early friday book notes

Not much going on here just reading, reading, reading! Term starts up again on Monday and I suppose I'll have to drag myself in to the office to work. It's going to be really hard after being an utter slug these past few weeks. Oh well I think I'll just concern myself with putting in a minimum of 3 days a week until my trip to Greece (40 more days!). I need to get a better idea of how much I need to accomplish before leaving Liverpool, I need to contact museums and set up study days so I can mull over artifacts and take copious notes and as soon as I get my last bit of loan I need to plan for my return to Arizona. I hope to swing a few trips (Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris) or at the very least see more of England before I leave. Oh and I need to get my butt on the treadmill and the eliptical if I want to minimize swimsuit embarassment while in Rhodes.

I picked up my copy of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and the Dirk Gentley Omnibus from the library today! Yay! You can be sure I'll be cracking Pettigrew open this weekend (wow can't think of a verb that doesn't make that sound wrong). Here's what I'm actually reading at the moment :

: The Voyage Out . Virginia Woolf - about 100 pages left hope to finish this weekend

: Les Misérables . Victor Hugo - on page 510 need to be on 720 by end of Saturday if I'm to stick to LM schedule

: The Female Quixote . Charlotte Lennox - just started this last night, only on page 22, loving it - what a riot! "From her earliest Youth she had discovered a Fondness for Reading, which extremely delighted the Marquis; he permitted her therefore the Use of the Library, in which, unfortunately for her, were great Store of Romances, and, what was still more unfortunate, not in the original French, but very bad Translations." (curious how all the nouns are capitalized throughout the novel much like German) From reading such romance Arabella of course develops a curious sense of how men and women should behave towards one another. Very Quixotian!

: Saturday . Ian McEwan - 30 pages in and got a bit bored so I picked up the previous book

: One Hundred Years of Solitude . Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I've been on page 38 forever because well I don't really like the typeset, it's a bit small and pointy(?) and to think that I've got to read about 400 more pages of that. The story's not bad so far but having just begun it's hard to judge, however I will persevere!

Oi! The reviews are piling up again, I just can't be bothered right now. Seriously I try but I get distracted by all the books waiting to be read. I know that I had better get on it soon before I forget what my thoughts were. Not to worry they will come eventually.

I did get around to updating my profile, or the now titled About section - which has been 'under construction' for quite some time now. I guess I don't like summarizing myself either - ha! There are even *gasp* photos of me!

Happy Friday!

. listening . the well and the lighthouse . arcade fire . neon bible .


posted by Ashleigh @ 00:13,


At 4 April 2008 at 06:05, Blogger Exuberant Lady said...

You are up early! here in Minnesota it's still late Thursday night.

My what a list! I'll be interested to hear how you experience the Voyage Out. It's been a while, but I remember it taking some determination to get through but worth the effort of course.

By the way, I do now have a blogger account so I can fully participate in book club. (I'm commenting from it, as a matter of fact). I will have to read like crazy to catch up with you all on Les Miserables. But there are much worse problems to have. Right?

Have a great day!

At 4 April 2008 at 18:11, Blogger Danielle said...

I've just passed the 200 page mark on LM! I feel like I am moving so.very.slowly on every book I am reading. Usually I can juggle several books and make steady progress, but I'm not sure what my problem has been lately. I swear time speeds up when it's my own and slows down when it's not (work especially). Have fun with Miss Pettigrew (fun read), and I am going to look for The Female Quixote!


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