There are big plans for me to read, baby, read the end of this year. I have a significant amount of time off this December and a week and a half of that the kiddos will still be in daycare. Of course I will also be doing Christmas prep — shopping, baking, wrapping — but I plan on making reading a priority as well. That being said, before I begin my Top Ten Tuesday Winter TBR list, I think I should mention what I want to complete before December 21st.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook, in progress)
- Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope (in progress)
- The Collected Ghost Stories of M R James (in progress)
- Mrs. DeWinter by Susan Hill
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
On to my Winter TBR!
- The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
- Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh
- Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
- The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden
- The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
- The Quick: A Novel by Lauren Owen
- The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
- The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery by Catherine Bailey
- Frost in May by Antonia White
- In Chancery by John Galsworthy
I hope everyone has an awesome end of the reading year; let me know what you’re looking to read in 2015!
Persy Jane’s blanket is already for Christmas! I began when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy with goal of finishing by my due date. Then it was going to be for her first Christmas… then for her first birthday… Sigh. Whatev. It is done! She’ll be able to cuddle up with it Christmas morning.
Collage image used with permission from fleurfisher.wordpress.com Thanks, Jane!
I’ve scrapped my Classics Club list. In truth I scrapped it ages ago and vowed to read more classics. It was a little bit silly because I already read classics. Classics compose at least 50% of my reading (holla at my Victorians). I feel a bit scattered without a list and I knew that I would have to make some sort of list for 2015 and have a “do-over.” I’ve decided the perfect focus for my reading list: Virago Classics. In part I’m inspired by Simon’s Persephone Project and Verity’s Virago Adventure. Another part of me just really loves the idea of rescued obscure classics. I would like to say that although I long to own every green spined Virago that simply isn’t in the cards. I will be reading the titles and endeavor to collect the Virago editions when I can, but I also will be reading other editions. I work in interlibrary loan and I imagine I’ll request several of these titles from other libraries.
The other great thing is that this offers me some flexibility with other reading challenges and events. I always see author events popping up featuring Virago authors and there is Virago in August. My TBR challenge will consist of 12 of these books and, of course, there will be Classic Club spin opportunities.
Check out the list, but don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for my grand finale idea.
- Frost in May by Antonia White
- Mr Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
- The True Heart by Sylvia Townsend Warner
- Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead
- For Love Alone by Christina Stead
- Precious Bane by Mary Webb
- The Holiday by Stevie Smith
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley
- Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
- A Pin to See the Peepshow by F. Tennyson Jesse
- The Lacquer Lady by F. Tennyson Jesse
- The Lost Traveller by Antonia White
- The Sugar House by Antonia White
- Beyond the Glass by Antonia White
- The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-detached House by Emily Eden
- Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
- Pilgrimage I, II, III, IV by Dorothy Richardson
- Over the Frontier by Stevie Smith
- The Beth Book by Sarah Grand
- A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
- The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley
- Mary Olivier: A Life by May Sinclair
- The Life and Death of Harriet Frean by May Sinclair
- Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith
- Unsocial Socialist by G. Bernard Shaw
- Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
- Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith
- The Odd Women by George Gissing
- The Return of the Solider by Rebecca West
- The Judge by Rebecca West
- Harriet Hume by Rebecca West
- My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
- the Third Miss Symons by F.M. Mayor
- Cotters’ England by Christina Stead
- Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen
- Yonnondio by Tillie Olsen
- Spinster by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
- Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
- The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall
- The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
- Strangers by Antonia White
- The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman
- The Love Child by Edith Oliver
- Plagued by the Nightingale by Kay Boyle
- The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
- Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
- My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin
- Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
- The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann
- Moonraker by F. Tennyson Jesse
- The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
- The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- A Little Tea, A Little Chat by Christina Stead
- The People with the Dogs by Christina Stead
- The Sheltered Life by Ellen Glasgow
- Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
- The Ladies of Lyndon by Margaret Kennedy
- Together and Apart by Margaret Kennedy
- Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby
- The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
- Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker
- Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood
- The Gipsy’s Baby by Rosamond Lehmann
- A Note in Music by Rosamond Lehmann
- The Harsh Voice by Rebecca West
- Daughter of Earth by Agnes Smedley
- The Orchid House by Phyllis Shand Alfey
- The Three Sisters by May Sinclair
- The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf
- The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
- My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
- The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
- Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
- The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
- Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
- The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor
- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
- Four Frightened People by E. Arnot Robertson
- Ordinary Families by E. Arnot Robertson
- The Beauties and the Furies by Christina Stead
- Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
- Mandoa, Mandoa! by Winifred Holtby
- A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo
- Company Parade by Storm Jameson
- Women Against Men by Storm Jameson
- From Man to Man by Olive Schreiner
- Seven for a Secret by Mary Webb
- The Ballad and the Source by Rosamond Lehmann
- A Sea-Grape Tree by Rosamond Lehmann
- The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
- Miss Herbert by Christina Stead
- The Little Ottleys by Ada Leverson
- That’s How it Was by Maureen Duffy
- The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
When I complete the list of 100 (and before I go on to the next 100) I am going to get this baby tattooed on my body:
Thanksgiving holiday is a busy for our family. Not busy busy, but more like cozy busy. On Wednesday I’m off work and that will be a buy groceries and clean the house day. Thursday I’ll be cooking and starting my Christmas Card list, Friday we decorate our tree, and on Saturday I’m having a girls day with Hope to see Mockingjay. Sunday will most likely be a day to regroup and prepare for the next week and I have to work a short shift at the library. The week after Thanksgiving is final exam week at the university and the library will be busy… crazy busy.
