Posts Tagged ‘Jane Austen’


We went to Borders yesterday. Most titles were 50% off so I figured it was worth perusing the stacks. OK. Peruse is probably not the appropriate word. Scavenge. Yes, I felt more like a scavenger than my usual bookshelf perusing self.

Not wanting to be like Augustus Gloop gorging on chocolate, I decided to focus.

Me: Who is my favorite author?
Myself: Why, I thought you’d never ask. It’s Jane Austen of course.
Me: Don’t you own copies of all her works already?
Myself: Yes, yes I do. But aren’t these such pretty editions and the print in mine is so small and smudgy.

Me: Then what are those other three books?
Myself: Well, those are Jane Austen fanfiction.
Me: I think you have a problem…

Hello. My name is Jennifer and I’m an Austen-aholic.


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I had thirty pages left in the Bill Bryson book I was reading, so I ventured into town yesterday hoping to find something fun to read. I packed two other books with me on this trip, but I wasn’t in the mood to read about education and learning theories right now.  I’m on vacation!

Here are the books I chose at the library:


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ~ I read the final Harry Potter  book the day it came out in 2007.  I told my husband he was in charge of the boys, locked myself in my room for a marathon session, and finished within 24 hours.  I read it again last year when my boys were reading the series for the first time on their own.   What a blast we had discussing each book and watching the movies together (only after the books were finished).  My younger son decided to reread The Deathly Hallows since the last movie comes out in July.   He finished right before we left, so I didn’t have time to read it too.  The book is quite large and luggage space limited so I figured it would be easier to get it from the library here on Nantucket.

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern ~ I have read a few of her books in the past, but that is not why I chose this book.  My husband and I have been watching reruns of Ms. Ahern’s show Samanth Who? on Netflix this week.  Then the very first book I looked at on the shelf was hers.  The universe seemed to be telling me something and who am I to argue with the universe!

The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini – I’ve read all the other Elm Creek Quilts books.  I added this book to my pile.

Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn ~ Our good friend’s sister is married to a writer named Mark Dunn so I picked up the book to see if it was his.  Apparently, there are two authors named Mark Dunn because this was not the Mark Dunn we know.  I read the back cover of the book and noticed that this author had written a book I very much enjoyed a few years ago, Ella Minnow Pea.  The other book was quirky and fun, so why not try another.

My theory on library books is simple and twofold.  Check them out, you don’t have to read them if you don’t like them – life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy and are not required to read.  And, it is better to have more books than not enough.

I continued on my quest for books, strolling through town to my absolute favorite bookstore in the world, Nantucket Bookworks.  Unfortunately, I was not able to fully browse for hours on end the way I normally do because my arms were already full of library books which were getting heavier by the second.  Every year I peruse the shelves of this small, but fabulous, bookstore over the course of numerous visits before making any purchases, but not today.  Today I was ready for more books.  Different books.  Books that called to me.  Rather than second guess my choices, I went with gut instinct.  This is what I chose:

private life by Jane Smiley ~  I have to admit, I liked the cover.  I read the summary on the back.  I noticed that the story takes place during WWII.  Why not.

A Truth Universally Acknowledged:  33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen ~ Yes, I am that obsessed with Jane Austen and her novels (fan-fiction too).

The Case for Books:  Past, Present, and Future by Robert Darnton – Apparently, I have become one of those people.  I bought a book about books.  I chuckled to myself as I recalled that Brian Regan comedy routine about watching fishing on TV.  Part of the reason I chose this book is because I have been contemplating the purchase of a NOOK or Kindle.  Considering I was willing to lug 10 pounds of books home yesterday, leads me to believe that I’m not completely sold on the idea of an e-reader.

I finished the Bill Bryson book last night.  Now my problem is figuring out which book to read first!  Sometimes I wish I could just devour books whole.  But I’ll look at my collection, see what strikes my fancy, and then savor every word.

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