Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly blog meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It allows readers to wrap up the previous week of reading and talk about books for the week ahead.
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz was an interesting and delightful read. Part memoir, part biography, the author starts out as a pompous graduate student studying mostly dead white guys, and he ends up being just as much of a fan of Austen as other Janeites. I found it difficult not to roll my eyes at him for a while, but the more he came to respect and understand Austen the more I came to respect and understand him. It was a treat to read about his experiences in Austenland. I didn’t appreciate his at times sexist remarks, but I think his overall transformation after reading Austen’s novels helped him become a better person overall, and for that I think this book is a win. We should all have a chance to prove ourselves, after all. Four stars.
I’m not far into Jane’s Fame by Claire Harman, but I’ve learned a lot already. This one may end up being an insane amount of information, but it’s Austen so I consider it well worth it. I was hoping to finish this by the end of Austen in August, but it looks like I’ll be going a day or two over.
Coming Up This Week
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman were on my list for the Bout of Books readathon, but since my list was so massive I never got around to reading them. I’m also looking forward to reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan this week. I’ve been meaning to read it for a couple years now so I’m excited to read it at last.
Life Outside of Reading
I just got home from a weekend in the Minneapolis, MN area. I spent a couple days with two of my best friends, bought yet another Jane Austen subject book at Mager’s and Quinn, and ate a lot of delicious food. On Saturday I drove up north to my aunt’s house for the family fantasy football draft. I took first place last year, and that’s saying something because I know nothing about the various players and teams. It should be another great year for football, but I’m sure I’ll only watch a couple hours of it in total, per usual. For anyone who cares about my draft lineup…
This week is pretty mellow with nothing but work on the agenda so far. I’m sure I’ll make random plans as the week goes on, but mostly I’m ready for a week of good books after having a slow week last week. I have another readathon coming up next week, but I’ll post more details about that later. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
What are you reading this week? Any big plans outside of reading?