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What I am Reading Now: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

portrait of Jane AustenHow could I have gotten through an English major without reading any Austen? We are considering celebrating Jane Austen Day in September at This House of Books, so now is my chance to correct this omission. I went to the bookstore and added a copy of Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice, to my personal library.

We have quite a few author/members who write suspense novels and I have been enjoying them. I did not expect, though, that Pride and Prejudice would feature about all the suspense I could stand, at some points would nearly leave me breathless. The central characters are sensitive, observant, intelligent, and have great integrity, but not always as smart as they think themselves to be. Some anxious situations arise as a result. The wonderful thing about it that made it stand out for me, though, is that all the suspense is created without anyone getting murdered or even pulling out a gun! I can hardly tell you how refreshing I found that to be. Really, I could not put it down.

Our Jane Austen Celebration at This House of Books is tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, 2019. If you like the idea, let us know. If we can make it happen, we will.