#AustenInAugust 2014: A Reading Challenge continues with Lost Generation Reader! #AustenInAugustLGR

Posted Friday, 1 August, 2014 by jorielov , , , 8 Comments

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Last August, whilst within days of launching my book blog to the book blogosphere and reading public, I had stumbled across this rather lovely reading challenge which celebrates the joy of reading *Jane Austen!* Roof Beam Reader’s blog was one I was always meaning to visit more often throughout the twelvemonth I’ve been a book blogger, and yet, the folds of time erased the sands a bit faster than I would have felt they could; leaving me without the keen insight into his reading adventures, but my appreciation for his presence never faltered. When I learnt that he would not be able to host this year’s event I knew that not only to honour his past work but to carry-on the joy of his event forward, I would participate this year whilst Lost Generation Reader took over the reins!

I signed my name on the Introductory Post on 23rd of June 2014.

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Previously this is the information on the event at hand : from 2013


Austen in August badge created by Jorie in Canva. Photo Credit: Carli Jean (Public Domain : Unsplash)Austen in August: is an annual reading challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader. The goal is to read as many Jane Austen novels, stories, and unfinished manuscripts as you can whilst encompassing the spin-offs, sequels, re-tellings, and biographies that also exist about this wickedly dynamic author who is still able to captivate an audience 196 years after her death! Meanwhile, Austenprose is hosting a Bicentenary Pride & Prejudice Challenge which expired to join on 1 July 2013! Therefore, I am quite thankful I made it under the wire to join this one! As I want to have a main focus on *Pride and Prejudice*, yet wander into other stories as well!

What hasn’t changed is my dedication to carrying forward my plans from last August. I am still in need of seeking out re-tellings and after canons for my beloved “Pride & Prejudice”, as last year I was only able to read the original canon, which you can peruse here. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on that original contribution which was folded into the “Classics Re-Told” reading challenge as well. All my best intentions are not always able to be seen through to completion, but my earnest joy and passion for these blogosphere events never wavers.

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2014 Austen in August Event Information: 3rd Annual!

Austen in August 2014 Badge created by Jorie in CanvaAusten in August: is an annual reading challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader, who has handed over the reins to Lost Generation Reader this year, as he is unable to host.  The goal is to read as many Jane Austen novels, stories, and unfinished manuscripts as you can whilst encompassing the spin-offs, sequels, re-tellings, and biographies that also exist about this wickedly dynamic author who is still able to captivate an audience 196 years after her death! Master Post & Archive of 2014 Event : Sign-Up Post :
Winking on Twitter: #AustenInAugust & #AustenInAugustLGR

The majority of the novels I will be reading through my local library as I do not own an extensive Jane Austen ‘after canon’ personal library. I was blessed to win a bookaway during the #ArmChairBEA where I selected to receive Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan! I was over the moon in happiness! 

Books I Want to Focus On: {for reasons of cross-outs see ‘Amended Focus’ below}

Pride and Prescience or A Truth Universally Acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett by Colleen McCullough

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (inspired by Pride and Prejudice)

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebbeca H. Jamison (re-telling of Emma)

Series Focus: 

Being a Jane Austen Mystery :  by Stephanie Barron

  • Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor {began during AIA, 2013}
  • Jane and the Man of the Cloth
  • Jane and the Wandering Eye
  • Jane and the Genius of the Place
  • Jane and the Stillroom Maid
  • Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House* (see below)

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy :  by Sharon Lathan

  • Two Shall Become One: Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Continues 
  • Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley
  • The Darcy’s At Year’s End
  • In the Arm’s of Mr. Darcy
  • My Dearest Mr. Darcy
  • The Trouble with Mr. Darcy* (see below)

An extra addition: I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison {Young Adult}*

{*} a random find whilst at the library in 2013!

Extra Additions {2014}: 

  1. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  2. Sense & Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison {blog tour stop: on 18th of August}

Sense & Sensibility Blog Tour with Cedar Fort

  1. Lost in Austen : the motion picture {as I watched it during “Classics Re-Told” 2013 but did not review}
  2. Emma : the mini-series from the BBC which aired on PBS starring Romola Garai

I’d be happy if I only were to read the first two in the series & carry-on further in 2015!

