Austen in August: Sign-Up Post (#AustenInAugustLGR)

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Welcome to the sign-up post for Austen in August, an annual reading event celebrating one of literature’s most well-known and celebrated writers! As many of you know, this event was inspired by a Twitter conversation between three founders of The Classics Club. That being said, this event wouldn’t exist and be what it is today without Adam of Roof Beam Reader. He took this massive event on two years ago and continued the fun last year. Because of his insanely hectic life of pursuing a Ph.D., along with several other endeavors that would take a lot of space to list (read more at his blog), he had to put aside this project and most of his blogging in general. Like many others (everyone), this was very sad news for me to hear, but the blogging must go on.

Now, I am a huge (HUGE) fan of this reading event. I participated the first two years and had a fabulous time with the other bloggers involved. The last thing I wanted was for this event to not happen, so I messaged Adam on a whim, and here I am now, hosting Austen in August. I don’t intend on changing anything about this event considering it’s perfect just as Adam created it. As I see it, we have a slightly different image and a different blog address, but the event will be just as fun as the previous two events. I can’t wait to get started come August 1st! Please read on for more information about Austen and this reading event.

So, why is Ms. Austen so interesting? Pemberely explains:

Jane Austen is very resistant to being classified as part of a literary “school”, or being placed in any customarily-defined literary period — partly because none of the obvious available terms, “18th-century, “Romantic”, or “Victorian”, would appropriately describe her. Almost all of the major figures who were literarily active in the period 1800-1837, and who are currently deemed worthy of remembering (i.e. are “canonized”), fall into one of a few categories — either they launched their literary careers before 1800 (Burney, Edgeworth); or they were part of the Romantic movement (or were more or less strongly influenced by romanticism, or wrote in self-conscious reaction to romanticism); or they did most of their writing and publishing after 1837 (e.g. Dickens). Jane Austen is the conspicuous exception who does not fit into any of these categories.

The goal for Austen in August is to read as many Austen-related books as you want during the month of August. This includes any of her novels, biographies about her, or any contemporary re-imaginings (such as Austenland or The Jane Austen Book Club, for example). Re-reads also count. I will post throughout the month on different Austen topics as well as my own book reviews, and I encourage you all to do the same. All posts will help you qualify for prizes, which I’ll explain in a later post! I hope that some participants will be interested in writing guest posts or hosting giveaways on their own blogs.

If you are interested in hosting a giveaway or providing a guest post, please CLICK HERE

If you want to sign-up for Austen in August, simply leave a comment stating such! Feel free to also include what book/s you hope to read during this event. I may re-read Persuasion, but this year my main focus will be on nonfiction and re-imaginings.

Please also post the button somewhere on your blog (maybe an announcement post or in your blog’s side-bar) so that we can spread the word, gather excitement, and encourage participation.  The more of us reading Austen together, the better! 

Sign-ups are open throughout the month of July.  If you sign-up after July 31st, you can still participate, but may not be eligible for some of the early giveaway prizes.

To Share/Discuss on Twitter, Use Hashtag #AustenInAugustLGR (I’m following Adam’s lead with including my blog initials for the hashtag to distinguish our event from others that may be circling the internet.)

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

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Update: Congratulations to Ann and Veronica! They have won this giveaway. Ann will receive Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, and Veronica will receive The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Thanks to everyone who signed up!

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Welcome to the Lost Generation Reader literary blog hop. This giveaway is hosted by Leeswammes. Please check out her page for more information.

THE PRIZE:
There will be two winners for this giveaway. Each winner will receive a book of choice worth up to $20. It can be any book of literary merit – your choice! In other words, choose something that could be found in the Literature section of a store/website. This will not include Young Adult, Romance, or any specific genre. I will purchase the books from Book Depository.

THE RULES:
1. You must be 13+ years old to participate.
2. You do not need a blog to participate.
3. No restrictions on location. This is an international giveaway.
4. Winners will be picked using random.org.
5. FILL OUT THIS FORM.
Note: You must fill out the form above in order to be entered into the giveaway. While comments are appreciated, leaving one does not count as an entry.

This giveaway is open until June 25 (11:59 PM Eastern Time). I will select and contact winners the following day. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If there is no response by that time, I will choose again.

Best of luck to everyone!

For more giveaways, check out these blogs:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Misfortune of Knowing
  3. Bibliosue
  4. Too Fond
  5. Under a Gray Sky
  6. Read Her Like an Open Book (US)
  7. My Devotional Thoughts
  8. WildmooBooks
  9. Guiltless Reading
  10. Fourth Street Review
  11. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  12. Word by Word
  13. Words And Peace (US)
  14. Ciska’s Book Chest
  15. Falling Letters
  16. Roof Beam Reader
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. The Relentless Reader (US)
  19. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  20. Daily Mayo (US)
  1. The Emerald City Book Review (US)
  2. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  6. River City Reading (US)
  7. Books Speak Volumes
  8. Words for Worms
  9. Wensend
  10. Bibliophile’s Retreat
  11. Readers’ Oasis
  12. The Book Musings
  13. My Book Retreat (N. Am.)
  14. Books on the Table (US)

20 Books of Summer

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Welcome to the 20 Books of Summer reading event! Cathy of 746 Books came up with this brilliant idea to read 20 books over the course of the summer. From now until September 6 I vow to read the 20 books on the list below. Some of these will include re-reads as I intend on getting through the Harry Potter series yet again, but everything else will be new titles. Austen in August is coming soon, so there are also a few Austen-related titles on this list.

