January is over! How did that even happen?!
I’ve had a fairly busy month, and have been up to all sorts of things, but mainly I’ve been working and beginning to get back into studying in preparation for my PhD.
I want to get some of the classic books that are important and influential upon the authors I want to focus on read first, so I can then move on and read all of their work. Only problem is that I’ve been getting bogged down in the 18th century with a few monstrous books and my progress has been far slower than I anticipated!
I also needed a bit of a break for my brain, so I have read some fun stuff too!
So what have I read this month?
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (4 stars)
- Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton (1.5 stars…I get more and more brutal every time I consider it.)
- Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England by Roy Adkins (5 stars)
- The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (5 stars)
- Evelina by Fanny Burney (4 stars)
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (3 stars)
- Howard’s End is on the Landing by Susan Hill (DNF 0 stars)
- Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovich (5 stars)
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (still in progress)
Apart from Bush Studies and Howard’s End is on the Landing, I had a fantastic reading month and read some really interesting and valuable things!
My review of The Midnight Watch will be up closer to its release date, but let’s just say it was FANTASTIC and I’m really excited to share it with more people when it comes out! The Titanic is a source of fascination for lots of people, but this new take on it is something else. It had me wrapped right up and I couldn’t put it down… it is definitely one of those books that make you resent having any responsibilities!
Mansfield Park is taking me a while to read, not because I’m not enjoying it, but because it’s a chunkster so I haven’t been carrying it around very much, and I just needed to give my poor head a bit of a break to read something a bit less wordy! I love Fanny, I get why people think she’s an annoying pushover, but I really see a lot of myself in her character, and with a family like that, who wouldn’t be a bit frightened of other humans?!
Here’s hoping February will be just as awesome! So far, so good though, so we shall see!