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Sunday, 16 August 2015


Not quite Monday ~
It's time to update some #AusteninAugust Reading...

What Have I Read so far?

Contemporary Emma that disappointed in the telling.
I never got to a point of liking Emma, sad to say.
Neither did I find the story interesting.  It took me forever  to
finish, laying it down, taking it back up, trying to decide if I
would even complete the reading of it.
The characters didn't offer appeal or redeem themselves
the further I read.  Sorry to say, though I did finish their stories.
If you've read it, be sure to share your opinion so others
may hear a different view!
Library read for me which was one positive :)

Pride and Persistence
Jeana Ellsworth's retelling of the PandP famous first proposal.
Sadly, I found repetitious reading for too much of the story.
A couple unique plot twists, but in all, not my fav JAFF to read.
Have you favourite Austenesque to add to recommendations?
Happy to hear and to share with other JAff readers.
A Jane Austen Daydream
On the other hand, here is JAFF I loved to read.  And from a male pov.
Scott Southard writes a captivating daydream of  Jane's life with
 relationships which readers will find familiar yet perspectives and outcomes that are sure to surprise.  In tears and laughter, this one
definitely caught and kept my attention.  The Austens are not revered
in Southard's portrayal, which may not please some, yet they provide the 
frame for Jane's solitary pursuits.  Well written.  Engaging.  Worth reading.


Currently Reading?

I'm quite caught up in the hunt for Jane's unknown missing manuscript!
Mentioned as lost in a letter of Jane's discovered in an old Oxford 
bookstore purchase,
Samantha knows her former Oxford studies well and is determined to make
every effort she can to pursue the possibility of finding such a treasure.
You can imagine the intrigue!
I am not too far along, but Syrie James' pacing is quick and you aren't waiting
while anticipation drags on to boring.
At this point, I'm glad I chose this one for an #AinA read.

 Gorgeous photos illustrating the facts of Jane's life,
 home and surroundings as I read Kim Wilson's
At Home with Jane Austen.
Easy to pick up and peruse in whatever moments available.
Lovely coffee table size offering full size captures
that bring Jane's world to life.
Mine is from the library - perhaps yours will have a copy as well.
Definitely increasing JA enjoyment !



I admit I did read a bit of a starter to get my own First Impressions
on this one. Once I got the library notice it had arrived, Yes, couldn't wait!  Another contemporary,
though this one runs a historical Jane storyline alternately.  I was intrigued
with both and am looking forward to getting into it later this week.
As the subtitle calls to me...
A Novel of Old Books,Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
it's another JA story from a male author, Charlie Lovett.


Book Happenings?


Misty hosts the annual #AusteninAugust beginning this week on the 18th thru 31st.
Always fun with great contests and a group read this year of EMMA.  Grab a copy or audio
and read along for discussion and enjoyment.  Find her blog HERE.


Author Shannon Winslow's 3 book GIVEAWAY on NOW
right here at FHC til August 25th at midnight.
New Release with Shannon's fav excerpt and insights from the story.
1 pb copy for US addys + 2 ecopies Open Int'l
Be sure to share your fav JA novel and Enter to WIN!

Beginning August 20 -27th it's the
Clear Your Shelves Book  Giveaway Hop
My Giveaway will be Austen related for #AusteninAugust .  Are you surprised ? :)
Be sure to check back here and then hop on to enjoy the other offers.
R you Ready to Read? 
Bout of Books Readathon opportunity to get caught up with your TBR shelves
begins just about NOW!  August 17th to 23rd
I'm IN !!  Are you?
Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 17th through Sunday, August 23rd 
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
 We DO NOT require you to set goals for Bout of Books. If you do, you’re not locked into them. If you don't want to set goals, don't. If you do, feel free to change them if real life happens. Or set easy ones like, “Read” or “Have fun.” We don’t believe you can fail #boutofbooks.
For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit here:
Bout of Books
- From the Bout of Books team
Filled with Challenges, Giveaways and Motivation !
Read to your own level of time and purpose, but do join the FuN in company with other readers!
Hoping to find you there at SIGNUPS  [ I'm #374 + 375]
Tweet your progress
and books you're reading with #boutofbooks 
so we can find you!
~ Find my #BoutofBooks Reading  Updates HERE ~

Sharing with ...
 * #sundaysdownunder * Modern Mrs. Darcy * Small Victories *
* RoofBeam Reader * Literacy Musing Mondays * Austen in August * Book Nook *



Terra said...

I read and enjoyed First Impressions, and haven't read the others you mention.

Ally R. said...

I'll have to look into First Impressions. Sounds interesting. I haven't read much JAFF, but I'd like to! It's fun to see a new perspective on a classic story.

Ally R. said...

I'll have to look into First Impressions. Sounds interesting. I haven't read much JAFF, but I'd like to! It's fun to see a new perspective on a classic story.

Anonymous said...

That is a whole lot of Austen! I need to read Jane Austen's work. I always mean to but never get around to it. Fan fiction is another thing I haven't done but sooo many people love FF! I should check some out. Good luck with your Austen in August reading! Great post!

Verushka Byrow said...

Have you read the others from The Austen Project? I thought they selected great authors, inclyding McCall Smith, so I'm bummed it wasnt any good 😔

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

I am missing so many great events this month and really need to write my reviews for the Big Book Challenge. We read Forgotten Garden but I still have not written about it. Wish I had time to join Bout of Books because I've missed reading this week! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

Tami Q said...

You have peaked my interest in having an Austen book readathon here in my bed. What great things will you share with us this coming week at Literacy Musing Mondays? I can't wait! See you there.

Katherine Thayer said...

I loved Pride and Prejudice.I found it very unique in the idea of Darcy's hitting his head and losing his memory.

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