I finished re-reading Northanger Abbey this weekend, and loved it better than ever. I could hardly put it down, in fact, and even put it on my iPhone so I could read it on the metro.
My reading tastes are similar to Catherine’s– I love novels and poetry, and have little interest in histories. But I am also of Mr. Tilney’s opinion that anyone who can’t enjoy a good novel must be intolerably stupid. I never feel like Jane Austen’s novels are “cotton candy” reading, either, since they are well-written, sometimes unusually insightful and (especially Northanger) full of social commentary. But I don’t even feel the need to justify this one.
Henry Tilney is one of my favorite fictional characters. I think he’s totally dreamy, which I think I can say because he’s a fictionalized version of my husband: witty, solicitous, kind, insightful and good-humored. I laughed out loud a couple times while reading, partly in delight over Mr. Tilney and partly because of how much he reminded me of my Mr. Tilney.
“Miss Morland, no one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do. In my opinion, nature has given them so much that they never find it necessary to use more than half.”
I’ve never actually finished Emma before, so I think that’ll be my next Jane Austen read. I’m also reading a few books to review for work, so I’ll balance Austen-world with Southern literary criticism and a book about religious persecution around the world. I think that’s fair. After all, something has to hold me over until my copy of Beauty gets here.
What are some of your favorite books to re-read? Favorite fictional characters?