I’m signing up for the top level of the Classics Catchup again this year:
Level 5: Professor – 12 or more books
This is a casual approach with a cut-off date of 1940 and everyone chooses their own books; there is no set list.
It’s back and with a new and improved version including twenty-four genres!
In this favorite Challenge, a different genre is offered monthly. For 2016 there were be two genres from which to choose each month. Books may be chosen from either or, for the ambitious, both. Participants make their own choices and many books cross genres to make it even easier.
First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.
Just after passing Caraher’s saloon, on the County Road that ran south from Bonneville, and that divided the Broderson ranch from that of Los Muertos, Presley was suddenly aware of the faint and prolonged blowing of a steam whistle that he knew must come from the railroad shops near the depot at Bonneville. In starting out from the ranch house that morning, he had forgotten his watch, and was now perplexed to know whether the whistle was blowing for twelve or for one o’clock. He hoped the former. Early that morning he had decided to make a long excursion through the neighbouring country, partly on foot and partly on his bicycle, and now noon was come already, and as yet he had hardly started. As he was leaving the house after breakfast, Mrs. Derrick had asked him to go for the mail at Bonneville, and he had not been able to refuse.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate. If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at Jenn’s A Daily Rhythmor on my Tuesday Memes Page.
When Presley reached Annixter’s ranch house, he found young Annixter himself stretched in his hammock behind the mosquito-bar on the front porch, reading “David Copperfield,” and gorging himself with dried prunes.
Annixter–after the two had exchanged greetings–complained of terrific colics all the preceding night.
This week I finished Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris, my second library book for April.
Earlier today it was a joy to participate in the #ReadingMyLibrary chat on Twitter. It was hosted by Stefani in conjunction with this Challenge. Samantha, Eden and Leah were the other major attendees.
This week’s topic:
Why you love libraries or why you love being a librarian.
One thing I took away from the #ReadingMyLibrary chat was about audio books. I forget about them and, in fact, don’t even know where they’re located in my local library. It’s great that the catalog is online and so easy to search. I found two audio books of interest to me:
Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinsky
I watched that old television series from the sixties. It was possibly the first nighttime soap in the US and I was riveted. I must see what this book is about!
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is the other audio book which caught my eye, possibly because of the movie which I’ve heard of but not seen.
I love librarians because they are so anxious to assist. They’ll show me where to find the audio books in a flash!
I love libraries. It is always fun to browse when I have the time. Books, books and more books. What’s not to love?
SWYK! (Share What You Know) is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. This meme asks you to share 3 tips on one of the topics below, OR 3 tips on a different topic that you know well and feel others would benefit from!
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One of the topics this week is Where to find eBooks online. I’ll be mentioning sites for free eBooks, most of which are in public domain. What a boon for lovers of classic literature.
The first place I always check is Project Gutenberg. I even use their recent additions page as my home page. The main link is for the United States site. If you are in another country, you can check here for further information. Project Gutenberg books are no longer limited to plain text, but are available in a variety of formats to fit any reader or mobile device.
My TT this week is from Fantômas which is the January group read at the French Literature group. I was surprised to discover that this is the first of a forty-three book series. (Eleven of these were written only by Marcel Allain after the death of his collaborator, Pierre Souvestre.) Although I’m reading an English translation, the original French cover is shown below.
by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
That he is a living person is certain and undeniable, yet he is impossible to catch or to identify. He is nowhere and everywhere at once, his shadow hovers above the strangest mysteries, and his traces are found near the most inexplicable crimes, and yet—-
The Village Voice wrote: “As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantômas is not a puzzle but an intoxicant.” More on the Fantômas phenomenon can be found at this site.
An English translation by Cranstoun Metcalfe is available free as an ebook and an audio book.
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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?
Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.
Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen on December 12, 1821. I’ve read several of his books including the one which is probably the best known, Madame Bovary. A number of years ago the French Literature group held an informal poll in which we listed our twenty favorite works by French authors. Madame Bovary was the only book which was included on everyone’s list. The English translation by Eleanor Marx-Aveling is available free in a choice of formats at Project Gutenberg or in audio from LibriVox.
Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shannon at eatupmyfreetime.
If you’re new to Free Time Fridays, the details are at eatupmyfreetimehere.
The past week I finished two non-fiction books I’ve been reading for a while: Letters from Africa by Karen Blixen and Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein. I also started A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction so this is an unusual number of non-fiction books for me to have going at once.
I finished two fictions works this week. The first was a short story by Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons. Finney is the author of Time and Again which is a masterpiece of time travel. He’s also the author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the basis for several movies. The other book I finished was Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series.
On the tv front, I watched the season premieres of Person of Interest and Survivor. Of the new series I sampled, Gotham and Forever were my favorites.
Did I actually ever leave the house? Oh yes, the highlight of my week was getting my flu shot, lol.
That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?
I’m currently listening to The Doctor’s Wife by M E Braddon which was recommended to me by Guy. What a perfect quote for the Friday Finds meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It sounds like Mr. Raymond isn’t as excited about his box of books as most of us are.
Mr. Raymond was established in a big chintz-covered easy-chair, turning over a box of books newly arrived from London, and muttering scornful comments on their titles and contents.
This book is such fun! Aside from being a Victorian Sensation Novel which I quite enjoy, it is loaded with references to books and characters. A free etext is available at Project Gutenberg and a free audio at LibriVox.
I have read and enjoyed four other novels by Braddon: The Trail of the Serpent, Aurora Floyd, Henry Dunbar and Lady Audley’s Secret. All these and many more can be found free online.