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The Woman in White

Book 2 for the year is finished.  I bought Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White last September at the university bookstore.  I like to look at the books that are ordered for English classes at the beginning of most semesters and add to my collection.  I’ve done this ever since I graduated out of English 2 years ago.  Just because I’m in the faculty of education doesn’t mean that I can’t buy books meant for english students.  I’m allowed.  I used to be one.  Anyway, I started this book months ago but I just couldn’t read more than 20 pages at a time.  For some reason, I never really got into it.  But I’d read that it was really good on many blogs and had it recommended to me by one of my former proffessors so i didn’t want to give up on it.

I’m so glad that I didn’t.  Earlier last week I just picked it up and read the last 4oo pages in two days.  Being out of school at the time left me with a lot of free time.  This time though it really grabbed my attention.  I became obsessed with finding out Sir Percival’s secret and why he was so angry all of the time and impatient with Laura and her sister.  Reading about the bond between sisters is what maybe got me more interested in the book.  (My sister just got engaged before Christmas)  Reading about Marian missing her sister after her marriage made me a little sad that my sister won’t be living here anymore after October 13th.  Ok, so that was my own moment of sappiness.  I’m ok now.  Back to the book.  I became so obsessed with the mystery behind it that I literally could not put the book down for two days.  If I had to go anywhere, the book came with me. 

So that’s two books off of my stack.  I promised myself on New Year’s Eve that I wouldn’t buy any new books until the stack of 50 something unread books turned into a stack of 25.  My only problem is that my parents gave me a 100 dollar gift card to Chapters bookstore.  On top of that, at the beginning of each semester, the University bookstore always has a massive clearance sale and I’ve found at least 5 books on my “must read” list ordered for certain english courses.  This is going to be tough.  Hopefully my school reading doesn’t interfere with my fun reading.  It going to be a rough 4 months.

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Ok so here it goes.  I’ve recently discovered the wide world of book blogging.  Last year i spent a lot of my time reading strangers’ blogs and decided now that i want to do the same.  I find it fascinating (and a big relief) to know that there are so many other people who are as in love with reading and with books as I am.  So, my New Years resolution this year was to start a blog.  Mainly a place to talk about what I’m reading and share new literary discoveries with whomever stumbles upon this blog.  Another resolution is to surpass last year’s reading goal of 52 (average one per week which i didn’t make i was close with 46 books).  I had a really difficult time getting a lot of reading done last year what with school and starting teacher’s college.  I’ve decided this year that i have to make more time for reading and writing. 

This year I’ve finished one book so far.  It’s Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.  I had first heard about it when I saw the movie Capote last year.  It’s the book he was writing and researching in the movie.  I just wanted to read it.  It also happens to be one of the books  in my 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  So I killed two birds with one stone.  I really enjoyed this book.  For a work of non-fiction and true crime, it has some very beautiful prose.  It’s the story of the  brutal murder of 4 members of the Clutter family in 1959 Kansas.  The weird thing is, Capote writes the story in such a way that you almost find yourself feeling sympathy for the murderers ( well, one of them anyway).  I didn’t want to do it but it happened anyway.  Anyway, I’ve now added Breakfast at Tiffany’s to my list of must reads.  I’ve seen the movie many times but it’s never the same as the book.  So 1 book down, 52 left to go.  It’s going to be an interesting year.

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