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Booking Through Thursday: One Or Many?

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“Series or Stand-alone?

I prefer stand-alones to series, although I have enjoyed reading a series or two from time to time. The Harry Potter series for example. But I mostly favour stand-alones. I have read all of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books and almost all of her Hercule Poirot books but they can be read as stand-alones in my opinion so I don’t think they count as series.

Welcome Home: Books that Arrived in January & February 2012

“The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.” ― Vladimir Nabokov

“Which literary character/hero/heroine do you most identify with?”

This is definitely a ‘frequently asked question’. Many readers I know identify with Anne from Anne of the Green Gables, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, some with Hermione, Ron or Harry from the Harry Potter series of books, others with the characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy; etc, etc. Whoever you identify with, the fact of the matter is that most readers identify with someone. But being the weirdo that I am, I almost never have identified myself with any literary character. Rather I have identified with the people behind the words and the characters, the writers.

The author I most identify with is Emily Brontë. I grew up in a place that is quite similar to Haworth, Yorkshire. Not only do I have the same birthday as her but I also share a lot of her characters traits. Shyness and suffering from severe bouts of ‘social awkwardness’ are only two of them. I, of course, do not have her talent. She wrote about raw and unrestrained human emotions without the fear of meeting with the disapproval of the 19th century audience. She is probably one of the most honest writers I’ve ever come across.

Alright, enough of comparing myself with one of the greats of literature. Here are the books I bought in the months of January & February 2012.

January 2, 2012.

The Agony and the Ecstasy. Irving Stone.

The Day Of The Jackal. Frederick Forsyth.

The Railway Children. E. Nesbit.

Measure for Measure. William Shakespeare.

Cranford. Elizabeth Gaskell.

I have been wanting to read Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy for a long time. I have seen this book on shop shelves but never picked it up till now. I have recently started it. Lets just say I shall reserve my judgement till I write my review of it.

The Day Of The Jackal, classic suspense from the 60’s. Do I need any other reason to pick it up?

I have been making up for lost time for the past two years. Growing up, I have missed out on a lot of children’s classics. Even though I may have enjoyed children’s books such as The Railway Children more as a child, I do still find joy in these books.

I bought Measure for Measure while participating on the Shakespeare Reading Month this January. I have always been kind of intimidated by the Bard but after breaking the ice with two of his comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, I felt much more confident. And Measure for Measure didn’t disappoint.

I have been watching this battered copy of Cranford lie neglected in a book shop for over a year now. No one seemed to be interested in it. I felt sorry for the book (yes, I quite often feel sorry for books) and having never read anything by Elizabeth Gaskell decided to bring it home.

Feb 18, 2012.

A View from the Bridge and All My Sons. Arthur Miller.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is one of my all time favourite plays. I had been eying this Penguin edition of two of Millers most famous plays f0r a while. I hope to enjoy A View from the Bridge and All My Sons as much as his Death of a Salesman.

Musing Mondays (Feb.27)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

Do you read books that are part of a series? Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book one? As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?

I haven’t read that many series of books. I prefer stand-alones. Most books in a series feels incomplete to me, like the story is just a set-up for the next installment. I am impatient by nature and waiting an indefinite amount of time for the conclusion does not suit me.

The only series that I have completely read is the Harry Potter series but that’s because I was a kid back when the first book came out. Everyone I knew was reading it so I did and then of course the rest is history. I did re-read the first few books a lot but not because of the publication of the new books. I re-read them because I loved them so much.

There is one book that has interested me in recent times is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But knowing that it is a part of a proposed series of books kind of put me off from reading it.

30 Day Book Challenge

Day 4: Favourite Series –

The Harry Potter Series of Books by J. K. Rowling.

I’ve rarely read a complete series of books. The only series that I’ve completely read is the Harry Potter series. I have a soft spot for it because I grew up with Harry. From the late 90’s to this millennium, I went from being a kid to a young person along with Harry. I’ve often re-read them and they remind me of all the good times that I’ve had.