Saturday, 7 July 2012

Austen in August: Plans

Austen in August is being hosted by Roof Beam Reader - the sign up post is here.  Basically, an excuse for me to reread Jane Austen (not that one of those is usually needed).

I have read all of Austen before, including the unfinished books and the Juvenilia (some of which is bizarre and some infuriatingly good - she was fifteen!), so I'm going to have to set myself a target of which books to reread.  I think I'm going to go with:

- Mansfield Park - I have only read this all the way through once.  I've read bits and pieces again - particularly the parts in Portsmouth and what follows - but I found it boring when I first read it (though that was seven years ago).  I think it's about time I reread and reassessed. 

- Emma - It's been a while since I reread Emma, and I do love it.  And I've just tried to find a clip from the 2009 BBC adaptation of Mrs Elton appearing on a donkey and I cannot.  That is one of the best parts of the book.  Well, that and all the rest of the book.

- Persuasion - This often sits in the place of "my favourite Jane Austen", until I think about Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, and then I have to decide that I don't have a favourite Austen.  But Persuasion is wonderful, and probably the most thoughtful Austen; it's certainly the most melancholy yet hopeful.  Think I'll save this to the last and read it as a treat.

Yes, I think those three are enough to be going on with - though this is also a chance for me to persuade my flatmate that we need to rewatch the 2005 Pride and Prejudice yet again (I think we've watched it three times in the last year alone).

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Month in Review: June 2012

This month I've managed to keep up my level of reading - I tend to find my reading stride in the summer, it was the same last year - and have read two of my favourite books this year.  Also moving a bit further on in two series I'm reading (The Wardstone Chronicles and The Keys to the Kingdom) which is a plus, as I tend to drop series far too quickly.

Books Read in June 2012
35. Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
36. Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
37. The Spook's Secret by Joseph Delaney
38. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
39. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain by John O'Farrell
40. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
41. Swan Song by Edmund Crispin
42. Buried For Pleasure by Edmund Crispin
43. Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
44. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
45. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Total Books Read = 11
Total Pages Read = 3591
Average Book Length = 326

Owned Books = 8
Library Books = 3

Most Read Author = Edmund Crispin (3)

Top Three Books of the Month

2. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
3. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
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