Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Jane Austen Head Spin Plan of Attack

It is a truth universally acknowledge that a blogger in possession of a good audience must be in want of a reading challenge. The challenge? Read all six of Jane Austen's novels in the month of January.

And just like how one can not simply walk into Mordor; one cannot simply walk into a reading challenge. I've outlined the order in which I will read them below. I'm going in order of publication date:
  • Sense & Sensibility (1811)
  • Pride & Prejudice (1813)
  • Mansfield Park (1814)
  • Emma (1815)
  • Northanger Abbey (1818)
  • Persuasion (1818)
I will update this blog with my progress a few times a week (every day if I can). I am using ratty copies of the novels that I purchased at a used bookstore as the free Kindle versions are oddly formatted.* 

Along the way I might even watch a few inspired movies based on the books. A few not so much**. It's going to be a Jane Austen fest this month.

Bring it on, Zombie Austen.

*Thanks Amazon! 
**the movie Clueless is loosely based on Emma, apparently.
Note: I am also reading 1Q84 this month. I figure it will balance out my sanity level. 


  1. I am so excited for this. I've got an extra pair of dry pants just in case!

  2. I am already writing a post for tomorrow as I read.

  3. Nice. I read them all in a lump once, too. I was an exchange student in a small town in Finland and the English-language section of the library was pretty small. Now I have a hard time keeping the books straight. Pride and Sensibility? Manchester Abbey?

  4. Haha. I imagine I might be the same after this. Who is Elizabeth Woodhouse? Darcy Dashwood? Huh?

  5. Awesome!! Correct on Emme/Clueless. In HS we did projects in books vs movie and that was one of the picks. Can't wait to see your posts.

  6. Yes, 1Q84 will be my underneath book. Err. I always call that the book that I take to work, or read in line at the DMV, or read in the bathroom. It's not my primary book, which will be Austen, it's my secondary that I don't spend a lot of time every day reading.

  7. Ahhhh I can't wait... My husband just basically did a Drunk History version of Pride & Prejudice in the attempt to describe what he thinks it's about, so that's enough evidence for me that more men should read these books. They're not just girly!

  8. (In a British accent) We are shocked -- shocked! -- that something free was imperfect.

  9. Jane Austen is the very quintessence of sanity - you'll need nothing to balance her!

    But when you get to P&P, you *will* need this:


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