2021 frahealee catch-all

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2021 frahealee catch-all

Jan 7, 2021, 2:03pm

Keeping track of my reading habits for only the past three years torched my best of intentions. Stats are obviously not my forté so this uncluttered corner seems the ideal place to pull up a bookshelf and allow my natural spontaneous style to flourish. Striving for simplicity, minimal goals, otbt (off the beaten trail) excursions to keep my brain from imploding, etc. Thanks for having me!

Edited: Jan 27, 2021, 10:22am


The Rule of Saint Benedict = 10hr audiobook
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare = play, MIT WS archive online
The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019) = play, performed and recorded by Stratford (Shakespeare) Festival in Stratford, Ontario (online viewing party last night, Thu21Jan2021)
The Black Arrow by R.L. Stevenson = 9hr audiobook
The Diary of Saint Gemma Galgani (Jul/Aug/Sep1900) = 1h28m audiobook

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Edited: Jan 7, 2021, 3:30pm

(rolling lists of books to shine a light on, with hopes of 'sooner than later')

Increase: poetry, short stories, satire, allegory, light humour, farce, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, travel books, plays (ie. Shakespeare, Chekhov, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Henrik Ibsen, etc.)

CANLIT (by author)
Leftovers for 2021: Stachniak, Wagamese, Shields, Davies, Ondaatji, Boyden, Richler, Penny, Michaels, Atwood, Mowat, Macleod, etc.
(Cat's Eye, People of the Deer, The Farfarers: Before the Norse, Monkey Beach, Ragged Company, Garden of Venus, Necessary Lies, The Chosen Maiden, Away, Sanctuary Line, The Stone Diaries, Unless, No Great Mischief, Island, A Fine Balance, Fugitive Pieces and poetry collection)

GENRE (ie. Gothic, speculative, sci-fi, weird, etc.)
Leftovers for 2021: Le Fanu, Daphne du Maurier, Gaskell (Strange Tales), Hardy (Jude, and a few lesser known options), Hawthorne, Robertson Davies trilogy, S.Gothic Welty's Robber Bridegroom and Faulkner's Sanctuary, Jackson's The Lottery short story collection, Carter, Oates, Dickens (a portion of Pickwick Papers is supposedly ghostly), McGrath

HEFTY (600+p. x12?)
Leftovers for 2021: Anna Karenina, Brothers Karamazov, Metamorphoses, Middlemarch, 6xDickens (MC/BR/LD/D&S/PP/Our Mutual Friend), Complete Shorter Fiction of Herman Melville, Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, A Prayer for Owen Meany, World According to Garp, Portable Thoreau, Arabian Nights, The Touch, Infinite Jest, etc.

RC (chip away at 100 top RC tbr)

TBR (12+12?)
Leftovers for 2021: (film/book)
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1982 The World According to Garp
1983 The Outsiders
1996 The English Patient
1998 Simon Birch / A Prayer For Owen Meany
1999 Tuesdays With Morrie
2002 White Oleander
2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven
2008 The Secret Life of Bees
2009 The Time Traveller's Wife (Kobo)
2009 The Lovely Bones (Kobo)
2010 Barney's Version

1001BYMRBYD (50 chosen, 11 down, 39 to go)
Leftovers for 2021: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A Room With a View, Adam Bede, Anna Karenina, Arabian Nights (1001 Nights), Billy Budd, Bunner Sisters, Cranford, Daniel Deronda, Howards End, Jude the Obscure, Kim, Martin Chuzzlewit, Martin Eden, Mary Barton, Metamorphoses (Ovid), Middlemarch, Native Son, North and South, Notes From the Underground, Our Mutual Friend, Red Harvest, She, Silas Marner, The Brothers Karamazov, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Devils (Dostoevsky), The Glimpses of the Moon, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Long Goodbye?, The Mill on the Floss, The Nose (Gogol), The Nun (Denis Diderot), The Pilgrim's Progress, The Portrait of a Lady, The Red and the Black, Therese Raquin, Vathek

Edited: Jan 8, 2021, 11:31am


*Bildungsromans collection
*Mammoth Book of Monsters collection
Victorian Rogues collection
Noir Mystery collection
*Worlds of Cthulhu collection
Arthur Machen megapack (25 classic works)
Gods of Pegana collection
The Sword of Welleran...
Tales of Wonder
*Sheridan Le Fanu collection
James Joyce Complete Works
*Rudyard Kipling Complete Novels and Stories
*RLStevenson Complete Novels
*Bram Stoker collection
*DHLawrence collection
*Edith Wharton The Complete Collection
*Thomas Hardy The Complete Novels
*William Faulkner collection (9 novels, short stories)
Herman Melville The Complete Works
Elizabeth Gaskell The Complete Novels
*Leo Tolstoy The Classics
Best Short Stories Omnibus 3
**Curse collection (17 dark faerie tales)
*8 Russian works collection
*50 Hallowe'en classics collection
*50 classic gothic works collection
50 Mystery + Detective Masterpieces yhtrbyd vol.2
50 Classics yhtrbyd collection
50 Masterpieces yhtrbyd collection
*95 timeless stories for middle/high school collection

