Thursday, December 10, 2009

Too much reading

I said I was going to stop reading when I finished my last pile of books, but I just have no will power. However, I am too lazy to go to the library and too poor to buy more books. So I have discovered two fun online options. and are two of my new favorites.

Readprint has over 8,000 online books to read and librivox contains audio recordings of books in the public domain (according to their site this is generally things published before 1923). Librivox is a really cool idea, anyone can volunteer to do recordings and it adds to the fun of listening in my opinion. The books I've listened to are broken into chapters read by different people all done well and some very well. I really enjoy different people's accents ;) So if you are in the mood for some classics, here are some free easy options!

So I decided to read Jane Austen since I had only read Pride and Prejudice and Emma before. I started with Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and lastly, Northanger Abbey. For some parts I sat way too long in front of my computer reading and other parts I listened to audio recordings while I crocheted.

Northanger Abbey really surprised me, I had no idea that it would be so different from her other books. It was by far my favorite. I was laughing out loud the whole way through and Jacob thought I was nuts. It is kind of a parody of the Gothic novels- horror stories that were popular at the time which I am not at all familiar with. The main character is really into these books and it influences the way she sees things. Nearly every line in the book is funny!

Hmm.. what to read next? Enjoy some classics with me!



adrienne said...

Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is one of my favorites.

I'm about to download Pride and Prejudice (which I have never read). I want to understand the plot of the movie Lost in Austen and the book Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies.

Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

I want to read Pride and Prejudice again. It's been years...well, to be honest over a decade! I am old! :)

At least I can remember having read it, right? I may not remember any plot details.,,but I remember having to read it for a class!

I will join you in rereading. I love reading. The escapism is so much fun!

Maggie said...

The reason I wanted to read Sense and Sensibility in the first place is because I want to read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies :) Very funny!