One of my favorite challenges didn’t take very long to complete but I’m starting to find that I need to keep my goals small so I don’t feel too overwhelmed with the number of challenges I just have to participate in. I love my share of Mystery & Suspense and I need to branch out more than just reading this genre. Can’t wait for the next one!
Title: The Hours
Author: Michael Cunningham
Finished: April 20, 2011
I have watched the film based on this book, a long time ago, and for some reason I don’t think I enjoyed it, so I worried I would have the same the response to this book. However, I picked up this book and I just couldn’t seem to put it down.
The Hours was a magical piece of work, following three generations of women surrounding a story by Virginia Woolf.
Virginia Woolf is working on her story, Mrs. Dalloway, while struggling with mental illness, fear, change, and wondering where to go next.
Mrs. Brown is nearly suffering the safe feelings of Virginia Woolf, preparing for her husband’s birthday, taking care of her young child, and generally unhappy in her life and having no way of finding out how to survive the feelings and her life.
Clarissa is a portrait of Mrs. Dalloway, a near mirror image, struggling with the task of throwing a party for a dear friend dying of Aids, while maintaining the relationship with her lover and daughter.
It was an amazing story of transformation, making tough decisions, parallel lives, and interconnected feelings all surrounding this book.
*challenges: off the shelf challenge, new authors challenge, 100+ challenge, 1% reading challenge, 1,001 list, 11 in 11 reading challenge, spring reading challenge, project fill in the blanks
Title: The Walking Dead – Days Gone Bye
Author: Robert Kirkman
Finished: April 9, 2011
I watched the first series of this show and not long after found out about the graphic novels it was based on. How could I resist?
The story follows a cop, who after suffering a gun shot wound and nearly dying, wakes up to find the world is a different place than he last remembered.
No one is around. The hospital, streets and homes are deserted. Unsure of what to do or where to go, he finds comfort in the hope that maybe his family has survived the destruction and they will eventually be reunited.
I have plenty more books to read before I see the conclusion, but it was a great start and I look forward to reading more.
*challenges: 1st in series, new authors challenge, 100+ challenge, support your local library challenge, countdown challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge
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Title: Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Author: Crockett Johnson
Finished: April 9, 2011
Harold and the Purple Crayon has always been one of my favorite children’s stories so when I found this collection, I couldn’t resist.
Not only does it contain the original story, but three others for enjoyment. It was so much fun to read on an early morning for the read-a-thon and I can’t wait to share it with my future kids and family.
*challenges: off the shelf challenge, new authors challenge, 100+ challenge, a-z reading challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge
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