To be honest, I didn't think I was going to be as sucked in to the project as I have been. I'm flying through Cather's works, and if I continue at the rate I'm reading, I'll finish her complete works by the end of the summer (I know, right?). In any case, I thought that now would be a good time to check in and let you know how I'm doing...and also inspire you to take on a project of your own.
To date, I have completed the following of Cather's works:
- April Twilights (poetry) 1903: Finished on January 15, 2013
- The Troll Garden (short stories) 1905: Finished on January 27, 2013
- "Flavia and Her Artists"
- "The Sculptor's Funeral"
- "A Death in the Desert"
- "The Garden Lodge"
- "The Marriage of Phaedra"
- "A Wagner Matinee"
- "Paul's Case"
- Alexander's Bridge (novel) 1912: Finished on February 2, 2013
- O Pioneers! (novel) 1913: Finished on February 17, 2013
- IN PROGRESS: The Song of the Lark (novel) 1915
- My Antonia (novel) 1918: Finished on January 6, 2013
I'm mainly just amazed at how I feel about taking this project on. I feel a big sense of accomplishment, especially since I am making steady progress, and I am still motivated. I've already planned out a couple more complete works projects for the future. :)
I've also decided that I want to finish by the end of 2013 so I can begin a new project with the new year. We'll see if I can make it.
If you've taken on a similar project, how have you fared? Have I encouraged you to start your own project? Let me know!
I've enjoyed watching you tear through her books! My Willa Cather project is being taken at a much more leisurely pace...mostly because I don't want it to end. I don't like reaching the point where there is nothing new to read by an author I love! I've enjoyed everything by Cather so far, and have The Professor's House up next.ReplyDelete
A great project! Good luck with it! I just traveled to Santa Fe and was reminded of how much I used to love Cather. Maybe I will reread one myself. Not the entire oeuvre, mind you, but one. Or two. :)ReplyDelete
Go you! I would love to do something like this. I think I'd pick a more contemporary author whose work I've already collected -- like Paul Auster!ReplyDelete
This is a great idea! I read my first Cather, O Pioneers!, last month and loved it so much. I definitely want to read more of her work, and this seems like a great way to tackle it; I love the idea of seeing an author's progression. I should really try a "complete works" challenge, for Cather or a different author I want to read more of. It's kind of a daunting task, though, with authors that have such a large body of work!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, you really are flying. I didn't expect that anyone working on one of these projects was going to go so fast! I'm really tempted (even know who I would read), but at the moment I'm having too much fun reading by whim. I may save the idea for down the road, though. Enjoy!ReplyDelete