Also, many thanks to A Passion for Dead Leaves for posting about this event.

Without further delay…

The List

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  10. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  11. Astray by Emma Donoghue
  12. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  13. One by Leigh Ann Kopans
  14. Two by Leigh Ann Kopans
  15. A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  16. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  17. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  18. Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe
  19. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  20. A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz

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Let the fun begin!

What are YOU reading this summer?
In your opinion, what book should I have added to this list? Why?

 

Moby Dick Readalong

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Welcome to the Moby Dick Readalong! This event is being hosted by Adam (Roof Beam Reader). I’ve only read “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Melville, so I expect this to be a completely different reading experience. I’ll admit that I don’t generally have interest in reading books centered around the water (primarily fishing books), but Moby Dick is a classic, and for that alone it’s worth a try. I’m also determined to try books I’ve avoided in the past due to theme, setting, etc. (I’m still looking for a few books set in the south that I actually enjoy, but that’s another story.)

I honestly don’t know what to expect with this book. I could fall in love, or it could be a whale of a disaster. I’m really hoping to love it as much as Matilda. If I don’t, I promise not to rip the pages away like her father.

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About the Book (Penguin.com):

A century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.


Posting Schedule:

  • Saturday, June 7th: Thoughts on Chapters 1-20.
  • Thursday, June 12th: Thoughts on Chapters 21-38.
  • Thursday, June 19th: Thoughts on Chapters 39-56.
  • Thursday, June 26th: Thoughts on Chapters 57-83.
  • Thursday, July 3rd:Thoughts on Chapters 84-106.
  • Thursday, July 10th: Thoughts on Chapters 107-131.
  • Tuesday, July 15th: Thoughts on Chapters 132-135 & Final Wrap-Up!

Best of luck to everyone participating!

Bout of Books Readathon Goals

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Bout of Books begins in just a few short days – yay! I’ll be in Texas for the first three days of the event (work trip), so I plan on doing most of my reading during the second half of the week. I hope everyone is getting as excited as I am! Below you’ll find some of my reading goals as well as my list of possible reads. Please don’t think I’ll be reading every book on my list. I’m not that ambitious. I just wanted plenty of options and variety.

My Bout of Books Goals
1. Read at least 5 books.
2. Read a book from my 2014 TBR Pile Challenge list.
3. Follow at least 10 new bloggers on social media.
4. Comment on at least 10 blogger pages during the event.
5. Participate in at least 3 challenges and/or Twitter chats.

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My Reading List
Two
by Leigh Ann Kopans
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
A Short Autobiography by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Only Boy by Jordan Locke
Ethan Frome and Selected Stories by Edith Wharton
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
A Room with A View by E.M. Forster

Bout of Books participants: What are some of your goals, and what books are you excited to read?

Bout of Books Readathon

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Welcome to the “sign up” post for the Bout of Books Readathon! This is the tenth round of Bout of Books, but I haven’t participated until now. That being said, this marks my fourth readathon for 2014. I love getting together with others for a set period of time where we’re all obsessing over books, so I’m excited to extend the traditional 24-48 hour readathon into a week-long event. Read on for more information…

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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I’ll have to decide on a set reading list when the readathon begins, but here is a list of potential books for the reading fest:

Two by Leigh Ann Kopans
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
A Short Autobiography by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Only Boy by Jordan Locke
Ethan Frome and Selected Stories by Edith Wharton
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
A Room with A View by E.M. Forster

Can’t wait to get started with everyone a week from tomorrow!

Bout of Books participants: What’s on YOUR reading list?

 

A Tale of Two Cities Read-Along: Update the First

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The first update for A Tale of Two Cities was technically on Monday, but I’m lagging behind a bit, per usual. Regardless, I am in love with Charles Dickens once again. Okay, okay, I know I’m not very far into the book, but I figure if you can make it through the first hundred pages of a Dickens novel you have nothing to worry about. Readers of Bleak House will know what I’m talking about. It’s worth reading all the way through.

I’m inclined to spend the time writing about Dickens’ massive brain and how much I admire his intellect and skills of proper research, but such a post would do better by itself. But seriously, he’s a blood genius. Don’t ever ask me to shut up about him. It’s not going to happen.

