I am trying to be choosy about reading challenges, but I was never going to resist Everything Austen.
It’s hosted by Stephanie at Stephanie’s Written Word:
Here’s how it works:
The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010)! All you need to do is pick out what six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge.
What is considered Austen-themed? Obviously, any of the books Jane Austen wrote herself count, so if you’ve been contemplating reading one of her novels, now is the time! Or, maybe watch the different movie versions of Pride and Prejudice. You could even try reading one of the many sequels written by various authors or listen to one in your car on your way to work. Truly, the list can be endless!
I scanned my bookshelves, then I did a little research in the library this weekend. That produced a provisional list. It’s provisional because there are too many great books to choose from, I expect to discover more as the challenge progresses, and so I have to reserve the right to change my mind.
Anyway, here is the current list:
Jane Austen and Her World by Marghanita Laski
Not the best known biography, but Marghanita Laski is a wonderful author and I’ve found a lovely illustrated edition in the library.
Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon
A fictional series of letters, in which an aunt explains to her eighteen year old niece just why she should read Jane Austen.
Love and Friendship and Lady Susan by Jane Austen
I had to include something by Jane Austen herself. Rather than re-reading I’m going to try these two short, early works.
The Mysterious Warning by Eliza Parsons
One of the “horrid” books referred to in Northanger Abbey. I’m working my way through that list!
Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
A woman tired of modern men books a coach trip to Jane Austen country. Maybe she will meet her own Mr Darcy…
This is going to be fun!