Austen in August: My New Challenge


I found this great new challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader called “Austen in August.” I realized I haven’t read any Austen this year, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally read Emma. They are also hosting a book group for Northanger Abbey. There are also several Jane-inspired books on my shelves that need to be read.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to add a new mini-challenge for the month of August. My plan for the challenge is to complete five books. Here are my specially designed categories:

1. An Austen novel I’ve never read: Emma

2. An old favorite: Northanger Abbey

3. An unfinished work completed by another author: The Watsons

4. An interesting mashup/adaptation of a Jane Austen work: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

5. A nonfiction book about Jane Austen or her time period: Jane Austen and Her Times by G.E. Mitton

I’m planning to add a page to this site outlining the challenges I’m participating in this year. Hopefully, my personal challenge has inspired you to pick up an Austen book and create your own challenge. Click THIS POST to sign up!

Are you involved in any reading challenges? What are some of your favorite Austen classics? Comments are always welcome!

14 thoughts on “Austen in August: My New Challenge

  1. Thanks for letting me know how to find you (from Roof Beam Reader).
    I listened to the P&P and Zombies a year or two ago as I did my daily walking. It was a lot of fun.
    I will also be rereading Northanger Abbey with the group.
    And I just ordered (from the library) “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew.”
    I am looking forward to this reading challenge.

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    1. Joel Getter

      I’m curious about reading P&P and Zombies as I’m still on the fence on whether mashups like these are ok. You are the second person to tell me about “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew.” I will definitely look for that one!


  2. Have you ever seen the old BBC movie of Northanger Abbey starring Peter Firth (no relation to Colin apparently) & Robert Hardy (who sadly died this week)?
    I adored it.

    I’ve just finished Lady Susan and hope to now watch Love & Friendship.

    Happy Austen in August 🙂

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    1. Joel Getter

      I haven’t seen the old BBC Northanger Abbey but will add it to my list as I love old BBC dramas. I need to read Lady Susan as well. Happy Austen in August!

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