I really wanted to like Castle Rackrent. I loved The Absentee, Maria Edgeworth's other book I read for this project.
I made a mistake though. I opted to read this one for free on the Kindle for iPad. And of course, when the book doesn't grip me immediately on the iPad, I have a hard time focusing on the book because there are so many other fun things to do on the iPad. I literally had to force myself to read for 15 minutes before opening up any other apps to play around. That doesn't happen to me with a book, and why I very much prefer to read the old analog way.
I don't mean to imply that Castle Rackrent is not excellent literature. I understand it is once of the first historical novels written in English, and I am always impressed by Edgeworth's characters and how easily the messages can be adapted to modern day society. I just wish that I was a little less distracted so that I could have more easily enjoyed the fullness of this book.