Book Review: The Color Purple

The Color Purple
By Alice Walker

My Edition:
Paperback, 295 pages
1982, Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671617028

Celie grows up in the home of her abusive father and ailing mother, desperate to save her younger sister Nettie from the same fate. The girls move out after their mother’s death, but when Nettie leaves town, Celie finds herself married to a man she barely knows and tasked with raising his children from a previous marriage. Celie is resigned to her fate, simply hoping to hear from her sister, until her husband’s lover, Shug Avery, comes to stay during an illness. Rather than becoming rivals, the two women become friends and Celie finds a bravery in herself she never knew she possessed.

This isn’t an easy book to read, content-wise, but I read it in a handful of hours.

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Book Review: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park
By Jane Austen

My Edition:
Hardcover, 560 pages
2012, Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141197708

I decided to launch Austen Month with the Austen book I know least (aka, nothing)  about. I have read all of her novels except Mansfield Park and Emma, but I’ve read an adaptation of Emma and seen parts of the movie, so I’m aware of the general plot.

From Amazon: Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighborhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation.

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Austen Month

I don’t normally plan a TBR pile for each month. Instead, I have a little post it note inside my reading log with about 30 titles written on it, and I try to work towards crossing those off, but usually I end up reading something that isn’t on the list.

Lately, I’ve been growing my Jane Austen collection, and not just with more copies of her books. I’ve decided it’s time to do a little catch-up and I picked February, since her books focus on relationships and romance, and well, February has Valentine’s Day.

I’ve given myself a list of 5 books, but I may add more, as I have some more Austen related books coming my way soon. Or, on the other hand, I may not get through these – I’m not going to stress about it, as this is just for fun.

My plan is to read, in no particular order:

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

Minor Works by Jane Austen

Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster

Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

If you care to join me in my quest of reading anything related to Jane Austen, please let me know! Leave me a comment here, or on my Instagram. I’ll be using #AustenMonth if you want to tag your own pictures for me to see.

The Classics: Are They For You?

I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with “classic” literature. First off, let me start by ranting about how everyone assumes just because I read a lot, that I’m an expert on classic literature. I may have touched on this before, but many people assume that just because I own over 1,000 books, and I spend most of my free time reading, that I’ve read all the classics. Well, sorry, but I haven’t. I’d like to read several of them, but unfortunately, many of them can be a chore to get through.

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