Stay Warm

     It's been a long time since I've written here, hasn't it? At the beginning of summer I said that I was ready for a fresh creative space, and I meant it. I've been thinking about that space ever since, but it's the beginning of winter and I'm still thinking. It's one of those things that I want to get just right, you know?
     So much has happened that it's strange to write here again, because I know that I never told you about any of it. Growing up has a way of happening quickly. It's weird and scary and exhilarating. And honestly? Sometimes it sucks and I hate filling out paperwork and talking on the telephone . . . but I'm turning into the person I want to be, and I'm happy. Ridiculously happy.
     I guess I just wanted to stop in and tell you the snow is gorgeous, and I miss my blog, and I'm working on that new creative space. I'll see you there soon. Stay warm and have a merry little Christmas. :)


The Classics Club

Recently, thanks to bit of buzz in my corner of the blogosphere, I ran across The Classics Club. It's pretty much what it sounds like. A group of people reading (and blogging about) classic books. To join, you must list a minimum of fifty books that you plan to read within a maximum of five years.

The idea appeals to me for several reasons, so I made my list and I'm joining up! A reading challenge sounds like a great way to start the school year, and I've got quite a few classic, un-read paperbacks lying about my room, as well as a large number of classics that I need to knock off of my TBR.

I've decided to read fifty books in two years. (My finishing date will be 8/15/15) Since I typically read 120-150 books each year, I think my goal will be suitably challenging but doable. I'll be returning to this post to mark and link the books I've read. Want to join me? Visit The Classics Club website.

Classics Club List

01.   The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
02.   Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
03.   Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
04.   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
05.   A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
06.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
07.   The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
08.   David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
09.   Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
10.   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
11.   The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
12.   Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
13.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
14.   Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
15.   Kim by Rudyard Kipling
16.   The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
17.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding
18.   The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
19.   The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
20.   Middlemarch by George Eliot
21.   Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
22.   The Once and Future King by T.H. White
23.   The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
24.   The Professor's House by Willa Cather
25.   The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
26.   The Sea Wolf by Jack London
27.   Silas Marner by George Eliot
28.   Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
29.   Sons by Pearl S. Buck
30.   The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
31.   The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
32.   The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  by Robert Louis Stevenson
33.   A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
34.   Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
35.   Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
36.   Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
37.   The Virginian by Owen Wister
38.   Walden by Henry David Thoreau
39.   Watership Down by Richard Adams
40.   The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
41.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
42.   1984 by George Orwell

Plays and Shorter Stories
43.   The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
44.   The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
45.   A Midsummer's Night Dream by William Shakespeare
46.   Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 
47.   The Tempest by William Shakespeare. 

48.   Jane Eyre
49.   Little Women
50.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn