Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jane Austen Challenge

  • Anyone can participate.
  • Newbie 2 books by J. Austen & 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
  • Lover 4 books by J. Austen & 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
  • Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen & 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
-Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.
-Any format counts: bound book, e-book (check online for free downloads of J.A’s copyright-free books), audio book, or any other thing you can think of.
-You can change which level you read!
-Challenge runs January 1st 2010—December 31 2010.
My level is Newbie. My plan is to read:

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
3. Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters by Ben H. Winters
OR (because reading Sense and Sensibility in ANY form more than once in a year will probably make me tired)
3. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
4. Emma by Jane Austen (if my Jane Austen character personality test told me I was Emma, I may as well know what that means!!)


  1. Allow me to respectfully recommend 'Mr Darcy's Daughters' by Elizabeth Aston. I read it about 5 years ago I think and it was almost like finding another Austen book. I've read everything she wrote - including little letters and short stories - which are... interesting - to say the least. I'd love to hear your reviews on what you read so that I can add to my reading list!

  2. Suze - Thank you for the recommendation! I will certainly look into it.

  3. Well, I do have a copy of Pride and Prejudice I've been meaning to read. : ) Maybe I'll just add a couple of more to the list.

  4. I'd also like to make a recommendation...the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries by Carrie Bebris. Super fast, silly reads but a lot of fun. ;)

  5. Emma's my second favorite of the Austin books. You're in for a treat!
    Winged Writer

  6. Hey, just stopped by your blog. Good luck to you in 2010.

  7. Um, I'm gonna lose, because I've tried to read books like this before, and I just can't. Good luck with the challenge though!

  8. Good luck! This sounds like an awesome challenge. I think I'll participate, too. :)

  9. I am doing this challenge too :) Good luck!

  10. I think it's a great challenge! I'm excited to participate.

    Muse in the Fog - you are who I got it from :)

  11. Ooh, I might have to do this challenge... I love Jane Austen! I'm just not sure about taking on yet another challenge - I'm already doing 100+ books and 50+ library books for 2010!

  12. Guinevere - WOW that's a LOT of books. This challenge can overlap other challenges, so use these books to help you with the others!

  13. Welcome to the challenge! about your question on books from publishers, yes, i get most of my review books from publishers. Basically if you join there are lots of offers for review copies, and Pump Up Your Book has great tours needing reviewers. Most companies, you can just write to them and offer yourself as a reviewer. I wrote a post about this kind of stuff here:

    good luck with books and the challenge!

  14. Emma is a wonderful read! The first time I read it I didnt like Emma (the character) much at all, but then I few years later I read it again and just adored her! Although, Pride & Prejudice remains my favourite Austen read. :)
    Happy Reading!