Thursday, December 17, 2009

The book-of-shame swap

Over at She-Blogger, Lucy reveals the big book she's always felt guilty about never having read: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I was surprised when she told me a few months ago that she had never been able to get into that novel, because 1) she's unquestionably well-read when it comes to the classics, and 2) it's a childhood favorite of mine and I've always kinda assumed that anyone (or at least any girl) who's a serious reader would have read and loved it as a kid. Lucy has decided that 2010 is the year she will finally make it through Little Women, and she has issued me a challenge in the form of a book-of-shame swap: if she reads Little Women, then I need to read Pride and Prejudice.

I know! How lame is that? A career bookseller with an English degree and I've never read any Jane Austen. I hereby promise that, sometime in 2010, I will finally tackle Pride and Prejudice. Lucy also wants to read Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in the coming year, and I may join her in that little adventure -- the movie is a favorite of mine, but I've also never read the novel.


Lucy said...

YEA!!! Maybe Kathleen will join us in our little adventure. She too has never read "Little Women". Maybe we can all address our shameful pasts together and learn to hold our heads up high, once and for all.

Curtis said...

And no, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does not count.