Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

While making my usual run to my local library, I came across a featured cart labeled “Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once”. As I fumbled through the books on the cart, I kept coming back to Pride & Prejudice thinking I really need to see what the hype is about.

So I grabbed it for my Thanksgiving “don’t talk to me, I’m reading” book. It’s kind of a slow starter, engaging you just enough that you know you’ll eventually want to finish it, but again, Thanksgiving + family + my kids’ acting crazy because they’re with the grands= anything is better, so I kept with it. Turns out it’s definitely the classic that it is categorized as.

There is love, lust, wit, and crazy family members to entertain you if you’re looking for a real life escape. Most of the characters are in survivor mode, causing them to make questionable choices and the others are entitled brats with familial responsibilities guiding their decisions.

Although P&P is considered historical fiction, much of it relevant in today’s society: Family burdens, gullible young adults, and siblings who couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried (just my family 😬?).

Pride and Prejudice is a must read for anyone who has ever made decisions based entirely on second hand information or from basic stubbornness. You’ll fall in love with a couple of characters, learn to hate at least one, and you get to visualize another time period.

Plus there are a couple film renditions floating around that you can watch, AFTER (!!!!) you read the book.

I give this book 4.8/5 stars, despite being slow to start and some grammatical errors, it passed my overall test.

Did I learn? Yes, tons of vocabulary words and about how adjacent marriage was to survival “back in the day”.

Did I love? Yes, I fell in love with Elizabeth.

Did I get lost? Absolutely! I let my 4 year old use the toaster and distribute his own Nutella so I could read during breakfast.

Have you already read this book? Let me know how well you liked it in the comments section by rating it up to 5 stars. If you haven’t, I think it should be on your new year tbr list or your Christmas “escape from family” list, if you’re an introvert.

Book Cover image was taken from Goodreads.


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