Reading Update: October 24, 2010

flareAll the maple trees around here are beautiful shades of red and orange. Fall is my favorite season.

I think I am pretty much done with the R.I.P. Challenge. I gave up on Wuthering Bites, and I don’t see how I’ll finish Jamaica Inn when I haven’t even started it. However, I did read four books, which is two more than I thought I could, so I still met the challenge of Peril the First—for the first time ever!

I am still reading How the Irish Saved Civilization. If I have one complaint, it’s that I like books divided up into more chapters. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a chapter, and the chapters in this book (at least some of them) are looooonng, which makes me feel less like I’m getting anywhere.

I am also going to begin Anne Fortier’s novel Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is fun to teach, and this will be the first year I have taught high school that I haven’t taught the play because it’s the first year I haven’t taught ninth grade. I love the play, but I needed a break. Instead, I will be starting Macbeth pretty soon. That one is great fun to teach.

I am looking for some good steampunk book suggestions that I can read for the Steampunk Challenge. I already plan to read The Dream of Perpetual Motion, and a friend in the know recommended Leviathan. If you have read any good ones, please share.

What are you reading?

photo credit: Aunt Owwee

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4 thoughts on “Reading Update: October 24, 2010

  1. I don't know that I will get any more RIP reading done either. I was doing so well in September but not much of my October reading has been RIP worthy.

  2. A couple steampunk books I keep hearing great things about and have added to my own TBR list are Boneshaker, the first in The Clockwork Century series written by Cherie Priest, and Soulless, the first in The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. (Heard excellent things about Leviathan, too, and would have recommended that myself.)

    Taking a stroll through the Steampunk shelves on Goodreads makes me realizes just how much is actually out there that fits into this genre, and I never realized. Time Machine and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea are two classics mentioned as are The Golden Compass and The City of Embers series, both of which were published in the last decade or so.

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