Austen in August Reading Challenge 2018

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I found this book last year at a local thrift store and I’ve been waiting for August to sink into its lovely pages. Isn’t this a pretty book cover?

You either love her writing or hate it. You think it is well-written or insipid. Until 2015, I had no interest in reading any of Jane Austen’s books. Then I decided to accept the challenge to actually read her books. That August I read all six. .And I enjoyed each one.

This August I will participate in my 3rd Austen in August (AIA) reading challenge. I am joining with other folks from The Book Rat. This is The Book Rat’s 10th year to organize an AIA.

The Deets:

  1. Austen in August is a celebration of all things Jane Austen, featuring reviews, discussions, vlogs, giveaways, interviews and more!
  2. AIA will run for the entire month of August. You can read Austen’s works, adaptations, biographies, etc. Anything Jane Austen is allowed.
  3. There will be an Austen Read Along to coincide with the event: Longbourn by Jo Baker.

I read all the Jane Austen books in August 2015. I also read Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith and listened to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.

I continued this challenge in 2017 where I reread Northanger Abbey. I read Austenland: Novel by Shannon Hale, The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.

The following books are available from the library as eBooks. I will choose several to read during August. I will definitely do the Group read.

Your Turn . . .  What Jane Austen book is your favourite to read? . . .  What do you suggest I reread? . . . I hope you join us this year’s Austen in August Reading Challenge.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wendyj59  |  . at .

    I’ve only managed Pride & Prejudice so far but I do have the complete works. The classic I have on the go at the moment is Wuthering Heights but I put it down so long ago I think I will need to restart! Good luck with the challenge.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    How lovely to have the complete works. So far I’ve borrowed them from the library and mainly read them on my eReader. … Wuthering Heights! I read that in high school and loved it. I want to reread it sometime to see/feel why it had a pull on me in my teens. . . . Thanks. Believe it or not, I took some of the books I wanted to read off my list. I tried to make it more doable and still have a life.


  • 3. LivingMyPortion  |  . at .

    I love Austen. I love the books and I love the movies. My favorite Austen-ish books are by Katherine Reay. They are lighthearted and fun. I’ve actually read 2 of them this summer, just not in August. I can’t wait to investigate the sight your are joining up with as I’ve been thinking about reading more Austen – both her and adaptations of her works. Thanks for the inspiration!!


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Hi Robin,
      I hope I see you at The Book Rat for Austen in August,
      I reserved a couple Austen-type books from Katherine Reay because of your suggestion. I am looking for something lighthearted and fun.
      Thanks for visiting my site.


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