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From last time: I finished reading Emma (again!), and listening to Clouds of Witness, quickly moving on to the next book in the series, Unnatural Death. And then–travesty! disaster! I had gotten to the third Lord Peter novel and our library didn’t have the fourth. No audiobook. No paperback. No hardcover. Nada. And no, there was no way I could skip to the fifth! So now I need to find the fourth. Soon. I’m missing Lord Peter. (*snif*)
The Metamorphosis: Yes, I have a weird taste, but I loved this. I must read more Kafka. Right now. I told you my reading books for school this year were (finally) good–this was one of them! True, it’s another favorite (like Gatsby) that I know is kind of. . . well, not everyone’s cup of tea. Or not most people’s cup of tea. Depressing? A little. Horrible? Possibly. Great writing? Most definitely. A new favorite? Yes. Just listen to the opening line:
‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.’ (Isn’t it just perfect?!)
Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings: Being a young writer myself, I loved reading Jane Austen’s works from when she was young. Did you know that she wrote Pride and Prejudice before she was 19? (Stunned? Me too. Inspired? Yep.) And these stories were written before that. I love reading anything by Austen, but these in particular because they showed how she grew as a writer, and as a person, which shows in the growing maturity of her writing. I realized while reading Emma, and again this collection, how remarkable her work really is–she doesn’t use plot devices, or complicated twists and turns, she just writes. And it’s simple, and sweet, and she just wrote great books, without pretension–without claiming to be anything great herself. It seems too little to just say Austen inspires me. And yet. She does. Unequivocally.
“It was in vain that Mama represented to her the impropriety she was guilty of in disliking him who was to be her Husband, for she persisted in declaring her aversion to him and hoping she might never see him again. What a Wedding this will be!” — Georgiana, ‘The Three Sisters’ by Jane Austen.
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Unnatural Death: I love Lord Peter and everything that accompanies him. That’s it. That’s all I got. The books are amazing and his mysteries just get better, better, better and–well, I haven’t found the fourth yet. *pout*
“How wonderful Shakespeare is; one can always find a phrase in his works for any situation.”
My Man Jeeves: Wodehouse is one of my favorite authors. I have read and listened to many of his books multiple times–they, with Ralph Moody, James Herriot, and Jane Austen’s works, are my go-to feel-good books. And Jeeves is always good–both the books, and (a new favorite) the show.
‘I’m a bit short on brain myself; the old bean would appear to have been constructed more for ornament than for use, don’t you know. . .’
Pride and Prejudice: I think I have Pride and Prejudice memorized now. Not that I didn’t before–I listened to this over and over one summer many moons ago while planting veggies and pulling weeds and painting my tree house. This was the book I fell asleep to every night on our trips. It was lovely.
‘To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.’
Three Men on A Boat: My family quotes this book all the time, and I’ve never read it! I actually listened to it–but, I listened to Hugh Laurie reading it, which was the best. But I do really need to read it now, because while I was listening to it I was working in the kitchen–meaning that while I laughed often, I’m sure I missed a joke or two. And we can’t have that! This is one of the lines my family (my brothers, mainly) quotes often:
‘I can’t sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can’t help it.’
The Best of O. Henry: (Reading) Well, last time I was reading a book of O. Henry stories (another great school book!), and this time I’m reading another one. This one’s a little special, though. Whilst I was in kiwi-land, I decided I had to visit a bookstore. The last thing I did while I was there, in fact–except getting one last ice cream cone. I only allowed myself to bring home one book (I don’t like weight restrictions), and this is the one I chose–a gorgeous old copy of 100 best O. Henry short stories. I now have O. Henry in my library. I am supremely happy.
‘At the instant of their passing her eyes looked into his, and but for the ever-coward heart of a true lover he could have sworn that she flushed a faint pink.’ — The Badge of Policeman O’Roon, O.Henry.
Far From The Madding Crowd: (Listening) Honestly, this one took me awhile to get into. Probably because I didn’t listen to much at the same time. But I’m halfway through now, and it’s getting. . . intriguing. I like it, but I’m not sure that I love it yet–I’ll let you know once it’s over!
“They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends.”
What have you been reading lately? Have you found any good books? Or do you have some suggestions for me? I love to hear them!