Thursday, June 30, 2022

1000 Books Project: The Gormenghast Trilogy Reading Schedule

Can hardly believe we are already on the second half of our Classic Fantasy project! Unfortunately, I stayed way behind on The Once and Future King (our first six months read). Honestly, I've had some problems reading it, which really surprised me because I'm such a King Arthur legend fangirl. 

All that being said, I'm just about finished with it and will have a final discussion post up soon. Hopefully by the weekend.

Now, on to The Gormenghast Trilogy! I've been wanting to read this one for years...ever since I saw there was a BBC miniseries back when Blockbuster had its home DVD club. I never did see it, but once I found it was based on a book, of course I went looking for it. Fast forward several years and the time is now! Just hoping I will be more enamored of it than T.H. White's book. We shall see.

I found it interesting that Book One, Titus Groan has named chapters, but Book Two (Gormenghast) and Book Three (Titus Alone) have numbered chapters. Maybe he didn't feel like coming up with chapter names later on. An author's whim! 

If you're interested in watching the miniseries at some point (with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in one of the lead roles), I found the four part miniseries on YouTube here. Otherwise, if you want to see it, you have to buy the DVD from Amazon (or some other retailer). 

Let the reading commence!

My edition: Published by Vintage 1999 - Trade paperback, 953 pages.

Discussions will be posted here on the blog according to the schedule below. Feel free to stop by the discussions any time. Post your thoughts in the comments, or share a link to a blog post.
  • July: Book One - Titus Groan, The Hall of the Bright Carvings - The Body by the Window, pp. 7 - 109
    Discussion - end of July/early August
  • August: Book One continued, Ullage of Sunflower - Early One Morning, pp. 109 - 268
    Discussion - end of August/early September
  • September: Book One continued, A Change of Colour - Mr Rottcodd Again, pp. 268 - 367
    Discussion - end of September/early October
  • October: Book Two - Gormenghast, One - Thirty-Seven, pp. 373 - 565
    Discussion - end of October/early November
  • November: Book Two continued, Thirty-Eight - Eighty, pp. 565 - 752
    Discussion - end of November/early December
  • December: Book Three - Titus Alone, Pub. Note - One Hundred and Twenty-Two, pp. 757 - 953 (end)
    Final Discussion - end of December/early January 2023
Just a note...I ask that you bear with me at times. Life is busy (as I'm sure many can appreciate) and I sometimes get behind. I'm going to really try to stay caught up this time. Fingers crossed!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

1000 Books Project: The Once and Future King - Discussion One

Finally! I finished the first book in this tome, The Sword in the Stone. I know that White wrote Sword in the Stone as a stand alone novel for children, but revised it for inclusion in The Once and Future King. It certainly is not wholly the story I remember from watching the Disney film of the same name as a child, though it did give me glimpses of the animated film in some parts of the story. I particularly remembered the parts from the film where Merlyn turned Wart into various animals. 

In this article on Vox, it was interesting to read that The Sword in the Stone is political. Wart is transformed into these different animals and visits their communities (habitats?) to see how things are run. I remember thinking that this was Merlyn's way of grooming Wart (because, of course, we already know who he is) for his future role, especially at the parts about the geese and the badger. I was particularly struck by this quote from Badger:
"True warfare is what happens between bands of the same species. Out of the hundreds of thousands of species, I can only think of seven which are belligerent. Even Man has a few varieties like the Esquimaux and the Gypsies and the Lapps and certain Nomads in Arabia, who do not do it, because they do not claim boundaries. True warfare is rarer in Nature than cannibalism."
The article also states that White reportedly wrote the book as an act of resistance against Hitler, in response to World War II and its horrors.
"Via the didactic figure of Merlyn, White argues that war is necessary to stop atrocities, and that if you are fairly well assured of your own safety — that is, if you are wealthy enough to have armor and a horse in Arthur’s day, or a plum field position in World War II — war can be deeply satisfying, even fun. He argues that mankind is inextricably drawn to violence, but also that all wars are terrible and evil."

This attitude was highly evident as I was reading. 

A disturbing thing to discover in the reading was the presence of some racist terms. I won't name them here, but if you Google it, you can find out. The use of Gypsies in Badger's quote above as well. The Vox article (written in 2017) states that "The Once and Future King is still the best King Arthur story out there" and I won't argue with that, though I did find it strange that these terms were not mentioned in the article. Oddly enough, this quote shows up near the end of The Sword in the Stone, after Arthur becomes king...

