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Sunday 3 August 2014


and I'm fully enjoying my Austen in August book vacation
for this long weekend!

At least my 4th year of participating, it's one event I plan for in advance - book selections and squeezing in reading time!

Visiting 2 different libraries on Friday turned up new additions
to my already lonnng list , so we'll discover what books actually  
get conquered.  Guaranteed I'll have pleasure in the process!

My anticipated first read got bumped when I discovered a new
contemporary version of NorthAnger Abbey - Book 2 of The Austen Project - available in the 1 week library express reads.  
I'm already 2/3rds through.
Val McDermid writes of Cat Morland's invitation to Edinburgh's Book Festival, 
modern equivalent of being seen by the ton at Bath in JA's original N.A.  Ms McDermid's done a credible job of
creating the gothic atmosphere and complementary characters to the original.  I'm enjoying the mockup!

My original reason for the library trip was to pick up the audio of Longbourn by Jo Baker

I'm anticipating a brilliant imaginative      story with this one!

Irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society's expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.

I also managed to snap up 2 dvds for this extra long weekend viewing of the Austen in August theme...
Northanger Abbey and Austenland !
Care to join me?  kettle corn awaits...
Final novel additions that changed my AinA list include:


Lots of Jane Austen pinned HERE
for your enjoyment and inspiration!

Hoping you're reading wherever you are !
Find more books at Sheila's Book Journey linkup for

and more #AusteninAugust




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Greg said...

I have the print version of Longbourn, just think it sounds good and I've heard the writing is good too. Looking forward to giving it a try here at some point... enjoy your Austen fun!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Thanks, Greg!
I agree and want to hear the fun insights on the Bennets from below stairs... ;)

Kathryn T said...

Hmm I enjoy the movie versions of Jane Austen but not a big reader of her. Although have read some. Longbourn though - you've just hooked me in, love the sound of it.

Mystica said...

I'd love to get hold of Longbourn. Life from below stairs.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love the idea that books are the cheapest vacation you can take! And the best!

Here's mine.

JoAnn said...

I borrowed Longbourn from my daughter - wonder if I can fit it in this month...

Brona said...

I can be one of those annoying purists when it comes to messing round with Jane Austen, but Longbourn sounds very enticing!

Thanks for the heads up :-)

Yvonne said...

Murder Most Austen sounds great. I haven't heard of that one. I like the idea of reading Austen in August.

Have a great week!

Kathy Martin said...

I hope you are enjoying Austen in August. I haven't read anything by her or about her. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Love your reading theme...these all look lovely!

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I read Mr Darcy Broke My Heart a few years back and thought it was okay. I've been wanting to read Longbourn. Enjoy reading Austen in August!

Stacy Henrie said...

I love Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart! All three of those books in Beth Pattillo's Jane Austen series are great, fun reads. I just wish she'd write more. :)

Unknown said...

Ooh! I love all these Jane Austen themed books.

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I read Longbourn earlier this year and enjoyed it. It's such an interesting take on P&P, yet totally separate from it, too.

And I have now added all 4 books from The Austen Project to my Goodreads TBR. Thanks! :)

Lindsey said...

Austen in August sounds like such a fun idea! I've heard great things about Longbourne. I hope you enjoy all of your Austen books and movies this week!

Nise' said...

I enjoyed Longbourn. Would love to read Mr. Darcy broke my Heart. Have a great week.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Love Jane what you are doing here! Thanks for sharing with our Thursday Blog Hop!

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