frahealee in 2019 eats 15x150,000+words


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Jan 2, 2019, 8:12am

After dropping in more than half way through 2018, I hope to progress through this new year with a full blown attempt to balance my diet of short stories with weighty word counts of 150,000 or more (600p.x250/page). It will take a mix of audiobooks, ebooks, printed paperbacks/hardcovers to accomplish my goal but I have high hopes for 15. =)

I am starting the year with three gothic literature options left dangling from last year, none of which qualify for this group, so here are some of my options for juggling in the near future;

Anna Karenina (864p. hardcover)
Crime and Punishment (720p. hardcover)
Metamorphoses (768p. hardcover)
Middlemarch (880p. hardcover)
The Arabian Nights (The Thousand and One Nights)
The Brothers Karamazov (840p. Knopf paperback)
The Woman in White (720p. hardcover)
War and Peace (1440p. OUP paperback)

Keep in mind, my book TBR or wish lists are constantly revamped so plans change on a whim. I will simply keep track of a few that I have on hand, a few that have been of interest for a long time, a few recent suggestions, or some wildly out of reach but hopefully some day. They will not all settle into this calendar year, but I like to remember what on earth I was thinking when I plunged into a new year with nothing but good intentions.

Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 7:30am

Here is my 2019 running list:

JAN: Melmoth the Wanderer by Maturin = 659p. (Kobo/ebook with audiobook interspersed)
FEB: Varney the Vampire by Rymer = 814p. (Kobo/ebook with audiobook for some of the 200+ chapters)
MAR: By Gaslight by Price = 752p. (paperback)
APR: The Woman in White by Collins = 720p. (Penguin, hardcover clothbound)
MAY: Jamaica Inn / Rebecca / My Cousin Rachel by du Maurier = 1088p. (audio and ebook)
JUN: Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky = 720p. (Penguin, hardcover clothbound); Kobo/ebook with 22h02m audiobook
JUL: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott = 624p. (Oxf.Univ.Press, paperback); UofA archive with 19h25m audiobook
AUG: Bleak House by Dickens = 1088p. (Penguin, hardcover clothbound); UofA archive with audiobook
SEP: The Divine Comedy; Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso by Dante Alighieri = 752p. (Penguin Classics deluxe edition, paperback); 12h23m audiobook
OCT: War and Peace by Tolstoy = in progress / 1400+p. (Kobo/ebook alongside occasional audio)
NOV: The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies = 1136p. (Penguin paperback, 1992)
(The Rebel Angels 311p. / What's Bred in the Bone 312-737p. / The Lyre of Orpheus 738-1136p.)
DEC: Middlemarch by George Eliot = 880p. (clothbound hardcover)
13. The Touch: A Novel by Colleen McCullough = 624p. (Kobo/ebook)
14. The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky = 840p. (Kobo/ebook)
15. Holy Bible, Scepter/RSV Catholic Edition = in progress / 1255p. (250p/NT, 1005p/OT); imitation leather covered paperback

Current total: 10 books of 6128 pages x 250 est.words/page = 1,532,000 words
Goal: 15 books of 600 pages x 250 est.words/page = 2,250,000 =(

Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 7:05am

This is a spot for me to add or delete books of interest that qualify for this group. Some are CanLit, some 1001btrbyd, some miscellaneous classics that deserve a peek. Each author has my admiration for their creative ways 'to express what it means to be alive'. Be it fiction or non-fiction, their feat is undeniably impressive.

Owned: The Portable Thoreau, 610+p. (paperback)
Bought: The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies, 1136p. (paperback)
To Buy: The Divine Comedy: Inferno/Purgatorio/Paradiso by Dante Alighieri, 752 p. (paperback)

AIKMAN, Robert
ATWOOD, Margaret (The Robber Bride/paperback, 624p.)
CARTER, Angela (Magic Toyshop/Circus/Bloody Chamber/collection?)
HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (ten in Kobo/ebook collection)
KING, Stephen (The Shining/Knopf m.m.pb, 688p.)
LAWRENCE, D.H. (full collection including poetry)
MELVILLE, Herman (partial collection; Typee, Omoo, Mardi/hardcover, 1333p.)
MISTRY, Rohinton (A Fine Balance, 604p.)
RUSHDIE, Salman (Joseph Anton: A Memoir/paperback/656p.)
WHARTON, Edith (full collection)

DICKENS, Charles x6 (Dombey&Son/1004p. Penguin paperback, Little Dorrit/864p. Penguin paperback, Martin Chuzzlewit/768p. OUP paperback, Our Mutual Friend/880p. OUP paperback, The Pickwick Papers/784p.OUP paperback, Barnaby Rudge/752p. OUP paperback)
FIELDING, Henry (Tom Jones/976p. OUP paperback)
GASKELL, Elizabeth x2 (North and South/Mary Barton?)
GREENE, Graham x4
MCCULLOUGH, Colleen (The Thorn Birds/704p. HarperCollins m.m. paperback)
RICHARDSON, Samuel x2 (Clarissa 1747, Pamela 1740)

Jan 3, 2019, 6:31am

Some very interesting titles and names here! Happy reading!