"They were sick of the anarchy which had been their portion under Uther Pendragon: sick of overlords and feudal giants, of knights who did what they pleased, of racial discrimination, and of the rule of Might as Right.”
Racial discrimination? This does not sound like White was a racist. So, were the words used as a product of his time? I did read in the article that White was a very conflicted individual (more on that as we get further into the book, and discussions on Lancelot) so it's really hard to say. I would need to delve more deeply into his life, which I may do, as his life does sound quite interesting. 

All this being said, as I got closer and closer to Wart, aka Arthur, drawing the sword from the stone, I became more and more excited. The King Arthur legend has always been my favorite of all stories. It still holds the same thrall as it did when I was in 7th grade, seeing Excalibur for the first time. Life changing. On that note, I think it's time for a long overdue rewatch (though I can't count how many times I've seen it). Many, many times. 


What did you think of The Sword in the Stone? Share any and all thoughts in the comments.

This month's schedule:
April: The Queen of Air and Darkness, Ch 1 - 14, pp. 201 - 300
Discussion April 30 (I apologize if I'm sometimes late with discussion posts. Life gets in the way at times.)

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

1000 Books Project - The Once and Future King Reading Schedule CHANGE

Because your host (me) can't seem to not get behind on the reading, I'm modifying the schedule. I will be done with the first book, The Sword in the Stone, by the end of this month, but there's no way I will be able to finish The Queen of Air and Darkness by then as well. I honestly will be trying very hard to stay caught up from now on. *hangs head in shame*

New schedule for the remainder of the book...
  • April: The Queen of Air and Darkness, Ch 1 - 14, pp. 201 - 300
    Discussion April 30
  • May: The Ill-Made Knight, Ch 1 - 45, pp. 303 - 506
    Discussion May 31
  • June: The Candle in the Wind, Ch 1 - 14, pp. 509 - 631 (end)
    Discussion June 30
Thanks for bearing with me. Onward with the reading!
(I updated the schedule on the original post as well.)

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Friday, January 7, 2022

1000 Books Project - The Once and Future King Reading Schedule

Sorry I'm several days late with this reading schedule. It completely slipped my mind with all the holiday festivities. Happy New Year, by the way!

Let's get this read-along underway!

My edition: An Ace Book/published by arrangement with G. P. Putnam's Sons - harcover, 631 pages.

Discussions will be posted here on the blog on the dates indicated in the schedule. Feel free to stop by the discussions any time. Post your thoughts in the comments, or share a link to a blog post.

  • Jan, Feb, March: The Sword in the Stone, Ch 1 - 24, pp. 3 -198
    Discussion March 31
  • April: The Queen of Air and Darkness, Ch 1 - 14, pp. 201 - 300
    Discussion April 30
  • May: The Ill-Made Knight, Ch 1 - 45, pp. 303 - 506
    Discussion May 31
  • June: The Candle in the Wind, Ch 1 - 14, pp. 509 - 631 (end)
    Discussion June 30
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Sunday, January 2, 2022

2021 Yearly Challenges - Wrap-Up Post

This is the wrap-up post for the 2021 yearly challenges I host...2021 Book to Movie, 2021 Read Your (Book) Shelf, and the 1000 Books Project: French Classics 2021.

I'm posting the links to the 2021 challenges below. If you completed the challenge (or even if you didn't) and you post a wrap-up, please link up in the original linky on the challenge sign up post. When you put your name/blog name, just add "wrap-up." Like so: truebookaddict/wrap-up

Here are the links to the 2021 challenges:

2021 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge

2021 Book to Movie Reading Challenge

1000 Books Project: French Classics 2021

Be sure to leave a comment on the post so I know you added your wrap-up.

In case you missed the sign-up for this year's yearly challenges, you can find them below.

2022 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge

2022 Book to Movie (and TV) Reading Challenge

1000 Books Project: Classic Fantasy 2022

Here's to a new year of reading!

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Monday, December 27, 2021

2022 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge

Welcome to the 2022 new and updated Read Your (Book) Shelf reading challenge! It's year six and this challenge was originally inspired by the #RYBSAT (Read-your-bookshelf-a-thon) which I found on Twitter back in 2017. As this challenge has been updated, if you have not previously participated, and you would like to learn about the previous format, you can read about it on last year's challenge post here.

Now...on to the new details/guidelines!

I'm assuming you own at least one bookshelf, correct? Well, if so, this challenge is for you! 

