As this semester winds down, I am getting more and more excited about reading for quals. Especially, I am looking forward to reading all of my amazing 19th century novels that have been patiently, oh so quietly, sitting on the shelves waiting for me to pick them up with a voracious hunger for learning.
So, of course I joined another challenge.
I saw this one at Melissa's Shhh I'm Reading blog here and on S. Krishna's page here. :) This one is Perfect with a capital P for me. It's called the Read Your Own Books (RYOB) 2009 challenge hosted by MizB, and it encourages you to read the books you already have on your shelves rather than buying more! The challenge runs from Jan 1, 2009-December 31, 2009, so there are still about seven months left for it. Plus, you get to choose the number of books you feel is appropriate, and some of them can even be re-reads. YOU get to choose! (See, didn't I tell you it was Perfect with a capital P?) Here's what I'm starting out with, and they're all on my quals list:
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (in progress)
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (in progress)
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
- Adam Bede by George Eliot
- The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
- Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I'm excited that this challenge will also overlap with my Classics Reading Challenge and the 100+ challenge.
Wish me luck on my final papers! For one of them, I'm creating my own scholarly edition of Shakespeare's Henry V Act I Scene I. For the other (the one I'm working on today), I'm writing an analysis of the metaphor of sleep in Early New England Puritan sermons, specifically looking at the metaphor's relation to the Calvinist teachings against idleness and belief in Purgatory.