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.


Published by Just Another Queen

Just another queen trying to run a house, teach her kids, and stay true to herself.

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