Monday, March 18, 2013

#TakeControlRAT Challenge: Oldest Book in Your TBR Pile

#TakeControlRAT Challenge: Oldest Book in Your TBR Pile

Take Control Read-a-thon

Challenge: Go through your TBR pile and find the oldest book you haven't read. 
Tell us why you bought it. Why you haven't read it. Read the first chapter. Tells us what you think or give a summary. Share a quote.

Here is mine:

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Published: September 1, 1860 [my copy 1963 Signet Classic]
Purchased: Sometime in 2011-- added TBR list in September 2012 
Why I bought it:
 I committed myself to rebuilding my "lost" vast collection of books. In doing so, I aimed to read all the classic, 
"Must reads". (Oh, and I read somewhere that it inspired my favorite Anne Rice books, which intrigued me). This was at the top of the list and when I saw it at my University book store for 1$, I snatched it up!
Why I haven't read it: 
Ok, here's the thing. This is one of those books that I really want to read. It drives me crazy that I haven't read it! However, I think the reason this got pushed aside is because it's not just one book, it's soooo many great classics that I intent to read but feel I will never be able to read them all! They're sitting on my shelf calling me. I do read classics as often as I can. Believe it or not, I've always tried to read as many classics as possible. How this one slipped through the cracks is weird! 
First chapter thoughts: 
We are introduced to Pip, who is at the graveyard looking at his parents graves and those of his brothers who died young. Pip never knew his parents, and explains his visualization of them was based entirely upon their tombstones. He lives with his sister, as he's orphaned.,then a strang man with an iron leg appears and threatens pip into giving him "a file and whittles" the next day and not to tell anyone he saw him or his partner, a young man, would kill him and eat his liver. He Scared Pip to death and then Pip ran home! 
"My first most vivid impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been gained on a memorable afternoon towards evening at such a time I found out for certain that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard....growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry was Pip." Not a great quote perhaps, but the first chapter was only a few pages!

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.