Book Notes: Emma by Jane Austen



This is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It feels like a modern situation and story. It is the story of a young woman who thinks she has the world figured out. Her attempts to craft people, relationships, and situations to her liking meet the chaos and complication of real life. When I finished it, the word that came to mind was “delightful.” It’s just a fun story.

Why I read it

I realized a year or so ago that my favorite books have tended to be literature, but I also realized that I don't read much literature. To correct that, I made a resolution this year to read all of Jane Austen's novels that I haven't read. This is the 5th of her 6 novels.


If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. 445


The affection which he had been asking to be allowed to create, if he could, was already his. 447


Key Takeaways

  • This is my favorite Jane Austen novel.
  • This is long (500 pages or so) and worth reading. I would just read it along with something lighter and quicker. I read this along with James Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful. I would pair it with a short young adult novel instead.
  • I told Emma that this book feels like something that could be happening now. It reminds me that people aren't that different than they were in 1811-1816 when Austen wrote this. That is a good reminder--people are people and problems are problems.
  • A few years ago, BBC did a TV series based on the book. I like that version best. There is very little left out of the book. I've watched at least one movie version, but I don't think there is enough time in a movie to capture the book.
  • I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but this is more fun.

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(These suggestion are not because they are similar to Emma, but they are books that simply fun to read like Emma. All of these put a smile on your face and are satisfying.)

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montegomery

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Holes, Louis Sachar

Hoot, Carl Hiaasen


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