Carol’s killer list of awesome books: Pride and Prejudice part 1

I have one, you have one. Everybody has one. It’s the Never-Ending Way-Too-Long Bucket List of reading lists. Someone recommends a book, an author, or a series, and it sounds terrific. However, I usually let my mood dictate what I want to read next. And I only ever read one book at a time. So that sterling recommendation goes onto the ever-growing list of books I’d like to read—someday.

Would it surprise you to learn that even though I’ve enjoyed countless books set in the Regency era, I’ve never actually read any Jane Austen? Pride and Prejudice has been at the top of my Must Read Before I Die List since I was a teenager. My best friend has read it. My mother has read it countless times. I have purchased a hardcopy and downloaded the eBook. But I’ve never even read the first page. I haven’t had any motivation to do so.

Until now.

Starting this year I’m finally going to begin reading books from my Killer List of Awesome Books. And I thought the best way to start is with Pride and Prejudice, a tale told and retold through countless mediums and re-imaginings. To motivate myself to read this incredible book, I have pinned an adorable Pride and Prejudice button to my collar. I will wear it every day until I have actually read the book.

So keep a lookout for me in the stacks, in the office, on the street. And if you see me wearing the pin, be sure to give me a hard time! Tell me how great the book is, what your favorite scene is, who your favorite characters are. Keep me in line and, who knows? Maybe I’ll actually read it.

But golly gee, I hope the book lives up to the hype!

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