Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
I must confess that I'd never read anything by Jane Austen until now. Why didn't anyone ever tell me how witty she was? I laughed out loud while reading this one. Austen tells the story of Catherine, a relatively simple girl who goes to Bath with family friends. While in Bath, she meets a brother and sister who invite her to visit their home, Northanger Abbey, about which Catherine has many fantastic ideas. Austen piles on the social commentary and satire in this one, and that's fine with me. Some of Catherine's wild ideas come from reading her favorite book, Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho. So I bought it.