“Starting three Victorian works at the same time might seem like madness, but there were three readlongs beginning this month that I really couldn’t resist. And losing myself in Victorian prose at night has been the perfect antidote to difficult days at work.”
That was what I wrote at the end of February. I had wonderful intentions, but I haven’t lived up to them.
And so it’s time for confessions and lessons.
First there was Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyssey.
“My final post for the readalong will be arriving bang on schedule next Monday.”
I must now confess that said post is still sitting, unfinished, in my drafts folder. Oliver Twist was written in three books and I’d posted about the first two, but I was struggling to write about the third and sum things up at the same time.
I think that in future with long books I shall probably make notes as I go and post at the end. With maybe just some quotations or random thoughts along the way.
I’ll write more about Oliver Twist one day …
And then there was Villette by Charlotte Bronte, hosted by Wallace at Unputdownables.
Ha! I must confess that I haven’t picked up Vilette since I wrote that. And I have learned that just because I want to read a book, and just because there’s a readalong that doesn’t make it the right time to read. Sometimes its wiser to just to stand back and watch and save your book until the time is right.
Vilette is back on the “one day” pile …
And finally there’s The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell, hosted by Katherine at Gaskell Blog.
“Now this little novella really has captivated me. The lovely style, the fine prose, the wonderful evocation of the period and the countryside setting. And, most of all, the characters and their stories.”
I really was loving The Moorland Cottage, but disaster struck. The book went missing! I looked everywhere, but it wasn’t until yesterday I had occasion to look in my mother’s knitting bag …
Now I can pick up the threads, and I am quite sure that I will be writing about The Moorland Cottage very soon.
I will, really …
But what do you think about readalongs? Do you have any helpful advice?