It’s been a while since I posted anything other than a Weekend Coffee Share post, but there was a summer book challenge that caught my eye and I decided I want to give it a go.
Even though it may be adding just a little more onto an already full plate there are a few reasons I’ve decided to undertake this challenge. First, though, I invite you to join me in the task. Check out the original post by Book by Book. The “rules” are pretty basic: Read a book that is over 400 pages long over the summer, which is being defined as between Memorial Day and Labor Day (so, between this past weekend and the weekend of September 7th, for those of you who aren’t in the United States). You can sign up to participate in the challenge over on Book by Book (or in the Goodreads group), and at the end of the summer there will be a drawing for a prize! I hope you’ll join us!
Now, the reasons I decided to participate. It feels strange to admit it, but I haven’t read a book (other than for school) for a long time. I listened to a lot of audio books over the past year, but even that has ground to a near halt since March (when I stopped going out to work, or much anything else). This seems like a good little push to get reading a physical book.
While I’m at it, I thought I’d put a little effort in trying to accomplish my Classics Club challenge, which has been long neglected. So the criteria for picking my book has gotten some definition:
- It must be over 400 pages.
- Only books on my Classics Club reading challenge list are eligible.
- I can only pick from the books I already own.
- The book must be a physical copy (no ebooks for this one, I am spending SO MUCH time on screens as it is these days. Besides, thanks to quarantine, I don’t have to worry about hauling a heavy book around with me everywhere I go in order to read it!).
This gives me five books to pick from: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I am a Cat, Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Little Woman. It would be a re-read of Les Miserables (though it was over 20 years ago that I read it originally), and Little Woman. If I finish one, I’ll move onto another one, but my goal is to read at least one.
But, I can’t quite decide which I want to read. So I figured I’d put it to a vote!
Should I read:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (483 pages)
I am a Cat, by Soseki Natsume, Translated by Aiko Ito and Gaeme Wilson (470 pages)
Les Miserable, by Victor Hugo, Translated by Norman Denny (1232 pages – I know, I could practically read three of the other books and get the same page count as this)
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, by Victor Hugo, Translated by Catherine Liu (463 pages)
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott (561 pages)
What do you think? Let me know in the comments – I’m going to make a decision by this weekend!