The Sparrow Readalong Halfway Point

sparrow readalong

So we have reached the halfway point in Trish’s The Sparrow Readalong and I am happy to say I am exactly halfway through the book. You all know I’ve read this book before – in fact, it’s one of my favorite books of all time, if not THE favorite book of all time, so I was excited to read it for a third time. Here are some of my thoughts at the halfway point.

1. How is The Sparrow matching up with your expectations going into the book? Are you surprised by anything?

Considering I’d read the book before, it’s exactly matching my expectations! I have to say, I like the book more and more each time I read it. I am finding even more to love, more to quote, and more richness within this text than I did the first or even second times I read the book.

2. Do you feel the switching back and forth between past and present to be effective?

Yes I absolutely love how the author does this. Although it’s interesting because since I know exactly how the book ends, I’m noticing a LOT more foreshadowing in the present sections than I noticed the last two times I read the book. Like, if you’re reading hard enough she basically spells out exactly how the book ends. But I don’t think you would catch that (at least, I wouldn’t and certainly didn’t in the past) if it was your first time reading the novel.

3. Which characters do you want to hug and squeeze? Any you’d like to strangle?

The first time I read this book, when I was in college, I loved Anne and just thought – that’s my girl. I already had many of the same beliefs as she does, I thought like her, I wanted to act like her and speak my mind and say hard truths and love people in my life SO fiercely and all of those things. I wanted to be Anne when I grew up. Now, more than ten years later, I still love Anne, truly I do, only my perspective has shifted a bit and I’m finding Emilio to be the one I’m keeping the closest to my heart. Maybe it’s because my religious beliefs have changed since college – I used to be agnostic and now am Christian – or because I know what happens to Emilio, but for whatever reason his character is REALLY resonating with me.

4. Any other thoughts? #copoutquestion

I’m just loving experiencing this wonderful novel all over again! I’m so glad many of you are getting to read and love it too. And I’m wondering if we’re doing a Children of God readalong next month? Trish?

The Sparrow Readalong

Anytime I am asked what is my favorite book of all time, I always say The Sparrow. I’ve read the book twice in my life, but I’ve been feeling lately that I should reread it a third time … and lo and behold, the lovely Trish decided to put together a readalong for the book this month! How can I possibly resist?

Hop on over and join yourself! I promise you that you cannot be disappointed by this amazing novel. Do it!!

TSS with War & Peace check-in

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m really trying to enjoy my Sundays as much as possible lately because for the past few weeks, and for the foreseeable future, they’re the only day off I get each week. It’s a long story, and I don’t feel like talking about it, but let’s just say work is kicking my butt. In an okay way, but in a way that I am having difficulty getting anything done in my life besides work, sleep, eat, repeat. I cannot fathom how some people work sixty hour weeks like I’m doing right now and come home to take care of children. It boggles the mind. Anyway, it will get better eventually and life will get a little more normal soonish (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).

I have been keeping up with my War & Peace reading, though! I actually reread the first section because I felt like I missed a lot the first time around, which ended up being insanely helpful. I finished the second section this morning and I’m not sure what to think. Mostly I felt bored while reading it – the details of war have never been very interesting to me, in any book I’ve read. There was one particularly poignant moment, though, that made me stop and reread the passage. When Rostov comes to a full understanding of the reality of war, the reality that he could be killed, that someone would actually want to kill him, that struck me as such a major moment in the book. This chapter was all about the war itself and the messiness and violence and horribleness of it all, and this part was one where one character had a moment of clarity and it terrified the hell out of him. It was definitely my favorite part of the entire section. It made this huge, scary, overwhelming classic Russian novel so much more accessible and easy for my mind to grasp – and gave me the push I needed to get to the end of the section, with the hope that the book will become easier and more enjoyable as it goes on. So I’m looking forward to continuing with the book, even though there’s really been just that one moment I really liked the thing, I am hopeful that there’s much more to come. And I’m proud of myself for finding something to relate to and enjoy in the book – I honestly was afraid that just wouldn’t happen at all!

And I’ve been reading a little more than just War & Peace, but not a whole lot more. I also finished Ask the Passengers by A.S. King this morning and I LOVED it. I’m probably going to start something else this afternoon, although what I have no idea.

What are you up to this weekend – bookish or otherwise?

War & Peace check-in

So, friends, I am reading War & Peace! It’s already hard and I’m not sure I like it but I know I don’t hate it (which is possibly more important than liking it, when it comes to me reading classics because typically I suck at them), so I’m forging ahead. This is a read along hosted by Amy and Iris that lasts ALL YEAR! I figured I could handle reading this huge chunkster if I took the entire year to do it. So, here we go. Here are my answers to Amy’s questions for our first check-in after finishing Book 1, Part 1.

1) Why are you reading War & Peace?
Great question. I’m really not sure. I guess because I don’t read enough of the classics and this seemed like a good way to get one of THE classics under my belt. We’ll see how it works out for me!

2) What translation are you reading? Are you reading print, ebook, or audio?
I’m reading the Nook version which is the same as the Kindle version.

3) So far, is it different than you expected or the same?
I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest! I expected it to be hard and it kind of is, but it is slightly more readable than I was afraid it would be.

4) Do you have a favorite character? (lol just asking–I feel like I barely know these people)
I completely agree – I barely know them! There are SO many characters, it’s truly kind of overwhelming, and I think it’ll be a little while before I really can pick favorites.

5) Do you have any other predictions or expectations for the rest of the book?
Honesty, I don’t know yet. I’m still trying to get my first impressions together. I’m definitely having a tough time not getting completely lost or drifting off to sleep (LOL) but I do like the conversations of politics that happen randomly but also seem to be happening constantly.

6) What was your favorite part of the first section?
That I finished it! Haha sad but true.

7) What do you see as the biggest obstacle to finishing?
All those other shiny, more fun and exciting books that distract me. Oh, and my complete lack of willpower when it comes to finishing any book I’m not enjoying. But I think I’ll be okay once I start getting some of the characters straight.

 That’s it so far! I’m hoping that once I have one more section under my belt I’ll be feeling a little more confident in my understanding of what the heck is going on. Or perhaps that’s wishful thinking, we’ll just have to see …

Have you ever read War & Peace? What did you think?