The first classic novel I ever truly fell in love with was Pride and Prejudice. I needed a book for my tenth grade English class for our reading time (don’t ask me why 16-year-olds had reading time in an honors English class). My friend Jessica offered her copy of Pride and Prejudice, and I took it thinking, “in desperate times…” While I didn’t get very far in the 42 minutes I had to read it, I was immediately intrigued by the book. After borrowing friends and family’s copies a couple of times, I bought my own.
Now, as you can see, I am the proud owner of four Jane Austen books: two copies of Pride and Prejudice, one copy of Emma, and a collection of four books (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion). Why Jane Austen, you ask? I really love Austen’s writing. Her way of story telling involves me in the story (and allows me to forgive her for unnecessary long descriptions ;)). Plus, her history has always intrigued me, and I can’t help but wish she wrote an autobiography.
- First up is The Works of Jane Austen. My dad got this for me when Borders was going out of business with my Christmas copy of Pride and Prejudice (below). I was excited to get this, because I wanted to read more of Austen’s work and this way I didn’t have to buy her entire collection. I started reading Emma in this book and loved it so much I went out and bought a copy of just that novel at Half Price Books. I’m hoping to start reading Sense and Sensibility or Persuasion next summer when I can carry this around.
- Next is my “beautiful” copy of Pride and Prejudice. I wanted a pretty copy not just for my high school senior pictures, but also since my first copy was a cheap version with a sickly looking woman on the front. I haven’t read this yet, mostly because I can’t quite bare to break the spine. I know it’s not a really expensive copy or anything; but I like knowing I have this pristine copy on my shelf I can always just look at, if I wanted to.
- And then we have the “much-loved” copy of Pride and Prejudice (you know you like a book when you own two copies of it- three counting The Works). I read this for school, so it’s filled with my annotations and underlining. One day, I might do a whole post on the things I’ve written in those margins (I tend to talk to the characters and I can get very sassy). As the spine shows, I’ve poured through this a lot. I also read this twice, which is saying a lot for me.
- Finally, we have Emma. I read this last summer as my second Austen novel, and I really liked it. Yes, Emma can get on your nerves. But that’s why I like it, and that was Austen’s intention. This book is not quite as beat up since I didn’t need to re-read, write in, and dog-ear it like I did Pride and Prejudice. With the YouTube series Emma Approved almost coming to an end, however, I am thinking about rereading this. In all my spare time ;)
What is your favorite Jane Austen book? What authors are taking up extra space on your bookshelves?
Below the Line:
- Happy August! Summer has gone by so fast…
- I learned how to can this week! Of course, I was most excited about the pickles :) But I was also really fascinated how the lids suction to the jars when they hit the cold air after cooking in the hot water.
- You think fruits and vegetables taste one way; and then you eat locally grown fruits and veggies and your entire worldview changes (this applies to pork and beef, too).