I absolutely love a good book. Who doesn’t?!?!? Of course, finding the time to read has been a struggle over the past several years while I’ve been busy raising my little men. I’d often start one and by the time I’d pick it up again I’d have to start from the beginning because I’d have forgotten the characters and all of the juicy details that get you hooked.
Now that my little men are older, I’m finding more time to read and I’m loving it! I have read several books over the past couple months that I’d love to share with you. I’m going to use this space as a place (LOL – I just made a rhyme) to share my recent reads with you.
My most recent read was Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld. I absolutely love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so I couldn’t help but pick up Ms. Sittenfeld’s most recent novel – a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Of course, having read Pride and Prejudice at least twice, I suspected that I knew how the story would unfold and who would end up with whom. However, despite my knowing these major plot details, I couldn’t put this one down! I kept reading, wondering whether Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would finally get together. Perhaps it’s a sickness…I don’t care. I’m a romantic at heart and this tale as old as time, love story pulls at my heart strings.
Ms. Sittenfeld is a huge Jane Austen fan, herself, so it’s no surprise that she’d tackle such a project as this. She did a wonderful job capturing the Bennett family, especially the sisters, and bringing them to life in 21st century America. Often reading this story, I found myself wondering what Ms. Austen would think about the characters that Ms. Sittenfeld brought to life. Would she approve of Elizabeth being a journalist and Jane being a yoga instructor? What about Mr. Bingley’s participation in a reality series that very closely resembles “The Bachelor?”
Ms. Sittenfeld did a wonderful job modernizing the story. This story is set in America — Cincinnati to be specific — and so much of what the Bennett family struggles with are what many American families struggle with today: from boomerang children, children in their 20s who return to live at home for a period, to money problems due to trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” to the many truths about reality television, even social issues that are relevant in the news like being transgender, and so much more.
This 488 page novel is comprised of mostly short (one to two-page) chapters which makes it the perfect book to pick-up and put-down anywhere. Only have a few minutes to read at the doctor’s office? You’ll get a chapter or two read. Plus, I can’t tell you how many nights I stayed up well past my bedtime to read “just a little bit more!”
I highly recommend Eligible. Of course, it’s not meant to replace the original, Pride and Prejudice, so if you haven’t read Jane Austen’s book, go and get that one first! If I were to give it a rating (5 stars being ‘knocked it out of the park’ and 1 star being ‘don’t bother, it was so bad I could barely finish it’), I’d give Eligible 4 stars!!