Summer Classic: Emma

By Angie Haddock

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend (if you live in the US), with lots of time to read!

Last year, I came across a page on Facebook that was promoting their summer read-along of War & Peace. I had never read it, and it was intimidating – most hardcover versions come in at around 1500 pages, and there are multiple translations! But, for whatever reason, I thought it would be a good challenge. It’s something I hadn’t tackled before, and it’s a classic, right?

The read-along was supposed to take 3 months. Of course, I got other library holds in, and other distractions came along. I finished the book, but it took me 7 months.

I have no bad feelings about it taking me that long, because I still finished War & Peace, and I feel like that is no small feat!

I liked the idea of tackling a classic regularly, so I’ve decided to make it a summer tradition. This year, I’m going to read Emma, by Jane Austen. I’m not giving myself a time limit to finish, as I’m still reading other books concurrently with this one. I started last week, though, and am a handful of chapters in (out of 55).

I know there are several movie versions of this story, including a new one that came out this year, so I may do a comparison review with that. We’ll just see how it goes!

Are there any classics you’ve been meaning to read, but never made time for? Could this be the perfect time to dust one off? Let me know if you’ll be finding a #summerclassic of your own!

✨ New Reviewer on Board ✨

We’re adding some new voices here at “Reading Our Shelves,” and first aboard is Angie Haddock. She’s a native Northerner living in the South (Nashville). Angie used to work in TV, but now stays home with a rambunctious toddler. 

She says, of her reading life:

I read a lot as a tween/teen, and then stopped reading for fun when I was in college.  A lot of us probably go through that “burned-out” phase. It took me a while to get back into it.  In my mid-twenties, I spent a lot of time in the wicked worlds of Gregory Maguire, or with the snappy dialog of Elmore Leonard. I credit two books for turning me on to non-fiction: “Life Itself” by Roger Ebert and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Now I read a lot of non-fiction: memoirs/biographies, self-help, spiritual, socio-political stuff, and a few books about parenting/kids. I also still read fiction, to keep myself sane – historical fiction, sci-fi, and diverse literature are some favorites.

Other loves include watching soccer, drinking tea, eating ice cream, and doing yoga.


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