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!


Kelly said...

I am also not going to set any goals. I am also not going to do any challenges, except to challenge myself to read what I want,when I want to, and if a book sucks to not feel like I have to finish it.

Lezlie said...

MyUtopia ~ I love that plan! I see lots of success with it in your future! :-)


Eva said...

I'm still so impressed you're reading The Faerie Queen!!! Your new books sound intense, but sometimes you have to read those kinds of books.

Literary Feline said...

I love your attitude about reading The Faerie Queen. I am glad you are getting into it.

I've only read Night by Wiesel. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to his other two in the trilogy.

I hope you have a good weekend!

Lezlie said...

Eva~ Thanks! I just hope I can stay excited about it. It's really long, and I've been known to have a short attention span. :-) You're right about the others. I feel we sometimes need to spend time with writing that makes us uncomfortable if we're going to grow as readers and people.

Literary Feline ~ I can't take The Faerie Queene too seriously or I'm doomed. :-) If I really, really love it, I can come back to it someday and study it more closely. As for the Wiesel books, "Night" stayed with me for a long time after I read it, like when I read "The Road", which I also loved.


Danielle said...

Happy New Year, Lezlie! If I wasn't already planning on a couple of other long reads I would love to read the Faerie Queen. I have a copy of it, but it is a chunky one and no doubt requires close reading. Enjoy, though, I'll look forward to more of your posts about it.

Lezlie said...

Hi, Danielle! It is definitely a chunky one. I'll keep you updated on how it's going for certain! :-)


Anonymous said...

No plans seem to be popular this year! It will be interesting to see how it all works out and what we think of it come this time next year. Happy reading!

joanna said...

Sounds like a great plan Lezlie! I also want to allow myself some 'going with the flow' so have given myself permission to treat challenges as a guide rather than a 'must'. I'm sure it will be a great reading year for both of us! :-)

Lezlie said...

Stefanie ~ Next year we'll probably all have intricate daily reading scheduled to keep us on track. :-)

Joanna ~ I think so, too!

Sharon said...

Lezlie, wishing you a happy new year and a great year of reading for 2009!

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a happy new year, Lezlie!

I'm posting again on my blog. Would love to have you stop by when you get a minute.

Lezlie said...

Ex Libris ~ Thank you!

Kay ~ You also! It's good to have you back!


Thoughts of Joy said...

Short stories are an interest of mine as well. I look forward to delving into some new collections I purchased last year. I don't want to read them as books - just a story here and there.

I didn't discover Dawn and Day until maybe a year or so ago. They are on my TBR list. I look forward to reading your review of those.

Lezlie said...

Joy ~ That's why I needed a plan to count them. I don't generally want to read full collections either. I'm hoping to get to Dawn and Day very early in the year, so hopefully you won't have to wait long. :-)