Everything Austen II Challenge

Unfortunately I don’t think I can let the Everything Austen II Challenge slip by without trying it again–especially because, as the title suggests, I can switch to things like movies or cross-stitch or tea parties if there are too many other books on my plate.

Everything Austen II Challenge

Graciously hosted  by Stephanie at Stephanie’s Written Word

The details! The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2010 – January 1, 2011)! All you need to do is pick out six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge. You have until Thursday, July 15th 2010 to officially sign up.

What is considered Austen-themed? Obviously, any of the books Jane wrote herself count, so if you’ve been contemplating reading one of her novels, now is the time! Or, maybe watch the different movie versions of Pride and Prejudice. You could even try reading one of the many sequels written by various authors or listen to the audio book version in your car on your way to work. There were even a few people during last year’s challenge who worked on cross-stitch patterns inspired by Austen.  Truly, the list can be endless!

Because this is my “fun” challenge, I’m making a personal exception to allow it complete overlap with the other challenges I’m trying. That way there’s even less pressure in terms of overall numbers. Here are some possibilities.

  • Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris, as well as later books: mystery series featuring Elizabeth and Darcy with appearances by other Austen characters
  • Jane and the Barque of Frailty, by Stephanie Barron: I’m not sure if she will be continuing the series, but I never read the last mystery featuring Jane Austen (are you noticing a pattern?)
  • Murder on the Bride’s Side, by Tracy Kiely: I’m declaring that this counts because the previous book was a more obvious Austen homage
  • Intruder!, by Carolyn Keene: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective book where the crime occurs at a Jane Austen tea party
  • The Watsons, by Jane Austen: I’m already planning on reading this for the Classics Challenge
  • watching Lost in Austen (thank you, Netflix!)

It may also be time for a reread of Pride and Prejudice, as it’s been six years and I have the traitorous suspicion that it’s not my favorite Austen (which could also just be my love for all things Persuasion). Whatever treats the challenge brings, I’m looking forward to them!

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