Every summer, I love to revisit Jane Austen’s novels once in a while and remind myself how much I love her writing, but what I love more is her ability to capture the essence of being a book lover perfectly.
She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.— Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey
“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.”
In his library he had always been sure of leisure and tranquillity; and though prepared … to meet with folly and conceit in every other room of the house, he was used to be free from them there.— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
And in her manuscripts works :
I am no indiscriminate novel reader. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt.