December is here, along with my final book bingo post of the year with Theresa and Amanda. The only square left was that of a classic I had never read before, and I had a few options for this. But when I did a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice versus Emma readathon with Theresa’s book club, I found that the book I chose for that would also work for this book bingo square, and this book turned out to be Emma.
I have read several Jane Austen books, but had not yet managed to read Emma, so I went team Emma, and managed to finish it in time to watch the new movie when it arrived. The core of the story is good – it is about expectations and how one expects their lives and society to go – what they think should happen. It is about how we can change our minds and assumptions about people.
I wasn’t sure what else to read here, though I did have a few ideas. Either way, I have marked off two challenges with this book.
Themes of culture – The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller
Themes of inequality – The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune McAdam
Themes of Crime and Justice – A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair #10) by Sulari Gentill
Themes of politics and power – The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
About the environment – The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson and Rovina Cai
Prize winning book – Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales – Walkley Book Award
Friendship, family and love – Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium by Belinda Murrell
Coming of age – Ella at Eden: New Girl by Laura Sieveking
Set in a time of war – The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
Set in a place you dream of visiting – The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (Ireland)
Set in an era you’d love to travel back in time to – Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr (Minoan Times)
A classic you’ve never read before – Emma by Jane Austen