what are you reading?

Today is Read Across America Day!  To celebrate, I’m sharing the books that I’m into right now.

First up is “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys.  It’s a short novel from the perspective of the mad wife in “Jane Eyre,” and it’s very interesting.  The back of the book says: “Set in the Caribbean, its heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into Marriage to the prideful Rochester.  In this best-selling novel, Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.”

Read Across America Day - what are you reading?Next on my list is “Longbourn” by Jo Baker.  This novel is similar to the one above in that it adds to an already existing novel, but in this case it’s a new view of “Pride and Prejudice.”  Focusing on the servants in the Bennet household, it gives a refreshing perspective to Regency England.

Read Across America Day - what are you reading?

My dad got me both of those books and I’m loving them (thanks Dad!).  I’m also listening to an audiobook as I knit/crochet/surf the Internet: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”  I know that’s not very new for me — I’ve read and/or listened to it a gazillion times — but it never gets old or less magical!

So what are you reading on this Read Across America Day?  People in countries besides America, I’m asking you, too!  🙂



  1. Catherine says:

    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray : )


  2. I’m currently re-reading Sophie Hannah’s Spilling CID series. They’re quick to read but very well developed, thrilling and twisty 🙂 Both of your current reads are on my list though so I’d love to hear your thoughts


  3. I studied Wide Sargasso Sea for one of my degree modules, but I haven’t come across Longbourne, will check it out!


  4. Loooooove the Harry Potter audiobooks – like you, I’ve listened to them a million times, but they never get old 🙂


  5. I’m reading “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro and “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson – they are really awesome. And listening to some random sci-fi short stories.


  6. I’m so addicted to the Harry Potter world, not just the canon but also fanfiction… Never tried the audiobooks, but I can imagine it’s perfect while crocheting 🙂
    Right now, I’m reading the third book of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don’t think they’re the best, but it’s enjoyable. After that, I still have A Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin left from the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I’m curious about the Infernal Devices and the Bane Chronicles, and oh, my To-Read list on Goodreads is so long!


  7. I am reading “The Clouds Roll Away” by Sibella Giorello. It is #3 in a series about a woman FBI agent. It is in the Christian fiction mystery genre. Trust me, I am not a Janet Oke, pioneer woman romance fan. The writing of Ms. Giorello is powerful. It has only taken me a week to get to her third book. I can not put them down!


  8. I read Wide Sargasso Sea in HS and loved it. So much so, I’ve re-read it multiple times over the years. I usually combine the read with Jane Eyre. This week I’m reading it again, and picked up Longbourn from the library today; anything Austenian or Austen inspired is a read for me. 😀 I’m also reading “After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie” by Jean Rhys, “The Baron’s Honourable Daughter”, “The Dress Shop of Dreams”, & “The Goddess of Small Victories”

    Happy Reading!


  9. Reading the last part of The Thorn Birds, just finished my audio book – The Minotaur by B. Vine yesterday while crocheting my All at Sea shawl II.
    I’ve read Wide Sargasso Sea, quite a few years ago and remember feeling very sorry for the wife.


  10. I am on book 2 of the Vampire Academy series. Frost Bite is the name of the book. I am struggling to get through them as they are a little boring. But a friend bought me the series for Christmas 2013 and I am determined to get through them.


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