Jane Austen’s Emma (Revisited Challenge)


Title and Author(s):  Jane Austen’s Emma (Read by Nadia May)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2006

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

ISBN: 9781441797339
Hours: 15 hours, 18 minutes
Source: eBranch Harris County Public Library 
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Reasons for Reading: I read Jane Austen’s Emma for the first time in 2008. However, I didn’t review it. So, earlier this year, I posted the Revisited Challenge. One of the winners was Emma.

Summary: Ever heard that proverb “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”? Well, it certainly seems to be the case with the “handsome, clever, and rich…” Emma Woodhouse. Emma’s mother passed away before Emma could remember her and her elder sister, Isabella Knightley has a family of her own to rear. She was reared in the nice estate of her old, doting father and a kindly governess, Miss Taylor. The only person who calls her out on anything is her brother-in law, George Knightley. When Emma sets up Miss Taylor with widower Mr Weston and they marry, Emma deems herself a matchmaker. Mr. Knightley tries to talk her out of pursuing this pastime but she continues to do so for her naive, new friend Miss Harriet Smith. So, Emma’s idle mind leads Emma to numerous misadventures of the heart.

One Thing I Learned from this book: Emma, which appeared in 1816, was the last novel published during Austen’s lifetime

What I Liked: I actually liked Mr. Knightley and Emma’s rival, Miss Jane Fairfax. The writing, of course, was genius.

What I Disliked: I didn’t like Emma very much. Yet, I found her very sympathetic. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to her. What do you think of Emma Woodhouse?

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Rainbow Rating: Green – Parental Guidance 

Song:  Sam Cooke – Cupid

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Jorie’s Top Ten Creepiest Covers!

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Top Ten Creepiest Covers!

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1.  Ray Bradbury’s Long After Midnight

2. Juan Trigos’ La Llorona  

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3. Man, Myth, & Magic Encyclopedia 

Man, Myth and Magic Sets by Richard…

4. Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery 

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

5. Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

6. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart  

7. Kay Hooper’s Blood Ties

Blood Ties: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit…

8. Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter 

9. Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives 

10. Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby 

October 2013 Reader of the Month – Emily M.

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This is the twenty-second interview for Reader of the Month.

I’d worked at my current library a little while before I met Emily M. She had worked there prior to my employment. However, when she stopped to visit her old work buddies, I had the chance to meet her. Being a couple of book nerds, we were fast friends. It does my heart good to know she’s on her way to becoming a librarian by degree!

1.  What is the best thing you’ve read in the past year?  I really enjoyed Greg Gutfeld’s The Joy of Hate (the title is ironic, not literal).  I found his irreverent humor and quick wit refreshing.

2.  Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?  Nothing I can think of…although, I do enjoy reading cookbooks as if they were stories – so maybe that’s kind of weird?
3.   What’s on your bookshelf or in your bookbag?  Right now I’m reading The Serpent and the Rainbow, by Wade Davis.  I had seen the movie years ago (I have a thing for Bill Pullman) but the book is quite different…a very “scientific” and anthropological approach to zombies and voodoo in the Haitian culture.
4.  Who supplies your reading materials?  I enjoy reading articles online.  For books, I order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and I enjoy shopping at the 29 Palms Library Friends sale.  They always have great finds!
5.  What type of reading do you usually enjoy?  I gravitate toward history, biographies, political science, travel and classic lit.
6.  Who are some authors you read regardless of anything?  Toni Morrison, Neil Peart, Kahlil Gibran, & Mark Steyn.
7.  What’s on your TBR list?  Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl; Homer’s Odyssey: a Fearless Feline Tale, by Gwen Cooper; and the new Vivien Leigh biography that came out this week (along with a bazillion other books).
8.  Can you recall a book that changed your life?  Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; Mao’s Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin; The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart; The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery; and Winnie the Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne have all had a significant impact on my life.
9.  What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?   Charlotte’s Web has always been my favorite.  I must have read it a dozen times as a kid.  I also loved Shel Silverstein poems (and still do…who doesn’t?), Lois Duncan, and the Nancy Drew series.
10.  Where do you like to read?  Mostly on the couch.
11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?  I’m fortunate to live just outside of Joshua Tree National Park and love to go hiking there with my husband.  I also enjoy yoga, gardening, and baking when I have the time.
12.  Where can we find you online?  Facebook and, if you have a reference question on a weekday between 11am and 1pm (PST), you can find me on the Greenleaf Library web chat!
13.  Would you like to give a shout out to other avid readers online?  Well, I think most of my friends are avid readers…so I’ll just give a shout out to my FM friends.  Hello to you, Milagros, Candice, Janette, & Jim and all my other FM friends!  Miss y’all!
14.  What do you challenge people to read?  I didn’t always appreciate classic lit when I was assigned it in school. As an adult, I’ve found rediscovering it quite rewarding.  I avoided Tess of the D’Urbervilles for so long and, when I finally read it, I was intrigued.  Maybe life experience has helped put things in perspective.
15.  How about sharing five random facts about you?  I’m obsessed with all types of dance, dancers, the history of dance, etc. and I feel like I’m a pretty decent tap dancer.  I would love to have been a ballet dancer, though.  I can’t sit through an entire ballet without crying.  I also think it would be awesome to be a race car driver.  I don’t know much about cars, but I love to watch F1, American Le Mans, and my favorite is World Rally Championship.  My dad is a flagger for a lot of races in Southeast Texas – so maybe I inherited that passion from him.  Also, I’m an animal person and I especially love dogs, but live with pesky cats.  I think that’s five things.  Right?  I’m terrible at math!


APPeal – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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So, way back in 2006 (pre-Jorie’s Reads Days) one of my bookish friends, Ryan (a Reader of the Month), introduced me to the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Little did he realize what a monster he created! Nonetheless, I owe this list (which updates every 2 years) some gratitude simply because it has led me to some on my favorite books.

When attempting this huge TBR list, one MUST MUST MUST check out Arukiyomi’s site. Thanks to Arukiyomi, I’ve been able to download spreadsheets and now there’s an APP. While this APP costs $4.99 in the US, I’ve already found it worthwhile. With this APP, I can view all editions of the 1001 Books and mark according to whether I’ve read it or want to read it. You can factor in your gender, age, and reading rate for a projected time when you would have read all 1001 books.

Oh, and for all you movie buffs out there, there’s a similar APP for the 1001 Movies, too!

Jorie’s Top Ten Most Unusual Character Names

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Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names

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1.  Katniss Everdeen/ Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy 

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2. Sookie Stackhouse/ Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series 

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3. Usnavys Rivera/ Alisa Valdes’ The Dirty Girls Social Club Series 

Francesca Escoto-Zavala, who will play Usnavys Rivera.

4. Auden West/ Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride 

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5. Bellamy Lyston/ Sandra Brown’s Low Pressure 

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

6. Ellsworth M. Toohey/ Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead 

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7. Atticus Finch/ Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird 

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8. Ramfis Trujillo/ Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Feast of the Goat (an actual person as well)

9. Patria Mirabal/ Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies 

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10. Stanley Yelnats IV/ Louis Sachar’s Holes