In order to start 2016 off with a bang, we decided to put ourselves to the test and sign up for a few year-long reading challenges. After all, how else would we be kicking off the new year?
Unfortunately, I didn’t meet all of my goals for Day 2 simply due to time constraints. I’m trying not to beat myself up over it though, because the motto of the week is “flailing, not failing.” Even though Day 2 came to a bit of a disappointing end, I’m determined to try that much harder for the remainder of the week!
Day 3, on the other hand, was much more successful – I managed to meet all of my goals, and I finished my final summer reading book for school!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
So technically its the first date of March but I’m still catching up on school school and dealing with some issues but hopefully I will be more on track come this month.
Literary Challenge Review: Beowulf
Goodreads Summary: The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.
January: Dracula, by Bram Stocker
Original Publication Date: May 26, 1897
Publisher: Constable & Robinson
Dracula is a 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.
Dracula was my first classic novel that I read (well, actually listened to) for the classic challenge. The book is told through letters that each of main characters have written. Through these letters, Count Dracula is portrayed as a mysterious man. Continue reading