Reading Jane Austen For The First Time

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

My reading mood recently has led me to explore classic novels and I have thoroughly enjoyed diving into research mode to put together an ambitious reading list.📚 Outside of my school years, I haven’t read many classics so it is a whole new world. In fact, there was a point where I sincerely thought that classics just simply were not for me, finding myself intimidated by the language or sheer length or both. But these days I find myself in search of new genres, new stories, and new challenges. I knew for sure that I wanted to give the much-loved Jane Austen a read, and after looking into her published works I thought “hmmm, why not read them all??” Each novel sounds quite appealing to me and I am excited to read all of them. I am going to rank them based on my interest in the story and read them in that order. I’m curious to see how my initial ranking will compare to a final ranking after I have completed my Austen journey.

  1. Pride and Prejudice
    I feel that I must start with the most famous of her novels. I am aware of the basics of the story, having encountered various adaptations over the years. The one that is most clear in my memory is the BBC series from 1995, which I adored, and undoubtedly the image of Colin Firth will always be associated with Mr. Darcy.
  2. Persuasion
    This novels appeals to me the most. I love that the main character is older than the typical Austen heroine and I am really looking forward to seeing how story unfolds.
  3. Northanger Abbey
    As a fan of gothic fiction I am so curious and excited to read this novel! It appears wonderfully unique.
  4. Emma
    This novel sounds quite fun. My only worry is that the main character will be slightly too annoying for me, but as this book seems to top many Jane Austen rankings I am very curious.
  5. Sense and Sensibility
    The premise here is quite appealing but it doesn’t catch my interest as much as the previous books on this list.
  6. Mansfield Park
    The summary of this novel is rather “busy.” Just sounds like a lot going on, which makes the story seem confusing so this one does come in last. But, who knows! It may end up being my favourite.

With that, my Jane Austen reading project begins!

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