Welcome to the new kellywiggains.com! My blog got its own domain this week as well as a cosmetic facelift. I still have dreams and schemes for this little space of mine, but just like with moving into a new house, I need to live in it a few weeks before I know where I want to put everything.
Moving to this space marked off a couple of my goals for this year, and today I’m addressing another one: Tracking My Reading Progress.
Each week, I want to feature books I am currently reading. I want to keep my Pinterest board full of books for you guys to choose. In addition to Pinterest, I will keep track of my books right here on the blog’s sidebar. You can also find my current reads on my profile in GoodReads (Come be my friend at any of those places! Just click on the links to view my profiles.)
I might also feature the books that I really liked in future posts or reviews, just for a heads up.
On to my list:
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: This chick is a beast at 800+ pages, complex characters, and intricate cultural references. The language is beautiful and captures the Russian aristocracy in its pre-1900 glory. I’m reading it to participate in Jessica’s Classical Catch-Up Challenge. She picked a doozy for the first installment!
2. The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published by David Skinner: The premise to this book intrigued me, and I picked up a copy at the library over the weekend. It’s about the story surrounding Webster’s Third, its publication in the 1960s, and what came to be known as “the Fort Sumter or Usage Wars.” I’ll let you know.
3. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: This is the second installment of Hale’s fun and whimsical trip to Austenland, a (sadly, fictional) theme park of sorts for all Jane Austen fans. Period costumes, handsome gentlemen, modern-day twists and snark, Austenland was a fun book that I read in a day or so, and I’ve heard this second one is even better. For the Jane Austen erudite elite, it might not be your cup of tea, but for the Colin Firth-loving romantic comedy crowd, you will love it. (Although I did take issue with the first book when the main character hid her BBC Pride and Prejudice DVDs in a potted plant. No Jane fan that I know has ever been ashamed of it.)
What good books have you found lately?
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