NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Let The Reading Begin!
I've decided not to set any specific goals beyond the Challenges I've signed up for in 2009. I want to see where reading takes me this year if I just let it wander as it may. And the only general "goal" I have is to read more short stories, essays and poetry.
With that in mind, I read Book One, Canto One of The Faerie Queene last night. Once I got used to the language, it started to flow quite nicely and I really enjoyed it! Not that I won't be depending on my Reading Guide to catch the details, but I'm no longer afraid of it. Peter and I decided that it's not important to understand every word of every line of every verse. We just want to enjoy the experience of reading such a monumental work. I have to say, though, that the scene with the monster Error is pretty nasty. I won't give the gory details, but Peter and I both looked up from our books and said, "Wow. That's disturbing!" :-)
I also took a little trip to the bookstore yesterday afternoon and picked up The Judges by Elie Wiesel and Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak. I bought that particular poetry book not because I expect stunning poetry, but when I thumbed through it, the raw emotion on the pages was gutwrenching. True, I did not always like what it had to say, but I felt the need to take it home with me and make some time to listen. I will most likely read it this weekend. I also ordered Dawn and Day by Wiesel from Amazon. I read Night a couple years ago and I've wanted to finish out the trilogy for quite some time. Why not now?
Happy Reading, Everyone!