This is the highest rated BBC The Big Read book I haven’t read (coming in at #40). It was easy to get since it’s at Gutenberg.
Length: 474 pages
Setting: early 1800s English countryside
Summary: Short version: Emma tries to find a husband for her friend Continue reading
I wanted to read the kids a bit of classic literature before the end of the year. I was trying to decide between this and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This book was longer, but I decided I wanted something written by a woman. Both books are available from The Gutenberg Project.
Genre: classic science fiction literature
Setting: 19th century Europe
Length: 280 pages
Summary: Short version: Dr. Frankenstein discovers creation of life is more fraught than expected Continue reading
I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.
Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880
Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical
Length: 449 pages
Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II
Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading
I chose this for Mr. Curiosity to read for his a piece of great literature this year. I figured I should read along to discuss it with him.
Published: 1791 (which means it can be found free at Gutenberg.org)
Genre: nonfiction government essays
Length: 228 pages for parts one and two
Summary: Short version: Two essays describing the interaction between the government and the people, comparing the British and American governments Continue reading
I chose this as the kids’ first piece of literature for the year since it is billed as the first Western novel. Mr. Curiosity read an abridged version of the first part, but I decided I wanted to read the original. It took me a while since I typically read two chapters a day.
Translator: John Ormsby
Published: 1605 for part I, 1615 for part II, 1885 for this translation
Genre: classic fiction
Length: 1189 pages
Setting: Spain, 1600s
Summary: Short version: Don’t Quixote’s adventures as a knight wandering 17th century Spain Continue reading
I was in the mood to read another Pulitzer Prize winner. I picked this one because it got me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.
Length: 430 pages
Setting: various locations (some fictional) in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. and a Caribbean island, early to mid 1900s
Summary: Short version: Dr. Arrowsmith tries to find a medical career he enjoys Continue reading
I have the kids reading Don Quixote as their first piece of literature for the school year. I found this graphic novelization version of the book for Miss Adventure.
Illustrator: Roberto Weil
Published: originally in 1605, this version in 2018
Genre: graphic novel of literature
Length: 124 pages
Setting: mostly in the early 1600s Spain
Summary: Short version: Don Quixote has many adventures pretending to be a knight Continue reading
Mr. Curiosity is studying medieval history this year. As part of his work, he’s reading several medieval pieces of literature. This was one of his choices for the year. I read the books alongside him.
Translated by: Robert M. Adams
Published: originally in 1516, this edition in 1975
Genre: classic philosophy
Length: 85 pages
Setting: Utopia, a medieval society
Summary: Short version: More’s description of a society set up to benefit all Continue reading
This was a Pulitzer Prize winner I chose to fill in a hole in my published year reading list. Too bad I forgot the Pulitzer is given out for a book published in the previous year.
Length: 164 pages
Setting: a generic farm during the Depression
Summary: Short version: Life on a farm during the Depression and Dust Bowl Continue reading
This won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and was available as an ebook while I was waiting for some holds to come in.
Length: 291 pages
Setting: London, England, 1980s
Summary: Short version: Two professors have affairs when traveling Continue reading