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Austen in August Reading Challenge

I decided to sign up for one of the many reading challenges flying around the blogosphere and take part in Austen in August hosted by Roof Beam Reader. Clicking on the image below will take you to the post…

I have two reasons for joining this one first I love Austen that in itself would be a reason but also it gives me the chance to revisit one of her books and read another book from my 1001 book list.

Okay  there were some guidelines….. the goal is to read as many of Jane Austen’s novels as you want/are able, during the month of August.  Biographies and re-reads also count.  Well I have lots to choose from as Austen was to be my dissertation subject.

Now to start with I was just going to use the excuse to re-read Pride & Prejudice but instead I have picked four to start with that are in some way austen related..

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe, I don’t need to say much about this one except I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet, for those who are not Austen fans this is the book one of her characters reads in my second choice.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen of all her full novels this is the one I have read the least despite studying it at Uni so it will be interesting to read it after the Radcliffe book which influences it.

Then two free ebook downloads

Behind Jane Austen’s Door by Jennifer Frost this is what goodreads says about it ….Need to escape the modern world? Step back into Jane Austen’s world with Behind Jane Austen’s Door. Join the author, Jennifer Forest, as she takes you on an easy to read, non-academic tour of a Regency house.
Jane Austen did not place her stories in palaces or on the battlefields, but in that one building so important, then and now: the home. The house, and lack of a home are key to Jane Austen’s novels. Marriage was more than just a romantic alliance for Elizabeth Bennet or Elinor Dashwood. It also meant a home of their own, and a valued role as mistress of the house and estate.
But to get that home, to secure that marriage, Jane Austen’s women had to walk a tightrope of social expectation, field off competitors and rise above their embarrassing family situation, all while remaining true to themselves.
Behind Jane Austen’s Door takes you on a tour of a Regency house, room by room, to explore these delicate challenges and the beautiful lives of Jane Austen’s women.

And finally Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliot goodreads says...Mr. Darcy’s younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after.
The year is 1814, and it’s springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.
Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy’s fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana’s domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana’s fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart and rely on her courage, for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp

It would be nice to fit Pride & Prejudice in before the last one but I shall have to see how I go time wise

15 thoughts on “Austen in August Reading Challenge

    1. well to be fair the manuscript deadline is 3rd of august and was planning a couple of weeks of chilling and reading so this one is good timing lol plus any excuse to read jane austen is good 🙂


    1. Thankyou for the link it was funny I do quite often wonder how modern responses would fit in to some of these scenes am pretty sure that in modern terms Elizabeth bennet would not have been quite so polite turning down Mr Collin’s proposal and I am retty sure a modern response would certainly have ensured he would never open his mouth again let alone continue to entertain any hopes


  1. I love your enthusiasm!
    But you’ve confused the hell out of me…
    I’ve read ALL of Jane Austen’s books, but none of the books about Jane Austen or her characters, except ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’.
    Reading Udolpho and then Northanger Abbey sounds like a great idea.
    But I can’t manage two books…I’m sooo busy in August!
    Should I read one of J.A’s again or go in a whole new direction?
    It is ‘Austen in August’ so I feel like I’m cheating if I don’t read the ‘real’ thing…
    What to do, what to do…


  2. I’ve read every book on the BBC/CNN top 100 books you must read before you die… That is enough Jane Austen + some extras, for me for a life time… Just not my type of style… I liked them, but wouldn’t buy them, or read them again, ever…


  3. Okay Paula, if you are up for this, do you fancy reading ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ at the same time? I bought this for uni and never finished reading it (barely started it!). If you are going to read this, I reckon it would be kind of cool to do it at the same time – what do you think? I’m going home for a week as of Wed, so I can look it out (from one of my MANY boxes of books!)

    I’m not a huge Austen fan but I had a lovely teacher who was really passionate about her and that made studying ‘Mansfield Park’ really worthwhile when I did A-Level English at school (one of the few Scottish schools doing them at the time!) and I really enjoyed ‘Northangar Abbey’ when I read it at uni… I should revisit her work. Am still yet to read ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Emma’ – can you believe that?! But I do remember quite enjoying ‘Freindship’ and always wondered about the seemingly deliberate mispelling of the title… Sounds like a fun challenge – enjoy! 🙂


      1. Excellent! Woohoo – ha, that’s so funny. I will need to look hard for it. I have so many (unread!) books but I think that one’s in a box beneath my bed…


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