Actually, I'm doing pretty well with my list, especially since
I'm supplementing it with additional books (for example,
The Plague).Writing about the books on Tea Reads has
enhanced the Reading Challenge for me.
It's been a long time since I took notes as I read a book. I
love taking notes. In fact, I love to write - literally. I
love to select a fountain pen from my collection, preferably
one with a lovely,fine point, and channel my thoughts through
the nib. Sometimes (and I'm sure everyone who writes knows this),
I don't know precisely what I think until I see the ink drying
on the paper.
I have already filled one little memo book for the Challenge
books. Now, I'm thinking about pruning the list a bit,
and joining the Proust readalong at Involuntary Memory.
How many times have I started Swann's Way only to be
intimidated, or distracted? Maybe Involuntary Memory would
bring me farther along the Proust path.
And imagine the notebooks I could fill...
My original Challenge List -
So far, I've read the books in boldface:
Ackerman, Diane. An alchemy of mind.
Armstrong, Karen. A short history of myth
Armstrong, Karen. The spiral staircase.
Briggs, Julia. Virginia Woolf: an inner life.
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights.
Byatt, A.S. The biographer’s tale.
Clarke, Gerald. Capote: a biography.
Jewett, Sarah Orne. The country of the pointed firs.
Klinkenborg, Verlyn. Timothy, or, notes of an abject reptile.
Macmillan, Margaret. Women of the Raj.
Maddox, Brenda. Yeats’s ghosts: the secret life of W. B Yeats.
Meade, Marion. Bobbed hair and bathtub gin.
Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.
Prose, Francine. A changed man.
See, Lisa. Snow flower and the secret fan.
Tan, Amy. Saving fish from drowning.