Happy December and it’s time for another Six Degrees of Separation, that lovely meme hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest where she chooses a title for us bloggers to start a chain and link various titles together. I love this meme, and this month I’m going to do a slightly different take on it.
This month’s selection is Sanditon by Jane Austen, which is an unfinished work of Austen’s. I haven’t actually read this title yet, but some day I hope to! As this meme is Six Degrees of Separation, and there are six finished Austen books, I thought this month that I’d make this Six Degrees Jane-themed, and link through Austen’s works, starting with my least favorite and ending up with my favorite Austen. Shall we start?
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Sanditon by Jane Austen
Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Written in the last months of Austen’s life, Sanditon features a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and speculators in a newly established seaside resort, and shows the author contemplating a changing society with scepticism and amusement.
It tells the story of Charlotte Heywood, who is transported by a chance accident from her rural hometown to Sanditon, where she is exposed to the intrigues and dalliances of a small town determined to reinvent itself – and encounters the intriguingly handsome Sidney Parker.
The first link in my Jane Austen chain goes to my least favorite of her works, the dare-I-say-it boring:
I didn’t enjoy reading this, I haven’t enjoyed any of the adaptations, and I cringe when I think of someday attempting this one again. But, re-read it I shall, as I’m embarking on a re-read of Austen’s works and will be curious to see if my rankings change after my re-read!
Speaking of a re-read of Austen’s works, I’m kicking off my re-read with my next selection, which some of you may be surprised to see that I’m ranking this one so low:
I’m currently reading this one, and my reasoning for ranking this so low is that I just don’t like the character of Emma. I find her spoiled and snobbish, but I will say that even though I’m not a huge fan of the book (even if it is funny), I do really love the movie adaptations of it and am looking forward to the latest version coming out next year. Perhaps my re-read will alter Emma’s spot on my list?
Next up is:
I really enjoyed this when I read it many, many years ago, but to be honest, I’m not sure I remember much about it! I remember it being great fun and gothic, but other than that, not much. I’m looking forward to re-reading this as I expect it to be as fun the second time around.
Next comes the three that are hardest for me to list, as they are all such lovely reads that I truly love, it’s hard to choose which order for them to be in. But, it must be done, so in the third spot is:
Sense and Sensibility
This one has my favorite Austen man (Colonel Brandon) and a sadness to it that the others don’t have. It’s also got some of my favorite scenes, and who can forget that exquisitely beautiful movie version with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet? This is one of my favorites, and I’ve re-read this one multiple times and am looking forward to discovering something new on my next re-read.
Another one that I’ve re-read multiple times is:
Pride and Prejudice
I think this is most reader’s favorite Austen. It’s the snappiest and has the fastest pace, and who can resist that lovable crank Mr. Darcy? This is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers romance, and Elizabeth is my favorite Austen heroine.
But even though I love Pride and Prejudice, the top Austen spot in my heart belongs to:
Ahh, the romance! The setting! I love it all and especially love the long-suffering love story here. I’m really looking forward to re-reading this one and hope it remains my favorite Austen.
So there you have it! Six Degrees Jane Austen Style!
How do you rank the books? Have you read all of them?