Back with Rambles & Classic Reads

Wow. It has been over a month since I posted anything! A whole month!

I cannot believe how incredibly lax I have become with this blog, especially after all of my goals and reorganization habits that I began only a month or so ago. Anyway, I’m able to rationalize “the why” behind my lack of reading and inactivity, so that in turn tones down my anxiety and depression a bit. Feel free to skip ahead below the cut if you are not interested in hearing my ramblings, but writing through this and getting it off of my chest helps me. If you read it, you’re a special kind of person who deserves all the coffee and cookies.

I determined three major reasons behind my lack of reading and updating this blog over the last month and a half.

  1. I am reading a monster of a book with my best friend as part of our best friend’s book club. And with all of the work/school/extra things we’ve had going on, it’s taking us longer than usual to finish it. It’s a lovely experience, especially since we live on opposite sides of the planet, and really allows us to bond and have those special experiences that “real life friends,” share.
  2. That and the fact that a lot of my reading time has been replaced with marathon training. Yes, me, who has never run competitively in all of my life, is running a relay marathon. I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to sign up for the 6.3 mile leg of the race, but here we are. 52 days til the big race, so I’m trying to set myself up to not have a heart attack in downtown Pittsburgh.
  3. And finally, the third book I was convinced I could finish pretty quickly was lost up until a few days ago. It was a special gift too from the above mentioned friend, so anytime I would sit down to read, I would think about it and feel my anxiety levels increase. So now that I have found it again, I am starting to feel my anxiety levels decrease a bit, and will hopefully finish this book in March.

But hey, in perusing other blogs, I see that I am not alone with mental blocks and struggles when it comes to reading. And so I take some comfort in knowing that this isn’t a deficiency in my character, nor does it make my love of books or reading any less than someone who can finish 20 books each month. If anyone else out there is struggling and reading this, I hope you see that you aren’t alone either. Remember little or some progress, is still progress. 🙂

Now onto the book related content of this post. My next Throwback Thursday: Classic Edition read! See below the cut for what is next on my list.

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Sadly the first book I selected for my Throwback Thursday: Classic Edition ended up being abandoned. Northanger Abbey by our beloved Jane Austen just didn’t do it for me. I got to page 151 as Catherine just arrives at the titular abbey, and decided I just didn’t really care about any of the characters or what was happening.

Since this was my third Austen novel, I know I am a fan of Austen’s style of writing and the social commentary her stories illuminate. But this one just didn’t do it for me. So with a heavy heart, I marked it as abandoned, and decided to try another book.

The Secret Garden is a non-Austen read, but still classifies as a classic I believe. I know there is a movie made of this one, although I never saw it. I did however, see A Little Princess, which I believe originated as a novel

The Secret Gardenfrom this same author. And I loved that story. So I am hopeful (and was told from one of my bookish buds) that I would really enjoy this one.

I know originally my goal was to do two of these a month, but I think it’s probably more realistic for me to shoot for one a month. So hopefully you will be seeing another one of these posts (with a review of this one in between) in the near future.

As always, I am extremely limited on my classic knowledge, so any recommendations you might have are greatly appreciated!

Also has anyone read & finished Northanger Abbey? Was I wrong to give up on it? Anyone care to convince me to give it another shot? And what about The Secret Garden? Any feedback on that one?

I know I asked a lot of questions in quick succession, but I guess that comes from interviewing people for a living. Feel free to pick and chose, which ones you care to answer (if any). I love hearing what you all are reading: classic or other genre wise! 🙂

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