And the title of 22nd book of the year goes to: Jane Austen, written by Peter Leithart
SASR (Short Attention Span Review): A good short biography of Jane Austen. Pros: I found Leithart to give a great overview of Jane’s life. While at times the names and relations were hard to keep track of (I kept having to reread paragraphs to follow the storyline correctly), I felt his humor and knowledge came across well and was extremely informative. Unfortunately, because this book was in a series of books called “Christian Encounters,” part of the reason it was written was to show how Jane’s Christian faith influenced her work and her life. But there really was limited resources to back up this claim and, at times, it felt a bit of a stretch to try to show her supposed faith. (I’m not denying she HAD faith, I’m just saying, if you make this as part of your statement of purpose, then you have to back it up. Not sure that’s Leithart’s fault, or just the fault of this book being put in the series!)
All in all, a well-written book with great information on Jane’s life. It did make me want to pull out her novels again and reread them!