And We’re Off!

The Frick Collection

I started my 30 Day Winter Break Reading Marathon a day early! My first contender is Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White. I’ve owned this novel for several years, schlepping it with me from place to place; I even read about 100 pages last December before I got sidetracked. But this is it. It has begun. I was on the fence because I still have one more book review to write (I will be requesting some time off from Publishers Weekly and not accepting other offers for articles so my brain doesn’t feel as schizoid as it has lately. I’ll try to knock that bad boy review out tomorrow morning and then I’ll be in the clear).

Today was a perfect day to start this monster sized novel. NYC was a bit on the chilly side: 26 degrees. It was a hat-and-turtleneck day. The novel was just calling out to me to take it from the mantle. So I succumbed 24 hours ahead of schedule. I’m pumped for what many people refer to as the first “English Sensation novel.” I’m also excited to be taking a break from my freelance writing and translating for the next 30 days or so to concentrate on my own fiction and finally some books for fun (by the way, thanks for all of the suggestions; I’ll be referencing back when I’m finished with this book).

If you’re also up to it, The Woman in White is available at a bargain price of $5.95 on Amazon or for free on Project Gutenberg. The book is available in multiple formats at Project Gutenberg: online, ebook, and mobile versions.

Tis the season for a good book! So pump the radiator up and drink a glass of pinot noir and maybe put on some classical music… p.s. I’m so excited for fun reading that I even changed my quote on the top of the sidebar.

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  1. Happy reading! I read Woman in White once, a long time ago. I have to admit I don’t remember much about it now. Maybe I’ll try it again!

  2. This is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for some time. I don’t own a copy, but I will probably put it on my e-reader as some point.

  3. Happy reading! I started by winter break reading marathon with Calvino’s “If on a winter’s night a traveler,” and I’m considering working my way through part of the “Art of the Novella” series from Melville House. My favorite part of any vacation time is all the time to read 🙂

  4. Good luck to everyone with their winter break reading marathons. I hope you read a good book, whether it be a classic or a guilty pleasure.

    My roommate just told me she wanted to read Anna Karenina but then chose against it because it would be too big to carry on the train.

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