** indicates completed reading
* indicates incomplete reading but started

Edited: Jan 11, 2021, 3:26pm


(thus carried forward from 2019/2020 to 2021)

Sisters in the Wilderness (Catherine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie) by Charlotte Gray
A Writer's Life: The Margaret Laurence Lectures by various Canadian writers
The Graveyard School: An Anthology (poetry)
Romancing the Bard: Stratford at Fifty (non-fic)


The Complete Short Stories of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) = paperback, 196p. (Dover edition, 2006, ISBN 0486452166)
Pg. 40 "It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal."
Pg. 136 "...he thought of all the days that break in beauty and that set in storm."

CURRENT: Red Harvest, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Playback, The High Window

CUSP: Mowat

Edited: Jan 9, 2021, 9:31am

Audiobook Ideas

Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross
Ascent to Mount Carmel by Saint John of the Cross
Saint Anthony of Egypt by Saint Athanasius
The Desert Fathers (incl. Saint Anthony the Great)

Jan 12, 2021, 11:46pm

Wow! What a list! How do you even choose where to begin?

Edited: Jan 27, 2021, 4:47pm

>10 handshakes: Hi there. Insanity may reign but there is method in my madness. =) Three ways I could answer you; rhetorical question impossible to pin down, mocking lens where defeat is inevitable, or honest simplicity. The Holy Spirit guides me from one to the next, teaching me what I need to know precisely when I need to know it. My lantern of learning brightens each footstep along my path, not the whole path nor the geographic terrain surrounding my effort. Think of a magnet attracting odds and ends which soon become a collection. Sometimes as easy as reading The Master of Ballantrae and noticing that one particular character is reading Clarissa by Samuel Richardson during a sea voyage, then Clarissa quotes a passage from Saint Augustine's The City of God, so on the list they go. Last year involved too many lists, attempting to direct/measure my steps rather than following a general gauge, which ruined my own reading immersion. Categories might be helpful to some, or the ambition of starting and finishing self-prescribed tasks, but for me, not so much. In Mar2016, I had no clue that my natural taste veered to gothic, having never tracked books prior to those 1st manual entries of 200 books here on LT. My first post was much later, Dec2017.

Trying to sort simple data looked like an amusing habit, which went haywire. Last year, I selected six categories thinking it might make things easier, but it merely sucked the joy out of my year. Noble attempt, crash and burn. So, rather than discard those notes, they were condensed here, as reference only, not as a mapped route from A-Z. This year, hopes are to muddle through already accumulated paperbacks/ebooks/audiobooks. Clear as mud?

Edited: Jan 22, 2021, 10:53am

I suspect lists work better for me than for you, frahealee, but I recognise the problem of being too controlled or strictured in following lists. I also attempt to provide guiderails while still allowing for the joy of following what's of interest at the moment.

My specific objective is to avoid the temptation of skipping "meaty" books which take more effort and are perhaps less tempting at any given time, yet this temptation led years ago to looking back at my finished books and feeling I'd not fully lived up to my reading potential. The guidelines have helped tremendously. But I still get to pick up a book on a whim and not worry about how my list might be impacted.

Edited: Jan 27, 2021, 4:15pm

>12 elenchus: Thanks for your input and glad to see you here. My quasi lull was unanticipated since most books were enjoyable. War and Peace nearly did me in, but will persevere with Karenina/Karamazov this year. Crime and Punishment offered no resistance, and was no less epic than Don Quixote or Les Miserables (from past years). They offset the short stories/poetry well, but trying to read collections cover to cover in order to make it 'count' with page tally and a self-imposed one weekly book minimum, ruined the fun of dipping in and out at leisure.

The difficulty may have originated with something like Atwood's The Robber Bride, which qualified for multiple lists. I thought it would bring deeper satisfaction but I got a bit tangled up in the quadruple overlap! Live and learn. Maybe keeping numbers in the shadows this year will reinvigorate the snap decision side of task set versus task achieved. Or maybe I am simply a fickle reader. No rhyme nor reason, just a maelstrom of words passing within reach.

I think folks who have pushed through the expectations of most universities are naturally geared to discipline required for degrees, masters, doctorates, whether for teaching or law or library sciences. My own history does not include that process, so waiting until my 50s to read Faulkner was due to confidence not preference (4 kids brought a lot of child/YA literature into focus). WF's an anomaly since his writing style is poetic but his content is disturbing at best. As with Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, etc. Reading nine WF novels sequentially was unrealistic for me (2 remain), although that method was okay for Steinbeck/Hemingway, Hardy/Dickens, etc. Proceeding chronologically to observe the author's writing style progression was intriguing, but I dropped even that this year, to minimize pesky numbers. Titles now are handwritten in my date book, to be tossed into this 'pendulum pit' (Poe fan) monthly, if able. Time will tell.

May 5, 2021, 9:41am

Just found and starred this thread. I hope you continue to post.