Some of us like to pretend all our likes and interest are 100% above board and super cool. Some of us don’t care. I am one of those who doesn’t care. So here I am, about to drive you nuts with my Jane Austen obsession.
Yes, I said it. Im obsessed. I have watched every version of every adaptation of her novels but I’ve also watched movies like, Becoming Jane & The Jane Austen Book club, because you know, I had to. There was never any choice. I simply have no free will when it comes to this, so much so that I also own various copies of her novels in both paperback & kindle.
Yes, I do realize that sounds insane, and to be honest, it probably is. How many copies of Pride & Prejudice does a person need? All of them. Duh!
I have purchased every version of her books that show up on Kindle sales. I try and purchase every paperback & hardcover I come across but sometimes my husband has to put his foot down. You see, we used to move, a lot. And he was always the poor soul that got stuck carrying the heavy boxes of books [my kids have quite an impressive collection of books also] but every once in a while I manage to sneak a few in. Now don’t get me wrong, I am obsessed but I am not a hoarder. I don’t keep every single copy I purchase. Whenever I stumble upon that poor sweet innocent soul who has not had the pleasure of a Jane Austen novel, I have to gift it to them. They may read it, they may not, but at least I know I did my service to humanity by making it accessible to them. I tend to do that with my favorite books [I.E- The Outlander Series & anything by Francine Rivers] because I can’t seem to help myself from wanting to share the love.
So, having recently finished watching Sense & Sensibility [I was missing the truly one of a kind voice of Mr. Alan Rickman, may he rest in peace] and suddenly I found myself trying to remember the last time I made time for one of the classics [I am also a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell] and I realized I have been distracted over the last couple of years with the newer books and I have not read as many of the classics as I always intended to.
There really are so many books and so little time, the saying may be a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason.
So off I went, to check my Amazon account for all of the Jane Austen novels to re-send to my kindle, but also, to discover some new classics I have not yet read. It seems that I decided to tackle a couple of novels by the Brontë sisters. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by
Anne Brontë, Jany Eyre by Charlotte Brontë & Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë [we can blame Twilight for that last one] I am also considering some Shakespear but I am not entirely sold on that just yet.
I am further looking into authors like John Steinbeck, George Orwell & Anthony Burgess to name a few. There are so many books by so many great authors that have been around for ages that I have been wanting to read and yet have not made time for. I think now may be a good time to try and visit the past and hopefully learn from it.
If you are a fan of the classics, and you have any suggestions, I am open to most authors to discover. I have a few that I am looking to read that I did not mention in an effort to keep this short, sweet and to the point but its getting late now and I have to run.
Til next time!