For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways.
A is for Austen. As in Jane Austen.
Classics are something I read a few times a year. Not on a hugely regular basis but enough to say they are a part of my reading loves. I read some classics as a child – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one I read again and again one holiday – but mostly when I had to. I can’t remember really reading any classics at school and it was an area of reading I didn’t touch for a long time.
Eventually I set myself a list of goals. Some of them were reading related but most weren’t. And as an adult my love of classics began once I tackled the goal to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I really enjoyed it and I’ve read all of her books now with the exception of Emma (I’ve partially read that at least twice but never got all the way through it). Part of me thinks I should give it another go but I’m not sure I will. My favourite remains Pride and Prejudice and I’m considering rereading Persuasion having heard a few people say that was their favourite and not being able to remember much about it.
I don’t have a favourite classics author (Dickens is my least favourite I think) – at the moment I’d say I have a soft spot for the Bronte sisters as I’m still working my way through their books and with the exception of Wuthering Heights which I didn’t understand I’ve loved reading them. But I enjoy Austen a lot and she’s a bit of a special author for me because she’s the one who got me reading a genre I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I do.