It would be nice to carve (no pun intended) a little time out to read. I’d love to say I’d read “this many pages” or complete “this many books” but I want to be practical. My goal — instead — will be a time goal. I’d like to spend five hours reading. I’ll set the stopwatch on my phone and track the time. I figure the only way I’m going to read is if I find snippets of time. I’m leaving this really open. It may be that I read “I am a Bunny” to Persy Jane five billion times. Or it may be that I get to cracking on some audio books,. All I know is that it would be nice for some reading to happen over the short break.
Details on Thankfully Reading are on Jenn’s blog and it runs from November 27th – November 30th. Let me know if you’ll be joining in!
5 pounds lighter. Boo-yah.
I joined Weight Watchers last week. Basically I was chilling on Facebook while I was holding a napping Persy and I saw two Weight Watcher friends have great weeks. They ate no Halloween candy and lost weight. Color me inspired. I signed up for three months, because why the hell not? I thought that maybe if I paid for something I’d be a bit more invested. You see, I’ve continued to gain weight. As of last week I was 15 pounds heavier than when I started to lose weight in 2012. I was 60 pounds heavier than when Sam and I started dating. Past tense because I lost 5.4 pounds in my first week of Weight Watchers. Yay!
Back in 2012 I had been doing really well, but then there was pregnancy (excuse), sleep deprivation (excuse), moving (excuse). I kept trying to get back on track and totally failed. MyFitness Pal wasn’t working for me and I think I know why.
I want to win.
I want to do everything perfectly. When it was lunch and I was almost out of calories I’d call the day ruined and eat with wild abandon. I’d go whole hog because the next day I would be better, stricter, more careful. And, of course, my binge-fest would negate any “good” days I had. There was also a huge issue with all calories counting the same. I’m not morbidly obese because I like oranges and large bowls of butternut kale soup. I’m fat because I like large portions, bread, and home-baked sweets. When calorie counting, a pumpkin spice doughnut has the same calories as a medium size salad. I’d eat the doughnut and then be hungry twenty minutes later. Then I’d eat more and soon my calorie consumption would be out of control. If I was out of calories at night and hungry I was screwed. Why bother eating fruit or veggies? In my mind I had already screwed the day up so I would eat a pint of ice cream.
Talk about fucking myself over.
I think this is why Weight Watchers is going to work for me.
1. Points aren’t calories. A breakfast of two hard boiled eggs, whole grain cereal, almond milk, banana, and coffee with creamer is 12 points. One pumpkin spice donut is NINE points. Nutritional value is factored into points meaning that healthier choices mean more food.
2. Lots of things are ZERO points. All fruits and vegetables (with the exception of higher calorie/starchy items like avocados and sweet potatoes) are zero points. If I am low on points I can have a big salad and a lot of fruit. WINNING.
3. Treat yo’ self. I get a daily point allowance and then a set of points that stretch out over the space of the week. I can “bank” all of those extra points for a splurge (like for Thanksgiving or a party) or I can take a little each day. This means that when I had a bad night earlier in the week and ate tootsie rolls at 1am I didn’t mess up my day! In fact, I was so full, satisfied, and happy that I ended last week with 12 points to spare.
I hope I can continue to be successful with Weight Watchers. I’m a little nervous. I’ve heard from some folks that Weight Watchers is great initially, but then tends to plateau. Let me know your experiences and if anyone wants to add me I’m nerdy_book_girl on WeightWatchers.com.
It will just be the five of us, but -oh boy- am I going to cook. What’s on your menu?
Now to get this read by January 5th!