Image by Katherine C.
The only thing getting us through this month is the promise of chocolate (whether bought by someone else, or yourself. No shame). The weather’s not great. Awful, actually. We’re months away from spring. And we’ve just said a long goodbye to the Obama’s.
So, let’s embrace February as a month of romance. Whether Valentine’s Day is your favorite or least favorite holiday we can all agree there’s no better upper than a good love story. So we’re taking you back to a classic romance to end all romances (well, no, that wouldn’t be good… but you get what we mean).
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is a world-renown classic. First published in 1813, and set in the early 19th century, it tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet (and her family) and her struggles with English manners and upbringing styles of her time.
We’re probably telling you what you already know, but for those of you who haven’t read this one, we’ll go on with our basic summary. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters (Elizabeth, or Lizzy, being one of them) find themselves in uncharted waters when two eligible bachelors move into their town. And of course, misunderstandings, gossip of all kinds, missed opportunities, and many romances ensue. It’s one of the most popular books in English literature with over 20 million copies sold. So if you haven’t read this one already you’re a rare find.
That being said, a few of us are the rarer types who haven’t yet read this one yet. But, a few of us have. So, this month, for those of us (and you) who’ve already read Pride and Prejudice, may we recommend Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld? It’s a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in present-day New York City /Cincinnati.
Pssst. If you’re just looking to cheat and watch the movie instead of read the book, definitely watch this version. SO good:
We hope you’re read with us, either book will do! Share any updates, thoughts or pictures using #booklymark… see you around.