Sunday, August 5, 2018

It's August, and It's Time for a Month of Jane Austen



AUSTEN IN AUGUST


Paris in July was a glorious month of reading and writing and cooking. Where shall I go next?



Sometimes life is delightfully serendipitous. I've just become one of the four new moderators of The Classics Club. My face-to-face book club is reading Persuasion this August. And I've just discovered a wonderful event called Austen in August.

I believe I shall join in.


Here's what my library had on Jane:


Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson (picture book biography)
Jane Austen for Dummies
Searching for Jane Austen by Emily Auerbach
What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan
Student Companion to Jane Austen by Debra Teachman
Readings on Jane Austen
Jane Austen (Penguin Lives) by Carol Shields
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Matter 
The Annotated Persuasion


Austen in August is a celebration of all things Jane Austen, featuring reviews, discussions, vlogs, giveaways, interviews and more. This event runs all of the month of August. Faith Hope and Cherrytea has also created an Austen in August Instagram challenge for the month of August.  To find out more about the Austen in August Instagram challenge, visit Faith Hope and Cherrytea. To find out more about Austen in August, visit The Book Rat.


I'm looking forward to a month of Jane.



 Have you read a lot of Jane Austen?
Will you be joining in this month for Austen in August?
How will you participate?




What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've 
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens 
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their 
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, 
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” 
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

26 comments:

  1. I have read a lot of Jane Austen, but no, I won't participate. I've read all the books. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite. I also like a lot of the movie adaptations - some more than others. I think I was Elinor Dashwood in another life. Ha! Hope you have a good time.

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    1. I have all the movies ready, too. Two different versions of P&P. It should be a fun month.

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  2. Well doesn't this sound FUN?! I was just looking at my "Austen" bookshelf yesterday and lamenting how much I have (and want) to read. This sounds like a fantastic challenge to help pass these hot summer days.

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    1. Participation can be as big or small as you want.

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  3. After failing Paris in July, I hesitate to commit to another summer event... I do love Austen though. Enjoy!

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    1. You didn't fail Paris in July; you just passed on it.

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  4. That is a lot of Jane Austen. I'm reading this YA novel which I believe is a adaptation of Austen's work called My Lady Jane. So far it's super silly and really took after after chapter 3 for me.

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  5. You will certainly have fun with this! I think it's amazing that Austen is so rich in character development and situations that she's readily adapted to film, TV, and modern knock-offs. I have read all her books quite a few times, and watched a lot of the films. The one I found most amazing was "Clueless" (the original film, not the TV show). I have other things in mind for August, though, so I doubt if I'll join your party -- but I'm looking forward to your posts.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I don't think I knew Clueless was an Austen-ish movie. I've never seen it. Perhaps I can look for it.

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  6. I have only read a minimal amount of Jane Austen,, but I do want to read more. Have fun!

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    1. I think I'm going to enjoy spending a month with Jane.

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  7. It’s been a lot of years since I read any Jane Austen. I hope you enjoy all these!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Love the quote you shared today from J.K. Rowling's new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination: "Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world's only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden."

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  8. I have read a lot of Jane Austen and love her work - but sadly, I won't be joining in as I have too many other books clamouring for attention. The exciting thing is that I recognise the garden featured at the top of your blog - I've visited it only a few years ago. It's the loveliest place:). Have a wonderful time in Jane's world, Deb:)

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    1. How fun is that! I hope to make it to England before I head out of this world.

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  9. I read What Matters Most in Jane Austen and got a lot out of it.

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    1. I'm putting it at the top of the stack then. Thank you.

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  10. I'm a huge Austen fan, but I always fail at events, so I no longer try. Enjoy!!!

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  11. I know I'm in a big minority, but I'm just not a big Jane Austen fan and reading her for a month!?! I admire your drive and commitment to do so. I hope you have a great time with the challenge.

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  12. I've never read Jane Austen but I do have a book by Deborah Hopkinson coming up on my review stack. I've read a few that were homages to Austen but bounced off the prose when I tried Austen myself. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  13. I've only ever read Pride and Prejudice for actual Jane Austen books, but I have read and enjoyed some spinoffs/retakes. And I did a Jane Austen display at work last year. That was fun. I look forward to seeing your Austen reading.

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  14. I love Jane Austen! I've read all her novels plus a collection of short and unfinished stories that were published posthumously. My favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice, closely followed by Emma.

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  15. I hardly every read Jane Austen but I intend reading Persuasion this year. Bought a copy from Book Dep but print is too small but think will go for the audiobook version as great narrator. Who knows I may become a fan!

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  16. I've read some Jane Austen but I'm not a fan.

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  17. As much as I loved Austin's novels on the first time around, and as much as I loved studying a couple in graduate courses, I think a month of Austin "literary meals" would upset my stomach. My all-time-favorite Austin novel is Emma. Who knew Jane could be so funny? I must confess I am having a hard time plowing through Persuasion for our book club, though. I keep putting it aside. I may show up at the meeting not finished. Maybe that will be a good thing though, for perhaps the discussion will inspire me to finish.

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