  1. Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan* {if I can get through the series}
  2. Jane and the Ghosts of Netley by Stephanie Barron* {if I can get through the series}
A Previous Book Review on a Austen Sequel Author:

Book Review:  “Love At First Slight” by J. Marie Croft

Amended Focus for 2014:

Emma is a highly requested title at my local library right now, therefore, I am going to withdraw my focus on both the original canon, the mini-series, and Emma: A Latter-Day Tale of which I ILL’d. Due to lightning storms, migraines, and a lot of circumstantial personal reasons I decided to amend the entire focus of what I wanted to do this year as the first fortnight into Austen in August my focus was simply not with Jane Austen! However, I’m going to happily soak into two Austen novels I did not even realise I would have the pleasure of reading this year due to the kindness & generosity of my parents who gifted me:

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{ Mansfield Park & Northanger Abbey }

Be sure to read the full story behind my Jorie Loves A Story *SURPRISE* Blog Party to find out all the lovely happy bits of a day that unexpectedly took my breath away due to the kindness of my parents & the random bookish souls I ran into who made my 1st Blog Birthday so very special and memorable!

Reasons I Want to Take on the Challenge : {from 2013} This still holds true!

Even before I first picked up “Pride and Prejudice”, I instinctively knew that I would be a life-long appreciator of Jane Austen! There was a drawing towards her works, her life, and her styling of writing that I cannot quite pin-point yet altogether know was threaded throughout my growing years and adulthood. I still remember for one of my birthdays {in my twenties} I purchased the “Jane Austen Library” out of one of the mail-order book clubs I was a member of at the time! I cannot recall directly if it was the Book-of-the-Month club OR another one, yet the books were hardback and had the most beautiful cover art I had then come across attributed to her collective works!

Prior to this, my Mum found the “Sense and Sensibility” screenplay {in hardback} which was directed by Emma Thompson. She also gave me a copy of the novel, in order to read and cross reference both texts. I remember beginning both quite eagerly, but I never properly became engaged into either! Around the time of the Keira Knightley adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice”, I felt that perhaps the stars were aligning and I could once again dig my heels into a book that had left me museful for most of my life! Especially with all the references being made in motion pictures {ie: “You’ve Got Mail”} making me ever the more curious,… I finally picked up a pocket hardback edition at Barnes & Noble! My greatest Austen moment thus far was being able to soak up the narrative during the opening week of the film and seeing it before it left the theaters! Quite chuffed I pulled that off, I must say!

When a friend of mine suggested reading Persuasion together, I thought that that would be a swell idea, except to say, my heart was not into it at the time, and this is one book that I simply added to my shelf! Which is why I have included as part of my August readings!

As homage to my quest to understand Jane Austen, and to make a nodding at the first book that enticed me to her works, I decided to focus on “Pride and Prejudice” and the books that were spun into life out of respect of her canon and out of the inspirations that the story led other authors to create.

If I might add one bit further : {2014}

The main reason I do not want to read Sense and Sensibility is actually because of the gift Mum gave me and for that reason, I’d rather elect to read a re-telling ahead of the canon this year, rather than to spoilt my joy of borrowing a copy when I’ve always wanted to read the original through the books I was gifted. The re-telling is wholly true to pen of the writer who breathed life into it and not a regular re-telling from what I have gathered. Therefore, I was in full confidence that it will not break my promise to read the canons ahead of the after canons!

In regards to Emma, although I always fancied reading all of Jane Austen through my own copies, being that my personal library is quite packed still in cartons I am deferring my preference in order to embrace the joy of seeing Emma the mini-series once and for all! We began watching it whilst it aired on PBS, only for a bit of guilt to wash over me at the time (this is a few years ago!) to where I started to borrow the book from the library. I never dug into the story full throttle, so it will be a complete joy to pick up with it afresh and anew! I barely remember the mini-series as we only watched the first two episodes, I believe?!

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I had forgotten that Reading is Fun Again was going to pick up Emma in July & August, so I am on the footheels of joining her in her RAL of Austen at the golden hour for this selection!

*Per my amended focus note, I am withdrawing from reading ‘Emma’ & focusing on Persuasion instead!

