Of Gone with the Wind and War of the Worlds

Well, the Classics Club has spoken, er chosen, the magic Spin number of 19 and I will not be reading Gone with the Wind this time around…or will I? More on that below 🙂

No, 19 corresponds to a book in my ‘dreading to read/feel obligated to read section, which means I will be reading The War of the Worlds by the prolific H.G. Wells. I think my hesitation to read this classic has been because I felt I knew it already having heard many renderings of it on the radio, mimicking the original that scared the bejesus out of so many who heard it the first time.

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At any rate, I am kind of relieved, because it is a short novel AND, if the number had been just one less, I would be reading Moby Dick, and *ack* on that. I know, I know…it is not nice to bash a classic, and I am sure for many this is a great book. But until it should come to pass that *I* have to read it, it shall remain on my ‘dreading to read’ list.

Which brings me to Gone with the Wind. I am so happy to share my good fortune! Jillian of a room of one’s own is going to do a readalong of it in just a few weeks. This is her favorite book; she knows it well; and I have signed up! And yes, it is in the midst of the Christmas crazies, but how can you not take advantage knowing your reading will be enhanced by someone so familiar with it???

Besides, reading is a good way to take a break during this time. It rests your fighting-the-crowds body and calms your stressed I-can’t-find-Uncle-John’s-gift mind, right? So join me if you will and sign in here to let Jillian know you are in.
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On a more personal note: not only am I excited to finally read *this* classic, but I will be reading from my grandmother’s (z”l) copy. How special is that?!

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11 thoughts on “Of Gone with the Wind and War of the Worlds

        1. Lemme tell you something. If you should ever have a choice between a broken toe and nerve damage of a toe…go with broken. This is the weirdest and most painful thing I have ever experienced. And the rehab is a crapshoot, because treating an injured nerve is well…a crapshoot 🙂 And alllll for a toe. Anyway, I have vastly improved since the end of September; I even tried a little trail walking yesterday, which lit me right up.

          So tomorrow is the big day for starting the book! Hmm, I guess that would be ‘tomorrow is another day’ for starting the book 🙂

          Oh and good luck with the final. May you ACE it and make mincemeat out of it!

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  1. Jillian

    I’ve been away studying for finals & missed this! I love that you’ll be reading your grandmother’s copy! That is special! The first time I read the book, I read my mother’s copy from high school. After that I loved and reread passages so much all the pages feel out, so Mom and Dad bought me my own copy for Christmas. It was my favorite present that year.

    Ha! You must have laughed that I’m rewarding myself with a read of Moby-Dick when I finish the fifty on my club list. 🙂

    I don’t know how much I can enhance your read, but you’ll enhance mine! I love reading Gone with the Wind with other people! And you seem so excited, that gives me extra fun! I’m going to rewatch the movie too! 😀

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