2014 Jane Austen Challenge

I recently watched the movie The Jane Austen Book Club. This movie got me thinking about reading Austen's six completed novels. My plan is to read one Jane Austen book every two months.

Timeline
Jan-Feb - Sense & Sensibility
March-April - Pride & Prejudice
May-June - Mansfield Park
July-Aug - Emma
Sept-Oct - Northanger Abbey
Nov-Dec - Persuasion

If you want to get in on the fun (and keep me motivated to complete this challenge), feel free to  read-along! You can read/participate in as much of the challenge as you want. I will post my review of each book on the last weekday of the month (see below), and I will have a linky in the review post, so you can link up your review too! I just ask that you link back to my blog and use the graphic in your review post, so others can join in.

Review Dates
Sense & Sensibility - Feb 28th
Pride & Prejudice - April 30th
Mansfield Park - June 30th
Emma - Aug 29th
Northanger Abbey - Oct 31st
Persuasion - Dec 31st

43 comments:

kimbacaffeinate said...
January 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I love Jane..have fun and enjoy :) Happy New Year :)

Berls said...
January 2, 2014 at 2:37 AM

I'm and Jane addict in that I've read P&P over and over - but I actually only read that one and Sense and Sensibility. I read P&P every April so I'll join in on that one for sure. I may have to just jump in all the way, since I love Sense and Sensibility too. Why not, right?

Happy New Year!!

Lexxie Lin said...
January 2, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Oh, I just might read some JA books during the year. I haven't read all her books actually, but I do have them all nicely lined up on my kindle :)

Have fun with your challenge, Pamela.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...
January 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

What a good idea! I don't plan to sign up because I'd rather string them out over a longer period of time, but I do want to (re)read P&P this year.

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Thanks! I have been meaning to read a few of her books like Sense & Sensibility for forever, so I thought I might as well read all six of her books. :)

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Exactly! It is the new year! We have nothing but time. I love the S&S movie so much, and I keep meaning to read the book but I never do. I figure I might as well start my own readathon and start reading. :)

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I think I have all of her books on my kindle and at least one collection of all of her books. Free e-books are both the highlight and bane of my existence. ;)

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

No worries. If you decide to reread P&P when I am reading it fantastic, otherwise it is okay. :) This is a super low-key readathon. I am just going to post a linky on my reviews, so people can link up if they want. I figured that there might be some people also doing this, so we could keep each other on track.

stacybuckeye said...
January 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I only have 2 Austens left to read (MP & NA) I think Persuasion is my favorite followed by P&P. I love most of the movie adaptations of her books. Good luck!

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Thanks! Also, I am always glad to hear love for Austen's other books. I feel like P&P gets all the love. :) I have never read Persuasion, so I am excited to read it.

Amelia said...
January 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I think this is a fantastic idea. I own three of her books, have memorized the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley, am a huge fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series, and yet have never read a Jane Austen novel. I admit I am ashamed of myself. Thanks for posting this challenge. I am definitely in!

Good luck to you!

Amelia | The Authoress

PS - I found this via BookBlogging.net and am so glad I did!

jorielovesastory.com said...
January 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Hallo, Hallo! :)

I was going to join but then I realised a promise I made myself about reading Austen through the books of hers I own! Trouble there is, I am not sure where I put my Austen books at the moment! :( Are you thinking of making this an annual reading!? IF so, I'd love to join you next year - to read all of them!? This year, I'll join you for a re-reading of "Pride and Prejudice" (just because its my absolute favourite!) and for "Persuasion" as I have never had the chance to read it! I attempted it during Austen in August (2013), but ran out of hours -- I am so thankful you said we could pick/choose! I'd read all of them for sure if I knew which box I put Jane Austen inside!

This is seriously wicked because I'll get to know a bit more about you via this reading challenge aside from just 'tweeting' you! :) I'll go sign up through BBC!! :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Yea for joining the challenge! I am excited to do this with other folks and keep myself on track. I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries too! I am also starting to really enjoy Emma Approved. Thanks for letting me know how you found the challenge. :)

Pamela D said...
January 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I am not sure, if I am going to do this challenge again next year. I will see how it goes this year. Feel free to pop in just for the Austen books that you do read. There is very little pressure with this challenge. Thanks for signing up through the BBC! :)

Leah Woods said...
January 5, 2014 at 7:08 AM

This is such a brilliant idea! I've decided to join you with this too - I've needed a kick up the bum to get reading these :)

Tressa S said...
January 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Ooh! I like this! I have just a few of her books I haven't read, but I think I'll join this challenge so that I'll read them this year and maybe I'll read P&P for the umpteenth time. :) I'll go write up a post and then come back and link it up.

