Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wuthering Heights...who's in???


I am a bit embarassed to admit that I have never read this classic. On vacation at Thanksgiving, I happened upon a bookstore that was closing its doors and selling everything on its shelves for quarters on the dollar. I spied an old yellowed paperback of Wuthering Heights and decided it was a sign. So I placed this title on my TBR Reading Challenge list, and lo and behold, there were some other people who hadn't read it either. And a few more that wanted to read it again!
So I thought I would draw a little attention to the fact that I am about to start reading it. Most likely tonight, after the kids are in bed, and am snuggled down for my evening reading time. If anybody else out there wants to join me, please do! (Carrie, Melissa, Michele?) I would welcome your insights!

19 comments:

C. B. James said...

You are certainly in for it!!! I love Wuthering Heights. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Melissa said...

I'll have to find my copy again and start it soon. My dad actually just read (or listened) to this one. He wasn't too impressed...and wants to discuss it too.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Haha! James, you certainly have my interest piqued!! You gotta look forward to a book with that comment!

Melissa - let me know if you find your book and want to read along. I guarantee this will take me a little bit of time to finish. I always read a little slower with the classics, at least the first time out, because I don't want to miss anything.

Carrie K. said...

Sure, I could read along with you. I hadn't planned to start it yet, but I can move it up on the pile. Are you going to set a reading schedule for us, with regular posting or discussing?

Sandy Nawrot said...

Hmmm...I hadn't given it too much thought. My goal was to get it read in a week, but that doesn't seem too likely at this point. I don't know how fast you read, so I don't know what is reasonable. How about this - let's try to be halfway through the book (through Chapter 15) by this Friday. I will post some discussion questions at that point. Then try to finish the book by the following Friday, with more discussion. Sound good? I am up for suggestions. I don't want to add pressure. You have a very busy life!

farmlanebooks said...

I've hardly read any of the classics, apart from a few at school. I am trying to change this, and put classics, as one of my titles in the 999 challenge.

I spotted post this the other day, but didn't think I could get hold of a copy in time. I've just found a copy of Wuthering Heights, so I'll join you too! I look forward to comparing notes!

Carrie K. said...

Well, I'll try, but I'm not sure if 1/2-way through by Friday is realistic. I'll give it my best, though.

Sandy Nawrot said...

That is awesome guys. I will look forward to your thoughts! I will admit that even though half way in this book is only about 150 or 160 pages, it started out very slow for me. It has picked up, however. I sort of have to get into the groove of reading this older style of literature. No worries, Carrie. I will do the half way post on Friday, try to come up with some good discussion questions, and will wait until you get there. If we need to wait a bit longer for the end post, I can.

Carrie K. said...

I started it today - I'll let you know how it goes!

Michelle said...

I read Wuthering Heights in high school and wasn't fond of it. I wonder if rereading it would change my opinion?

Sandy Nawrot said...

I was just saying to my mom yesterday that I think my little high school out in farm country didn't do me any favors. I don't think I read any classics until college. I can see why you wouldn't have liked it then. The style of writing requires concentration, and the characters are foul and narcissistic. It might be fun to read it again, just to see if your opinion changes. I know I have a better appreciation for the finer points of literature now, having more of a basis for comparison, and more patience.

Carrie K. said...

I made it through chapter three - and it has me intrigued, so that'a good sign. :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

That IS a good sign. It gets juicier and juicier as it progresses. I find myself laughing in disbelief at these people!

farmlanebooks said...

I've read the first 50 pages. It requires a bit of concentration, but as long as I find a quiet corner then I am quite enjoying it!

Sandy Nawrot said...

You guys let me know if you want me to post the mid-way discussion questions earlier than Friday. I am working on them right now!

Carrie K. said...

Ooo, I'm getting behind! I need to have at least 30 pages read a day to be halfway by Friday. Good thing my daughter has an ortho appt. today - I get lots of reading done in the waiting room.

Sandy Nawrot said...

That is OK Carrie! I think the questions I've come up with don't necessarily require you to exactly be halfway. They are more questions about your impressions of people so far. We can analyze the finer points to death, but I am more interested in your emotional reactions. Mine are all over the board, and I find myself groaning from the treachery. Thank goodness for doctor's appointments, huh? I got quite a bit read at mine on Monday, while I was waiting, and waiting...

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

I'm in....sorry I was gone for a few days there. I'll dig out my copy!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Wecome back Michele! I will look forward to your insights on this one!