Dread & Read Selections Of 2020

I love planning my reading around Jane’s themes, especially “Reading Naturally“;  which I will miss this year.  I am here despite unreliable access to WordPress.

Most important and difficult of all things:  my precious Mom died.  I feel fortunate that she saw this new year and welcomed it with me, with her very sacred Mother’s hugs and kisses one more time.  She knows I love reading, having been given the gift of this love from her, however unique our own preference in styles.   It will be a balm to the hardest absence in a Daughter’s life.



There are a number of books I hesitate to read, my spouse’s and my abundant home stock, lovingly and excitedly collected since my childhood and his.  The incentive of Jane’s generous, fun rewards, succeeds at getting me to dive into a few of them.

Neither my Mom nor I are keen on general fiction.  She prefers non-fiction.  I love fiction but need cats, the spiritual, paranormal, or mystery as the chief genre to supplement it.  I am wary of historical fiction and classics.  I have proven to love Canadian classics.  Could I relate to these stories or societies, especially way off in England?

Another dread are authors I tried and disliked.  I am a believer in skill and style that improve and series that grow more interesting.  Approaching modernity helps, as well as falling in love with characters and feeling at home with settings.  Disliking one novel does not deter me and owning many series in entirety are encouragements.

Here is my hit list.  Finishing three will be a boon:  to our space at home, my education, and satisfaction with the achievement!  It is the most gratifying, to find that I love them and I endeavour to stretch the momentum.  Thank you for your idea and wonderful gifts, Jane.



Monk’s HoodEllis Peters  1980

I couldn’t bear the slow writing style of the first novel with superfluous, irritating adjectives and adverbs.  I was glad I read the second novel because it was not only a major improvement.  I was surprised to find it action-packed:  even though, ironically, the first novel was a travelling story and the next, stayed around their monastery.  Let’s see if the sequel removes trepidation about reading the rest of Ellis Peters’s series and Edith Pargeter’s other writing! ~

The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s BagAlan Bradley  2010

To say I loathed the writing style and attitude of the child protagonist in the début novel puts it mildly.  I grit my teeth if I hear “precocious” as a description and found this girl mean and as hated, as other readers.  However, owning the sequel is a large incentive, along with sequels being better in my experience.  I want to like a Canadian author that many of my countrymen and countrywomen favour, so I will give it a fair go.


Slay It With FlowersKate Collins  2005

I thought the first volume was poorly-fashioned as a mystery and that it lacked believability.  Here too, I had bought a plethora of softcovers.  However, I glimpsed merit around the end and stopped myself from putting these bright, floral softcovers in a sell pile, until I had read more, at least.  Surely Brooke Shields is not starring as this sleuth in TV films if the writing and plotting of the mysteries had not become fair.


Behind The Scenes At The MuseumKate Atkinson  1995

I enjoyed her middle novel and received her second-most recent one as a gift and it looks enthralling.  I thought it would be nice to start with her first release, which is well-received and liked.  However, I know Kate’s perspective and style are unusual and these aren’t my usual 300-page novels.  I am game to try her oldie but peeked at the beginning and see that the perspective and premise are bizarre indeed!  However this novel goes, I am certain to enjoy her later work.


One-Hundred Years Of SolitudeGabriel García Márquez  1967

This famous and classic story represents the purpose of Jane’s challenge, in the true sense of the world and is the juggernaut of this theme, if there ever was one.  My reticence about it is not mild.  I will be relieved to read it and surprised and thrilled, to find I liked it.  I was a Spanish major and saw that a lot of Hispanic novels, short stories, and indeed history were among the most depressing I had ever heard.  Whether or not I can relate to this any better, I am willing to see the admired elements and classic traits of which it is made.


Wuthering Heights”  Emily Brontë  1847 Pride And Prejudice”  Jane Austen  1814

These are big name authoresses and classic novels too, daunting in a quadruple whammy.  Classics are not always my milieu, historic fiction, is not always to my taste, general fiction is not always for me, and naturally, I relate less to fiction not in my country.  However, I have always felt I should read them, as a writer.  Charlotte Brontë seems like she wrote gothic atmospheres I would love and I did enjoy Jane Austen’s first novel.  It will be a feather in my cap to read both of this classic novel juggernauts, with higher certainty and expectations of enjoying these.  However, I am open to being suprised and enjoying them all.


Incentive Sweeteners  ~

Please tell me when you obtain wish list items, so I know my own search is successful, with my sincere thanks and earnest pleasure.  :)  I will name them, after some time for thought.

Please include a date or year whenever you write cards.  Within a year, record-keepers and gift-savers like my Mom & I, know very well the importance of identifiable provenance.

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4 Responses to Dread & Read Selections Of 2020

  1. neeru says:

    Dear Carolyn

    Nice to see you posting once again and am glad you are participating in challenges in what must be a very tough period for you.

    Wuthering Heights is one of my all-time faves and i hope u enjoy it too. A correction though, the book is written by Emily Bronte and not her sister Charlotte who has written that most self-righteous heroine Jane Eyre.

    • God bless you, Neeru. I appreciated your calming e-mail, when you wished me the “om shanti” blessing and thank you for checking on me now. My Mom’s funeral service was last week. These quieter times, when the crowd of friends and family who helped us mourn, are gone back to normal lives: I will need help and find this her absence more difficult. I appreciate friends who ask me how I am later.

      I was in Jane’s groups last year but she did not add my links to her blog until now. I will continue the two she is still doing but “Reading Naturally” was my favourite and a New Zealand woman is taking a break from my other favourite, “Connect Five”. A quiet challenge year, for I believe I must also take a break from hosting my own quartet. Perhaps it will be fun to read, without the thematic guidelines I am used to!

    • Jamie, you missed what I wrote here and at Jane’s blog, that my Mom has died. Kind words are appreciated.

      I will have a look at the group you suggest. I only find the effort worth those that offer prizes but maybe I will be tempted to have someplace for my nature and spiritual reading. Thank you!

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