Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Challenge Switcheroos's the dilemma:

Early poll results for my Back to the Classics Challenge books gave top votes to Anna Karenina and Gone With the Wind for my 19th century classic and wartime reads (respectively).  My issue is that both are incredibly long books and I keep forgetting that this challenge runs until June (not December).  I intend to read both this year but I can't fit in both before June as well as my other BTTC Challenge books...which I haven't even started yet (after Slaughterhouse-Five became a DNF & was swapped for Cujo), unless I intentionally set myself up to fall short on completing the challenge.  That doesn't sound so appealing. 

So...since book choices aren't carved in stone, I'm going to switch them up for this challenge:

Wartime Book:
From Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell to Night by Elie Wiesel

19th Century Classic:
From Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Ah, that will be a more manageable balance for me for the next few months.  Whew...!


  1. Night is short but packs quit a wallop. I found it to be very powerful.

  2. Those both look interesting! I also have to keep reminding myself that the challenge only runs until June. I might need to rethink some of my choices, but I'm still hopeful. I'm horrible at finishing challenges, though, so hopeful doesn't mean much!

  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray is awesome - you will love it!

  4. Dorian Gray should be a pretty quick read, and so enjoyable! I love both of the books you had to drop, but can totally understand your reasoning. I don't think I could handle a challenge that ended when the school year does--I'm planning to read my longer challenge books over the summer, for sure!

  5. Both your second choices are great (especially Night). Enjoy!

  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray is on my Challenge list too. Thanks for reminding me the challenge only runs through June. I'd better get cracking. GWTW is one of the shortest long books I've ever read, but I read it when I was younger and time ran differently back then.

  7. Thanks for all your comments :) I'm really looking forward to reading my new choices and getting headway on the Back to the Classics challenge which I haven't gotten off to the best start on.