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Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specific, but I did just see Elizabeth @Imaginationinprint right HERE, if you want to check it out!

Believe it or not but I am about ten books ahead on my GoodReads reading schedule, so I have read 63 books already this year! Still I’m going to choose only new reads to try and cut the down a  bit, but that still leaves me with 37 books to choose from, so let’s go!

 

The best book of the year so far…

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ACOWAR (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I was trying to come up with something else, but why bother?

The Best Sequel of the Year so far…

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August TBR

This is what I should be reading, but I also have a lot to catch up on from last month, so we’ll see how it goes. The final month of summer already, the final month of 2016 Man Booker, the final month of A Summer of Austen and I, for one, am looking forward to Winter.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

18300262.jpgMy penultimate Austen book, and the final one that I haven’t read before, I never thought this day would come. Fanny Price is taken from poverty to be raised by her rich Aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park. Isolated and lonely in her new home, her only friend is her cousin Edmund. Then the Crawley’s arrive, Marry and Henry, bringing with them all the glamour of London. As everyone flirts with each other, wires are closed, hearts are broken and Fanny is the only one with a little bit of doubt about the new arrivals. Without her ally, Fanny finds her self even more alone than usual, as she struggles to deal with new found feelings.

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July Haul

Oops. Every time I decide to minimise my TBR I seem to end up being another load of books, and here’s what I bought this month.

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton

29934717It was the Audible Daily Deal, okay, so don’t judge me for my fourth copy of Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre, if you hadn’t already guessed is my favourite book, and is the faux-autobiographical story of Jane’s life. From a mistreated orphan, to boarding school, to her first position as a governess, we follow Jane as she tries to make a life for herself. Despite the potentially intimidating length, this is a surprisingly accessible classic, partly die to the first person narration, and I’m sure even more so in audiobook form, so I look forward to trying it out.

Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare (RSC Edition)

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My English Lit Degree

Last week I heard back to Reading for, maybe, the final time, to attend my graduation ceremony. So, yeah, I graduation and now it’s official that I have a degree in English Literature.

My Subject

English Literature had always, and will always be my favourite subject, mostly due to the simple fact that I love to read. I didn’t pick it with any career in mind, I just chose it because I loved it. When choosing your own subject the biggest bit of advice is do something that you acre about, because believe me, if you have no motivation going into the course, you will have none by the end.

My Modules

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July TBR

Yay July, my birthday month, although but the time this goes up it’ll probably have already been my birthday! I am hoping to read 6 books this month, and hopefully finished some of those that have been on my ‘Currently Reading’ for the last few months.

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

18300264Continuing with my Summer of Austen comes another less well-known, at least by me, Austen novel. Northanger Abbey is supposed to be a Gothic satire, so as a lover of Gothic fiction I am all over this already. Our protagonist, Catherine, falls in love with Henry, who then invites her to his family estate. Sounds legit, so far. Of course, what he probably doesn’t mention is that his family estate, Northanger Abbey, is straight out of a Gothic novel. It’s old it’s creepy,  it’s ominous and most importantly of all it is full of secrets. I’m really interested in seeing how the satire is presented and also how reliable our protagonist is, weather there s something to fear or is it all a part of her over-active imagination.

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June Wrap-Up

Persuasion by Jane Austen 🌟🌟🌟🌟

18300265I’m not a huge Austen fan (I know, absolutely sinful) but I have to say that after finishing this book, I am (hesitantly) optimistic for my Summer of Austen. Charting the return of Frederick Wentworth, who Anne ended her engagement with due to the interference of others, this is a book about past regrets. I really enjoyed Persuasion, though that’s not to say that it didn’t have it’s dull points. Still, had it’s dramatic points, it was full of angst, and had a really nicely written letter. I am a character focused reader, and while I did feel a little bit indifferent toward Anne, Captain Wentworth kept me interested. Would I read it again? Definitely!

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Book Tag: I Dare You (June)

Time for another great tag from Lena, over at BookFandom1001, so thanks for this. You can see her answers here, but for now, on with the tag!

 

Rules:
-You must be honest

-You can’t not answer a question

-You have to tag at least four people

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, but it’s too beautiful to ever get rid of

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 Announcement

Since I forgot last time, consider this an official announcement; I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Consider this the chilled out version of NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is you can check out my NaNoWriMo post where I explain it in a bit more detail, but basically it’s a writing challenge that takes place in November. The difference here is that you get to set your own goal, either in words, or pages, or time spent, whatever works for you.

What are my goals?

My main goal is to be writing every day in July, no matter how much, but since I work better with a target in mind I want to write 25,000 words. I’m hoping that this will work as a warm up for actual NaNo later this year, so I can prove that last year was not just a fluke.

What am I going to write?

I really want to focus on developing a story I began writing in NaNo 2016, doing as much as possible, wether in words or outline so that come November I will be ready for a second draft. Or maybe a first draft since there are going to be so many changes to the original.

What prep am I doing?

I’m actually not going overboard with prep, but editing what I already have from before (I have found myself obsessed with the comment tool on Word), and outlining anything that is going to be a new scene. That’s in theory anyway. If you’re interested I do have a whole post on prep work in case you’re unsure what to do, or just curious about my own methods.

What about you?

Are you participating in Camp this month? Have you participated in the past? Would you want to participate win the future? Either way, I would love to know down in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Victoria

 

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A Summer of Austen TBR

Of course I’m all for monthly TBR’s and I’ll still be having monthly ones, but I also am seeing myself a little goal to read all of Jane Austen’s books. I don’t know if it’s because I have finished uni, or what, but I have the wind in my sails to get back on the classics train. To do this I am going to go back through the Austentatious Book Club Schedule.

The Austentatious Book Club is run by Zoe, form the YouTube channel ReadbyZoe, and I’m basically going to backtrack through their live show videos. You can also follow the club on GoodReads right here, where the are continuing with reading classics, post Austen, and hopefully I’ll still be able to keep up with those.

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Pride and Prejudice

28095737I have already listened to this via audiobook so I’m not sure yet, weather I’ll be doing that again on reading a physical copy, but this is probably Austen’s most famous novel. This tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, one of five single sisters,  who’s mother is just dying to marry off.

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