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The Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie (@ Stephanie’s Written Word) is in full swing and I thought I’d do a little update on where I’m at with my challenge list. Just looking at it there’s been some changes.

Here’s the original:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (Still working on this oneā€¦)
  2. Becoming Jane by Jon Spence
  3. Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
  4. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  5. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (I read Confessions in the fall.)
  6. The Jane Austen Book Club (movie)

Here’s what I’ve completed/currently reading:

  1. Jane Austen Festival in July
  2. Watched Clueless with my little sister. (It’d been so long since I’d seen that movie! And now I’m more aware of the parallels between it and Emma.)
  3. Watched Lost in Austen. I enjoyed it and, hopefully, I’ll get a review up soonish.
  4. Picked Emma back up and am making progress. I’m enjoying it more and more…although I’m finding that Emma is my least favorite Austen heroine. Maybe because she has the most obvious flaws. Mr. Knightley reminds me a bit of Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey.

So…basically I have three more to finish the challenge. Two of the books on my original list are sitting on my bookshelf (Becoming Jane and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) and one is on it’s way from PaperBack Swap (Old Friends and New Fancies). We’ll see what get’s done. I’m sure more movie watching is inevitable!

Oh! I almost forgot. Stephaine has a guest post today from Laurie Viera Rigler (author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict) which was really good, if you haven’t already read it, and a giveaway including both of Rigler’s novels. Check it out!

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Stephanie is hosting the Everything Austen Challenge on her blog Stephanie’s Written Word, go check it out!

route1It’s no secret that I love Jane Austen. She’s my favorite author, I can’t get enough of her and her stories, and she’s even secured herself the position of the banner for my blog. So, of course, I have to participate in this challenge–it just makes sense!

The Challenge: The challenge runs from July 1 ’09 to January 1 ’10. You just have to pick six Austen-themed things you want to complete during the challenge. They can be Austen’s books, movie adaptations, novels inspired by Austen’s work, biographies, etc.

Over the six months there’ll also be an array of prizes! Check Stephanie’s post for more details.

Here’s my six things:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (Still working on this one…)
  2. Becoming Jane by Jon Spence
  3. Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
  4. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  5. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (I read Confessions in the fall.)
  6. The Jane Austen Book Club (movie)

I could probably go on. I’d like to read Pride, Prejudice & Zombies as well as see Lost in Austen and Austen in Manhattan. There’s so much synopsis_01Austen-themed books and movies out there!

I’ll probably watch a few Austen movies too…I have Becoming Jane (You gotta love James McAvoy!), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Sense & Sensibility, and the BBC adaptations of the novels from the 70’s & 80’s. I’d like to get the newer verisons too…maybe for Christmas.

There is a chapter of Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) in Louisville that I’ve been debating whether or not to join. I’d like to, but I’m not sure if it will work out between finances and childcare…we’ll have to see.

I’d love to hear if you’re participating and what you plan to read or see. Enjoy!

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