Tea Time Ruminations: Reading Habits

Tea: Rose Petal Tea

Song: Leahkit by FRIKAR

I hope that everyone is well. I have been applying for jobs — mainly editorial jobs, and there is one I really am anxious from which to hear —, and setting up a reading schedule. I found my passion planner, which I adore, so I have been filling that. I have quite a schedule planned. For those who may have seen my last post, but who do not speak/read Nynorsk — especially probably a badly written one —, this one is on the same topic, although it will be more in-depth as my mother tongue is English.

img_2908.jpg

I was given The Western Canon by Harold Bloom by my boyfriend’s mother as a birthday present. Though released in 1994, it was unknown to me. I have immediately taken it as a challenge. As such a challenge demands, I have gone through my books — which is not nearly as large as library as I need despite my boyfriend’s objections to  my buying more books —. Here is a list of the books on the entirety of the Western canon.

I am using the list, and tailoring the format for my own use. I, however, have more than a few of the classics already due to birthday presents from S.S. Trantham, and a graduation gift of spectacular proportions from Mme. Racine-Tenace, one of my French professors (puis-je utiliser « professeuse», « professeure», ou « professoresse» ? Moi, je préfère « professeuse» même si elle, L’Académie,  déteste cela. Cette instance est une des  instances rarissmes que j’utilise un mot qui est « non-standard » en français. ). She gave me two large — as in early 2000s computer size — boxes of her master’s, and PhD books. Between the two gifts, Mr. Trantham’s and Mme. Racine-Tenace, I have a few:

img_2889.jpg
The bottom layer

I, naturally, concocted a reading challenge. Four classics per month from the Western Canon will allow me to finish it before 60 years of age. The exact age is up in the air as I actually screwed up already. He recommends some collections whereas I have read the complete works. I guess that I am an over-achiever in that way, but it will make the list even longer.

img_2899.jpg
The top layer

Sappho’s complete poem collection is one of those that I got before I realised that it was part of a collection, and I am very glad that I did. Her poems seep with emotion, and she reminds me of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in that everything is real, and tangible in her work. I cried multiple times in the few poems that we still have of hers, Sappho’s.

I also have already finished Gilgamesh. I understand the reasons for which it has survived. Even in fragments, it took me for an emotional ride. I cared about the hero very early. My friend, Ms. Lange, proposed an analysis comparing it to contemporary hero stories. That would be beautiful, and I must research more. It, the epic, was worth every stressful second, and every adrenaline-induced breath.

img_2903.jpg

I am now working on The Iliad. The Odyssey is next, obviously. I am not content to just read four books a month though. I must be more active. I, therefore, added two French-language books, and put the stipulation that if it is a French (language) classic, I must read it in French.

img_2906.jpg

Meet the two that I have picked for August. Alabama Song, I purchased when I was in France an age ago. I have yet to finish it. It discusses Zelda Sayre, and I love anything concerning her. Les Liaisons Dangereuses — yes, I used American rules on capitalisation as I am writing this in English — is one of the double-dips which counts as a French language book, and a classic. I cannot wait to finish both.

I cannot just favour my French books, however. I also want to read ‘contemporary’ books, or a better name would be ‘books for the hell of it’. These do not have to be actually contemporary, but for the most part will be. This month is:

img_2905.jpg

I have been planning to read His Dark Materials for quite a while — I am one of those abrahamic-raised children who were not allowed to read it as they “kill” god. As I have not finished the series, I do not know if they actually do — ; Mr. Trantham has been demanding that I read The Way of Kings — probably to get his copy returned —; Somewhere in Time (originally published as Bid Time Return, in my opinion a much better title) is one of my favourite films — thank you, Dad, for introducing me to the film, and to Jane Seymour —; and, lastly, my boyfriend, and I are addicted to Miss Phyrne Fisher the show, so I naturally want to read the novels on which it is based.

img_2891
Bottom Layer of contemporary books

If the producers of the show happen to read this, we would like another season.

img_2893
Top Layer of contemporary books

Those are my reading plans for August. I could use supportive thoughts to get through them all. I am, after all, embarking on a reading list that will probably take me longer than I have been alive as of now.

I wish everyone well. Be safe. Be loved.

Lastly, here is the list from my passsion planner. Feel free to comment on my rushed handwriting.

img_2907.jpg

One thought on “Tea Time Ruminations: Reading Habits

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s