Everything Austen Challenge

everything_austenI am quite ecstatic to say that I’ve just signed up for another reading adventure — the Everything Austen Challenge, hosted by Stephanie’s Written Word! Running from July 1 through Jan. 1, 2010, this challenge asks participants to pick out six Austen-themed items — books, films, audio books, whatever — and complete them before New Year’s Day.

I’m a mega Austen-o-holic, so I’m thinking this isn’t going to be too challenging for me — especially since I already have two ARCs of Austen fiction to review by August! (Those could be very famous — and public — last words, I know.)

Here’s my tentative list of the Jane-related books I hope to complete:



Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (need to buy)

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (ARC, review to come in August)

Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley (own, TBR)

Rude Awakenings Of A Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (need to buy — out June 25!)

Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurt (ARC, review to come in September)

Letters From Pemberly by Jane Dawkins (own, TBR)



And I’m sure I’ll be watching more than a few adaptations of Jane’s beloved novels, not to mention a marathon session of “Becoming Jane” — one of my favorite films of all time! Though I’ve enjoyed Austen since first stumbling across Pride & Prejudice in high school (and seeing the BBC adaptation — le sigh), “Becoming Jane” was what really ignited a major obsession with her work and learning more about her life.

Want to join in the fun? Sign up now!

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10 thoughts on “Everything Austen Challenge

  1. Oh Meg,
    I’m so glad you visited my blog so that you too can join in the madness of Austen!! I love what your list of to-read/watch…very fun and that ARC you’re waiting on sounds very interesting…Mr. Darcy is a vampire? He can bite my neck any time!!!!! Just don’t tell my husband!!

  2. I’m hesitating of doing this one, since I’m already in my “Austen moment”! I’m re-reading “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict” before buying the next book this weekend or next week (I’m so excited it was coming out today!)I think I’ll wait and see how my reading is once I’m back at uni.

    You might want to read “Prada and Prejudice”, I think you’d like it! Maybe not as part of the challenge, since it’s not as much inspired from Austen, but it’s YA and fun with a cute romance! I just finished it yesterday and absolutely loved it (now I just need to post the review)

  3. Great list! I’m in the challenge too. Looking forward to your thoughts on Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, I’m very intrigued.
    Good luck.

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