Everything Austen Challenge


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!

11 responses

  1. So far I’m holding out on joining this challenge but oh how hard it is! You have some great choices here. I hope you enjoy them all!

  2. I am so glad that you are joining this too! It will be fun.

    I am about to read Persuasion for the first time.

    The Marghanita Laski biography of Jane sounds intriguing.

    I attempted to borrow the Fay Weldon book from my library but they unfortunately don’t have it.

  3. I’m glad we are in this together too. I like your selection of books and may change some of mine. I especially like the sound of the Fey Weldon book. I’m going to see if I can find it. I notice you stayed away from the movie versions. Not your thing?

    • Margot, I’m not ruling out film or television adaptations, but there are so many books I could have included that I decided to make my initial list from books I owned or that I knew I could get from the library.

  4. Yea! You too?! I couldn’t resist either. I want to read Mysteries of Udolpho from borthanger Abbey. I have an electronic copy, but I rather prefer a good ole book.
    Good luck and welcome 🙂

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