If there’s one thing I never get tired of, it’s reading Jane Austen. So when I found out that The Lost Generation Reader was hosting this year’s Austen in August reading event, I just had to join. Austen in August invites us to read anything Austen, from the novels, to reimaginings, to biographies. It’s a little too good for a weak-willed lit major to refuse. So let’s forget for a moment that this month is also my Back-To-Uni month, my I’m-Behind-On-My-Thesis month (which, to be fair, could also be applied to just about every other month so far this year), and my General-State-Of-Panic month. Anybody else feel an anxiety attack coming on? Don’t worry; I’m powering through the panic, and reading Jane Austen instead.
Although, to be honest, this month will actually be less about reading Austen’s books and more about her life. I thought this event would be the perfect time to finally read two books which I have long put off, for one reason or another: Austen’s letters, and A Memoir of Jane Austen by J.E. Austen-Leigh. Since these two books were already on my list, I’ve decided to focus on non-fictional accounts of her life and her reputation. So here is my reading list for the next month:
Mansfield Park – It’s a clichéd choice, but let’s face it; it would be utter madness not to read it for the two hundredth anniversary. Also, I’d like to see whether I still hate it or not.*Completed; review here. Jane Austen’s Letters – The complete collection, edited by Deirdre Le Faye.Completed; review here. A Memoir of Jane Austen, by J.E. Austen-Leigh.Completed; review here. Searching for Jane Austen, by Emily Auerbach.Completed; review here. Jane’s Fame, by Claire Harman.Completed; review here.
Plus, you know, about twelve other books for class. But let’s just forget about them for a moment and focus on all the Austen-related goodness.
How about you? Is anyone else participating in the event? What sort of books are you looking forward to reading?
*’Hate’ is probably a strong word in this context. ‘Mildly couldn’t stand’ would probably be more accurate.