I thought it would be love at first sight. It wasn’t it.
I was shocked to discover that a Jane Austen isn’t a quick read, a light read, a bit of romantic fluff. Jane Austen is clever and intricate; it helps to have an annotated edition of your Austen and to watch the four hour BBC movie of the book and a Jane Austen reference book or two.
I thought about turning my copy of Persuasion back into the library. I resisted.
I stuck with Jane.
I’ve been reading The Annotated Persuasion for ten days now. I’m reading Carol Shields’ bio of Jane as well. And, just for fun, I’m browsing through Jane Austen for Dummies.
I will finish Persuasion. I will read all six of Jane’s novels; I will. I don’t think I will join the Jane Austen Society of North America any time soon, but I respect her and I admire her. That’s enough, I think, for now.
wandered in. They’re seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they’re all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
journals as they go. Later they’ll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon’s literary intake….That’s what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it’s all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.