Monday, August 18, 2014

Austen in August at The Book Rat

Austen in August
at The Book Rat
schedule of event


FOR all Jane Austen fans and those mildly interested, check out The Book Rat's fifth annual Austen celebration this month!

You are sure to enjoy Jane Austen related guest posts, vlogs, giveaways, etc.

AND, make sure to visit Book Rat on August 21 to see what Jane Austen themed goodie I will be offering to participants.


This year's read-along for the event are listed below and details here.

Per The Book Rat: Questions for Northanger and little tidbits on Mr Darcy on Wednesdays throughout the month, with Twitter discussion happening on the last Wednesday, 8/27 at 8:30pm EST (hashtag #WednesdayYA).

I may give these a try despite my already booked up month of reading ;-)

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
Amazon | Goodreads
Free downloads:
Guttenberg | Public Bookshelf | Books Should Be Free | Pemberley | audio: Librivox

While enjoying a six weeks' stay in fashionable Bath, the young and callow Catherine Morland is introduced to the delights of high society. Thanks to a new literary diet of the sensational and the macabre, Catherine travels to Northanger Abbey fully expecting to become embroiled in a Gothic adventure of intrigue and suspense and, once there, soon begins to form the most gruesome and improbable theories about the exploits of its occupants. An early work, but published posthumously, Northanger Abbey is a satire on the Gothic mode typified by the novels of Ann Radcliffe, as well as a witty comedy of manners in the style of Jane Austen's later novels and, ultimately, an enchanting love story.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart
by Beth Pattillo
Amazon | Goodreads

Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.


Save the Date

* HEADS UP: I will be throwing a Pemberley Ball virtual book event in November. It will be my third one since 2011.

Visit Pemberley Balls held in the past 2009, 2010, 2011.

IF you are interested in participating with a guest post, giveaway, etc. feel free to contact me at vvb32 at by the end of October for more details.

AND/OR if you want to be sent a reminder a week before the event starts, let me know in comments along with your email address.

* image source: Austen ball

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