Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jane Austen Reading Challenge

Ah, the reading challenge I was born to partake in! The rules and then some musings:

1. Anyone can participate.

2. Levels:

* Newbie 2 books by J. Austen and/or 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
* Lover 4 books by J. Austen and/or 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
* Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen and/or 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

3. Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Any format counts: bound book, e-book, audio book, or any other thing you can think of.

5. Challenge runs January 1st 2010—December 31 2010.

If I'm being honest (which, naturally I am) I will have to read at the fanatic level. The problem won't be reading more Jane Austen, it will be finding the books to read. I've read every scrap Jane has ever written, and I quickly lost patience with all the sequels and spoofs. Perhaps some nice biographies of Jane? Maybe I will try this list:

1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Mansfield Park and Mummies
3. Becoming Jane Austen
4. Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel
5. Selected Letters of Jane Austen (1796-1817)
6. Northanger Abbey

Two of those are re-reads (P&P and NA), but I doubt I would have made it through the year without putting them on anyway!

Here's what I actually did:

1. Gothic Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 14
2. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler


  1. Glad to see you joined this challenge! It's fun and I'm already half way through it. I think it might even be the one I finish first this year.

  2. I am most looking forward to starting this challenge: I'm saving it for my "Winter Reading" (mid-year). I needed a good excuse to add more Austen-esque books to my list for 2010. :)
    Happy Reading!