To be a writer, it’s necessary to read. What are you reading now and is it any good?
I have loved Jane Austen for a long time, and I have read all of her books (including the partials like Lady Susan). I’ve also read the Quirk Classics Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters very recently.
Right now, I’m reading Mansfield Park. It’s the only one of the core six that I haven’t read multiple times, so I’m not very familiar with it. It’s also the only one that I don’t own. I picked up a copy at the library today after reading Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating by Laura Henderson, which aside from being a bit stuffy at times, was a really interesting book.
I’m only three chapters in, but I am already remembering why I didn’t really take an interest in Mansfield Park the first time around. It lacks some of the verve of Austen’s later works, and Fanny Price isn’t exactly the most fascinating of protagonists.
Still, I do like the way the characters are developed and the understated commentary from the author. This understatement is probably my favorite aspect of Austen’s writing style.
So, what’s everyone else reading lately?