Can it really be August already? Seriously, where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that I was scraping ice from my car and complaining about my heating bill!
Anyway, if you were to randomly come up to me and ask how well-read I am, I would probably tell you that I’ve read quite a few of the classics, enough for credibility at least. But when I actually look at Top 100 or Best Of lists, I find that I’ve read a lot less than I thought. So recently, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more classics and modern must-reads into my reading life. That’s how the reading challenges with my roommate were born – an attempt for both of us to tackle classics we were scared to read on our own.
When I saw the sign-up post for Austen in August, hosted over at Lost Generation Reader, I was super excited. I know painfully little about any of Jane Austen’s work other than Pride and Prejudice, so this is really the perfect opportunity to jump in and learn more. The premise of the challenge is that during August, you read Austen-related stuff: biographies, modern retellings, commentary, her original works. Then you can post about what you read or tweet using the hashtag #AustenInAugustLGR. You can link up any related posts over on the master post for the event.
This will be my first time participating, so I’m jumping in modestly. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice a couple times, and I read Northanger Abbey back in college, but that’s all I’ve read by Austen. So for this event, I’m going to try to tackle a couple of her books that I haven’t read. I have my sights set on Sense & Sensibility as well as Emma. If I finish those, I may try another of her original books or a modern retelling (or I may just watch Clueless again!). That’s the goal – I’m going to try and read a couple chapters of S & S today, in fact!
For now, I’m going to leave you with a basic intro to Jane Austen. She was born in 1775 to George and Cassandra Leigh Austen. In 1783 she was sent to boarding school for formal education and she began writing in 1787. Sense & Sensibility was Austen’s first published novel. She received one marriage proposal, which she turned down because there was no love between the pair. She died in 1817. In total, Austen wrote 6 published novels, 1 piece of short fiction, 2 unfinished works, and a collection known as Juvenilia. Here’s the list:
Sense & Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice
I’m excited to get started! Tell me, what’s your favorite Austen work?