Friday, June 20, 2008

Austen for the first time

I finished my first Jane Austen last night. I picked Northanger Abbey as my first. I often have a hard time reading a book when I've seen the movie first, so even though I am obsessed with Pride and Prejudice I decided to read one of the lesser known Austen.
First of all, what does everyone else think of this novel? Because I was not all that impressed. Of course I loved Catherine, but then I felt that she's the only one worth caring for at all in the book. I pretty much hated everyone else. I was definitely overjoyed when she dumped Isabella because she was trouble right from the first. I never really cared for Eleanor and I didn't really care about Henry either. I know of course that this one of her novels isn't so much about the characters but it just didn't really catch me. I mean it's a short novel and it took me like two weeks to read it because I had to force myself.
Everyone I know adores Austen and her stories so I'm determined not to give up on her yet. I just don't know which one to read next. Any suggestions? I was thinking maybe I would move on to Persuasion but it seems like that's everyone's favorite and I don't know if I want to read the best one next instead of last, but I also need the next one to be good.


  1. Hey, I totally get you about these books. I've only read one: Pride and Prejudice. Someone recommended I think Northanger Abbey, but I didn't really like it either. Didn't finish it, plus it was overdue at the library, so I took it back. I think that Persuasion and P & P are favorites for a reason, just like Louis Armstrong, so my rec is to read those two.

  2. Oh, huzzah! Another blogging friend!

    As for the Austen, you're crazy. Northanger Abbey?! I still haven't been able to get through that one. I'll second Stine's recommendation; Persuasion is oh-so-happy.

  3. Linds!

    I love that you're a blogger! I love the posts and I'm so excited to visit frequently.