Reading Update: September 25, 2010


The Kindle Gazer, after Lilla Cabot PerryI am falling behind in my Everything Austen Reading Challenge, everyone. I set aside The House of the Seven Gables for now. I might still dip into it a little bit here and there, but I really need to finish some of the Austen-related reading I committed to. To that end, I picked up Syrie James’s novel The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. I finished the R.I.P. Challenge at my commitment level (two books), so I am going to try to finish two more and meet the challenge level for Peril the First—four books. The two books I’ve chosen are Dracula, My Love, also by Syrie James, and Wuthering Bites, by Sarah Gray. Wuthering Bites is, of course, a mashup of Wuthering Heights and a vampire story. If you have read this blog for a while, you’ll recall Wuthering Heights is my favorite book, so it will be a test of my sense of humor to see how I deal with Heathcliff as a vampire, but then, if you think about it, it’s not much of a stretch.

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So what are you reading? How are the reading challenges going?

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6 thoughts on “Reading Update: September 25, 2010

  1. Trust me, you are not missing anything by putting down The House of the Seven Gables! Good luck with the Everything Austen challenge–I am all over The RIP challenge right now. I plan to spend the rest of the night finishing I'd Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman.

    1. Oh, I will pick it up again. After visiting the place, I became intrigued. But it doesn't seem as good as The Scarlet Letter, at least not in the first few chapters. I did like the beginning about the witch trials.

  2. I loved both The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen AND Dracula, My Love and think James is a great writer!

    1. Have you read her book about Charlotte Brontë? I liked that one, too. It was my first Syrie James book. I am enjoying the Austen even more.

  3. I'm not doing well with my challenges – I haven't even started the Everything Austen challenge! Actually, I take it back, I did start one book that could count for it but I wasn't liking it so I think I'm going to put that aside. I may give it another shot tonight but I've got some other good books going on so I don't know.

    You are doing great with your RIP Challenge!

    1. I have been working hard on my reading lately. I don't know what changed, but I've been flying through the books. I have always thought of myself as a slow reader. I remember one year I read 14 books and felt in awe of how many you'd read, but so far this year, I've read 31. I think I can read 40 by year's end.

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