Pride and Prejudice

I think i may have put this off long enough and the time has come for me to make an admission that I really don’t want to make.  For both the 1% Well-Read Challenge and the Classics Challenge I read Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.  I finished the book a few weeks ago already but haven’t really got to the point where I want to put my thoughts on this book on the web.

Alright, so I don’t think I need to provide you all with a synopsis of this most famous Austin tale.  I think I’m that last living soul that’s read the book.  I’m sure you all have a story you could tell about Austin and a connection to one of her books.  I have no such story, other than being the last person on the globe to read this book.

I’m glad I waited so long to read the book but truth be told I didn’t like it.  Okay, okay, put your stones down I bruise easily.  You’re more than welcome to hate the fact that I didn’t enjoy Pride and Prejudice but hear me out.  It wasn’t due to the writing it was the story itself.  The characters weren’t people I could connect with, they were elitists and, all though I can be a hopeless romantic, the idea of getting married to better your social status is dumbfounding at best or fall head over heals for someone you really don’t know baffles me.

Rather than going on and on about this because I’m sure many of you are gone already never to return after hearing this punk speaking poorly of Austen I’ll just end this post.  If you’ve made it this far would you mind explaining to me what it is you like so much about the book?  Or if you’re like me, and willing to be a book outcast, you could tell me that you don’t like the book too.

On to the next book.  And thanks for putting those stones and rotten food down!

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Another Challenge! 1% Well-Read Challenge

Okay, okay, okay, it has happened again. I came across another challenge and fell for it, how does this always happen? I guess I’m becoming one of those people addicted to challenges. Anyway, the new challenge is the 1% Well-Read Challenge, the title was enough to convince me I needed to join this one. To keep this a short post here’s the scoop.

All you have to do is read ten books in ten months…that’s one book a month. The books are from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. If you do the math that comes out to about 1% of the books on the list. The challenges began on May 1, 2008 and goes through February 28, 2009.

I’ve been keeping track of the books I’ve read on this list for some time now, and I’ve already read 5.99%, so I’m excited to add another percentage point to that. I’ve gone through the list and selected the ten books I plan to read for this challenge. And here’s the list:

  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  2. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  3. Operation Shylock by Philip Roth
  4. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
  5. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  7. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (yes, I haven’t read this yet)
  10. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides