best novels written.
This book ( Op Zee) had me hooked right from the start. It has short chapters which I have found help to keep the pack moving along quickly but even without these the story had drawn me in and made me want to keep reading.
What do the first lines of my 1st blogpost per month say about me?
- Sometimes I can be “way too serious”.
- I never give up on a book. “When you’re going through hell, just keep on going” ( Churchill)
- I like to be challenged: It started out as “read French for a year” and I just keep on reading!
- I like a Heineken beer after finishing a book in French…..I earned it!
- I leave the comfort zone once and a while. Definitely a “hit or miss” situation.
- I must learn NOT to judge a book by it’s cover. Rhinéros d’ or was a BIG mistake.
- I give a book a “chance to prove itself” Bolano’s 2666 took me to new ‘reading limits’ and no regets. It was the first book that I ever read that was physically exhausting.
- I like to investigate a book when it’s on ALL the bestseller lists. “What’s the hype”?
- I try to read books from Booker Short list BEFORE the prize is made known. I never read more than one.
- I am very careful about entering “ reading challenges” I don’t like to commit but happy with discovering Nevil Shute.