Friday, February 18, 2011

vanity fair.

goal #3 for 2011:
read [at least] five classic novels.

classic novel count as of february 18, 2011:
one and a half.
i finished my first novel last week and right now i'm about halfway through my second which is Vanity Fair by William Thackeray [i started them both around the same time, so no, i'm not a speed reader. unfortunately!]. i have to admit....i actually kind of hated Vanity Fair when i first started it. especially because i was secretly comparing it to Jane Eyre [aka the best book ever written!], but i'm slowly coming around on this book and i've actually been getting a big kick out of how societies and human nature haven't changed much over the centuries since this book was written.

i'd rather finish it than keep reading it though, so hopefully i'll be done by the end of february. mostly so i can finally let myself watch the movie [the one with reese witherspoon] and get it off our netflix queue! and while i'm on the subject of books and movies.....did you know they're making a new Jane Eyre movie???? sooooo excited for march 11th!

next book is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and i think i should probably also read Price & Prejudice by Jane Austen sometime soon. any other suggestions????


  1. I didn't know a new Jane Eyre movie was coming out. That's awesome. I love that book and movie (the version with William Hurt). I love how you're into the classics. Me too. :)

  2. Definitely read Pride and Prejudice! Room with a View by E. M. Forster, Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, and East of Eden by Steinbeck are also a few of my favorite classics. :)Soooo excited for Jane Eyre Movie!!!! One of my absolute favorite books.

  3. Meg--we watched that version a couple months ago and loved it too! Can't wait to see how this newer version compares.

    Brittlyn, thank you for the recommendations! I think 2011 will be the year i finally read East of Eden. It's Aaron's all-time favorite book and he's been telling me I should read it ever since we met! :)

  4. I wish I could go watch Jane Eyre with you being that it was my all time favorite book too until I read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" last summer. A must read. Also, I need to read "East of Eden" this year too. It stares at me from the book case everyday but I'm just too intimidated because its so long. Happy reading!

  5. Tess of the D'urbervilles, Great Expectations, Three Muskateers.

  6. In response to your question about the bread recipes, I used the first recipe listed on that website. I have been using gluten, but I just got some from my mom. I have no idea if it's at the store or something that's hard to find except in Utah. From what my mom said, it's just supposed to help the bread rise. That being said, I doubt it's a mandatory ingredient. Good luck!

  7. The Scarlett Pimpernel!!!

    I loved the book, and there are two movies. I've only watched one...the one with Jane Seymour and the dude that plays Gandolf in LOTR (they're both MUCH younger in the movie). I have watched that movie like 5 times in the last 3 weeks...seriously I love that book and movie.

  8. oh my gosh, these are awesome! thank you thank you thank you!

  9. Hey did you know that Charlotte Bronte's idol was Thackeray? And that when he found out "Jane Eyre" was by a woman, he said it sucked? Interesting.

    My advice for reading "Les Miserables" is to get it on tape, or find a free audio version online to listen to; Danny just finished listening to it, and he said that it was much easier to get through in an audio version because there are HUGE sections that you can just zone out the section where he goes on a chapter-long rant about why people should save human poop for fertilizer and the reason why France is poor is because they don't.

    Try watching "The Age of Innocence", based on the book by Edith Wharton. If you like that, try reading her books. But the movie is one of the best classics-to-film adaptations I've seen.

  10. hey kate! i was thinking i'd probably read the abridged version of les mis, and i'm adding Age of Innocence to my netflix queue right now :)

  11. I'm excited for the new Jane Eyre movie too! Have you seen this version? Have it and LOVE it!

    You should read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Have you read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Charotte's sister!). It's dark but I couldn't put it down. Happy reading!