It's Monday, August 17! What Are You Reading? (The #BoutofBooks Edition)August 17, 2015
|BoB button. All book images from Goodreads.|
In the last seven days, I finally finished my first Jane Austen novel, Pride & Prejudice, for #AusteninAugust. There was sassy humor and unapologetic feminism galore, and I enjoyed it more than I expected I would. I also started and finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I can't believe I hadn't gotten around to it before; it gave me so much to chew on, and I'm excited to settle down and write about it.
In non-bookish news, my boyfriend made it back safe and sound from his business trip, and it's been nice to have non-feline company again. (Amazingly, I did manage to do a couple of social things while he was gone, but Maude and I still got plenty of quality time.) To celebrate his being back, we promptly started bingeing Friday Night Lights together, which has been an excellent relationship decision so far. I also took my first GRE verbal and quantitative reasoning diagnostic and was pleasantly surprised by my baseline score. Those super top-secret life changes I alluded to? I'm *gasp* applying to graduate school! But more on that when we don't have a readathon happening, because Bout of Books 14 is obviously first priority right now.
First of all, if you don't know what BoB is, here's a blurb:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books teamA week of reading calls for an enormous TBR pile! Of the above, I've only started The Book of Strange New Things, which already shows potential for being a pretty outlandish chunkster. I also hope to get to Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado (psychology and social justice? I'm swooning already) and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (also on the "how have I not read this already?" list). The rest are just a selection of books I've got on reserve for if/when I'm not feeling those first three.
Happy Bout of Books, everyone! Are you participating? Either way, what are you reading this week?