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Buddy Read – Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Welcome! Come and join Moonlight Reader and me in our buddy read of the Dicken’s classic, Bleak House.

About Bleak House:
Bleak House opens in the twilight of foggy London, where fog grips the city most densely in the Court of Chancery. The obscure case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, in which an inheritance is gradually devoured by legal costs, the romance of Esther Summerson and the secrets of her origin, the sleuthing of Detective Inspector Bucket and the fate of Jo the crossing-sweeper, these are some of the lives Dickens invokes to portray London society, rich and poor, as no other novelist has done. Bleak House, in its atmosphere, symbolism and magnificent bleak comedy, is often regarded as the best of Dickens. A ‘great Victorian novel’, it is so inventive in its competing plots and styles that it eludes interpretation.

Proposed Reading Schedule: (subject to real-life)
Week 1 (25Feb-03Mar) – Chapters Preface-12
Week 2 (04Mar-11Mar) – Chapters 13-24
Week 3 (11Mar-17Mar) – Chapters 25-36
Week 4 (18Mar-24Mar) – Chapters 37-48
Week 5 (25Mar-31Mar) – Chapters 49-60
Week 6 (01Apr-07Apr) – Chapters 61-67
Week 7 (08Apr-14Apr) – Extra Week (if needed)

Discussion Questions:
Well, i’m still looking for some good discussion questions – so there may be some posted at the end of each week, I’m really not sure yet 😉

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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Buddy Listen


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Classics Club – December Check-In

classics club check inI don’t normally do these posts (and I’ll readily admit that I’ve been really bad about working on this challenge), but when the update post showed up in my inbox this morning, I figured what the heck. Mostly because this month has actually been semi-successful on the reading/listening front when it comes to this challenge.

In the last two months, I’ve finished up the Lord of the Rings trilogy that I had listed in my classic scifi/fantasy category. however, I have to admit, I can’t say that I was a huge fan. I enjoyed the Hobbit, as well as the first book in the trilogy – but The Two Towers and Return of the King were just too much for me. I’ll be the horrible person who admits that they liked the movies better – in general, they flowed better. I’m almost halfway through listening to Brave New World (in my dystopia category). I should have it finished in the next couple of days. And to finish out the year, I have Slaughterhouse Five lined up for my next listen.

Overall Challenge Update: Overall I’ve read 14 of the 50 books in my original challenge (16 out of 52 if you consider the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as 3 books, not 1). Although, I am WAYYY behind on writing reviews, so that is going to be my goal for 2016 – getting caught up on those, as well as continuing to read my books. I do need to get my ass into gear because September 2017 is rapidly approaching and that is my end goal date.

Cheers to a solid 2015 reading year and looking forward to 2016!

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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in classics challenge


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Deja Vu Review (8) – A Classic

The Deja Vu Review is a weekly meme hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. Its an opportunity to revisit old books you might have read before you launched your blog, but that you think should maybe still be highlighted.

A Classic

For as big of a reader that I have been for many years, my knowledge of the classics is sorely lacking. In part because growing up in Australia, lots of the classics that kids read in the US aren’t read – I also didn’t take the English class where they did read some of those classics. So it wasn’t until college when I optionally took a Shakespeare course for English (yes, i was that person) and moving into my 20’s and now 30’s, that I have started reading more classics. In fact, just recently, I decided to participate in the The Classics Club 5 year challenge – where the goal is to read 50 classics (you determine what makes a book a classic) in the next 5 years. I had a great time picking my books, now to actually read them 😉

jane eyreBut onto the Deja Vu Review question – this was actully a relatively easy pick for me. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This was one of the first classics I read after I graduated from college and started listening to audiobooks on a regular basis and I was blown away. I loved reading/listening about Jane’s trials and tribulations and came to love her as a character. While I haven’t yet, I easily forsee myself re-reading JE in the future. As well as watching several (if not all) of the various movie adaptions that have come out over the years.

I am also excited to see what lays in the future for me with the other classics that I have chosen to read.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Deja Vu Review


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