Tribute to Jane Austen

“You pierce my soul, I am half agony half hope.”
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On this day Dec. 16th in 1775 the brilliant
Jane Austen was born. I am a huge fan, and have read every novel (I think) she has written.

Jane Austen was an amazing English writer born at Steventon rectory to a substantial gentry family. She had only 1 sister, and 6 brothers. Both her and her sister never married and both almost died from Typhus.

Jane Austen was said to be very fond of dancing. This of course makes us Kindred Spirits. 🙂 One of my favorite Jane Austen quotes is:
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”
(Pride and Prejudice)
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My personal favorite Jane Austen novel is
Pride and Prejudice
(although Sense and Sensibility is one of
my favorite movies…)

Here is a great list of things you quite possibly never knew about Pride and Prejudice:
http://article/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-pride-and-prejudice

Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18th of July 1817, at only 41. The cause of death was somewhat speculative between Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and/or Brill–Zinsser disease. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were both published after her death, by her parents Cassandra and Henry.rl1adh2glggyomed-edited
Fun fact: Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew’s A Memoir of Jane Austen  introduced her to a wider public. Janeite fan culture emerged in the second half of the 2oth century. (fun fact found via Wikipedia.)
I didn’t know the last part of this,
about her nephew.

Now I will HAVE to read
this Memoir!!!

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
What is your favorite Jane Austen book and/or movie?

Tribute To Jane Austen

You pierce my soul, I am half agony half hope. ~Jane Austen (Persuasion)

On this day Dec. 16th in 1775 the brilliant
Jane Austen was born. I am a huge fan, and have read every novel (I think) she has written.

Jane Austen was an amazing English writer born at Steventon rectory to a substantial gentry family. She had only 1 sister, but 6 brothers. Both her and her sister never married and both almost died from Typhus.
Jane Austen was said to be very fond of dancing. This of course makes us Kindred Spirits. 🙂 My favorite Jane Austen quotes is
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love” Pride and Prejudice.
Pride-and-Prejudice_BN
My personal favorite Jane Austen novel is
Pride and Prejudice
(although Sense and Sensibility is one of
my favorite movies…)

Here is a great list of things you never knew about Pride and Prejudice:

http://article/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-pride-and-prejudice
Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18th of July 1817, at only 41. The cause of death was somewhat speculative between Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and/or Brill–Zinsser disease. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were both published after her death, by her parents Cassandra and Henry.cropped-quotes-banner2
Fun fact: Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew’s A Memoir of Jane Austen  introduced her to a wider public. Janeite fan culture emerged in the second half of the 2oth century. (This fact was found via Wikipedia.)

I didn’t know the last part of this,
about her nephew.

Now I will HAVE to read
this Memoir!!!

What is your favorite Jane Austen book and/or movie?

 

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” 

Top 5 Fiction Favorites

I love so many books that it is hard to narrow them to a list of just 5 favorites.
So, I decided I would choose based on the  following code:
Books I find myself reading again and again, great story telling, quality literature, and emotional connection.

So without further adieu, my top 5 fiction favorites (as I see it today.)

(Click  pictures or titles for more info.)
“The Gargoyle” Andrew Davidson
This book I hold in such high regard purely by my own taste, and based on how the book spoke to me individually. It is a beautiful and haunting story yet it holds an ethereal quality. I’m sure the skill of writing and story telling could be debatable among people. However, when it comes to top books and/or favorites it is what resonates with our soul that sets a book apart.
The Gargoyle Rated: 4.3 on amazon.com
Book Bean: I’d say this book is best read curled up with a velvety drink. e.g. A dark roast latte or cherry cocoa!


“The Chronicles of Narnia” C.S. Lewis
It is such an incredibly well written story. It is clever, amusing, and wonderfully ageless. This series leaves nothing to be desired. C.S. Lewis is brilliant. He makes you feel like you are reading the story of an old beloved friend. It is a witty and imaginative classic that I will love and share forever.
The Chronicles of Narnia Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Tea time for sure! These books scream window seat with a cup of chamomile.


“The Hobbit”
  J.R.R. Tolkien

This is also an extremely well written story. I don’t think Tolkien was quite as clever or ageless with it, but he has his own brilliance in creative story telling. The amount of depth and detail Tolkien pours into his characters and story is stunning. It is truly an epic tale that envelopes you and holds you tightly through the journey.
The Hobbit Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: This handsome book pairs nicely with a citrusy blend, maybe an orange spiced mocha mmm….

Even if you did not like either of the last two books, no one could deny their quality and that’s saying something!

“Pride and Prejudice”
Jane Austin
It is written with such a timeless essence. It is elegant and fresh, and it has roots that will never go out of style. I don’t have many words for it because it is such a simplistic book, it’s story is not complicated or intricate, and it is wonderful.
Pride and Prejudice Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Tea again, this time green tea or a chai latte.

 

 

Last but not least and for a different spin is

love youforever2“Love You Forever” Robert N. Munsch.
This children’s book is beautiful and warm and leaves you floating. I don’t know what else to say about it specifically other than “read it and see.” When you finish this book you’ll squeeze it to your chest with glistening eyes.
Love You Forever Rated: 4.5 on amazon.com
Book Bean: This lovely gem goes well with a simple brewed house coffee.
So there they are, you can probably tell I like a good saga. I’ll have to do a top ten because it was really hard to not mention more!

Fun Facts: According to Vladimir Nabokov, Shakespeare’s The Tempest was science fiction.

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I would like to get this one myself 🙂