Every August, Misty at the Book Rat has a deal-e-o she calls Austen in August, running from August 18 – 31st. It is a celebration of all things Austen: the books, the movie/tv adaptations, the numerous books about and around Jane. Reading/watching of said books/interpretations is encouraged, including the books that continue / reinterpret / reimagine the original stories of Jane Austen. She posts all kinds of interviews from Janeite authors, discussions about the books, basically, it’s just all Jane all the time. The book chosen for the readalong is Emma and there will also be a watchalong.
if you want to know more, here is her blog post. Misty also has a Youtube channel and will be posting all kinds of videos about Austen as well. I will be following along and making a TBR. I have not indulged in many Janeite reads this year, so far, and I really want to. Here are a few I have my eye on with a smidge of the blurb from Goodreads:
The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath: Pride and Prejudice‘s Mary Bennet gets her own story… The third of five daughters, Miss Mary Bennet is a rather unremarkable girl. With her countenance being somewhere between plain and pretty and in possession of no great accomplishments, few expect the third Bennet daughter to attract a respectable man. But although she is shy and would much prefer to keep her nose stuck in a book, Mary is uncertain she wants to meekly follow the path to spinsterhood set before her.
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James: The minute I saw the letter, I knew it was hers. There was no mistaking it: the salutation, the tiny, precise handwriting, the date, the content itself, all confirmed its ancient status and authorship…
Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes–or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a two-hundred-year old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that “went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire.” Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?
Austenland by Shannon Hale BECAUSE I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT OR SEEN IT! Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
So that is just a bit of what I think I’ll read. I might spread it out to include more gothic tales, as well, because I haven’t read any of those lately…. If you want to know more, please check out The Book Rat in that link above.
Happy Reading, everybody!