It’s amazing we’re already moving into the second half of spring! Life holed-up at home has made the time pass quickly, yet without seeming to. I used to dislike spring, but now I love it, especially reading outside on bright cloudy days or indoors to the sound of spring rain.
This week, I am listening to Longfellow’s Tales of a Wayside Inn, a readalong for the Early New England Literature book club on Goodreads. (They’re a delightful bunch of readers, if you’re looking for a group to join!) I also need to finish The Razor’s Edge by Maugham; I finished the first part a while back but then got sidetracked with Havel. I’m also unofficially rereading Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard, following Matt’s series on YouTube.
For May, I’m planning to read (tentatively):
- Thoreau’s Walden – This is another readalong with the New England group. I’ve been procrastinating on Walden forever, so it seems like a good time to stop procrastinating.
- Five plays by Molière – I’m looking to get out of my comfort zone with this one! Fariba is hosting a group on Goodreads to read this French playwright. I tend to shy away from pre-1800s classics, so this will be an attempt to broaden my reading repertoire.
- Books on totalitarianism – I know, what a dreary topic. But I just ordered some books on China and North Korea that look fascinating. I already started Xi Jinping: The Backlash and am liking it so far. It’s fresh off the printing press, mentioning such recent events as the Hong Kong protests…it’s kind of eerie, in a way. But good.
- Dracula and/or Jane Eyre (rereads)
Have you read Walden, and if so, did you like it? I’ve heard such mixed reviews about it. I think I’ll either love it or loathe it!