It’s August, which means it’s time for Austen In August! The 5th Annual Austen In August event is hosted by Adam of Roof Beam Reader. This is a month full of — you’ve probably guessed — all things Jane Austen! Her novels, biographies, film adaptations, graphic novels, you name it.
I’m kicking off the month reading Emma.
Also on my TBR list for this month are:
- Jane Austen for Beginners by Robert G. Dryden with Illustrations by Joe Lee (For Beginners, 2012). I spotted this at the Book Club Bookstore & More when I was browsing on Saturday and thought it would be a nice resource to have. It seems a gentle introduction to Austen’s life and her novels. It ends with a chapter on Jane Austen in Popular Culture — lists of film adaptations, spinoff books, online resources, and a bibliography for further reading.
- Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2009). Also spotted this at the Book Club Bookstore & More (thanks, Cynde!). I usually like my vampires to be mean and nasty rather than romantic, but I thought it might be fun to lighten up a bit.
- Jane Austen: A Brief Life by Fiona Stafford (Yale University Press, 2017). This one is hot off the press! It was just released on July 25, 2017. When the publicist asked if I’d be interested in reading it, my answer was an enthusiastic yes, please.
I’ll probably also watch a few movie adaptations this month. I love both the BBC and the Keira Knightly versions of Pride and Prejudice, as well as Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility.
If you want to learn more about this month-long celebration, join in the fun, or just check in on what everyone is reading, head over to Roof Beam Reader and read Adam’s master post for the event.But before you leave, I’d love to hear which is your favorite Austen novel!
But before you leave, I’d love to hear which is your favorite Austen novel!