January 10, 2014

Wolf Hall Buddy Read + Book Splurge [23]: Mother-Daughter Haul [4]

Last Monday, some good friends from the book club and I have officially begun our buddy-read/read-along of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker-winning work, Wolf Hall, the first book in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy. (The second book is Bring Up The Bodies.) As I have said elsewhere, I've tried to read Wolf Hall twice already, and both attempts were sorry failures. So I figured that if I wanted to read and finish this book within the year, a reading buddy is what I need. I was so happy when these lovely friends expressed interest and are now on board.

I've always tried my best to be a disciplined buddy-reader, so I devised a reading plan and schedule that isn't too hard for me and my "buddies" to follow: my trade paperback copy is around 600 pages excluding the Cast of Characters and Family Trees, so I thought we could try to read more or less 100 pages per week. The plan is manageable, but the result is that we'll have to extend reading it until February.

Red flaglets for every 100 or so pages per week.

Personally, I think that's a better way of going about it rather than rushing ourselves and not appreciating the book. I'm not even worried that the extended period for the read-along will affect my friends' schedules for What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, the book for the month of February (the discussion of which I am moderating) because What We Talk is an easy read. As of this writing, I am already past the 100-page mark for the first week in the reading plan; so far, so good. Despite stumbling through the first parts, just like what happened before, I plodded on and tried my best, and when I am unable to understand any specific part or scene, I go to my buddies to ask for help. It's so nice, isn't it, to have friends help you out when you're stuck somewhere in your reading? :)



As a result of reading all about Tudor history, I became so intrigued, and because I know little about that part of English history, I bought two books by Peter Ackroyd that tackles the subject: Foundation (The History of England, #1) and Tudors (The History of England, #2). If I were to read any non-fiction books, let it be on this sub-genre: history.



It has been a while since I've read up on history so I'm looking forward to reading these!

My little girl, on the other hand, is also enjoying these Dr. Seuss books that we bought for her last New Year's day as a belated Christmas gift. This is a 12-book set from Fully Booked, containing Dr. Seuss's most popular works. Aren't they the prettiest things?

We're both first-time Dr. Seuss readers!

Her current favorite is still Oh, The Places You'll Go! but we've also read Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. Happiness! :)

6 comments:

angus25 said...

Wow! I am little behind because of writing and Cedric Diggory. I will catch up. :)

Monique said...

BUDDY: No pressure. (Except the one I impose upon myself. Hehe.)

Maria @ bookchilla said...

And I am happy to say that the reading plan is a big help for me. I am not pressured!

And I realized, I haven't read to Ramsey, haha! weird. or (little) boys. huh.

Monique said...

SIS: That's the plan: no pressure in reading! :D

And you have all the time to read to Ramsey. Mag-school na sila ni Allie sa June, right? :)

dementedchris said...

Always wanted to read Wolf Hall but I feel intimidated by the word count. But wait... first in a trilogy? O.o

Monique said...

CHRIS: I know right. And it's not exactly an easy read. Mantel writes in a manner that requires some getting used to. :/