Monday, November 30, 2015

Life Lately | November

Friday, November 13, 2015

2015 | Book Challenge No.6

After my absolute surety that I would finish the next set of 25 books before the end of the year, I hit a few consecutively busy weeks and only managed to read 5 books in the last month. Despite this little setback, I'm stubbornly holding on to finishing before the end of the year, even it means all I do over Christmas is read.

further reading: intro / part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5

26. A book you own but have never read - Jane Austen by Peter Leithart
Though I love Jane Austen's books and enjoyed Jon Spence's historically inaccurate Becoming Jane, I've never read a real biography about her. Peter Leithart's depiction of her is short - just over 150 pages - but provides a good general overview of her life and is filled with selections of Austen's writing and letters. I particularly enjoyed the sections about her sister Cassandra and niece Fanny as they were both important to Austen and her writing. For someone relatively uninformed about Austen's life, I liked Leithart's approach, but for anyone who already has a basic knowledge this book might be a little tedious.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Autumn/Winter Reads

Books, just like every other medium of entertainment, often fit a mood or a season. Late autumn and early winter has a dark, secretive feeling to me, and during the end of the calendar year I gravitate toward books that evoke mystery or a sense of things that are not as they seem. Below I've listed 10 books - some of them my absolute favourite pieces of literature - that I have enjoyed in the past or that I intend to re-read in the coming months, preferably curled up with a coffee and cozy blanket.

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