C is for Catherine

“I am delighted with the book. I shall like to spend my whole life reading it.” -Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey

Being one of the last Jane Austen books read, Northanger Abbey rivaled Pride and Prejudice and Emma as my favorite. Catherine. The book begins with her as a teenager who is addicted to gothic novels. Her imagination gets the best of her as she tries to apply what she finds in books to real life and finds the two to be quite different from each other. She sees mystery where there is none. Throughout the book she learns and grows but remains her unique self.

These days I find myself with my nose stuck in a book as much as possible. If I could, I would just curl up in my favorite chair reading. It’s my favorite escape and best anxiety reliever.

Are you a reader of Jane Austen? Do you have a favorite? Are you familiar with Catherine and Northanger Abbey?

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Happy Reading!

-Kat

The Great Book of Lists: Chapter 1.4- The Books That Transport You

Chapter 1.4 for The Great Book of Lists is The Books that Transport You.

I love reading and books are found in every room of our house. It was hard to narrow it down but I finally settled on these as the books that transport me:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • Entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Dead Witch Walking (and the rest of the Hollows series) by Kim Harrison
  • All Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The list could go on and on……

If you would like more information, you can find it at The Great Book of Lists, hosted by La duchesse d’Erat.

Which books transport you to another time and place?

 

 

All You Need is Love…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cupid’s Arrow.”

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the daily prompt of “Cupid’s Arrow” I am dedicating this post to my romantic favorites. I’m not an overly romantic person in my real life, but I cannot pass up a great love story.

A line from the movie Sleepless in Seattle that makes me sigh—

“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”   -Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle

Sam is speaking of his deceased wife whose life is cut short, leaving him to raise his young son alone. The soft longing in his voice always gets to me. Oh, to be loved like that!

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in by e. e. cummings is one of my favorite poems about love.

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I love everything about this poem. It is the perfect description of love to me. It’s the feeling that you carry inside you when love and you are loved. To hear the poem in its entirety, click here.

Friends’ Monica and Chandler’s Proposal

If you aren’t a fan of the tv series, Friends, this might not have the same impact but to me, it was one of the most romantic tv moments ever! Everything that happened in the episode leading up to this moment only made it that much more perfect.

Lizzie and Darcy, need I say anymore?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged. that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Okay, maybe it’s cliché but I did say I was a sucker for romance, right? I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice the first time I read it and I have never stopped, no matter how many times I re-read the book.

In closing, I will leave you with my all-time favorite love song by the Beatles- If I Fell

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love, Kat