Friday, March 1, 2019

March Reading Stack


These are the books I am planning to read in March.

The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Third time for me, but it is a first for my three younger ones. We are studying the American Civil War, and this is great literature for that time period.

Don Quixote - Cervantes
Rereading this for a reading challenge and for the fun memories. This was the first novel on TWEM list, and at over 1000 pages, I was fearful I wouldn't make it. Today it is more of an emotional read because read the entire book and  ended up loving it after all.

Othello - Shakespeare
My kids and I plan to read this, though I am a little apprehensive the content will be challenging; however, it deals with racism, which supports the issues we are studying already.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon
I am continuing this for TWEM histories, going through it really quickly. One should take a year to read this, if one is a serious student of history. I am a third of the way done, and I know one thing: Gibbon hated Christianity. Talk about objectivity in history.

Change Me - Rick Thomas
I have been reading this for several months because marriage is difficult. I learned the hard way that I cannot change my husband, and in fact, if anyone is going to change, it is going to have to be me. 

UPDATE:
I started Moby Dick last month, but then Brona @ Brona's Books announced a read-along in August, so I shelved MD for then. See HERE for more info. 

Also, don't forget I'm hosting A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Read-Along in April. Check it out!

4 comments:

  1. Looking like a great reading month for you! I would be one of the ones who argue that there is no racism in Othello. Yes, he is a Moor and yes, he is seen differently but if you pay careful attention to the words associated to him you might think the same. And if there IS racism, it comes from an entirely unexpected quarter!! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

    So glad to hear that Moby Dick is a GO! Can't wait!

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    1. That's interesting....the reviews of Othello presented an issue of racism. So would you suggest that maybe the readers used a contemporary worldview? Anyway, I'm curious now.

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  2. I agree with Cleo; I think she is saying that there is racism in the story, but it is not endorsed by Shakespeare. I think I will start reading Gibbon this month, and join you for Wollstonecraft in April. Not Moby Dick, though! I have tried it before, when I wasn't on GoodReads or blogging, and... well, I would rather read almost any other 19th century classic than that one. (To be fair, I did not get very far before I gave up.)

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    1. Lol!! Poor MD.

      Thanks for the clarification on Shakespeare.

      As far as Gibbon goes...he has super easy reading style, but there is so much to know. Wow!

      So I'll see you in April. Thanks!!

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