Thursday, June 4, 2009

Classics Challenge 2009

I'm a sucker for a good book. After I became a full-time mother I found it hard to fit reading into my busy schedule. This year I decided to put more of a priority on reading BIG GIRL books as opposed to such books as "Green Eggs & Ham".

About a year ago my mom was on this huge Pride & Prejudice kick. She has two versions of the movie and she read the book. I turned up my nose and had no interest in it (mostly because Kiera Knightly was in the most recent movie, and I've made it a priority to not like her).

A few months ago the boys and I had a play-date at a friends house and she told me I had to watch the Kiera Knightly version of the movie. I tried to say no, but I was afraid she might shove it down my throat so I took it, and amazingly, I watched it. To say that I love it would be an understatement. For about a week I watched it twice a day. I felt guilty sleeping next to my husband because I knew that at some point every night Mr. Darcy would make an appearance in my dreams.

After watching that version of the movie I needed more. In my laziness I decided to watch the long Collin Firth version of the movie. That one was hard for me to watch because aside from Collin Firth, all the other actors bothered me. So I finally got a copy of the book, read it, and of course I loved it.

I found a classics reading challenge on another blog so I signed up for it and figured I would just read two more of Jane Austen's books. This is where my love of books got me in trouble today. I was ready to start reading, but the library didn't open until 10:00. When I have my mind set on something, I want it right then. It's a really bad characteristic. So I figured I'd just go to the book store and buy one of the books. Then I'd just go to the library later in the day and get the other one.

The problem here is that I hate checking out books. I love having my own copy so I can read, re-read, then put it on my shelf and read it again in 5 years. It didn't help me at all the Borders was having a buy 4 get the 5th one free sale. I went in the the store with the intention of spending $7 on one book, walked out of the store spending $30 on 5 books. These are the moments when I wish I had more will-power. (But hey, having a book addiction is better than having a crack-cocaine addiction)

So, in light of my purchase of 5 Jane Austen books, I decided to assign 6 books to my challenge (since I've already completed one).


Amanda said...

Hi Jess! Thanks for giving me a link to your blog. I'll watch out for your posts about Jane Austen. I'm also reading through the works of JA, slowly, as part of a JA book club at my library. Of the major novels, I only have Northanger Abbey left. :)

Corinne said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours looks great!! I am a fan of Austen myself - Persuasion is my favorite :)

Jeanette said...

I am a big Jane Austen fan and re-read her novels all the time. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the novels.

Jess said...

Thanks for coming by ladies!!