An Embarrasment of Riches

i’m in the midst of a delightful quandry, having finished three books nearly simultaneously, so i now must choose what i’m to read next.  my eyes peruse my bookstack with excited anticipation, and trembling fingers reach out to touch…which one shall it be?

here are the choices, each one crying out “pick me! oh, pick me, please!”

Engleby, Sebastian Faulks

The Master Bedroom, Tessa Hadley

Home to Holly Springs, Jan Karon

Friend of My Youth, Alice Munroe

On What Grounds, Cleo Coyle

Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen  (a re-read before next week’s airing of the new production for Masterpiece Theater)

so many delicious options (sigh).

now tell me…which one would you choose?

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12 thoughts on “An Embarrasment of Riches

  1. I am reading “Eat, Pray, Love” and enjoying it…and have Engleby waiting to go….but a re-read of “Northanger Abbey” pre the airing on Sunday would be a lovely refresher!!!

  2. Eat, Pray, Love was wonderful and one I’d like to re-read since it’s been 18 months or so and I’m sure my perspective will have changed and, therefore, I will follow her journey with new eyes and heart.

    Home to Holly Springs is a light read and feels like touching base with an old friend if you’ve read the Mitford series.

    I’m doing the Jane Austen thing as well, but chose to do Persuasion as a result of Sunday night’s quick 90 minute dash through the highlights.

  3. At some point I must re-read ‘Northanger Abbey’ because I’m teaching it in September. Otherwise, I’m afraid I haven’t read any of these. I do know, though, that a friend who normally loves Faulks found this one very hard going indeed.

  4. Personally, I’d start with the inimitable Miss Austen.

    But I’d be interested to hear abour Engelby and the Alice Munroe book as well.

    Whatever you pick, I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Personally, I’d start with the inimitable Miss Austen.

    But I’d be interested to hear about Engelby and the Alice Munroe book as well.

    Whatever you pick, I hope you enjoy it.

  6. thank you all for your excellent advice 🙂

    I did indeed start the austen book, and am zipping along in this story which is quite humorous, and more broadly satirical than persuasion.

    i will probably pick up eat, pray, and love as well, since i generally have a fiction and non fiction going at the same time.

    i’m also in the midst of interpreter of maladies, my first short story challenge collection. more about that will be forthcoming.

  7. Oh I love it when I finish up a book and have so many choices ahead! I’m actually in the middle of Engleby and I’m quite liking it. So different from the other Faulks novel I’d read before which was more of a historical. Enjoy your new book choice 🙂

  8. Hi, Becca — I landed here courtesy of Tara at Parisparfait! I’m from Michigan, too! I think I’ll stop back often — books are wonderful!

    I don’t think I’ll be able to nail “Northanger Abbey” before the PBS show tomorrow but I work for a PBS station and have previewed the show — it’s really fun. Very Austen. (Took on “Persuasion” this summer!). I too, enjoy Alice Munroe, Jan Karon — though I’m only up to number 5 in the Mitford series. Speaking of Mitford, a belated Christmas gift opened this weekend was “The Mitfords,” which looks like a fascinating biography!

    Looking forward to checking back here!

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