Jane Austen/Other Book Recommendations?

Um, I’m want­i­ng some­thing to read, and the libraries are being very slow about ful­fill­ing my hold requests, so I’m look­ing for old stuff that’s good and prob­a­bly on the library shelf just wait­ing to be loved. I think I might try read­ing some Jane Austen, as I recent­ly real­ized that I nev­er have, and the excerpts I’ve seen are wit­ti­er than I expect­ed. I’m not fond of romances or “chick lit” or such things, which is where I’ve placed her books.1I think to some extent I got her all mixed up with the Bron­tés when I was a teen, and I’d be damned if I want­ed more of that nonsense.

If I’m going to try them, where should I start? Any oth­er authors/books you think I should try?

I don’t care to read doom-filled, depress­ing sto­ries. There’s enough of that in the real world, and I can always go look at the news. I want to read about smart, lik­able peo­ple doing inter­est­ing things while ban­ter­ing wit­ti­ly. Humor is impor­tant, but goofy slap­stick non­sense los­es me. I HATE HATE HATE “do some­thing obvi­ous­ly stu­pid, try to get out of the result­ing mess” plots. 

I’ve read Lois McMas­ter Bujold, thanks 🙂 Well, all the Vorkosi­gan uni­verse stuff, any­way. Her fan­ta­sy books have nev­er inter­est­ed me, for some odd reason.

Thank you 🙂

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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  1. A friend of mine intro­duce me to what we call The Tril­o­gy. Unre­lat­ed but they go well togeth­er in this order-
    Sid­dhartha — Her­man Hesse
    Con­fed­er­a­cy of Dunces — John Kennedy Toole
    Tor­tilla Flats — John Steinbeck

    Also, an oldie but good­ie, favorite of mine is James Clavell of Shogun fame. Read his Asian nov­els in order, lot of fun.

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