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Jane Austen’s writing is a lively window into the past. Her novels reach us through time because we recognize our common humanity with her characters. 

Jane Austen’s novels made me want to understand the world of Regency England that her characters inhabit. If you’re like me, you love learning more about the time period Jane Austen’s novels are set in. 

Keep reading to find answers to commonly asked questions about Jane Austen’s novels and her life.

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A Christmas Carol, Christmas, Holiday Gifts, Nutcracker, Polar Express, Reading Lists, Victorian -

What is the best Christmas story?

There are a few classic Victorian-era Christmas stories you see on most lists of favorite holiday stories -- like the Nutcracker, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the granddaddy of all Christmas stories -- A Christmas Carol.

Other, more modern classics have found their way into people’s holiday hearts by capturing that special Christmas magic -- stories like The Polar Express and Elf.

If you’ve ever wondered about the history behind these classic Christmas stories, grab a cup of cocoa, light a candle, and read on!

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A Christmas Carol is the quintessential Christmas story. It is both timeless and nostalgic -- and groundbreaking in its day.

In writing A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens established the character of the modern Christmas season -- with some help from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and the Industrial Revolution.

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Agatha Christie, Dracula, Edgar Allan Poe, Halloween, Holiday Gifts, Lovecraft, Macabre, Mary Shelley, Ray Bradbury, Reading Lists, Shakespeare -

Spooky season is one of the best times of year to light a candle, curl up with a cup of tea, and read a good book. But what to read?

We did some research into our favorite authors. We think this list will satisfy any lover of classic literature. Whether you’re in search of a macabre Victorian novel or a unique historical fantasy -- this list has something for you.

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Edgar Allan Poe, library, library tourism, Mary Shelley, Shakespeare -

If there’s something that all book nerds share, it’s a love of libraries. I still dream of having a home library with a secret passageway -- and a bookshelf ladder on wheels. Since I haven’t yet purchased my “stately English manor," I get my library aesthetic fix with library tourism. Is there anything better than getting lost in a big old storybook fantasy library?

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