Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

There are lots of great book covers out there that make you just want to rip the book off the shelf and start reading wherever the book falls open. Then, there are others that make you never want to pick the book up ever. And finally, there are those that are just, to put it…

This is SO TRUE.

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J. D. Salinger

Jane Austen Rankings, Part 2

And now for the top three. I don’t think I can do pros and cons for those; first of all, it would take too long, and second of all, I don’t think there would be too many cons! Part of the problem is that I don’t think I’m totally consistent in my feelings about each…

Jane Austen Rankings, Part 1

I promised you way back in this entry about Emma that I would rank all six of Jane Austen’s major novels (once I’ve reread all of them) in order of my favorite to least favorite. I’m probably going to work from the bottom up and only post the bottom 3 today, because right now I’m…

Procrastination Assistance: Opinions Wanted!

This was an essay question on my “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries” final exam: Readers who don’t like Austen’s novels complain about the narrowness of her themes. They sometimes accuse her of ignoring the world outside her narrow society and of forsaking broader, historical—and more “important”—themes for a relatively small set of preoccupations and concerns.…

#933: Persuasion – Jane Austen

Whew. Just took my Jane Austen final today (I’ll probably be writing a blog post off of one of the final essay prompts, by the way) and finally finished Persuasion, for the third time, this afternoon. Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot, the second daughter of a vain, silly baronet, who fell in love…

#932: Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

I was tempted to start this entry with “Victory! I have found a Jane Austen novel that I don’t want to call my favorite!” but that seems wrong of me, considering how much I love Jane Austen. But it’s true: after a second reading, I’ve found that Northanger Abbey is definitely my least favorite Austen…

#936: Emma – Jane Austen

Emma is the first book of Jane Austen’s that I read that was not Pride and Prejudice. This past summer, my boyfriend gave me all of his Jane Austen books so I would have something to do when I wasn’t working (believe me, I had a LOT of downtime). I picked Emma at random; I had…

#937: Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, who, as a young girl, goes to live with her wealthy cousins, the Bertrams. At Mansfield Park, Fanny is often taken advantage of—but more often simply ignored. When Henry and Mary Crawford arrive at Mansfield Park, it seems only Fanny can see the trouble that looms large…

#938: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Ah, Jane Austen. Every time I finish one of her books, I think, Yeah, this one is definitely my favorite. This is obviously untrue, since I’ve read all six major novels and they can’t all be my favorite, but I did experience that moment again when I finished Pride and Prejudice—for the third or fourth…

#940: Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

As you might have seen, Sense and Sensibility is one of my all-time favorite books. When I decided to read all of Jane Austen’s major novels last summer (after heavy influence during the semester from my boyfriend, who was currently taking a class about Austen), I doubted I would find that I liked any of…