'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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December 31, 2011

Or tea. Usually, tea with a book. Though I love coffee, too...




I couldn't resist sharing this cup {and this sentiment}.

In some years, it's felt good to finish the current book by December 31 and start the new year on a new page. This year, it's the opposite. I'm about two-thirds through Claire Tomalin's new biography of Charles Dickens, and I don't want it to end; it's a perfect example of why biographies are what I love to read best.  Dickens (horrible husband, fascinating man) isn't an author I've ever wanted to read, but reading about him is something I wouldn't have wanted to miss.

I hope your new year is filled with this kind of happiness, and every other kind, too.


7 comments:

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I think this cup would be perfect for me! :) I am actually in process to finish a book, but I don't think I'll be able to finish in time to start a new one January 1. I do plan on reading more classics this year, and might start with a Georgette Heyer!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Lisa May said...

I read Claire Tomalin's biography of Jane Austen & really enjoyed it, and I keep meaning to read more of her books.

A very happy & bookish New Year :)

Vintage Reading said...

Claire Tomalin is a brilliant biographer. Her bio of Jane Austen was the best I've read.

Happy New Year!

lyn said...

Happy New Year! I'm glad you're enjoying Tomalin, I thought it was brilliant.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I love this cup! I've got Tomalin's Charles Dickens bio on my WishList...can't wait to get to it! :)

JoAnn said...

Love your new mug! My 2012 reading will definitely include some literary biographies. Happy New Year, Audrey!

A Bookish Space said...

I keep hearing good things about Tomalin's biograpgy about Charles Dickens. I really want to read this, although it's years since I've read any Dickens. I'm like you - I can read a literary biography about an author I don't really want to read their books

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