My Slump & July Wrap Up

Hai my lovely bookworms, July was not an exuberant reading month for me. The first 2 weeks of July I was in a serious slump.

I think what happens is what I'm calling 'Page Intimidation' LOL. I get incredibly enthusiastic about a book, yet every time I look at it and realize how far I am from the ending I develop a kind of mental incapability about it accompanied with old fashioned laziness...haaa haaa!! I am redeeming myself in August because we are only two days in and I am getting ready to finish two books.  

So here is my July wrap up. You can check out my reviews for Everything Everything and A Court of Thorns and Roses. This brings me to the third classic I've ever read in my life, Pride and Prejudice. I have to admit that my intimidation level has been extremely high when it comes to classics. However, I am incredibly proud of myself for tackling this task because I absolutely loved this story. 

I prepared myself to read an unfamiliar language; a language that was fitting for the time period of this story. Admittedly, in the beginning I almost allowed the language of this story to cause me to toss it to the the DNF {Did Not Finish} shelf. I am so glad I continued and immersed my self in it even if I had to reread certain phrases, dialects, tones.

As I continued to read I heard classical music playing at a soft level. I imagined masquerade parties and tea time. I placed myself in Rosings and Pemberley; the estates of the well-to-do. I imagined being a Bennet sister except for Lydia. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy just as Lizzie had and even with his pretentious, bumptious and smug behavior there was something endearing about him that made him all the more debonair. 

Austen captured a real love story; all the highs and lows in addition to a strong female protagonist, Lizzie Bennet who was confident in herself and not afraid to speak her mind although she was living in a time where it was frowned upon for women to do so. I believe Mr. Darcy was attracted to her fearlessness, her quiet brashness, her need and want to challenge his pride. Even when her overbearing mother, Mrs. Bennet berated her constantly she brushed it aside with elegance. Lizzie was by far my favorite character.

I disliked Caroline Bingley immensely, the younger sister of Charles Bingley. Charles was quite enamored with Lizzie's sister Jane Bennett and Caroline was quite in love with Mr. Darcy herself. Envy was her shadow. She was vindictive, manipulative, but in a way necessary. Caroline's character forced both Lizzie and Jane to fight for love as cheesy as that sounds. I loved Lizzie and Jane's relationship as they depended on one another for comfort separate from the other sisters.

I am a fan of stories that also deal with classism. The usual story format is that the "upper class" hold prejudices against those considered to be lower class and the lower class fight for the same respect and equality. However, in Pride & Prejudice there were apparent prejudices from both "classes"; assumptions were made from both classes of people about the other. 

I am here to encourage you bookies to not be intimidated by this book. It is an epic love story and should be read by all readers. 

My Rating:{5/5}

His pride never deserts him; but with the rich he is liberal-minded, just, sincere, rational, honourable, and perhaps agreeable—allowing something for fortune and figure.
— Pride & Prejudice