Sunday, July 1, 2007

The joy of reading

I've always been a bookworm, but I can't believe I still have time to read even during this busy period in my life! A page here, a page there, a chapter during my daily bus trip, a chapter before bedtime... and I've completed a book in a week! Not bad, isn't it?

Recently, I've read:

* Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
* The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
* The Forged Coupon and The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy

...What have you been reading lately, ladies?


ann_in_grace said...

thank you for your comment on minthegap :)

Buffy said...

I went to see the Mousetrap at the theatre for my birthday a couple of years ago. I love Agatha Christie (as you may know from my post about Poirot!). I also remember reading Wuthering Heights when I was about 14 - great "coming of age" novel. Had you read it before? I haven't read any Tolstoy, I tried War and Peace a long time ago but I didn't get very far. The complicated Russian names finished me off! Was he the one who argued that Jesus taught total pacifism?

Anna S said...


You're most welcome!!


This was the first time I read Wuthering Heights, and I loved it :)

I'm a HUGE Tolstoy fan. I have 12 volumes of his writings and have read them all. But I admit, I think the names look so odd in English! :) Also, I don't know how good the translations are. Surely nothing can be compared to the original beautiful Russian of his works. I think War and Peace is *heavy* stuff, and if you want to try reading Tolstoy again, you could start with something shorter. I think The Forged Coupon is a good one to start with.

andi chan said...

I love Wuthering Heights! I'm re-reading Little House on the Prarie--I love children's literature! That's about it as far as reading goes. I also just finished The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge--it was very good!

Alicia said...

Hi, Anna S. I just found your blog (via Nancy Wilson's), and I'm totally excited I did! I look forward to joining the conversation.

I'm reading: The Odyssey, The Silmarillion, by Tolkien, and Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.

Anonymous said...

How I wish I made more time for pleasure reading! Recently, all it's been is non-fiction, reference-y type materials. I still enjoy that, but I've been eyeballing that volume of Austen works I picked up at a Thrift store some months ago. It's definitely beckoning me!


magda said...

so am i to understand that you read russian? wow! my favorite tolstoy is anna karenina, though i have only read it in english. i love levin and kitty! with the bronte sisters, i'm more of a charlotte fan- i love jane eyre. these are both books that led me to christianity, so i especially love them.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have wanted to read books such as War and Peace and Wuthering Heights, but I wasn't sure if they would be appropriate for my age (my ignorance is coming through here:)).
Any suggestions?

I have also been browsing through my Father's Theology library. I did not know of the treasures that lay in my own home!

Other authors I enjoy are Jane Austen and Charles Dickins along with the Schaeffers!

In God's Love,

Perennial Pioneer said...

Reading a book in a week? Well, that is nothing compared to my family. We can read a book in three days. One time, I had a seven hour trip to Spokane on the Train, and I took a book, and read it in that length of time. I cannot sleep on trains, so I like to read, or listen to music!I especially like to read G.A. Henty books, and read them fast. I do like to read Jane Austen but slowly, so that I can get the full flavor. Reading Lord of the Rings is hard too, to read it fast. Chronicles of Narnia is diffecult, unless you read it slow. So, I see the merit in reading a book in a week.
I have never read any of the books you mentioned, but will try to.
I am personally a Janette Oke fan, and an Isabella Alden fan. They are really good books.
But the thing I like to read the most, is the Bible. I am in the midst of Jeremiah, right now.:)
Got to close!

PandaBean said...

I'm currently reading the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan, there are 11 books plus a prequel and the story still isn't finished!

I'm also reading the "Little House on the Prarie Cookbook". I read the books a few months ago and found the cookbook when I was looking for other things.

The other books I currently have out from the library are:
"Miserly Moms" & "Beard on Bread"

I recently finished reading "Sink Reflections" & "Body Clutter" by Marla Cilliey & Leanne Ely (FlyLady & Dinner Diva).

I'm a huge bookworm and love to read; I try to always have a book with me, just in case I have some spare time. One time I forgot my book and ended up giving blood on a spur of the moment whim; I would have had an hour and a half to read if I had brought my book with me! :P That'll learn me! :)

PandaBean said...

Oh! Also on my table is "Greg's Shorthand", a textbook from the 1930's on shorthand, something I've been interested in learning for a long time and my G-ma still had her book from when she was in school.

Mrs. H said...

Hmmm, I've been reading some odd stuff lately. "The South Was Right", by James & Walter Kennedy. It is not for the politically correct, as you can easily surmise from the title. "Dumbing Us Down", by John Taylor Gatto, excellent but scary book. I've just started "Rob Roy", by Sir Walter Scott. I love it already, and I haven't even gotten past the introduction (long thing).

I loved Wuthering Heights. Have you read Jane Eyre?

Heehee, I always thought I was a bookworm. It turns out I must not be, since I've only ever read 55 serious books in my life. Oh well.

My faves of all time are nearly anything by Jane Austen and Les Miserables (such a long book, but you'll wish it was twice that long.)


AnneK said...

Right now Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen), Anne (L M Montgomery) series (for the 9th time I believe), Jewel (Brett Lott). I love love love reading and I make sure that I read AT LEAST 1 chapter of a book usually before bedtime. Not too much spare time usually! :(

Serena said...

How many languages do you speak and read, Anna?

I've been making my way through Charles Dicken's Bleak House lately. It's wonderful! I've also been reading through Charlotte Mason's Home Education, which is great. There are a few others I've been reading here and there. I used to only read one book at a time, convinced that I wouldn't be able to appreciate more than one at a time, but I was wrong! Now, I'm lucky if I have less than 5 going at once.

Anna S said...

Brenda: I also came across a beautiful collection of Jane Austen works... but as I'm currently in a no-spend regime, I'm restraining myself :P

Magda: Yes, I read Russian. :)

Jenn: I was 13 the first time I read War and Peace. Since then, I read it 5 times :P I always into the grown-up books since I was 10 or so... but I love reading children's literature even now! Recently, I re-read 'The Little Princess'.

Laura: when I have free time, I complete a book in 3 days too :P
... This weekend, I devoted myself to reading the book of Isaiah. Beautiful.

Mrs. H: I haven't read Jane Eyre yet, but it's on my to-read list!

Serena: 5, if you count Spanish.

Sheri said...

Anna, I have a gift for you at my blog!

Kyla said...

I love hearing what everybody else is reading. I am reading currently reading Disciplines of the Beautiful Woaman (I read this in pretty much every new season of my life) The Queens Fool by Phillipa Gregory (doesn't seem to be as racy as her other novels so far) Mrs Dalloway by Virginal Wolf. Having a Mary heart in a Martha World not sure the author is though.

I love Wuthering Heights and I read it the first time in Jr. High. I might need to reread that soon.

Anna said...

I'm reading Pilgrim's Progress, the second edition with both Christian and Christiana's stories. Its been an encouraging read!


Serena said...

Spanish counts! I think I can safely assume, but what are the others? How did you learn them all?

Anna S said...


This is a long story :) I guess I should write a separate post about the history of our family sometime. It will be a LONG one.

Serena said...

I can hardly wait to hear it! Long stories are good! (Forgive me if I'm being too nosy!)

Mrs. Brigham said...

I am a huge bookworm too. We do not watch television, so reading or another activity is "break from reality".

I LOVE Wuthering Heights, but cannot say I have read the other books you have recently finished. Tolstoy's writing is always wonderful.

Tracy said...

Oh, I haven't had the time lately to sit down to any good reads. That season will come again, though.

Lindsy said...

Oh,the information here is good to know about Tolstoy! I almost bought War & Peace recently and changed my mind....

I'm reading When People Are BIG and God is Small by Ed Welch, When Jesus Confronts the World by D.A. Carson, Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by Greg Bahnsen, and Matthew.

By the way, if you sign up at for their weekly e-mails soon, you will get an e-mail with a code for downloading an audio version of Pilgrim's Progress for free from (Christian Audio also has free offerings without signing up for SC. The work offered for free download changes each month.)

Anna S said...

Oh, don't get me wrong - I LOVE War and Peace. I've read it 5 times, and same goes for Anna Karenina. I just think these might be a bit heavy for an introduction to Tolstoy's works. :)

Emily said...

I love reading! Have been a bit slack lately though. I quite want to read all the Jane Austen novels at some point. Maybe I'll get to soon!

Melian said...

I enjoy reading classic literature as well. Dumas is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend the Count of Monte Cristo, and I don't think you are cheating to find an excellent abridgement. (I'm not sure that reading a description of every single brick in a jail cell adds that much to the complex story.)

If N.P. also loves books, you should consider planning something that my husband and I enjoy. We take turns choosing a book, and we read to each other at night before bed. We actually started this when we were dating (not before bed, obviously!) and enjoyed it enough to continue. It is a good chance for me to read books that he likes which I would not have chosen. (And vice versa.)

That's why I am also reading the Wheel of Time, pandabean!

Josue said...


Thank you for the info! Mother Dear and I went to the bookstore to get a sewing book, and I found War and Peace. I decided to start reading and I got through the third chapter. Unfortunately, we couldn't purchase it, so I will have to read it in snippets. Thank you for introducing it to me!

In God's Love,

Anna S said...


I've read the Count of Monte Cristo - the whole thing! Great book.

N.P. loves reading as well, and we have enjoyed reading together - not to each other, but just sitting together and reading... and share interesting thoughts once in a while. Precious, peaceful moments.

Autumn said...

I would love to read Wuthering Heights someday. One of my favorite books is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I am currently reading October Sky.
I saw on your sidebar that you love the book a Walk to Remember. Both the book and the movie are excellent.

Anna S said...


Yes, I love 'A Walk to Remember'! The book was a gift from N.P.

Daughter of the King said...

I have been reading Karen Kingsbury...but love the old Grace Livingston Hill books too.
Love your blog..
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