Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Pickwick Papers Read-Along



I am looking forward to taking part in this Read-Along of the Pickwick Papers to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the publication of the first instalment of Charles Dickens' novel.  You can find out more about this on the Behold the Stblog.

I first read The Pickwick Papers when I was at university but that was so long ago I can't remember much about the book!   Over the past few years I have been attending a weekly book group entitled "Lunch with Dickens" dedicated to reading 19th century novels.  We start each new year with a Dickens novel, reading them in manageable sections.  It will be interesting to read The Pickwick Papers again having read more Dickens' novels and understanding more about Victorian times in general.

Here is a photo of my original Penguin copy published in 1972.




This is the reading schedule which should be manageable!

IMarch 2016 (chapters 1–2)
IIApril 2016 (chapters 3–5)
IIIMay 2016 (chapters 6–8)
IVJune 2016 (chapters 9-11)

VJuly 2016 (chapters 12–14)
VIAugust 2016 (chapters 15–17)
VIISeptember 2016 (chapters 18–20)
VIIIOctober 2016 (chapters 21–23)
IXNovember 2016 (chapters 24–26)
December 2016 (chapters 27–29)
XIJanuary 2017 (chapters 30–32)
XIIFebruary 2017 (chapters 33–34)
XIII – March 2017 (chapters 35–37)
XIV – April 2017 (chapters 38–40)
XV – June 2017 (chapters 41–43)
XVI – July 2017 (chapters 44–46)
XVII – August 2017 (chapters 47-49)
XVIII – September 2017 (chapters 50–52)
XIX – October 2017 (chapters 53–55)
XX - November 2017 (chapters 56–57)


N.B. There's no Pickwick Papers for May 2017: in May 1837 Charles Dickens missed a deadline as he was in mourning for his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth.



      










Monday, 28 March 2016

Classics Club

I decided to set up this blog so that I could join the Classics Club - a blog for people who are interested in classic literature.  Members make up their own list of 50 books and set their own time limit.  I am quite late in joining, having only recently discovered this blog.  I love 19th century novels so most of the books on my list are from this period.  However I have included a few more recent ones and some by Scottish authors.



Here is my list of 50 books which I plan to read over the next 5 years finishing on 28 May 2021

In December 2017 I revised this list and started an additional list of books to read in the future so that I am not constantly changing my list for the Classics Club.
  1. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Men
  2. Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid'sTale (June 2018)
  3. Austen, Jane – Persuasion
  4. Austen, Jane – Emma
  5. Blackmore, R, D – Lorna Doone (Oct 2016)
  6. Bennet, Arnold – Anna of the Five Towns
  7. Brontë, Charlotte - Shirley
  8. Brontë, Charlotte - The Professor
  9. Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights (April 2018)
  10. Brontë, Anne – Agnes Grey (Oct 2017)
  11. Buchan, John – The Thirty-nine Steps (Dec 2016)
  12. Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
  13. Collins, Wilkie – Armadale
  14. Collins, Wilkie – Poor Miss Finch
  15. Dickens, Charles – Little Dorrit (March 2018)
  16. Dickens, Charles – The Old Curiosity Shop (Feb 2017)
  17. Dickens, Charles – The Pickwick Papers (Dec 2017)
  18. Dickens, Charles – Oliver Twist
  19. Doyle, Arthur Conan - Sir Nigel (June 2016)
  20. Dumas,Alexander – The Three Musketeers (June 2016)
  21. Eliot, George – Adam Bede
  22. Eliot, George – Silas Marner (July 2016)
  23. Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
  24. Foster, E M – Passage to India
  25. Gaskell, Elizabeth – The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  26. Gaskell, Elizabeth - Lois the Witch
  27. Gibbon, Lewis Grassic – A Scots Quair
  28. Hardy, Thomas – Jude the Obscure
  29. Hardy, Thomas – Under the Greenwood Tree
  30. Hemingway, Ernest – The Old Man and the Sea
  31. James, Henry – The Europeans
  32. Kipling, Rudyard – Jungle Book
  33. Laxness, Halldór – Independent People
  34. Linklater, Eric – Men of Ness (Aug 2016)
  35. Oliphant, Margaret – Salem Chapel
  36. Orwell, George – Down and Out in Paris and London (Aug 2018)
  37. Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children
  38. Scott, Sir Walter – Kenilworth (Dec 2016)
  39. Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
  40. Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  41. Tey, Josephine – The Daughter of Time (May 2018)
  42. Trollope, Anthony – The Small House at Allington
  43. Trollope, Anthony – The Last Chronicle of Barset
  44. Trollope, Anthony – Phineas Finn
  45. Trollope, Anthony – The Eustace Diamonds
  46. Twain, Mark – Tom Sawyer
  47. Verne, Jules - 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
  48. Wharton, Edith – The Age of Innocence
  49. Woolf, Virginia – A Room of One’s Own
  50. Woolf, Virginia - Kew Gardens (June 2016)


For an amazing list of books, go to The Once Lost Wanderer's blog!