Sunday Salon: Reading Plans For May

Now that the world of literature is reopened to me, given that Lent has come and gone, I’m almost overwhelmed by the plethora of possibilities. Like a child before aisles of candy, I hardly know what to choose.

But, I have happily committed to the following:

Ready When You Are, C.B. is hosting the Hop-a-long, Git-a-long, Read-a-long Challenge for  May. I love Westerns! I loved Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Cowboy, and these are the three titles I’m considering for his challenge:

That Old Ace In The Hole by Annie Proulx
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurty
The Classics Circuit is having a ‘duel‘ between Austen and Dickens. While it is impossible to chose which author I prefer, I decided to read Jane Austen because I’ve read less of her works than Charles Dickens’. Looks at these gorgeous covers of Northanger Abbey; don’t they thrill you? Even if you’ve read it, or seen it, before?!
Be sure to check out The Classics Circuit for reviews of Austen and Dickens this month.
Other novels I’m going to review are Sarah Jio’s Violets of March, William Boyd’s Ordinary Thunderstorms, and Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden all of which have been sent by author or publisher.
So, what are your plans for May? Do you have time to join me in any of these?
Advertisements

17 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Reading Plans For May”

  1. Jane Austen and westerns – great! I'll look forward to hearing about anything you're reading. I understand totally what you mean about loving the possibilities of reading after your sacrificial period. I didn't do it on purpose, but I'm SO HAPPY to be out of my reading slump.

    Like

  2. I'm skipping westerns–though I have now officially read one–my mom loves them, I don't. But I am definitely going to be participating in the Dueling Authors. I'm signed up for Austen and Dickens! (I hope I can finish Pickwick Papers in time!!!) I have read all of Austen, but still couldn't skip her. I'll be rereading Northanger Abbey!!! (I loved the recent adaptation of that one!)

    Like

  3. May sounds fun! I very briefly considered signing up for the Classics Circuit duel (I would have gone with Dickens just for the sake of reading something I've not read before), but I don't think that it will work out schedule wise, so I decided not to. It's been ages since I've read Northanger Abbey, but I adored the version on PBS a couple years ago. Do enjoy!

    Like

  4. I've not read any Dickens in ages, but I've read only the one Austen. I want to read Persuasion or Bleak House – tough choice? No westerns coming up for me anytime soon, although a Cormac McCarthy might find its way to my reading list sometime soon. Happy reading in May – enjoy it post giving up books for so long.

    Like

  5. Kay, when you put it that way (Jane Austen and Westerns) it sounds rather disparate! Still, I'm looking forward to the reading for this month…aren't reading slumps the worst?!Jessica, I haven't heard of Deadwood. Looking forward to your review when you receive, and read, it.Becky, you're doing both? How impressed am I! When I read Bleak House it took me almost three weeks of constant reading. Only that. Simpler Pastimes, I loved the Austen series on PBS, too, I think it was several winters ago. They made each novel so alluring, and now I want to read all of them. I've not read Northanger Abbey yet, only seen it on film.Anothercookiecrumbles, I just can't gear up to read Cormac McCarthy. He seems so oppressive, so depressing. Just the covers of his books alone make me feel weighted down. Maybe someday. Thanks for the well wishes, it really is exciting to get back to my books!

    Like

  6. Oh, my! Westerns! This is my opportunity to read a book by Carol Buchanan, who's been on my sidebar since I began blogging. She lives in Montana, and has won innumerable prizes for her writing, including God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana , winner of the 2009 Spur Award for Best First Novel, and top 1% of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.Not only that, she's a kind and generous author, who was so encouraging to me the first six months of my writing. The excerpts of her work I've read have been great, and this is the chance to finally read one of her novels.

    Like

  7. Shoreacres, thanks so much for the information about Carol Buchanan who's totally new to me. (Don't you get tired of teaching me all the time?) From what you've told me here, she almost sounds a bit like Annie Proulx herself. Do you have a particular novel you'll read? I'd love to join you in the reading of it.

    Like

  8. Vasilly, a worthy plan! I could read off of my tbr pile for years and never run out of great things to choose from. Rather embarrassing to be surrounded by so many riches. See? And you have so many you'll want to write about them and not give up your blog, right? :)Winstonsdad, will you be reading any Westerns? Do you even like the genre?

    Like

  9. Those Classics book covers are beautiful, just to look at! As I've shared in my post on the book Let The Great World Spin, I've been avoiding reading it just because the cover is so distasteful (to me anyway). But these Austen books are so appealing. As for Westerns, I'm waiting in line for my library copy of True Grit. After watching the Coen brothers' version, I'd like to read the source material. Have you read it?

    Like

  10. Terra Madre, that's one of the best things about Summer in my opinion: time to read! ;)Arti, I have neither read, nor seen, True Grit. That would be a great choice for this challenge, though! Perhaps you'll join in?

    Like

  11. Okay, anything by Annie Proulx is good. But you could do better than Ace. Maybe try Bad Dirt, especially since May is Short Story Month too. But for the best western (not the sleeping kind), try Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.Your blog rocks! Keep doing great things … and let me know how I can help.

    Like

  12. I am reading Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz for the classic circuit-I got yesterday a lovely book, The Oxford Book of Japanese short stories-I will be reading and posting from it for JLV!

    Like

  13. Sean, thanks for visiting me and leaving suggestions. I stopped by your blog so very briefly, but I'll be back to Read Heavily when I'm not rushing off to work. Even the Flaubert quote you have in your header is great!Mel, I bought the Oxford book of Japanese short stories, too, after reading about it on Tony's blog. Won't we have fun together discussing it? I can't wait to be more involved in Japanese literature again.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s