Thursday, August 01, 2013

Austen In August


Austen in August starts today!  From the host, Adam, at Roof Beam Reader: “This event was inspired by a Twitter conversation that took place between three founders of The Classics Club. Last year was a huge success, and I am hopeful that this year will be another knock-out!” You can still sign up if you head over to Roof Beam Reader.  The goal is to read as many of Jane Austen’s novels as you want during the month of August, as well as Austen-related works, like biographies or re-imaginings.

Over the years I have read from Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion.  I have also read a few related works: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.  I have also watched: Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, The Jane Austen Book Club, Bride and Prejudice, and Clueless.  So, while I haven’t read and watched everything (I’ve never seen any version of Pride and Prejudice – Shh…don’t tell anyone), I do have a healthy love for Austen.

What I plan to read this month is Emma.  I might read one of Austen’s other works; I’m thinking maybe Northanger Abbey or Lady Susan, but maybe not.  I’ve decided that I want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel.  The Hubby bought it for me shortly after I read the novel and I never got around to reading it.  This August seems like a good time.  I’ve also been thinking about reading Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.  I was excited when I picked it up after having read and enjoyed Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.  I don’t know why I never got around to it either; I’m not guaranteeing I’m going to read it this month.  Whether or not I read the other books, I’m excited for Emma and the PPZ Graphic Novel.



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6 comments:

  1. Some of the Austen spin-offs are a lot of fun. There was a BBC drama a few years ago which I've forgotten the name about a modern Austen fan who discovered a door that took her back in time to Austen time and P&P. Great fun!

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    1. Oh, that sounds like something I'd watch.

      I'm just working on my PPZ: The Graphic Novel post. It was really good.

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  2. Enjoy Emma!
    I plan to read it this A in A as well - currently reading it from George Knightley's perspective via Charity Envieth Not by Barbara Cornthwaite.

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    1. That sounds interesting. I'm going to read Emma first, before I read Emma spin-offs though.

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  3. I hope you are enjoying Emma. I'm a little bit of Mr. Knightley fan. I'm half-way through Sense and Sensibility and was thinking about trying Persuasion next, although reading your post made me think I may want to pick-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I think some genre crossovers would be fun. Happy reading!

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    1. I actually haven't started Emma yet. I probably won't for a few more days.

      I LOVE Sense and Sensibility. It's my favourite Austen. I just love the Dashwoods.

      I'd recommend PPZ over SSSM, but I enjoyed both. I hope you get a chance to read them.

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