Austen As I Read Her: {2014 Reading Related Posts}

  1. Jorie Loves A Story 1st Blog Birthday *SURPRISE* Party Celebration w/ Jane Austen!
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My Favourite Resources for Jane Austen : {as revealed during “Classics Re-Told“}

  • Jane Austen Knits – despite being aware of this lovely zine which drops once or twice a year into our lives, I have not yet had the proper chance to collect the volumes! Each visit I make to Barnes & Noble, I find myself properly flushed with excitement over what the issue will contain! One day!
  • Austenprose
  • Jane Austen Centre
  • Jane Austen House Museum
  • Austenticity
  • Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine
  • Jane Austen’s London – Blog of author Louise Allen who wrote Walking in Jane Austen’s London. I discovered this in connection with her book tour as the book was featured on The Word Wenches blog! Its an exciting book that allows the Janeite full access to know where in London you can take a walk, and be transported into the era of Jane Austen!
  • Austen Authors –  An informative blog about Jane Austen, populated by sequel authors who enjoy writing about their muse. A recent discovery of mine! They host monthly giveaways and encourage readers to not only drop commentary but to pass the word around about their lovely blog! The authors you will find in conjunction to the blog are as follows: Susan Adriani [The Truth About Mr. Darcy & Darkness Falls Upon Pemberley];Nina Benneton [Compulsively Mr. Darcy & Death Sparkles (anthology)]; Diana Birchall[Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, Mrs. Elton in America (trilogy), Jane Austen Made Me Do It (contributor), Onoto Watanna, The Story of Winnifred Eaton]; Marilyn Brant [According to Jane, A Summer in Europe, Friday Mornings at Nine, On Any Given Sundae, Double Dipping, Holiday Man, & Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match]; Jack Caldwell [Pemberley Ranch, The Three Colonels, & Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner]; Karen Doornebos [Definitely Not Mr. Darcy & Undressing Mr. Darcy]; Monica Fairview [The Darcy Cousins, The Other Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen Made Me Do It (contributor), & An Improper Suitor]; Alyssa Goodnight[Austentatious, Austensibly Ordinary, & Unladylike Pursuits]; Maria Grace [Darcy’s Decision, The Future Mrs. Darcy, & All the Appearances of Goodness]; Cassandra Grafton[A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes, A Fair Prospect: Darcy’s Dilemma, & A Fair Prospect: Desperate Measures]; Syrie James [The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Dracula, My Love, Nocturne, Forbidden, Jane Austen Made Me Do It (contributor), & The Harrison Duet: Propositions and Songbird]; Regina Jeffers [The Phantom of Pemberley, Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation, Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion, Vampire Darcy’s Desire, Christmas at Pemberley, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy, Honor and Hope, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, The First Wives’ Club, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Grace, A Touch of Cashmere, A Touch of Mercy, Second Chances, His: Two Regency Novellas]; Sharon Lathan [Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley, My Dearest Mr. Darcy, In the Arms of Mr. Darcy, A Darcy Christmas, The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, Miss Darcy Falls in Love, & The Passions of Dr. Darcy]; Susan Mason-Milks [Mr. Darcy’s Proposal]; Jane Odiwe [Mr. Darcy’s Secret, Willoughby’s Return, Lydia Bennett’s Story, Jane Austen Made Me Do It (contributor), Searching for Captain Wentworth]; C. Allyn Pierson [Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister]; Abigail Reynolds [What Would Mr. Darcy Do?, To Conquer Mr. Darcy, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, A Pemberley Medley, Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice, Morning Light, Mr. Darcy’s Undoing, By Force of Instinct, Mr. Darcy’s Letter, Mr. Darcy’s Refuge, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections]; Colette Saucier [Pulse and Prejudice, All My Tomorrows, Alicia’s Possession, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth]; Mary Simonsen [Anne Elliot: A New Beginning, Searching for Pemberley, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, For all the Wrong Reasons, Mr. Darcy’s Bite, Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy, Darcy on the Hudson, A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park, Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea, Becoming Elizabeth Darcy, Darcy Goes to War]; Sally Smith O’ Rourke [The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, The Maidenstone Lighthouse, Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage, Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen]; Shannon Winslow [The Darcy’s of Pemberley, Mr. Collin’s Last Supper, For Myself Alone, & Return to Longbourn]

{*NOTE: What is most curious to me, is to reflect, that on this one group author blog alone, there are two sequel authors I am reading this month represented! Their book titles are set in bold! I wonder if anyone else has read any of the selections mentioned!? I do notice a bit of a trend to vamp up the characters, however, I am not one inclined towards embarking down this particular path!}

What are your goals for this Austen in August!? And, are you choosing to focus on one singular body of work to extend outside the canon OR are you reading through a heap of Austen fiction and non-fiction, allowing your heart to wander, and enjoying the discovery as you go!? I’d be keenly happy to hear from other participants, and please leave a link to your own blog announcement so that I can click over and visit you in return!

