2.01.2021

February Reading Stack 2021


Before I get to my February stack, I just wanted to share that I have read -- finished, completed -- seven books in January! SEVEN! THAT is an all-time record. And it isn't that I read seven books because I'm on a mission to read more...it is that I have cut myself off from ALL social media and online news that has permitted me MORE TIME to read; and for that, I was able to finish more books. (What a shocker.) 

Now I look to February, and while most of these books I have already begun, there are a few new ones I will start today.

No Fear Shakespeare: Taming of the Shrew: My kids and I will read this, and it will take us a few months to finish it. 

Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Also will begin this with my kids, which will take a month or less.

Benge: Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold: Another book my kids and I will finish this month. Then we'll watch Chariots of Fire. I can't believe I've never seen this film.

Bรฉdier: The Romance of Tristan & Iseult: Already started in January and very much enjoying this 12th century chivalric romance. 

Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby: This is for the Dickens read-along [February through March] with Fanda over @ FandaClassicLit . Join us!

Austen: Sanditon, The Watsons, and Lady Susan: Three short stories in one book. Shouldn't take too long.

Taunton: Around the World in More Than 80 Days: I've been reading through this very slowly with my kids for several months now. It's got some interesting historical trivia in it. Basically, the author and his son took a trip around the world in a quest to find the best country on the planet. 

McClay: Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story: ๐Ÿ’› This book is like a treat. When I can sit down and read this, I am in heaven. It's my favorite history -- American history...the story of man's hope on this earth. At least...it began that way. 

And not pictured...

Gaskell: Ruth (ebook): I am reading this for my book club. We meet via Zoom because a few of us are not in the same area. I am really enjoying the story, which is a relief because I did not care for North and South. This time I am finding Gaskell's writing style refreshing and her focus on nature and emotion so pleasurable. But I also understand there are some heavy themes ahead; we'll see how it progresses.

Tuchman: A Distant Mirror: I'm going to get a head start on this for The Well-Educated Mind histories. Over 600 pages, I'm going to need it. When I took this picture, I was still reading Roll, Jordan, Roll, but I am done and can get started on the next book on the WEM list. 

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Have you read any of these? What did you think? Or are they on your TBR or wishlist? 

21 comments:

  1. Congrats on the stack! When I didn't have the option to watch youtube or play games (in quarantine), I was knocking out a book a day. XD Amazing how little things can eat up our time.

    I hope to read most of Dickens eventually, including NN, so it's technically on my TBR -- but only in the very long term. "Land of Hope" struck me when you began reading it on Goodreads. I can easily see myself taking a look at that one! Tuchman's Distant Mirror is one of those books I'm forever meaning to get around to.

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    1. I love my new found freedom!! LOL!
      So you don't want to join Fanda's read-along?
      Land of Freedom is one of those slow reads. I'm also reading it in conjunction with a Hillsdale College course. It's free, and the author of Land of Hope is the narrator. It's called The Great American Story: A Land of Hope via their online courses. I'm loving it.

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    2. Hillsdale College? Is Brad Birzer connected to it? He teaches there and I love reading him and listening to his lectures.

      On the readalong, probably not -- I'm chasing too many rabbits right now as it is. Mount Doom needs more attention and now I have two considerable side challenges in CC II and my science survey.

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    3. I do not know about Brad Birzer. You would have to check the online courses to see if he teaches any.

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  2. Congrats for your January titles.
    Among these, i have loved Tristan and Iseult, and A Distant Mirror.
    My January recap is here , it has some classics: https://wordsandpeace.com/2021/02/01/2021-january-wrap-up/
    My February titles will be posted on Wednesday, with several Japanese classics

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    1. Hi, Emma, I commented at your blog, but don't know if it will show up?? Anyway, I was laughing bc I thought I was a big shot for finishing seven books in January, and here you finished 13!!! So I was definitely laughing at myself. Enjoy your snow day(s)!!

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  3. What a great stack. I have just read "Sanditon" last month (and the other two short stories by Jane Austen ages ago) but none of the others. Although I would love to read them all. What a shame we don't live close, we could swap our books. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And congrats to the seven books you read in January. I managed six.

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Well, then I'm in good company. Six is a great number of reads! (I hope to keep up the pace.)

      It would be amazing if book bloggers had a device to swap our books, like a book chute. Honestly, I cannot use my library -- my choice -- and I'm done giving all of my money to Bezos. But you know using other sources takes a lot longer and cost a little more, so borrowing a book from a friend would be the best option these days. If only we can design a book chute to one another...LOL!

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    2. There's the option to loan out Kindle books, but you have to have bought them (and thus supported amazon) to begin with. :-/ I have a few friends who I IRL book-swap with.

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    3. Well, one has to have a Kindle (or another ebook) for that to begin with. I'm still not a fan and doubt I ever will. I suffer a lot from migraines and reading too much on a screen are a trigger. So, that's not an option for me. But I'm glad it works. So thanks for the suggestion, Stephen.

      Ruth, I am in the same shoes. Two years ago, we moved back to my home town. Unfortunately, they only have books in German which means I'd have to read all English books in a translated version, which I loathe. And the small bookshop we have takes ages to order a foreign book. So, same as you, I use the South American river company more often than I'd like to.

      But yes, we need one of those capsule pipelines for our books. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    4. I know. I don't miss them, though. I'm happy with having a "real" book in my hands. I might have been introduced to ebooks too late in my life.

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    5. I'm with you. I am reading a book on "my Kindle" (which is really via my lap top) bc I don't have a hard copy, it is for bookclub, and it was free online, sooooo....
      But otherwise, me too: I love that hard copy in my hand and writing on its pages. It's just natural.

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  4. I have loved Roll of Thunder ever since I first read it. Good luck with your list for February.

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    1. I cannot wait to read it. I think it is part of a series...bc I bought it for a friend. Anyway, she just loved them.

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of books for a short month! And I see lots of classics in there. I haven;t read any from your stack yet. I can't really read multiple books at once, though I always have one print book and one audio going. And I greatly miss the days of reading with my sons (they are in their 20's now).

    Hope you enjoy all of your February books - looks like a great reading month lined up for you!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. Hi, Sue. Actually, those are books I will read, and several of them I have been reading since January or many of them I will continue reading into March.

      I know what you mean. Reading with the kids is a great excuse to read their stories, too.

      Thanks!

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  6. What a nice stack! I love how you continue to read so much variety, it's inspiring. :) I am still reading David Copperfield so won't be able to join you for Nicholas, but I look forward to you and Fanda's reviews!

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    1. Thanks!
      Ahhh, David Copperfield is on my future tbr.

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    2. My favourite Dickens. Enjoy!

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