I made a trip to the library on Friday and came away with two awesome Jane Austen books. I am a total Janeite, so I will be buying them.
I have a nice set of hardcover Jane Austen books that I got as a gift, then I have an everyday reading copy of her books and back up copies- for when I wear out the other copies. Add an entire box of books about Jane Austen and her writing to that.
I quote Jane Austen on a regular basis but nobody around me gets it, none of my friends understand my love affair with Austen but that's ok.
That is why when I saw Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict I knew I had to read it. I read some criticism of the book a while back, but after reading the first chapter I knew I was going to love it. It is so different from other Jane books, no failed attempts at the Austen tone. This is straight up a modern girl living an Austen nightmare....or fairytale depending on how you look at it.
Rigler takes her love for Austen and turned it into something juicy to read. How many times have I sat around myself after reading Austen and daydreamed about her characters and their lives? Imagined what I would do, say in each situation...I can't tell you because it happens so often. Rigler was able to concoct the fantasy that I could only half think about. I envy her.
The second book, A Walk With Jane Austen, had me thinking about my first taste of Austen. I was thirteen and my mom thought I was too young for it. Someone gave me a bookmark that had an Austen quote on it, one of the opening quotes in Lori Smith's book- If Adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
I was leaving my family for the first time and my trip promised to be full of adventure, but I wanted to read the book that contained the quote first. I went to the library to "study" and instead found a copy of Northanger Abbey and huddled myself into the back of the library where I read it.
I just cracked this book open but already I am excited to cross the ocean just so I can have my own Austen pilgrimage. Who knows, maybe I will find me a tall, dark and handsome English bloke- it could happen.