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>Reading List 2011

18 Jan

>Enough already.

I’m sick of buying new books only to display them on my shelf. I’m sick of starting to read a book and then abandoning it with equal enthusiasm.

What is the point of having a bookshelf full of books if they’re only there for decorative purposes?

I’ve made myself a promise this year: I will not buy any new books before I have read every book on the shelf.

I’m writing this at work so the list below may in incomplete. First draft:



Pride and Prejudice
Northanger Abbey
The Painted Veil
Masterclass in writing fiction
The art and craft of storytelling
Bridget Jones’s Diary


Wuthering Heights
Bram Stoker’s Dracula


Mansfield Park
Sense and Sensibility – part of my Reading Challenge
Victorian Life
A Journal Of the Plague Year
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Anne of Green Gables (not yet received)

I’m happy about one thing: that most of my books are still back home so I can’t possibly read those (excuses, excuses…).

After that I should move on to my e-reader. That’s still chock-full of partially-read books. But that’ll come later. Let’s start reading! Once I finish one of them, I will write a review.

>The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

2 Jan


Can you believe it? 

As of this year, Sense and Sensibility was published 200 years ago. And yet, when reading the book or watching the adaptations, it doesn’t seem that way. In celebration of its bicentenary, they are holding a reading challenge over at Austenprose.


I admit I’ve never read the novel (but recently bought Jane Austen’s novels at Amazon) but seen the famous 1995 adaptation with the wonderful Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon and more recently the mini-series from 2008. I don’t own the particular edition Austenprose lists. Instead, I bought the edition below because of the lovely covers, maps and cutesy appeal.

The edition I bought in all its girlishness

Now, I don’t own any of the Jane Austen sequels – because, let’s face it, who can live up to her genius, anyway? The only one I own is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but I never even finished reading that one. 

I do admit that Colonel Brandon’s diary sounds interesting because of the more literary nature of those works. But until I know for sure I can get my hands on it, I’ll keep it safely nestled on my wish list. From Prada to Nada also sounds entertaining but I couldn’t find it on Amazon so I doubt I’ll manage to get it in time.

My mother owns the screenplay by Emma Thompson but she lives in another country so that’s not going to happen either…

With these limitations, I’ll be forced to content myself with the original novel and a few adaptations. As of now, I commit myself to the following:

Level of participation
: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections


Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen


Sense and Sensibility – 1995

Sense and Sensibility – 2008