the top 10 most popular books, as voted for in the BBC Big Read 2003. This week the quotation is from the book that came second in that poll - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I gave this book 8/10 for enjoyment when I read it.
I love Jane Austen. Emma is probably my favourite novel of hers, but I can see why Pride and Prejudice has so many fans. Austen is witty and sharp; her books may be mostly about society and marriage, but they are anything other than fluffy. It's tempting to quote the opening line as it must be one of the most famous openings in literature, especially as there are few other standalone lines that are really striking (that's not to say there aren't many brilliant longer passages). Instead, I shall quote something that writers and readers everywhere can sign up to...
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner
one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."