Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's a Mess

North Dakota is currently experiencing it's first official blizzard (they're officially calling the weather life-threatening), and I am UBER thankful that I didn't have to go to work today. I'm sure that we would have gotten out of school early, but then I would have actually had to get home! I went out for some groceries this morning (before the actual blizzard warning was in effect), and visibility was bad even then.

Aside from feeling like I should read The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, again, I have also been putting off my grading and pondering which books I want to read for the Victorian Reading Challenge over at Words, Words, Words.

I LOVE the Victorian era in literature (I won't gush on about Dickens, I promise!), and so this challenge was perfect for me! I'm hoping to reach the Great Expectations level, but I'm flexible. I definitely want to read some Dickens (a friend recommended Barnaby Rudge since I've read most everything else), but I also plan to read Tess of the Durbervilles and an Eliot novel (possibly Middlemarch, but I'm not quite sure yet). There is also a really good chance that I will read Jane Eyre and North and South again.

Happily, being snowed in while mean lots of time to read and watch movies (I hear Bright Star and North and South calling my names). I suppose I'll manage to squeeze in some grading, too.


Bethany said...

Yay for joining in! I've got Middlemarch on my list - I didn't realise how huge it was! Also, please do read Tess. It's my favourite!

Read the Book said...

Thanks for stopping by, Bethany! I'm so excited about this challenge, and I'm hoping that this blizzard dies down so that I can go pick out a new book at the bookstore to start the new year!

Darlyn (Your Move, Dickens) said...

I live in a tropical country, so I've never "experienced" a blizzard. :)

Good luck with the Victorian Reading Challenge. I'm currently reading Great Expectations. I don't like Pip very much, but I think Miss Havisham is fascinating.

Read the Book said...

Thanks for stopping by, Darlyn! Great Expectations is the Dickens novel that changed my opinion of Dickens (hated him because of a bad run-in with Oliver Twist; Great Expectations made me love him). Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

And you're not missing much by not having experienced a blizzard...they are pretty much terrible, especially if you live by yourself!