Because I promise there’s more than Divergent I’ve been reading…
After reading Red Queen and bearing the fandomatical consequenses featured here and here, I was in kind of a book drought. You know what I mean? Like there’s plenty of books on the shelf but you just. Can’t. Read. One. (Probably because I was still living in the Red Queen world…that helps nothing!)
Anyway, that’s where I was at. That is, until I picked up my delightful Jane Austen collection again.
I don’t know why, but it seems like every fall I get back into Austen. But it’s wonderful, to be sure. ;) Two years ago I decided to read Pride & Prejudice and last year Emma and Sense & Sensibility. They were all stunning. And this new read is no exeption.
Flipping through beautiful collection, I discovered Mansfield Park. And needless to say, I am enjoying it like crazy.
Mansfield Park is definitely one of Austen’s gentler works…so far, at least. The characters are softer; the plot’s a bit lighter. The main two characters, Fanny Price, a girl of “inferior birth” (of course) and Edmund Bertram, are both more reticent than I’m used to, but have such quiet strength underneath. The more talkative characters are hilarious, though. (Of the lovable Mrs. Bennet vein, which I so dig.)
Right now, the story is very sweet, and I have to say, early on Fanny grabs your heart. (I was tearing up over her and a horse. C’mon, Marie!)
I’m so excited to see where Jane will lead! (It seems like the calm before the storm at the moment.)