Here's what you do:
  • Count your bookshelves. As an example, I counted mine. I have 21 (yes, that is correct!). 
  • Depending on how many shelves you have, you will randomly pick one book from each bookshelf to total 12 books for the year. Ideally, reading one book for each month of the year, though you can decide how you want to read them. You can even choose all 12 books at once if you want to plan ahead for the year. The ultimate goal is 12 books in a year.
  • If you have less than 12 bookshelves, you can break it up how you like. For instance, say you have six (6) bookshelves. Then you would choose two books from each shelf to total the 12 books. If you only have one bookshelf, then you just randomly choose a book from that shelf each month. 
  • In the case of having more than 12 bookshelves: I have 21 so I plan to assign a number to each shelf, and then randomly choose a shelf each month using an online randomizer (or you can pick from a hat, or whatever works). 
  • You can choose three (3) times from each shelf, just in case you really aren't feeling the book you've chosen, or your first choice was part of a series you've already read, or in the middle of a series you haven't started. 
  • If you start the challenge late, mid-year, etc., you can read the number of books coinciding with the remaining months in the year, or if you're ambitious and/or a fast reader, you can still go for the 12 books.
  • What an awesome way to tackle books gathering dust on your bookshelves. Right?
  • Challenge runs January through December of 2022.
  • You can cross over books from your 12 books with other challenges.
  • Just remember to stick to the guidelines above.
  • Easy peasy! 
  • Hashtag for social media #ReadYourShelf
  • Any questions? Leave me a comment below, or contact me via the button in the sidebar.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

2022 Book to Movie (and TV) Reading Challenge

Here we are at year 6! Things still aren't quite back to normal, though I have been seeing more films at the theater than last year. Still, I'm liking the movies having simultaneous releases on streaming and at the theater. At least we have more options (if we are a subscriber of the service that offers the films). Time will tell if things are going to be bad again. I just want it to be over for good, but sadly, I'm not sure things will ever be the same again. You know one thing that doesn't change? READING! That is the beauty of the written word. We can read anywhere, and if we're stuck at home, reading is a constant companion. It certainly doesn't get shut down because of a virus. Go, READING! 

So, let's see what books are coming to the screen in 2022. As things have been going, these releases are subject to change.

The info below comes from the Bibliofile. A note from the site: "...this list only includes titles that have been affirmatively announced for 2022 or where there’s a high likelihood of it being released (such as if it’s in the process of filming). I’ll of course be updating this list as titles get slated into release dates or other announcements are made."

Legend: Movies = M, Streaming series = S, Streaming movie = SM

M: Deep Water, Patricia Highsmith (Jan 14)
M: Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers (Jan 21)
M: The Black Phone, Joe Hill-from 20th Century Ghosts (Jan 28)
M: Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie (Feb 22)
M: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Paul Gallico (Mar 4)
SM: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (June 24)
M: White Bird: A Wonder Story, R.J. Palacio (Sept 16)
M: Salem's Lot, Stephen King (Sept 9)
M: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (Dec 23)
M: The Wonder, Emma Donoghue (2022)
M: Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates (2022)
M: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey, Gabrielle Zevin
SM: Persuasion, Jane Austen (2022 estimated)
M: The School for Good and Evil, Soman Chainani (2022)
M: The Stars at Noon, Denis Johnson (2022)
SM: Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (2022)
SM: Peter Pan & Wendy, J.M. Barrie (2022)
SM: White Noise, Don Delillo (2022)
SM: All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (2022)
M: Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi - stop motion animated (2022)
S: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - this is a prequel (2022) 
SM: Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi - live action (2022)
S: The Power, Naomi Alderman (2022 estimated)
S: Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan (2022)
S: Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney (2022)
S: The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (2022)
S: House of the Dragon/Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin (2022)
S: A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness - Season 3 (2022)
S: Bridgerton, Julia Quinn - Season 2 (2022)
S: Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (2022 or 2023 estimated)

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you find out about any I haven't mentioned, leave me a comment and I'll add to the list.

Main Levels

The Enthusiast: read 1-3 books
First One to the Theater: read 4+ books

Read only books being made into movies for release in 2022 (you are not required to only read from the list above. As I stated, if you find another movie or TV series/mini-series, based on a book, coming out in 2022, feel free to read it).

Additional Levels

Not Ready to Let Go: read at least one (1) book made into a movie or series in 2021

Here's a list of 2021 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed may have been moved to 2022).

Living in the Past: read at least one (1) book made into a movie in previous years

You can Google for previous years, or check Goodreads lists.

The Movie Was Better (What!?): watch the movie(s) for the book(s) you read.

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

Additional Guidelines
  • The books you read can count for other challenges. Ebooks, audiobooks, and traditional formats all count.
  • The start date is January 1, 2022. End date is December 31, 2022.
  • Remember, TV series/mini-series count too.
  • Pick your level (and additional levels, if you like)
  • Sign up below and grab the button (top of post). I hope you will join me!
  • If you have any questions, click the contact me button in the sidebar, or leave a comment.
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