"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What You've All Been Waiting For...


The Austen Knows Best Book Club!


I know. Y'all are thrilled, aren't you? Were just waiting for this to come about, right?

Wait...you weren't? Oh. Must be losing my touch.

Huh. Well. Oh well. It's come anyway!

Just to note--this is not to be confused with the Austen Book Club run by Author Bee. She's on (hopefully temporary!) hiatus giving all kinds of loving to her new baby. We at this blog are an e-chapter of that club and I'll keep you informed if and when it starts up again.

This Book Club will have me as moderator and will be of all kinds of books. Well, OK. Honestly, it's probably going to be more of what the Brambler and I want to read and discuss with each other. :-) But everyone is welcome to participate! And if you have suggestions, please feel free to give them. You can make suggestions in a comment, or you can email me (link on the upper left) what you would like to discuss. It can be long. It can be short. It can be deep. It can be fluff. It just has to be something I want to discuss, too! :-)

To start out with, I'm choosing the first book.

Ha ha! The power of blog owner.

Succeeding books will depend on suggestions from you readers. Some of what I'll be picking will be things I've/we've already read, since there is plenty out there I know I would like to discuss, yet of the books I'm going to read I don't really know if I want to discuss them.
I will come up with a few standard questions, and we'll let things spin off from there. Please keep answers, comments, reviews, suggestions, and discussions clean and respectful.

You can also vote on the new poll of various books you would like to discuss so I can have an idea of what our readership likes. If you've been reading this blog long enough, I think you can take a guess as to what I like!

And so, the very first book of our Austen Knows Best Book Club will be...


Anne of Green Gables!