Reading Roundup: October 2012

Wuthering Heights Penguin Deluxe Edition

Oh Heathcliff. Pop that collar.

A slow month, but a few things to remark on:

Books Obtained

  • Wuthering Heights, Penguin Deluxe Edition. I gave away my copy, so I needed a new one. I’m trying to collect nice copies of my favourite books. So far, I have a hardcover Love in the Time of Cholera and this paperback Wuthering Heights. Next might be Grapes of Wrath. I had so much fun following the readalong that I want to flip through it again!

Books Actually Read

  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. If I get it together and write a real review of this book, I might guest post it on Reading in Winter (After Dark), which you should definitely check out in the meantime if you enjoy a steamy read now and then. But this book. Wow. I knew it was erotica but I guess I didn’t expect to be bombarded with penetrative, non-consensual sex with a minor on PAGE TWO. And that was the LEAST risque scene in the book.

Books I Want to Obtain

The Month Ahead

  • Keep plugging away at Infinite Jest. I’m nearing the 25% mark!
  • SEE ANNA KARENINA. AM A LITTLE EXCITED. Paraphrasing a tweet I saw somewhere: How pissed is Jude Law that they didn’t make this movie ten years ago so he could play Vronsky? I’m pretty meh on Keira playing Anna, too. I saw the original 1935 movie with Greta Garbo and that’s a hard act to follow. But NO MATTER because COSTUMES and DRAMA and DOOMED LOVERS and EXCELLENT HATS.
Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina

Greta Garbo is not amused by the casting of the new Anna Karenina.


  1. Kristilyn

    Ha! “Oh Heathcliff. Pop that collar.”

    LOVE Wuthering Heights. I’m really due for a reread with that one since I haven’t read it since university! That’s an awesome cover, too!

    YES! Write a review of the Anne Rice book! Look at you reading the erotica!

    I need to read Anna Karenina. When I weeded out my home library I kept that book because I actually really want to read it. And the movie looks awesome!

    • lauratfrey

      Yes, I’m feeling past due for a reread myself. In the new year. Hmm readalong? 🙂

      I think I will review it. It’s certainly out of my comfort zone!

      Anna Karenina is awesome and not daunting like I thought it would be… the whole Russian literature thing… I found it really accessible. But it is super long so better get on it if you wanna read before you see the movie!

  2. Rola @ xo'reads

    I have Wuthering Heights (penguin edition) which isn’t as pretty as the deluxe edition. Haven’t read it yet, but its on my ‘read-before-I-die’ list, along with Pride & Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. I also want to read Anna Karenina before the movie! A ton of people are excited for it!

  3. Litlove

    It’s been years since I read Wuthering Heights, but I remember being completely won over by it, and reading it like a drug. Anna Karenina is one of my more shameful failures, however, as I got stuck in the grass harvesting and never quite made it further. I’ve heard all sorts of good things about the film, though, and will watch it when it comes out on DVD!

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