December was a lovely month, but is also going to be known as Jane Austen-palooza for my reading patterns. I have one other reading related conquest to share. I read 100 books in 2011. They weren’t all classic literature, although there have been several of those. It came down to the wire, though. I finished two books on December 31st, 2011. I finished Persuasion midday and then Age of Innocence at 10:44 pm. I rang in my new year getting into bed at my mother in law’s house after reading all day. I’m sure I was marvelous company. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Northanger Abbey was short, which was the thing that most redeemed it for me. I have a friend who said it was the best Austen novel, so I jumped in. It was fine
Emma was the next. I don’t know if you know this, but Clueless, the movie about valley girls starring Alicia Silverstone, is based on Emma. Therefore the whole time I was comparing the people in the novel to the characters in Clueless. I am still not sure what character Amber is supposed to be. This mental comparison is the only thing that distinguishes it from the others in my mind.
Persuasion blurs together with the rest of my reading aside from the fact that Anne, the protagonist, is significant because she’s old (late 20s). It was fine.
Age of Innocence is an Edith Wharton novel along the same lines as some of the Austen works in its societal posturing and description thereof. However, it had more intrigue, which I enjoyed. I did feel that the end was a little bit of a let down. I suppose, however, that it was intended to end with an exhalation rather than a dramatic sigh.
The Picture of Dorian Grey was more memorable. I knew the general theme of a portrait reflecting a man’s insides, and found it really well done. Not only are the characters easy to follow, but the pacing was fairly swift. I found it a respite from Austen.
Queued Up: I read Ender’s Game already, which I was shocked to find not on my reading list. Go read Ender’s Game. Then there will be a smattering of other things. I’m reading A Secret History for book club and have begun Catch 22, Mansfield Park, and The Count of Monte Cristo, so we’ll see how things pan out.