"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Friday, January 11, 2013

Celebrating 200 Years of Changing the World

Yes. That's right. The ever-acclaimed-no-matter-how-many-protests Pride and Prejudice celebrates 200 years this month on the 28th.

And those 200 years really have changed the world. So many lives touched, whether for pleasure or pain. Comfort or no. The world changed because of Miss Austen's book. It changed with her other 5 novels, too--including my favorite Persuasion. But I believe this book has had the farthest reaching affect on mankind, and certainly womankind! :-)

So we are celebrating. P&P will be this month's Austen Knows Best Book Club discussion. The book and its various movie adaptations. Yes. I know. I've already talked much of these on this blog, and even shared the discussion questions from another book club here. But phoo. We are doing it again. And any true Janeite as I am will heartily agree with me that it can never be enough. Or at least that one can never turn down an excuse to watch P&P adaptations.

HM & SL 2013 Book Challenge

We have 12 categories this year:

Science fiction/Fantasy
Books made into movies/musicals
Travel books/books set in a country you've never been
History (can be historical fiction)
Award winners/nominees
Recommended by...
Adult fiction by an author you've never read before


1. Each book must be at least 100 pages to count.
2. The first four books in a category are worth 10 points. The rest are worth 5.
3. Any book you own is worth double points. (We're both library readers and want to whittle down our stack of unread books that we own.)
4. Any books on your goodreads "to-read" list is worth double points.

Final 2012 Totals

I can’t believe how much less I read this year! I often joke each year that I need to read less because I feel like I should be doing other things in life. Now I have proof that I am finally having a better social life and doing more besides reading. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. :-)

Differences this year: I have a group of friends that I love, and I do quite a bit with. I have a roommate to share Period Drama watching with. I try to attend 3 different wards’ activities. I went on 2 huge vacations that were so jam-packed of stuff, I barely had time to read! (Even bought a Nook for the purpose and it didn’t help.)

So, please: applaud me for reading less!!

Yearly Totals

Picture Books Goal: 250
Picture Books Actual: 251 (100%). Whew. Barely.

Audio Goal: 50
Audio Actual: 41 (82%). I blame this on the fact that I read 2 very long Dickens books, and 5 Dickens total—4 of them in audio!

Adult Goal: 20
Adult Actual: 28 (140%)

YA Goal: 40
YA Actual: 43 (108%) Wow. I really went down in my reading goals everywhere! I’m surprised I didn’t read more YA.

JF Goal: 40
JF Actual: 36 (90%) I think this is the first year I’ve tracked JF separate from JP, so I think I did well here. And I’m using this as an excuse for why I read less YA….

Nonfiction Goal: 20
Nonfiction Actual: 20 + 5 Juv titles that were less than 80 pages (125%)

Rereads: 5. Sort of. Two of those were the same book (The Book of Mormon) and one of those was a book I read ~1/2 of in college, but always wanted to finish so instead of picking up where I left off I started all the way over from the beginning. 500 of those pages were new to me!

10 books * 10 categories Goal: 100
10*10 Actual: 93 (93%). This challenge was so much harder than it seemed it would be. And I was 1 book away in 2 of the categories! Oh yes. It really should say 94. But I have recounted 3 times and cannot find where I am missing a book. Oh well.

Total Books Goal: 350
Total Books Actual: 359 (103%)

Pages Goal: 35,000
Pages Actual: 32,854 (94%) (Even though my goal was less, and I read less—I still completed the same % as last year!)

Points: 1076.1

A to Z Totals
(aka “Scrabble Challenge”)

Count Scrabble points for first letter of each title and author that I read. Bonus points for letters my names start with. (Not including picture books.)

Titles: 246
Letters not read: Q, X, Y, Z
Highest Scoring letter: H (30 points)

Authors: 210
Letters not read: N, Q, U, X, Z
Highest Scoring Letter: W (28 points)

Grand Total: 456

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 Book Challenge books read

Sorry that I haven't gotten to posting about my 2012 Book Challenge(s). I got sick at the New Year and then things just didn't want to load. I couldn't get these up in any way except as jpgs. But at least they're up! Here are my 10 categories and what I read within them.

 Juvenile Fiction
 Juvenile Picture (not counting the other 240 I read!)
 Juvenile Fiction (less than 80 pages)
 Personal Choice: Titanic
  To Read List (before 2012)
 Young Adult Fiction
 Fiction published after 2000

I'll post my final totals probably tomorrow. I already calculated it all. But it's on my work computer.