I would never have read this book without this podcast. It was great! I really hope he does another one.
Man, this book!
Halfway through it I noticed that I knew that story and found out that I've watched the movie with my favorite doctor and Kate Winslet.
This beautiful edition is from a Brazilian book of the month club.
I thought #J titled books might be a bit harder to find for #30JuneBooks but I still found a dozen fairly quickly. Is that cause J titles are less rare than I guessed, or cause I have too many books? 🤔 gotta be the first one...
My new job involves a long commute. Leisure time has been limited the past few months. One way to “read” is with this hilarious podcast. Give it a whirl: https://www.earwolf.com/show/obscure-with-michael-ian-black/
My first Hardy, and I was pleasantly surprised by how readable I found the story. It was good to read in chunks, though, thanks to Serial Reader. That made the emotional anguish easier to handle.
Well, that was depressing.
Beautifully written, scathing commentary by the author on religion and marriage in Victorian England... hard to believe Hardy wrote something so forward-thinking in this time period, and easy to see why it was so badly received then. The novel feels unflinchingly honest, brutal, and sad. Poor Sue. Poor Jude.
If you like fun stories with happy endings, this is not the book you‘re looking for.
I started this fine Saturday with lofty goals:
-prepare elaborate dinner for my kids
-finish The Bear and the Nightingale
It is now almost 10 pm, my yard and house are in the same condition, I‘m eating takeout Mongolian beef literally over the sink, and have not opened Bear.
I have read 22 (and counting) issues of Jude the Obscure though. 🤷🏻♀️
I‘m a #SerialReader failure. 😂
#booksandfood #deweyjuly #readathon
What do you get when you marry classic literature with one of my favorite comedians?? You get a new podcast called Obscure in which the somewhat equally obscure Michael Ian Black reads and comments on said book. It‘s probably a novel I would never have read otherwise, but if you add MIB to anything I‘m bound to give it a try. If nothing else, it should keep me company on my summer walks!
#HeyJune | #HeyJude
Jude strives to lift himself out of the circumstances he is born into. Although he tries to “take a sad song and make it better,” ultimately he is fated to experience the worst tragedies in life with very few moments of redemption and happiness.
Full disclosure: I HATED this book when I read it in Victorian lit. It‘s a miserable story with little to redeem it in my mind. I was surprised I still even had the book.
This passage struck me this morning. My son has autism, specifically Aspergers. This describes him perfectly, intellectually gifted with a college level vocabulary but socially immature.
Time for a classic! Haven‘t heard of this one and know nothing about it!! That could make for either a very interesting read or a very horrible read!!!
I don‘t know if this is definitely my oldest un-read book but it‘s one of the contenders for sure. I‘d enjoyed Tess of the d‘Urbervilles so when we had a cheap version of this at the store I worked at, I picked it up...in 2003. It has since moved with me 11 times and I still haven‘t read it. 2018 goal?
Hour 30 challenge of #24in48
And take a look at what I found inside this Modern Library edition: what a cool #BookPlate!! Now I‘m super curious about Mr. Goetzel and his (in my mind, anyway) fabulous library. Anyone else do this? What‘s the most interesting thing you‘ve found in a book?
Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors so I'm familiar with the compounding sense of doom to be found in his novels. There are some other classics that I want to buy and read, but I won't give myself permission to purchase until I read this one. By the end of part I the protagonist has wished himself dead multiple times and attempted suicide once. The pig slaughtering scene was particularly gruesome. Only 300+ pages to go!
Today's train reading 😀 I' m reading the new Karin Slaughter - the kids are reading the other two!
Okay I know this is a minority viewpoint but I disliked this book very much. I would have quite happily flung it far away. But I wanted to complete a famous classic. Jude! Sue! Will you make a decision! Such a depressing tale.
#farflung #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading
"As you got older, and felt yourself to be at the centre of your time, you were seized with a sort of shuddering, he perceived. All around you there seemed to be something glaring, garish, rattling, and the noises and glares hit upon the little cell called your life, and shook it, and warped it." This describes adolescence perfectly.
#FunFridayPhoto This wasn't an actual assigned book for the class but my English teacher gave me a list of books to choose from once in an effort to get me to voluntarily read anything that was not Stephen King. This is the one I picked. I can't claim to have fully grasped or appreciated it back then but it did work to begin broadening my reading interest.