Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2: Day 4

Hello readers!! Sorry for the late/super early in the morning post. Somehow I managed to lose track of time (read as: fell asleep) and I neglected to post right after midnight. Luckily, here I am to clue you in on how Day 4 of my reading challenge went down.

That's right I finally... FINALLY finished King Arthur's Death which is a bind up of the Stanzaic and the Alliterative Morte Arthur. A huge chunk of my day today was devoted to just sucking it up and finishing the Alliterative. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship to tell you the truth. I really enjoyed how action packed it was and that readers get to see Arthur's life and kingdom ultimately deteriorate because of his own pride. This is of course in direct comparison to the Stanzaic, which mainly focused on Launcelot and Guinevere's affair. The only real problem that I had with the Alliterative was the fact that the descriptions of the battles dragged on forever. The boredom really set in during those long scenes. Still I'm glad I finally got around to reading the book and I'll have much to discuss for my class. 

So how many pages did I read today. Well when all was said and done I managed to read 97 pages. It doesn't seem like a lot, but those pages were some of the hardest I've ever read. That addition brings my overall total up to 334 pages. It may be far from my goal, but boy do I feel accomplished anyway. 

For those wondering, the next book I'll be reading from my summer reading assignment pile is entitled The Lancelot-Grail Reader

This handy dandy book is a collection of episodes from the Vulgate and Post Vulgate cycles, which again deal with Arthurian legend. All of the episodes are completely translated, so I think it will be a whole lot easier to get through. I'll just have to see tomorrow. Until then, time for some sleep. Best Wishes!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2: Day 3

Oh summer reading why do you take so long to read? I could have been finished with so many awesome books by now....As you can see this whole getting my summer reading quickly out of the way isn't really happening all that well. So anyway, welcome to my Day 3 update of the Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2 where I endeavor to read a ton of pages, but get mired in middle english text. 

Yesterday, I left off still in the middle of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and thankfully I managed to finish it today. For a brief moment after I finished it, I seriously considered just grabbing any other book but King Arthur's Death. I did resist that temptation and started reading the Alliterative Morte Arthure. Between the last of the Stanzaic and the beginning of the Alliterative, I managed to read an even 100 pages before I gave up to watch some delightfully mind numbing tv. With the pages I read today, my overall page count for the challenge increases to 239!! This would usually be the point where I regret putting off all of my reading until now, but that's not going to happen because I read some really awesome books during the time I procrastinated. I just need to soldier on and hope that the next book will be a little quicker to get through. Well, I don't really have much more to say other than I hope that you're reading something just a touch more exciting than I am. Oh and of course, Best Wishes!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2: Day 2

Day 2 is already over!! What! Oh the horror!! I figured the intro could use a little unnecessary hyperbole today. Anyway welcome readers to my update on Day 2 of my second summer reading challenge. As many of you already know I made the choice to finally read my summer assignments. Last night I started the Stanzaic Morte Arthur, but I really didn't get very far into it. I was fairly optimistic about my reading ability today, which is a pretty dangerous thought for a pessimist at heart.

Now onto what I managed to read today.While I was rather busy today dealing with some last minute moving stuff,  I continued to read the Stanzaic and managed to get through 43 pages. Before Day 2 ended I decided I needed a break from my academic reading and in a weird turn of events I read a little bit of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Yep, in the process of rearranging my book boxes I came across Jane Eyre and I just couldn't help but grab it. Lately, I've had the hugest urge to reread my favorite book, which really isn't a surprise. I've been so busy reviewing the film adaptions of the book that my actual memory of the story competes with everything I've watched about it. I don't know if I'll get around to completely rereading the book, but I did read 42 pages. I ended right after Young Jane says her most feisty line to Mr. Brocklehurst. 

After adding those pages together my page total for today is 85 pages. My overall page total for the challenge for those interested stands at 139 pages. Boy do I have to step up my game if I want to make it to my page goal. Luckily, tomorrow should be a quiet day at home and I can finally get some real reading accomplished. Until then, Best Wishes!! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2: Day 1

Hello my fellow readers and welcome to the fabulous, albeit very short Day 1 update for my second summer reading challenge. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm using this challenge to help motivate myself to actually get my summer reading completed before my fall term at college commences. That being said it still was pretty hard to sit down and read something I'm not 100% excited to read.

I just want my fluffy YA contemporary books back!

The reading also went rather slowly because I had to actually stop and take notes along the way, while simultaneously trying to keep the middle english straight in my head. Sadly, it's not the type of reading you can get lost in. 

On to the technical details of Day 1. I started off the read-a-thon with the Stanzaic Morte Arthur from the book King Arthur's Death.

I only managed to read 54 pages from this book today, but I'm determined to at least finish the Stanzaic by tomorrow. All in all it was a very uneventful reading day and I don't want to bore you with the minutiae of it. I do promise that the Day 2 post will have a bit more excitement, so don't forget to tune in for that update and other posts I just happen to create. Best Wishes!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Announcing the Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2

Hey readers!! It's been quite a long time since I've posted anything hasn't it? Well, I'm sorry to say my blog and ability to read went on a brief unannounced hiatus. Basically my whole August has been consumed by packing and moving to a new apartment, but thankfully the moving is over, my collection of books is settled, and I've had a spare moment to relax. Now I'm back! I'd been enjoying these past two days of relaxation and then reality hit me like a ton of bricks when one of my professors emailed the syllabus for the fall term of my Senior Year... oh boy! The next reality that smashed me in the face was the realization that I still have summer reading to do. Yep.

I figured a would kill two birds with one stone so to speak and finally start Part 2 of my Summer Read-a-thon and get all of my assigned reading completed. Starting at midnight tonight, which really isn't any notice since it's past midnight already in my time zone (sorry), I'll be reading all of those books I put off for the majority of the summer. Don't you just love procrastination!

That's totally my reason for delaying my academic reading

As I said earlier the challenge will commence at midnight and end a week later on August 28th. I will of course be posting daily updates, but I might mix things up a bit. Since so many of my books are academic related, I probably won't have much to say in my updates. To compensate for that lack I'll probably do some posts unrelated to the read-a-thon. In fact I've already started working on one that deals with book to movie adaptations, so get excited! 

Time for the most important part of the Summer Read-a-thon: my page goal. In part 1 of this challenge, I completely demolished my goal of 1,500 pages, which was incredible. As much as I want to set the bar even higher, I've made the decision to keep that same goal of 1,500 pages this time around. I don't want to feel the pressure of a high page goal when I'm trying to read slowly and thoughtfully.

So you're wondering, what books will comprise this English major's summer reading? Well, dear reader that would be Arthurian Literature. Sophomore year I signed up for a Thomas Malory course on the spur of a moment when one of my other courses was cancelled. I didn't realize it then, but Le Morte d'Arthur has become the basis for most of my significant academic work at college. I've presented my papers at two Medieval and Renaissance Forums so far and I'm hoping to make this year my third attendance. In order to do that I'm taking an independent study where I'll be looking at some of Malory's source material and just exploring the Arthurian romances in general. In order to prepare for that and the academic fellow position I have for the Malory course, I have to get reading. 

The book that I'm starting off the Summer Read-a-thon 2014 Part 2 challenge with is entitled King Arthur's Death, which is a bind up of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and the Alliterative Morte Arthure.

 I don't know about you, but my little grey cells are eager to get started thinking about this book. To all those who have already returned to school, I offer my sincere condolences. For those of us who still have a few moments of summer left to savor (and some no longer avoidable summer assignments to do) I hope you'll join me in another reading adventure. Until tomorrow, Best Wishes!!