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Notes, 11/16/20

Read and Reading

Did I finish reading anything last week other than my Deal Me In story? No. But I did start reading something new.

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

What’s Nonfiction reviewed We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper. I’m working on a nonfiction project myself, and this book seems like something I should look at as well as being an engaging read. I put it on hold at the library, figuring I had two weeks to finish up Edison’s Eve. Foiled by the library, it became available Friday. So, I started reading it on Friday.

The second half #Sherlockathon was a bit of a bust for me, but did I really expect differently considering my track record with TBR lists? (I love making ’em, barely ever stick to ’em…) Still, it was a fun event, and I’ll give it another go if the organizers decide to do it again.

Deal Me In

Week 45: 10♦️
“The Letters” by Edith Wharton – The title of the Wharton anthology I’m reading is Tales of Men and Ghosts. Honestly, there have been too many stories of the former and not enough of the latter. “The Letters” is about a man, but through the lens of a woman who loves him, despite his being occasionally very negligent. For a story published before 1910, the actions of the young woman feel surprisingly contemporary.

(Yes, I’m still a week behind.)

Classics Club Spin #25

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 22nd November 2020, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List.

On Sunday 22nd November, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 30th January, 2021.

Yeah, yeah, I know what I just said about lists

  1. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  3. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green
  4. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  5. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  6. King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
  7. The Horla by Guy de Maupassant
  8. Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, and other stories by Oscar Wilde
  9. The Private Memoirs…of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  10. The Mummy! by Jane Webb Loudon
  11. Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier
  12. Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  13. The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas
  14. Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown
  15. The Devil’s Elixirs by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  16. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
  17. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  18. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison
  19. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
  20. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn

Honestly, any of these sound good to me right about now, especially given the two month reading window!