Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A fire was in my head

In this post: Teaser, Top Ten, Tune In


She had resolved that one and twenty should be the period.  With the fortitude of a devoted noviciate, she had resolved to complete the sacrifice, and retire from all the pleasures of life, of rational intercourse, equal society, peace and hope, to penance and mortification forever.

p. 423, "Emma" by Jane Austen (Volume II, Collected Edition)

A classic look at misconstrued romance. Foolish, arrogant, sensible, oblivious or endearing characters are excellently portrayed. If you've read this before, marvel anew at how people from way way back are actually alike ourselves nowadays in many ways.  If not, get ready to observe human behavior described with humor and skill that made Jane Austen a much-loved author with millions of fans.

*Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading
Top Ten: Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

Perhaps easy accessibility was taken for granted. But there's no excuse for not having read #6, especially for someone like me who did grad time in the Humanities- Communication Arts no less. This reading life is stranger than fiction.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Anne Shirley of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
3. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
4. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Tune In : Song of Wandering Aengus

There's a new kind of fun around here - exploring literary works, especially classical poetry set into music.  Here's one I found:

Lyrics from a poem of the same title by W.B. Yeats
Vocals by Donovan & Video illustration by Sissham

*Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger at GReads!

Please leave your permalink so I can check it out.


  1. Great choice of teaser!
    I haven't read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' yet either :-S
    New follower.
    Here's my TT this week:


  2. What a great book. Loved the movie too, even though the book was better. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

  3. Retire from all pleasures of life...hmm, what ever caused her to vow to such a thing? Lol. That's kinda sad.. This book is a little too classic for my liking, but it is a great teaser nonetheless. :)

  4. Luckily, that resolve didn't last. :)
    Thanks for sharing

  5. I love your top ten list. The only one I have read is To Kill A Mockingbird. My son had to read it for school so I read along with him. It's actually a really good book.

    New follower.

  6. Emma was a good book. I thought more enjoyable than Pride and Prejudice.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  7. Great teaser! I've been meaning to re-read it this year =)

    Here's my teaser and my Top Ten for this week! =)

  8. 21 is when fun starts, not when it ends! least for us. ;)

  9. Love the 3 book memes - hadn't seen top ten books or tune in ones - thanks!

  10. Nice teaser! And I haven't had the joy of reading To Kill A Mockingbird yet...I tried to read it when I was 12 and almost fell asleep on Page 3 :P

    Thanks for stopping by my TT!

  11. I really need to read Emma. Thanks for posting a teaser from it.
    Here's mine: Sandy's Teaser

  12. Never read Emma, but it sounds good.

  13. I am almost embarrassed to admit I have never finished a Jane Austen book, but your teaser has me intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog. Nice entry! i like the teaser! :)

  15. I hope you like(d) Emma more than I did. It's my least favorite Austen. Of your list of ten, I have read seven and liked all but #4 (and I ended up reading it twice, no less. Shudder.) Thanks for visiting today!

  16. Did Emma annoy you? :) Thank you Heather for your thoughts on my list.



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