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Austen in August: First Thoughts



I thought it would be love at first sight. It wasn’t it.

I was shocked to discover that a Jane Austen isn’t a quick read, a light read, a bit of romantic fluff. Jane Austen is clever and intricate; it helps to have an annotated edition of your Austen and to watch the four hour BBC movie of the book and a Jane Austen reference book or two.

I thought about turning my copy of Persuasion back into the library. I resisted.

I stuck with Jane.

I’ve been reading The Annotated Persuasion for ten days now. I’m reading Carol Shields’ bio of Jane as well. And, just for fun, I’m browsing through Jane Austen for Dummies.

I will finish Persuasion. I will read all six of Jane’s novels; I will. I don’t think I will join the Jane Austen Society of North America any time soon, but I respect her and I admire her. That’s enough, I think, for now.

What do you think about Jane Austen? 
Do you have any tips to offer? Suggestions? 
Are you doing Austen in August? 
Which novels of Austen’s have you read?
Austen in August is a celebration of all things Jane Austen, featuring reviews, discussions, vlogs, giveaways, interviews and more. This event runs all of the month of August. Faith Hope and Cherrytea has also created an Austen in August Instagram challenge for the month of August.  To find out more about the Austen in August Instagram challenge, visit Faith Hope and Cherrytea. To find out more about Austen in August, visit The Book Rat.

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library’s vast reading room. It’s filled with people–students and faculty and strangers who’ve 
wandered in. They’re seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they’re all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they’ll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon’s literary intake….That’s what happens 
at the Sunday Salon, except it’s all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their 
own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, 
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which you can share the books you’ve acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” 
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.





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