My goal to read 42 books this year is progressing well. In fact, I think I just might surpass it if I keep up this pace. As I only needed to read a couple of books in March to be 1/4 to my goal, I decided to attempt a few more classics that were a bit “harder” reads. And, then – surprisingly, I finished 5 books in March!!! So – here’s books #9-13.
#9 – The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I must candidly admit that I did not terribly care for this book. I read it because I love the movie and had often wondered about the original story. I found the book very busy and the end of the Wicked Witch much less satisfying than the original. I had though that if I had liked the book, I might read more of the Oz books – but now, I think we’ll just let them be.
#10 – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I read Sense and Sensibility as a young teenager, and I honestly didn’t remember much from the book. But, I loved the Emma Thompson movie. Then, I saw the new movie that the BBC put out and I found myself curious as to which was more accurate. After reading the book again, enjoying it, and thinking that she should really give you the proposal scene, I’ve decided the following. The Emma Thompson movie is more true to the literal book when it comes to lines of dialogue, etc. The new BBC version (my preferred) is more true to the spirit of the novel. So there you go.
#11 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
At this point in March I realized that I was reading yet another book turned movie. Well, what can I say, I was on a roll. This was a wonderfully easy read that took me about a day to get through. I wish I had read it as a child though, I think I really would have enjoyed it better. That said, still totally worth reading and worth keeping on my bookshelf for children in the future.
#12 – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park has long been the missing novel in my Jane Austen repertoire. No longer. I had started the book once before, but become so lost and confused by the character names and who was whom, that I gave up. Well, it, sadly, took me about 100 pages to get everyone straight, but after that point I really loved this book! My favorite Austen had always been Northanger Abbey due to its playful nature. However, I think Mansfield might have given it a run for its money. I’m going to have to read them back to back someday and decide. Only, next time I read Mansfield, I’m going to do myself a favor and do what I did when I read Wuthering Heights – create a family pedigree of characters to keep everyone safe.
#13 – What’s in a Word by Webb Garrison
This book I received from booksneeze to read and review. See my thoughts on it here.
For a complete list of everything I’ve read in 2010 as well as links to my thoughts on the book – visit my Books Read in 2010 page.