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.