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Sunday Salon: Austen in August

Sunday Salon

The heatwave continues. This is the hottest summer in memory. The city is even at a Level 2 Drought. I just want to spend weekends indoors reading.

Yesterday, I finally finished The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. That was it for the week.

I just started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; I’ll be reading that today. After that, I think I’ll read a Heyer then tackle Game of Thrones or The Chaperone.

Now that I’ve got a couple of Victorian books for the Victorian Reading Challenge and Classics Club under my belt, what other challenge should I join to organize my reading? Why, one for Jane Austen!

Austen in August

Roof Beam Reader is hosting Austen in August. I encourage people to join especially if you’ve read little to no Austen. Summer is a good time to read her because her works are very light and great for holiday reading. She is one of my favourite authors. I have read and enjoyed every one of her fictional novels (including the Sandition and Lady Susan) EXCEPT Mansfield Park. I just bought it last month for the Classics Club too, and this challenge will force me to read it after all these years. I like Austen works so much, I even ship her characters. I’ve even read fanfiction for Austen even.

You can’t really go wrong with any of her novels. The challenge also includes biographies about her and modern day interpretations of her books. As much as I do like Austen, I do only plan on reading Mansfield Park because I have so many other books to read. However, I just remembered, I have the sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After on Kindle. I wasn’t a big lover of the first book; it was amusing enough. The sequel has a different author though so I may as well.

I feel rather organised about now, but at the same time not since I only read one book this week! Goodness, do I love books. They are my drug of choice.

What are you reading this weekend?

10 Comments

  • Carina (Reading Through Life)

    I’m going to try to download some Austen books before I leave on my trip tomorrow, now that I know about Austen in August! I hadn’t heard about it until now. 🙂 Thanks!

    I just finished reading Yuppie Muslim earlier today. Sadly, it wasn’t good … but I’m moving on to listen to The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which is more promising so far!

    • athena

      Hi Carina! I’m glad you are joining in the Austen in August. I’m looking forward to it. I hope you enjoy your reading or listening this week. Thanks for the comment!

  • Nose in a book

    Austen in August does alliterate pleasingly but I’m not a big Austen fan. I accept that I am in the minority on that one! I’m currently nearing the end of The Color Purple and, after getting through all the depressing stuff, am now saddened to be leaving the characters behind soon. Guess that’s a sign of a good book.

    • athena

      Hi Nose in Book! Ahh, it is ok that you are in the minority. I’m in the minority for hating Wuthering Heights! Haha. Yes, indeed, I do miss characters when I finish a good book. When I get to the last pages, I also think “So soon? I want to know more about them!” I feel this often and that’s good. I hope you had good weekend!

    • athena

      Hi Vasilly! I adore the Illiad! I use to be obsessed with Greek mythology and it was one of my first non-kid classics. I hope you are enjoying it. Will you read or have you read The Odyssey too? Thanks for the comment and have a lovely week as well!

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