Stuff and Nonsense

If you follow me over on Instagram you may have noticed that my aim for March is to get through as many of my library books as possible. I currently have 21 out on loan, and I’m by no means expecting to read all of them, but I’d really like to make some significant progress if I can (especially as a fair few have reservations against them and really need finishing in March). I haven’t made as much progress as I’d like so far because my workplace is undergoing a major staffing restructure (which includes a huge decrease in staff), so I have to reapply for my job and it’s all a bit stressful. However it does also mean that when I do get the chance to read, it’s absolutely the best form of escapism for me.

I will also (hopefully) be participating in my first Classics Spin in April. This is organised by The Classics Club, and the aim is to draw up a shortlist of 20 books from your Classics Club list (mine can be found here), and then to read whichever number title is randomly selected by the end of April. I probably won’t get a chance to start reading mine until the end of March, so I’ve removed some of the longer titles from my list. I also want to read the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens in their order of publication, so I’ve removed all except their first works from my shortlist. This is my final shortlist to pick from, and on 10th March I’ll find out which one I shall be reading in April.

1.    Louisa M. Alcott – Little Women

2.    Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility

3.    Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

4.    Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales

5.    Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White

6.    Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone

7.    Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote

8.    Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers

9.    Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers

10. Henry Fielding – Tom Jones

11. Gustav Flaubert – Madame Bovary

12. Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford

13. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South

14. Elizabeth Gaskell – Wives and Daughters

15. Victor Hugo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

16. Herman Melville – Moby Dick

17. Edgar Allen Poe – Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination

18. Bram Stoker – Dracula

19. William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair

20. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina

I think that’s it for now, although keep your eyes peeled for some book reviews (finally!) appearing very soon.