Sunday, August 8

IMM & BTFMH - In My Mail Box - Special Super Awesome Edition

In My Mailbox is Hosted by Kirsti over at the Story Siren, be sure to stop by her blog.

Okay, so it's been two weeks since my last IMM post and I know I promised you all to tune in the next week (which would have been last week) for something, really, really, really, really COOL! But, I didn't have enough time to share it with you. I didn't actually get my news I was expecting until Friday (it was the good news!), but I bought the something really, really, really cool, anyways, despite not knowing about the news at the time.

**I origonally didn't have this posted under BTFMH, but looking back, it's a great example of it, so I'm sharing the posts with IMM and my meme BTFMH, because let's face it, this is the most awesome example of BTFMH ever!**

Anyways, I got both the good news I was hoping for and I got the something really, really, really cool. So I've been wanting to get this something really, really, really, really cool, for a while, and it was the right time, what is it you ask? It is a box set of 51 books (yes, you read right, a box set of 51 books!) Not only is it a box set of 51 books, it's a box set of 51 classics! And, I got a great deal on them. 250$ For 51 books (4.42 per book, when they cost 10.95, normally.)

The box set is the Premier Classics Box set, which I already have some copies of some of the titles in that edition and had some used copies of other titles, but it was still a great deal. And very excited to share with you all. I'd loved to have shared this with you VIA a vlog, but the box is heavy, on the floor in the corner, so it's a little hard to do a vlog, but I do have pictures. Many pictures, so without further ado....

WARNING. What you are about to see are pictures of some very pretty books. View at own risk, as I am not responsible for symptoms or side affects from viewing these. They include; drooling, wide eyes, jealously, running out and buying mass amounts of books and more.

(Left) The box the books came in.
(It says Simon and Schuster on the Box, but Premier Classics is an imprint of Knopf.)

(Right )Inside the box of books..... look at all them books! It is also, a very heavy set of books. But worth it.

Shots of all 51 books. In alphabetical order by author.

(Left) The Austen's

(Right) Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Balzac, Willa Cather, Lewis Carrol, Louisa May Alcott

(Left) Kate Chopin, Wilkie Collins

(Right) Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe

(Left) The Charles Dickens' Books

(Right) Sir Arther Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Hardy

(Left) James Joyce, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

(Right) D.H. Lawrence, Niccolo Machiavelli, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelly

Johnathan Swift, William Makepeace Thackery, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton.

Master List of All the Books

1) Little Woman - Louisa May Alcott
2) Emma - Jane Austen
3) Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
4) Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
5) Persuasion - Jane Austen
6) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
7) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
8) Cousin Bette - Honore De Balzac
9) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
10) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
11) Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
12) My Antonia - Will Cather
13) The Awakening - Kate Chopin
14) The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
15) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
16) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
17) Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
18) The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
19) Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
20) Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
21) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
22) Hard Times - Charles Dickens
23) Nicholas Nickelby - Charles Dickens
24) The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens
25) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
26) Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
27) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
28) The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
29) Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
30) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
31) Middlemarch - George Eliot
32) This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
33) Tess of D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
34) The Mayer of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
35) Far from the madding crowd - Thomas Hardy
36) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
37) The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
38) Dubliners - James Joyce
39) Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
40) Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
41) The Prince -Niccolo Machiavelli
42) Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
43) Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
44) Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
45) Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
46) Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
47) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackery
48) Walden - Henry David Thoreau
49) Anna Karenina
50) Tom Sawyear and Hunckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
51) The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

Thursday, August 5

Bleak House Read-a-long!

Amanda over at The Zen Leaf (check her blog out), has decided she's going to be doing a read-a-long of the book Bleak House by Charles Dickens over a 10 week period. The read-a-long starts The week of August 25 and goes until the week of October 27. Each week weekly posts will be posted to discuss the book and our progress doing it.