Jan 3, 2019, 1:23pm

Welcome Francine!

Jan 6, 2019, 3:19pm

Welcome to the group Francine my dear, I hope you have a good year with the BFB's.

Edited: Jan 6, 2019, 3:34pm

Thanks all. I might have reached well beyond my capabilities, but if not now, when!!? Fueled up and ready to roll/rumble.

Jan 6, 2019, 3:44pm

Hi Francine, for many years my target used to be 50 books read and 25,000 pages, before joining LT I only managed 50 books in a year twice but never hit the 25,000 pages. In my first year in the 50 book group I managed both on the last day of the year with 50 books read and 25,050 pages read, since then the page target has gone up and currently sits at 40,000 pages and I have beaten 50 books every year apart from 2018 when I did 47 books but 31,944 pages. My targets are just for fun although I would like to hit them, reading is the main thing.

Aug 7, 2019, 6:21am

Hi Francine, I noticed you have recently posted 3 big books read, any thoughts on them?, particularly Crime and Punishment, one of my favourites.
Hope life and reading is going well for you !

Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 4:52pm

>9 bryanoz: I'd like to say yes, but struggles overlap on both counts. Life seems to be a matter of containing chaos within that elusive non-implosion zone, but simplifying and lessening the variables helps with sanity. Books have been a real challenge this year, not entirely sure why. Ebb and flow, I suppose.

I loved Crime & Punishment because I expected to hate it. As with Moby Dick last year, both were a wonderful surprise. Although an investment in time, with odd subject matter, both hit me on many levels and both I would read again. I will happily tackle War & Peace and The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina now that this one has been conquered!

My Walter Scott binge, whether they qualify for 600+ pages or not, landed Ivanhoe in the middle of three. The Monastery was right up my alley, Rob Roy was known to me through my dvd, but Ivanhoe was dismal with the overkill treatment of Rebecca and her father Isaac. The novel's end did not come soon enough. I hope to read John Buchan's book on Scott in due course.

Now, Bleak House was simply one of ten Dickens on this 1001 btrbyd list:
Hard Times
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
David Copperfield
Our Mutual Friend
Bleak House
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
A Christmas Carol
Oliver Twist
Martin Chuzzlewit

Hard Times came first, only since it was shorter, and I was pleasantly surprised by the humour/satire. I watched bits of Gillian Anderson in her Bleak House role, and that helped me get into the mindset of an endless court case, which would be my worst nightmare. I dislike lawyer/court themes immensely, but you cannot seem to escape it. After reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, who used to be a lawyer, and liking both it and The Moonstone, and him a buddy of Dickens, it made sense to wade in to another long novel while the others were still fresh in my mind. I liked it better than I expected, but it would not land in my top five by Charles Dickens. I still have two of the above to go, Our Mutual Friend and Martin Chuzzlewit. All in time. I would not read Bleak House again.

Your thread seems to be keeping you busy, with a lot of progress on many fronts, which is exciting to see. I am still having trouble just tracking my reading, let alone commenting on it or offering formal/informal book reviews. With the first six months of the year, my research usurped my actual reading time, so I scaled back both research and discussion. That doesn't mean the enthusiasm is dormant! Onward and upward =) My attempt is one BFB per month, with a few extras to get to the goal of 15 for 2019. Success is still within sight! Keeping those ducks in a row is the problem...

Aug 13, 2019, 7:41pm

Hi Francine, this life, chaos, sanity business is meant to get easier as we age gracefully, I'm not so sure :) We have things reasonably settled here but chaos can ensue at very short notice.
One constant for me is my reading and I think it helps with life's ebbs, flows and tidal waves, hope things settle for you.
Can I recommend Dostoevsky's The Idiot which I enjoyed more than The Brothers Karamazov.
Have only read Waverley by Scott, cannot remember anything about it...

I also didn't love Bleak House, my top 5 Dickens...
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
The Pickwick Papers
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
either Bleak House or Dombey and Son or A Christmas Carol

I enjoyed both the Wilkie Collins novels, can't remember if I have asked you about George Eliot, great novelist from 1860-70s.
Happy reading !

Edited: Aug 16, 2019, 12:12pm

>11 bryanoz: "The Idiot" came as a free ebook download when I first bought my ereader (one of 80ish freebees, some classics, some not) and I did enjoy it very much so would read it again at some point, to get even more out of it. George Eliot (once I realized it was a woman's pen name) is on my tbr list, depending on how Middlemarch proceeds (mentioned in my first post). A gal on youtube presents blurbs on Dickens, etc. and is able to sort them out for me in a way that makes sense. Her enthusiasm for the Victorian era is contagious but we approach our preferences in very different ways. Hers, a scholastic literary merit approach, mine from residual reference or recall/impact. Each to their own. Dombey and Pickwick are still on my tbr list. Waverley was unknown to me, so there's plenty of time to pursue more titles later this year or next. Thanks for your kind interest.