Here’s what I’ve been reading this past month!
Emma by Jane Austen – I re-read Emma for the fourth or fifth time, and it was as perfectly splendid as ever. More thoughts here.
Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken – Rather flamboyant, with an unsympathetic and resentful Jane Fairfax. Let’s just say that if I loved Emma less, I might be able to admire Jane Fairfax more.
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter – a coming-of-age story with an Anne of Green Gables feel to it, though with a lot more moths as it’s set in an Indiana swamp. Liked it, but the love triangle kept me from loving it.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall – delightful, charming story of four young sisters and their dad on summer holidays. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford – the unreliable narrator and conversational-style telling of the story could have been liabilities, but they actually make the story. A fascinating tragedy.
The Warden by Anthony Trollope – there’s an awful lot of satire here (greedy church leaders, newspapers, lawyers), but the story comes down to a tale of conscience: what does a man do when the world thinks he’s been unjust? Wonderfully done.
I’m linking up with Anne of the Modern Mrs. Darcy – head over to her blog to find more itty-bitty book reviews!