Here's the schedule:
Aug 25 - Chapters 1-7
Sept 1 - Chapters 8-13
Sept 8 - Chapters 14-19
Sept 15 - Chapters 20-25
Sept 22 - Chapters 26-32
Sept 29 - Chapters 33-38
Oct 6 - Chapters 39-46
Oct 13 - Chapters 47-53
Oct 20 - Chapters 54-59
Oct 27 - Chapters 60-67

Click here to find out more details and Amanda's inspiration for doing the read-a-long. And of course to sign up! Come on, you know you wanna! This will be my first Dickens, so I'm really excited to try it out. And make sure you check out all the details at Amanda's Blog.

Wednesday, August 4

July Wrap-Up

Another month gone by, and I have to say, I'm very happy with this month's progress. It's made up for my last months (last few actually) progress. And I managed to do a impromptu read-a-thon, participate in three discussion groups, one of which was a read-a-long, and read some pretty good books this month. All around, it was a great month for reading. To bad I bought more books than I managed to knock of my TBR list. Doh! Small steps right?

Books Read
I read 10 books this month, brining my total number of books read this month is 51.
It's hard to say which book was my favourite, I think it's petty much a three-way-tie between The Year of the Flood, The Outlander and Secret Daughter. All three were fantastic books, I don't think I could pick one.

My least favourite books read this month is tied between two; Nights Below Station Street and the Passage.

1) Nights Below Station Street - David Adams Richards - 6/10
2) The Outlander - Gil Adamson - 9.5/10
3) The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood - 9.5/10
4) No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod - 8/10
5) A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence - 6.75/10
6) Secret Daughter: A Novel - Shilpi Somaya Gowda - 9/10
7) The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald - 7/10
9) Paco's Story - Larry Heinemann - 7.5/10
9) City of Thieves - David Benioff - 8.5/10
10) The Passage - Jason Cronin - 6/10


Total Books Read 51
Total Pages - 15, 051

Completed Challenges This Month : 0
Completed Challenges this year: 7

So, I didn't finish any challenges this past month, but I got a leg up on some, so I think I'm sitting pretty good so far.

2nd's Challenge - 4/6
10/10 Challenge - 50/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 2/3
100+ Challenge - 51/100
451 Reading Challenge - 1/7
A - Z Challenge - 33/52
Bibilophilic Challenge - 3/6
Centuries Challenge - 2/?
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Chunkster Challenge - 2/4
Countdown Challenge - 32/55
Decades Challenge - 3/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fantasy Challenge - 1/6
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 11/12
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 3/6
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 1/4
Reading Western Europe Challenge - 5/12
RYOB Challenge - 24/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 27/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 0/3
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 2/5
Women Unbound Challenge - 3/8

Mini Challenges:
Leo Tolsty Mini Challenge - 0/2
French Revolution Challenge - 0/2
Wilkie Collins Challenge - 1/2

Countries Visited
So I added a couple of countries I forgot I visited (Holland-Netherlands (Black Tulip) was one of them.) So I think, if I have the numbers right now, I have visited appronximately 36 countries. This month I visited India, Russia, England, United States, Vietnam, Russia and Canada. In my journey through Canada I visited the following provinces - Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitobia.

visited 36 states (16%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Books Added to my Collection

I actually did REALLY well for buying books this month, compared to other months

1) Doctor Zhivargo - Boris Pasternack
2) The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson
3) The Secret Philosopher - Matthew Plampin
4) The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
5) The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
6) Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas
7) The Vicomte de Bragelonne - Alexander Dumas
8) Louise de Valliere - Alexander Dumas
9) The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexander Dumas
10) Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
11) Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh
12) The Jade Peony - Wayson Choy
13) The Lotus Eaters - Tatjana Soli
14) Major Pettigrews Last Stand - Helen Simonson
15) Secret Daughter - Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Review Books
16) Chef - Jaspreet Signh
17) The Jewel of St. Petersburgh - Kate Furnival
18) The Sixth Surrender - Hana Samek Norten