I am always eager for book recommendations for after canon sequels, etc on behalf of Pride! Do share if you have read one that a Janeite like me would savour & enjoy!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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8 responses to “#AustenInAugust 2014: A Reading Challenge continues with Lost Generation Reader! #AustenInAugustLGR

  1. I am participating in this event too! I am reviewing and doing a giveaway on 8/25 of Darcy’s Tale. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen novel followed by Persuasion as a close second. But I really loved all of her books. I hope you enjoy Emma!

  2. August is simply the perfect month for reading Jane Austen :) I’m participating in another Austen in August event, but I love seeing all the different posts popping up on the blogosphere! I’m glad to see you’re reading Emma this month! I read it for the first time last year and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I had previously seen the Gwyneth Paltrow film, which I liked, but I never sympathized with Emma as a heroine. After reading the novel and watching several adaptations, she was finally redeemed for me. And if you’re interested in You Tube series, there’s an Emma vlog-retelling currently going on (Emma Approved) that is fun and very well done. It’s by the same creators of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
    As for Persuasion, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE finish it one day. It’s my favorite Austen novel! Or, at least it’s always battling Pride and Prejudice for that coveted spot. But the characters are my favorites :)
    Happy reading this month! I will be participating in a read-along of Northanger Abbey!

  3. I haven’t read ‘Sense & Sensibility’ in so long and because I read it straight after ‘Pride & Prejudice’, which I loved, I didn’t like it that much, but I’ve decided to give it another chance! I somehow forgot about ‘The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet’ but now I might have to add it to the list! You’ve got so many reads listed I hope you manage to get through all of them! Also, msg/email me any time about the ChocLitSaturdays ;) Hop by my #AusteninAugust Masterpost if you have the time :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    • Hallo, Hallo Juli,

      I read your beautiful blog post the very day you posted it, but I was quite knackered over the weekend, and therefore, I am only getting round to leaving my comments at the start of this new week! I am still going to be PM’ing you about #ChocLitSaturdays as well! You touched my heart truly by your kind offer! The irony for me, is that when I first picked up Sense I simply could not get into the heart and pace of the novel! :( It felt so very awkward to me that that was happening, but I resolved that perhaps there are certain books and certain characters you have to either warm up to and/or sort out a different time to read! I have oft found that reading has a unique timing attached to it. Some stories alight in our hands at the right moments, and others, we accidentally read a bit prematurely. At least, this has been part of my observations as I’ve read. I would have read Sense this Austen in August, if I had only known which book box the novel was stored inside! lol A feat to accomplish next year instead, and then, I can read the after canons which whet my interest as well! Perhaps, then, we can continue to discuss our reactions & reflections!?

      Yes, yes, I know, I tend to get a bit giddy with an eagerness to read a heap of books all at once, but I love selecting out the books that interest me the most, and then, attempt to see how far I can go during the event. If I read even half of these this year, I shall be quite thankful! I am starting with the Jane Austen mystery I had begun last year after my re-reading of Pride ! I had to wait of course for my local library to bring all the lovely books forward for me! I have such a happy pick-up day ahead! Plus, too, I want to finish my reading of “The Anatomist’s Wife” prior to digging back into Jane solving her crime as I would otherwise feel guilty to read one before the other! I have two Lady Darby’s left, and a bit less than a fortnight to finish them! I’m on excited pins already this month and adding in a bit of Austen is going to delight me over the moon!

      Miss Mary Bennett I liked the prospect of seeing a story centered around her and if you do get the chance to read this one, I look forward to our conversation thereafter! :)

      Happy to see you drop by!
      I shall be visiting you lateron today!

    • *waves hallo!* Thank you for your lovely compliments on my Master Post! I wanted to honour the work I started last year, but to extend out of it and make this year a bit special too! I’m hoping to read at least half of the books I’ve listed and therefore, each forthcoming Austen in August I’ll get further along in my Austen readings! Ooh, the lovely Canva app for creating graphics is such a delight as a book blogger to use! That wicked sweet graphic was made using their free design elements! I smiled when I saw the finished piece as it celebrates everything I love about Austen & novelists of her time! :)

    • Hallo Andrea!

      :) I cannot wait to dig into “The Ghost Bride” myself! I have been working on my post for “Read A Romance Month” which is an online event that is hosted twice now in August. Last year I found out about it a bit too late to participate, and this year, I’m getting a bit of a late start, but the best bit is looking over all the lovely Romances I’m reading within *one month!* :) I look forward to talking to you about Ms. Choo’s novel! Nice to know you loved reading it! I love celebrating bookish discoveries that bring each of us a lot of joy!

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