Tressa S said...
January 6, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Here's the link to my sign-up post. I know I didn't have to do a sign-up post, but it makes it more of a priority and I wanted to spread the word. :)

kimberlybuggie said...
January 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

This is such a great challenge! I am totally going to do it! I love P&P but I have always wanted to read Manfield Park. Great challenge! :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Excellent! I am glad that you will be reading along with me. :) I don't think I would be following through if it wasn't for everyone joining in!

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Thanks for the sign-up post. I appreciate you getting the word out. :)

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Excellent! I am happy for the company! I haven't read Mansfield Park either, so this will be an adventure. :)

kec200 said...
January 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I'll give it a shot. I've got several of hers on my kindle.

Pamela D said...
January 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Hurray! I have multiple copies of her books on my kindle too! I am glad that you are joining me! :)

Amanda said...
January 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I love Jane Austen! I'm not a blogger just an avid reader so I think I'll join in. I haven't read anything other than Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion in ages. This will be fun!

Vonnie R said...
January 14, 2014 at 2:11 AM

How fun! I love Jane Austen even though I have a hard time reading her books.

You know, Misty over at The Book Rat holds "Austen in August" event every year. It's super fun and a big project that she has going on. I participated last year and was also a guest blogger where I reviewed The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Maybe this event will help encourage you with your Jane Austen goal?

Pamela D said...
January 14, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Do join in! You can link up a twitter post or just comment on the posts to share your thoughts. :)

Pamela D said...
January 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Thanks for sharing! I had searched for a Jane Austen read-a-thon, but clearly I didn't Google well enough. I will have to check it out!

kec200 said...
January 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I just finished "Sense & Sensibility"! Yea ME!!!
I'll work on my Cozy challenge before I start on the next Austen though.

Pamela D said...
January 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

That is fantastic! You rock! :)

Aleksandra said...
January 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Fun challenge, I might join you only for Emma, I still need to read it :)

Ok, to be honest, I haven't read Mansfield Park, too, but I've never really wanted to, no idea why, but I've postponing reading Emma for years.

Happy reading!

Pamela D said...
January 22, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Well you can read whichever Austen book you want. :) Emma is a great book. I read it back in high school.

A.M. Engelhart said...
January 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Nice challenge, the only one I haven't read is Northanger Abbey, and I plan on amending that soon! Looking forward to seeing your reviews.

Pamela D said...
January 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM

You are way ahead of me thing. I have only read P&P and Emma. I am looking forward to read all of her completed books this year. :)

A.M. Engelhart said...
January 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Persuasion is my favorite -- and so far Mansfield Park is my least. I just love to see what people think about each of her books, they are pretty distinct, even though there are a lot of similarities in plot and settings. I think its a pretty good indicator of a person's personality based on which book they love the most!

Christina Webster said...
February 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I'm In. A little behind, but I'll get caught up and be right there with you. http://hoverbugonline.blogspot.com/2014/02/reading-again-in-2014.html

Michelle Lindsted said...
February 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Without knowing it I signed up for this on Book Blogging... I found out just now so I guess I am a bit behind :P but hey no worries! It is Jane Austen after all! There isn't one thing I would't do for her so of course I am going to participate!

Pamela D said...
February 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Fantastic! I'm glad to have you. :)

Pamela D said...
February 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Yea! I'm glad that you are participating! :)

ebookclassics said...
February 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I just found out about this and will most likely join you at the end of the year for Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Enjoy all the other Austen books!

Pamela D said...
March 1, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Excellent! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Northanger Abbey and Persuasion!

Michelle said...
March 13, 2014 at 4:28 AM

Hey ^^ Love the challenge just have a few questons;

I am currently reading 'Emma'.. will I have to read it again in July-August?
also I didn't realy have time to read 'sense and sensibility' in January-February.. is it okay if I still read it and get along with the challenge?

Pamela D said...
March 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

You don't need to reread Emma in July & August. You can just link up your review when I do the Emma linkup in August. You can read S&S whenever you want or not at all. This is a very casual read-along. :)

John Hennessy said...
April 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

JA is awesome.....I haven't read her books in a while, but I love the idea of this challenge....when I have caught up with getting my latest book out there, I am getting back to writing. Honest :D

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