A Jane Austen Education Made Me Rethink a Few Things

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A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz started off a little rough for me. Here I was on vacation in California, sitting on the beach with a book (hello, perfect day) and I just couldn't get into it. I gave it another shot later at the pool and again that night before bed. It was that night that things finally started rolling for me.

You see, I adore reading. I get sucked into books and could sit and read for hours curled up on the couch. At first this book just seemed too literary for me. Doesn't that sound weird? I didn't want to dissect books. I didn't care about how snotty the author was. I just wanted a good read. But, as time went on I realized that there was more to learn than I had first realized when I had read Jane Austen.

A Jane Austen Education travels through William's life of finding himself as he is writing his dissertation. He is kind of, well no, he is a jerk. He thinks too highly of himself and too lowly of others. I've always thought that education is so important, but the best people I know are those who it doesn't matter their education because of the life lessons they teach you. This is what William begins to discover.

Guess what? I learned so much from this book. Yes, some things I already knew, but it was really good to re-evaluate things. I now find myself wondering how well I am listening to others. Do I really care what they have to say? How can I be a better friend, daughter, wife, mother and person?

Ya know, sometimes we read for pure enjoyment, but we find ourselves learning something along the way. This was the case. If you can put down a book and truly want to be a better person and you feel like you have stretched your mind a little more then my friends, then you have read a good book.


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