Monday, January 14, 2013

Read more, watch less


Remember how I said I wanted to read more and watch less in 2013? Well, after an incredibly successful visit to Value Village with the lovely Lisa last week, there's no excuse for not following through. I mean, look at the above titles: Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, 1984, The Shining, Emma... I basically hit the jackpot. Plus, when I got back from Edmonton on Friday, my Kobo e-reader was sitting on my craft table just waiting for me to break it open for a cozy evening of tea drinking and book reading. We haven't cuddled up together yet, but I'm looking forward to doing some of that this week. Does anyone have any suggestions for my first free book?

Pro tip: I love gothic novels, especially classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Monk, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

So far this year I've only managed to finish H.G. Wells' Invisible Man, which is super short. So, I figure it's time to kick things up a notch. I need to tone down my Seinfeld consumption and ramp up my reading time.

How do you make time for reading?

UPDATE: While I was doing laundry yesterday, I found Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres in my apartment book exchange, and last night I dove right in. So far it's completely ridiculous and easy to read. After I devour it—I figure that should take all of two days—I'll move on to one of the many books now waiting for me on the shelf. I'm thinking The Shining will come first!

On a totally unrelated note, I also acquired a new phone while I was away and now I have Instagram. 
If you want to keep up to date on my adventures, you can find me at anveerman.

24 comments:

  1. You landed some real classics!! Ive always wanted to read Frankenstein & 1984!

    I'm currently reading Mary by Vladimir Nabokov. Which for whatever reason I think is quite gothy!

    You might also like The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks!


    chloexx

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  2. 1984 is one of my favorites, and I remember A Million Little Pieces being very, very good... although it made me very sad. I HATED Frankenstein though because it's the most depressing book ever--although I'd like to read it again, because I think the last time I read it I had no appreciation for writing that reflects the bad side of humanity.

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  3. The Shining is one of my very favorite books! I've always wanted to read Frankenstein. I remember I started trying to read it in 4th grade and thought "Hey, man, this is a little over my head" but now I'm a big girl and can read things like that.

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  4. aww, flutter of my heart. all these books are amazing! i was having difficulty findng time for reading with a full-time job, classes and life in general... but i just make it work. recently it's just before bed. instead of tv, i read for an hour or so. :) i'm just starting my first ever round of LOTR so i'm sure they will be consuming!

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  5. One of my 2013 'resolutions'!

    Must read the Shining soon!

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  6. A Streetcar and Virginia Woolf are both awesome reads.
    I've never read Frankenstein or Sherlock Holmes and I own both. :/
    At the current time I'm reading the Harry Potter series because I never got around to finishing them all. Soooo good!

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  7. I have the craziest book-envy over your stash. Frankenstein is one of my all-time favorites, sounds like you're off to an awesome start.

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  8. real classic! i've never read any pieces from Conan Doyle. I should find one when I go to the bookstore next time

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  9. Wow, how much luck can you have! The only 'great title' I ever found was lord of the rings but it was completely stained. I always order books from thebookdepository to keep up with my goal haha :) xo

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  10. OH MY GOD. "Seriously, I'm Kidding" made me laugh my butt off from start to finish. I read it during a professional development weekend where I was with a bunch of random strangers, and they all stared at me like I was crazy. It was awesome.

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  11. Some great titles there and some that I've never heard of some I'll have to look them up. Jane Eyre is on of my favourites as I just love reading about her growing up even if it is quite sad.

    I read the Yellow Wallpaper twice as its such an intense short story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. Yay for books and reading! I think Emma is the only Austen book I haven't read, so when you finish it let me know what you think. I love love love Frankenstein--I recently got the copy that has both Shelley's original manuscript alongside the edits and finished version made by her sweetie pie. Super interesting!

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  13. I'm totally with you, I need to FORCE myself to read these days which is a shame because after about 5 minutes, I'm loving it. It just never feels like a good time for it anymore! You certainly did hit the jackpot there, so many great books!
    Happy reading!

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  14. The Shining! Holy shiz dude I freaking love that book. It's definitely in my top ten favorites!

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  15. Good for you, lady! I am reading a really great book right now, it's called Beyond the Beautiful Forevers...I am aiming to read two a month - it's a bit easier for me bc I can read to/from work on the bus and over my lunch break...And I am a crazy fast reader. Keep me posted on recommendations, k?

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  16. Books! 1984 will forever be a favorite! What a nice reading list. :)

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  17. Wow, I would definitely get stuck into the Sherlock Holmes casebook. They are so readable and incredibly atmospheric... well worth the read. I hope you enjoy reading more this year!

    Gemma xx

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  18. A Million Little Pieces is one of my favorites - it got such a bad rap after the whole Oprah debacle, but if you just read it for what it is (a really well written novel) it's fantastic! And Streetcar is one of my ALL TIME favorites 9all Tennessee Williams for that matter)! You have a brilliant collection for the new year! And now I'm going to take your lead and curl up with a book on this snowy day in Oregon!

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  19. It's been really hard for me to find time to read this last year, I suck. I totally agree with Lauren above that if you read "A Million Little Pieces" as a novel it's a damn good read. I was totally cringing in pain though with some of the descriptions!

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  20. I definitely plan on reading a lot more this year, I just don't know what books to read!

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  21. Frankenstein YES! And The Shining too! Yay! Those all look great!

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  22. Jackpot indeed! You lucky duck :-) I'm always hunting the antique gallery for good old finds like these. I think my favorite is this first edition of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea I scored. Have fun with all the reading...I need to do more myself :-) xo

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  23. Oh, I just read A Streetcar Named Desire for a university English class. It was pretty good!

    -Lindsey

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