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I’m Baaaaacccckkkkk…(And Discovering Jane)

by Ann-Katrina

Yes, it’s been a while. But I never stopped missing the blog and all of you. :)

I’ve met so many wonderful people in the book-blogosphere that every moment I was away from TIR, I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

This month has been a busy/crazy one, without going into details, but things are starting to calm down a little bit and I’ll have more time to devote to reading and writing reviews.

In the meantime, however, I’ve just discovered something I think I love: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen: The Complete Novels book cover A while ago, I picked up the complete works of Jane Austen and began reading Sense & Sensibility, but it didn’t suck me in and life got in the way. Eventually I put down that book and dove into the Chronicles of Narnia (as part of the re-reading challenge).

After spending three books in Narnia, I decided I needed a break and picked up Jane again. This time I skipped ahead and started reading Pride & Prejudice (based on the synchronicity of two of my friends’ comments) and let’s just say I started reading the wrong book first. P&P sucked me in from the beginning and kept my attention through ’til the end.

One interesting thing that I noted while reading the book is how easy it is for our own perceptions to cloud better judgment. Austen truly captured the nuances of the different personalities and how those nuances can affect an individual’s actions, for better or worse.

I’m debating on writing a review since Austen reviews already abound. I may just write a very short one explaining why I liked it specifically, but leave out all the summations and analysis. Until that day comes though, just know that I thoroughly enjoyed it and can see it being added to my re-read list. It made me laugh out loud, gasp, and experience the full range of emotion while reading–which is what a good book ought to do.

(On a completely random tangent, I have the roughcut edition and I love it; I feel as if the rough edges give the physical book some character.)

Comments on I’m Baaaaacccckkkkk…(And Discovering Jane)

  1. # Belle wrote on May 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm:

    I didn’t know you hadn’t read P&P before! Did I ever tell you, this is a book I’ve re-read every year since I was in my teens? I’m so glad you loved it.

  2. # Brie wrote on May 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm:

    Hi Ann, welcome back! Glad that P&P left such a good impression on you. :)

    Oh, and, Happy Birthday! Hope your day is wonderful.

  3. # Ann-Kat wrote on May 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm:

    Belle, funny enough, but yours was one of those synchronous comments I was talking about. :) Since you told me you’d read it every year (and another friend told me she did the exact same thing), I just knew I had to read it.

    Brie, thank you so much, but I’m curious…how did you know it was my birthday?? LOL

    (P.S. My responses are coming so late because I didn’t know you’d left them. I inadvertently turned off comment email notification…*sigh*…it’s back on now.)

  4. # Brie wrote on May 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm:

    I knew through LiveJournal, they sent me an alert. :)

  5. # Ann-Kat wrote on May 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm:

    Ahhhh, sneaky and cool. :D LOL (I should have known because they did the same thing for your b-day back in January.)

  6. # Recent Arrivals: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange - Today, I Read… wrote on August 6, 2009 at 8:24 am:

    [...] thoughts: After discovering the awesomeness that is Pride & Prejudice, I was hooked. Since reading it that first time, I went back and read it [...]

  7. # 2009 Year In Review, or The Nine Books I’m Glad I Read - Today, I Read… wrote on January 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm:

    [...] Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: It’s amazing how much presumption can cloud one’s judgment. This book made me want to fall in love. (book notes) [...]

  8. # Sravana wrote on January 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm:

    Now that you’ve read P&P, you need to watch the BBC 6 part P&P series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. You’ll fall in love over again.

  9. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm:

    i don’t know how i let your comment slip my radar, sravana (love your name btw), so my apologies for that.

    as soon as i finished that was the first thing i did…luckily netflix had it as an instant play and omg, did i ever fall in love? in fact, i think i’ll watch it again tonight. *sigh*

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