Austen in August

Austen in August has been going strong for four years now. This year, I’m on board!

Adam at Roof Beam Reader is our host. Check out his signup post here and consider signing up yourself. You can read her novels, biographies, or contemporary spin-off novels like Austenland or The Jane Austen Book Club. Anything Austen related is fair game.

Jane Austen is one of those writers that I’ve read more about than have actually read. I remember trying one of her novels in my younger years and I just couldn’t get into it. Since then I’ve read parts of some of her novels, but I don’t think I’ve read one from cover-to-cover. Odd, considering I love 19th century fiction.

This reading negligence aside, I adore Jane Austen! Is that possible without having really read her? Will I feel the same after actually reading a couple of her novels?

This August I’m committing to reading Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. If those two go well, I’ll consider Emma. Two of the women in my mystery book group are Janites and one of them has made the point that Emma can be read as a mystery novel.

I’ll probably seek out something on the nonfiction side, too, so please let me know if you have a nonfiction recommendation.

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