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Subject: How many are tackling February's book?
Date Posted: 2/2/2013 1:00 PM ET
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I'm still reading January's choice (Mill on the Floss)--I'm sure it's going to take all this month to finish it. But that's okay because I know I'm working on it.

My February book is Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance. What's yours?

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Date Posted: 2/2/2013 4:00 PM ET
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I never got to my January pick (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) but I'm hoping to get to that and my February book (Breakfast at Tiffany's) this month.
Date Posted: 2/2/2013 5:47 PM ET
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I was very surprised how Breakfast at Tiffany's is so unlike the movie (which caused a problem for George on Seinfeld!).

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Date Posted: 2/2/2013 6:03 PM ET
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I'm reading John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.

Date Posted: 2/3/2013 6:20 AM ET
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Oh boy, you mean it's February already?  I still need to settle in on my first book choice for 2013.......

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 1:58 PM ET
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Right now I'm reading My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. Born a slave, he escaped and became a leading figure in the Abolitionist movement. His prose gives us post-moderns a serious vocabulary workout. His tone is as if he was using a lightening bolt for a pen.

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 8:04 PM ET
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Matt B., you have a wonderful way with words!

I'd better put the Douglass book on my ever-growing list.

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Date Posted: 2/8/2013 1:58 PM ET
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The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne and /or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy!  Seven Gables is going slow as several books I had ordered from the library came in but I'll keep working on it.

 



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Date Posted: 2/8/2013 3:31 PM ET
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I read The House of the Seven Gables decades ago. I remember that it was often a struggle, but I persevered. I need to read it again sometime. . .

It's funny what prompted me to pick up that book way back when: Shirley Temple had presented a dramatization on her TV show, and I was hooked.

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Subject: February reading
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 7:46 PM ET
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I don't really have a one selection a month sort of thing going on. I always have 4 or 5 books going at a time...especially since I'm doing multiple challenges; however, for the classics challenge I'm currently reading a selection on my Kindle for the "black/African American" category. I'm reading  Iola Leroy, or Shadows Lfted   by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.  She was an African-American abolitionist,poet, and author who lived from 1825-1911.  The story, so far, is very good, and revolves around a group of slaves transitioning from slavery to freedom as the Civil War ends. It is very well written. This is a new author for me, and I certainly think her work deserves mention along side the more famous Harriet Beecher Stowe. Perhaps her lack of recognition is related to her being black. I don't know. Wikipedia said she had a long and prolific career...if that is the case, why haven't we heard as much of her as Stowe? Doesn't seem fair.

Subject: February choice
Date Posted: 2/27/2013 4:29 PM ET
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I don't have a February choice since I'm doing a lite challenge this year, but I started my March/April classic a couple days early!  I'm re-reading Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities which I first read in high school.  It was a struggle then, but I'm sure I'll love it now.  I wasn't mature enough to appreciate the "Great Books" back then.