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All I really want to write about for now are characters, so let’s do that. Simply put, the classic Dickens characters are present. Fellow fans of Dickens will know what I mean by that. There is the business and law obsessed Mr. Lorry, the self-pity of Sydney Carton, the humorous female characters like Madame Defarge with her toothpick and knitting, and the host of slightly mental individuals. Above everything else, there are the background characters that represent the disturbing economical situation of the French Revolution. I expect much comedic relief in various characters throughout the novel, but I think some the most memorable moments and characters will come as a result of the miasmic time period.

As with any Dickens novel, there are several characters, and then several more. All are proven important in their roles, but not all remain in the novel for a long period of time, as is true with many who come and go from any person’s story. While I don’t have any favorite characters, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are of greatest interest to me thus far. Darnay’s being acquitted and saved from a most vicious death stems from his likeness to Carton. I suspect further juxtaposition, but for now I will simply call it interesting.

I’m going to leave my rambling and Dickens fangirling alone for tonight, but I wanted to at least get a few thoughts out there before the next round. I hope everyone else is enjoying the novel. I know it can be a bit discouraging, especially to a new Dickens reader, but I promise it’s worth the effort in the end. If I end up being wrong about that, allow me some time alone to cry in a corner. For now, I’ll continue to love the novel.

Dickens is enjoying himself, of course, but he can’t seem to keep his hat on his head…

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As always, other thoughts can be found on Twitter at lostgenreader.

Other participants: Please leave me your thoughts and/or link to your own update post. I’d love to know what you’re all thinking so far!

Dewey’s Readathon Shelfie Mini-Challenge

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I thought I should probably participate in at least one mini-challenge today. The Shelfie challenge comes from The Book Monsters where readers have been asked to take a “Shelfie”, which to me is just a blast of bookshelf pictures. My books are all over the place right now due to trying to create a small office in our large storage unit, and I’m generally shelf disorganized anyway. My collection of shelfies and book piles are below.

Gilbert (gnome) insisted on being present.

Gilbert (gnome) insisted on being present.

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Classics and some non-fiction

Zoom in my Dickens, Austen and Shakespeare area. Shakespeare will be knocked down to make more room for Austen. Sorry, not sorry.

Zoom in on my Dickens, Austen and Shakespeare area. Shakespeare will be knocked down to make more room for more Austen. Sorry, not sorry.

Harry Potter area. There is a second shelf that isn't featured due to half the books being in a stack unknown.

Harry Potter area. There is a second shelf that isn’t featured due to half the books being in a stack unknown.

Not sure what to do with these yet. Time to assemble more shelves, I think.

Not sure what to do with these yet. Time to assemble more shelves, I think.

There are more books besides the ones featured, but they’re sitting in stacks on my couches, floor, table, etc. I hope to have everything sorted in the near future, but anyone who knows me will know I’ve been saying that for a long time.

Hope the readathon is going well for everyone! Time for me to get back to Mindy Kaling.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 12 Update

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Eleven hours down in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Cass from Bonjour, Cass! sent out a survey on the main readathon page, so I thought I’d fill it out and give a little update.

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
I am still working on Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling. I can already say for certain that everyone needs to read this book. She’s hilarious!

2. How many books have you read so far?
I have read two books from start to finish. I’m about halfway through my current read, so I guess 2.5 books.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I am looking forward to being home for the rest of the night. I distracted myself with friend time for two hours earlier, so I’m ready to finish out the second half strong with fewer distractions, though good ones.

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4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I had to turn down a couple invitations. The friend time wasn’t planned, but a girl has to eat.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
See above. I clearly succumbed.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’m just shocked by how many people are participating, but it’s a good shock. I’ve done readathons before, so nothing else has really surprised me.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No suggestions. It’s fabulous, dahlin’.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
DO NOT SUCCUMB TO FRIEND TIME. THEY WILL BE THERE TOMORROW.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
I was a little earlier, but the break helped.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Pace yourself. I think a lot of people find it to be a reading race, even if they don’t realize it. It doesn’t matter if you get one book or fifteen books read as long as you had fun.

That’s all I have for now! You can find me on Twitter (@lostgenreader) for more random updates.

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Happy reading! Stay excellent!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 8 Update

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Seven hours have come and gone in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! There are now over 800 readers participating at this point, which I believe is a record – yay! It’s been a lot of fun reading the Twitter feed and commenting from time to time. I am still trying to primarily focus on the reading, but I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on my progress.

Currently reading:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Books finished:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan

Pages read:
347 pages

Running total of pages read:
347 pages

Amount of time spent reading:
About 4.5 hours.

Running total of time spent reading:
About 4.5 hours. I took some time away for breakfast and to relocate to Starbucks with a friend.

Snacks:
I had a bagel this morning at home and a chocolate croissant at Starbucks. There has also been a lot of coffee. Not much in regard to snacky foods.

A couple thoughts throughout the readathon, courtesy of the author of my current read…

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That’s all I have for now! You can find me on Twitter (@lostgenreader) for random updates and shenanigans. Link up any posts you want me to check out. It’s easier for me to visit people that way than some massive list.

Happy reading! Stay excellent!

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