Happy September, readers! I'm wearing a sweater, drinking hot cider, and gazing out my window into a sea of burgundy leaves... no, I'm kidding. It's 85 degrees, and even though I'm still wearing a sweater, it's decidedly less romantic.
Here is this month's Nightstand Books, inspired by Jenelle Schmidt and D J Edwardson.
First we have Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen. For the majority of my adolescence, I staunchly disliked Jane Austen-- then I read Persuasion, and I loved it. Really, I think it's such an easier starting point into her novels than Pride and Prejudice (where I started). I decided to read this book because of this amazing article by Rosamund Hodge.
Next comes Beauty, by Robin McKinley. The theme of this month seems to be books-by-authors-whom-I-vowed-to-dislike. I tried Beauty around the same time I tried Pride and Prejudice and, unlike the rest of the world, could. Not. Stand it. So now, a little older, I'm giving it another try. Don't make me regret it, Beauty...
I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, for school. It's one of my Awesome Dad's favorites, and one that I was quite sure I would not like. I'm still not in love with the style, but it is largely proving me wrong! Happy days.
Going Postal, by Sir Terry Pratchett, is one of my favorite books in the world. I'm reading it aloud to my Wonderful Mother.
The Lives of the Saints, edited by Michael Walsh: I'm being confirmed in the spring, so I need to pick a patron saint. I always assumed that I would choose Saint Thomas Moore, but now I'm not so sure. So I'm frantically skimming this book, trying to find my ideal saint.
And finally, my Bible. My progress is still stubbornly arrested by Wisdom of Solomon. Alas!
That seems to be all this month. What are you reading?