What? It’s nearly September? There’s no way that this summer has come and gone so quickly! The good news is that this Arizona heat should be fading away to make room for some cooler fall air. The bad news is that August is all but gone and I’m very much behind in my reading challenge.
For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
In the month of August I have read zero books and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 44% of my goal, which is ten books (19%) behind. This is highly unusual reading behavior for me. At any given moment I can usually be found with my nose stuck in a book, and this August was no different. The kicker is that book was *gasp* a mathematics book. I know; horrible, right? I was in summer school taking a math class at a very quick-paced summer speed that left me little to no pleasure reading time.
But have no fear, fellow readers, because this girl is an English Literature major heading into a very busy fall semester where there are many, many books to be read. If you remember my initial post, rule number two is: I may use assigned school texts as long as they are not a “traditional” textbook. Since I was clever enough to add that stipulation, I am free to use the fourteen assigned texts I will be reading this fall for coursework towards my goal.
As you can see, these are mostly traditional “English Literature” texts including a lot of Shakespeare and classic works. I will implement a slightly different format to my reviews since most folks already know the premise of these storylines and don’t need my beginner’s literary assessment. I will try to have some discussion and relate them to our more modern-day reading tastes.
So, off I go into the wild world of English Literature! My trusty syllabus says that Homer’s Odyssey is up first, so you can look forward to that in September’s update.