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30. Emma – Jane Austen (100 book challenge)

It takes me about half a book of Austen before I start enjoying it. That first half is always such a struggle. I’m constantly looking at the page numbers and monitoring whether I’m a tenth through, a fifth through, a third through…

And then, just when I’m thinking I can’t possibly go on, something takes over. I am connected to each of the characters, I understand what drives them, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Emma cover

I wasn’t particularly drawn to Emma herself – she is the classic 19th century English woman, and somewhat annoying with her matchmaking – but the characters who surround her are brilliant. It always amazes me how I can read about people from the early 1800s and can immediately think of someone I know who has the exact same characteristics. Technology has changed so much over time… but it hasn’t done anything to change human nature.

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27. Persuasion – Jane Austen (100 book challenge)

My third Austen book (but only my second ‘official count’ for the 100 book challenge) was Persuasion. I didn’t have high hopes, considering I found Pride and Prejudice such a struggle and I was getting very little sleep thanks to my two, albeit adorable, ratbags.

I’d bought Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion from MacLeans and knew I needed to tackle one of them. So of course I chose the latter, being the one with the fewer pages.

Persuasion cover

Finally an Austen girl I can relate to!

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11. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (100 book challenge)

‘What book are you up to now in that challenge of yours?’ asks a lady from work.

‘Pride and Prejudice.’

‘Oh, I absolutely adored that book! Isn’t Jane Austen simply wonderful?’

I stop to consider my answer. I wish I could agree.

I really do.

It's almost embarrassing to admit how furious this book made me

It’s almost embarrassing to admit how furious this book made me

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