When all seems lost because spring has not sprung, I will look to my new Penguin Classics Jane Austen Box Set for comfort! 

About 2 weeks ago, I had set myself a goal with a reward: Read all of Jane Austen’s works on my Kindle and I would purchase a box set for myself. Welllll, I couldn’t wait (because when can I ever?) and I bought this beautiful set about 4 books too early. Oh well! I also initially had my eye on a different set but this one kept drawing my attention, for obvious reasons if I do say so myself! This set is the first in my baby classic book collection and I can’t wait for more πŸ™‚

“I think people who are creativeare the luckiest people on earth.I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something greater than you, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”-Judy Collins

​It’s sometimes hard to stay positive in such a rat race of a world. But what is life without joy and happiness? Be creative and do what you love; you never know what could come of it!

I finished Emma today and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. While I read it in high school and remembered the basic premise of the story (Emma’s match making and such), I wasn’t prepared for such conflicting feelings regarding Emma, the character. There were times I wanted to be her friend, and others when I wanted to punch her in the face for being such a presumptuous, entitled, spoiled brat. Her character obviously grew throughout the novel and she learned her lessons but was it enough growth for her to deserve the hero, Mr. Knightley?

Mr. Knightley is a classic Austen gentleman whose greatest flaw seems to be his love for Emma. While he is by no means blind to her flaws-and often lectures her on them-he believes her merits are greater. Nevermind the 17 year age gap…who am I to judge fictional characters from 200 years ago?

*Illustration by C.E. Brock

Like Northanger Abbey, I read Emma in high school. And like Northanger Abbey, I’m so happy I decided to reread Emma because I’m definitely better able to pick up on the satire!
Jane Austen, again, proves that some things never change with time. My daytime job in luxury hospitality is a perfect example of this quote! Thank God for relatable books! And an even bigger thanks for books that transport you away from reality πŸ™‚
*Illustration by C.E. Brock

I FINALLY finished Northanger Abbey and I have to say, Henry Tilney is a very underrated Austen gentleman. He takes Catherine’s incredibly overactive imagination in stride and isn’t incredibly put off when she accuses Henry’s father of murdering his mother (seriously Catherine?). Now it’s time to watch the Masterpiece Theatre version of the movie before moving on to Emma! *Illustration by C.E. Brock