136. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Classics

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues (Goodreads 2014)

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Austen August: Final Update!

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It’s the 31st August which means “Austen August”, my first ever hosted read-a-long is officially over! With the final chapter summaries all posted on the goodreads group, and all four intended books surrounding Austen read, I’m pretty happy with my personal progress- what about you guys!?

I may do another Austen August next year, depending on how busy I am, which will be around Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, if anyone will be interested in that.  I will be leaving the goodreads group for the Pride and Prejudice read-a-long up and active so that anyone who is a fan of the book can go back to the boards at any time and fangirl over the book with others, or re-read the chapter summaries. So if you are a little behind on the read-a-long and haven’t finished yet- don’t worry, the summaries and discussion boards aren’t going anywhere!

My personal page total for Austen August stands at exactly 1424 pages- I was pretty busy this week so I didn’t get too much read. However, I did publish two reviews which are Austen August related- the links are as follows if you are interested!

1. Longbourn – Jo Baker, a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of the Longbourn Servants

2. Midnight in Austenland– Shannon Hale, the sequel of “Austenland”

3. The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen– Lindsay Ashford

4. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen (Review to Come)

Here is an the final  list of the links to the chapter summaries posted so far on the group (which is public and available for all to post to!)

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18//Chapter 19// Chapter 20// Chapter 21// Chapter 22//Chapter 23

Volume 2:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13// Chapter 14//Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19 

Volume 3:-

Chapter 1// Chapter 2// Chapter 3// Chapter 4// Chapter 5// Chapter 6// Chapter 7// Chapter 8

Chapter 9// Chapter 10// Chapter 11// Chapter 12// Chapter 13// Chapter 14// Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19

Austen August: Week 4 update!

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Here we are again, at the end of week 4! This time next week, “Austen August” will be over!  I can’t quite believe it, this month is flying by! At the projected rate of two chapter summaries per day minimum, I will finish the read-a-long on the 30th August, which means the day after- the final Sunday in august, will be a final wrap up post!

My personal page total for Austen August stands at exactly 1217 pages- I was pretty busy this week so I didn’t get too much read. However, I did publish two reviews which are Austen August related- the links are as follows if you are interested!

1. Longbourn – Jo Baker, a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of the Longbourn Servants

2. Midnight in Austenland– Shannon Hale, the sequel of “Austenland”

 *We also had a discussion board added by “Rebekah“, which allows anyone to discuss the book/website of the brilliant The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! (if you have not already, I HIGHLY recommend you watch it on youtube!!) It’s great to see so many people becoming so interactive on this group!

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Discussion Board

Here is an updated list of the links to the chapter summaries posted so far on the group (which is public and available for all to post to!)

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18//Chapter 19// Chapter 20// Chapter 21// Chapter 22//Chapter 23

Volume 2:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13// Chapter 14// Chapter 15

Chapter 16// Chapter 17// Chapter 18// Chapter 19 

Volume 3:-

Chapter 1// Chapter 2// Chapter 3// Chapter 4// Chapter 5// Chapter 6

99. Longbourn- Jo Baker

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Title: Longbourn

Author: Jo Baker

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Historical Fiction/Re-tellings

 

‘If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats,’ Sarah thought, ‘she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.’

It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah’s hands are chapped and raw. Domestic life below stairs, ruled with a tender heart and an iron will by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, bearing secrets and the scent of the sea .

(Goodreads 2014)

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Austen August: Week 3 update!

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Here we are, on day 17 and the end of week 3 of Austen August- I hope you are all still enjoying the read-a-long. How is your progress going so far? Are you happy or struggling with it?  I’m finding I’m getting a little bit frustrated myself in a while, just with moderating the board. It’s taking me a lot of time and energy to actually sit down and write the chapter summaries, when it would be so much quicker to just read it. And most of the time only one or two people are interacting on the boards… To those who’ve moderated read-a-thons, how much interaction to you expect or find you get from participants in these things? I feel like despite the great number of members in the group, I was too optimistic at how much activity would actually take place on the boards…

Anyway, back onto the positive: currently my page total for Austen August stands at exactly 1000 pages, and once I have done today’s chapters, it will stand at 1015 pages, which I am happy with.

Here is an updated list of the links to the chapter summaries posted so far on the group (which is public and available for all to post to!)

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18//Chapter 19// Chapter 20// Chapter 21// Chapter 22//Chapter 23

Volume 2:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13

Austen August: week 2 Update!

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We are on week 2/Day 10 of Austen August so far! How are you all finding it? Are you keeping up with your goals? are you wanting to add more to your TBR or do you think you will have to edit it down??

I finished my second Austen-Related book, Longbourn, this week, which means my Austen August page count so far is:-

820 pages!

I fell a bit behind and didn’t post two chapter summaries yesterday, so I will be posting 4 this morning and editing the links into here for you all.

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

Chapter 9//Chapter 10//Chapter 11//Chapter 12//Chapter 13//Chapter 14//Chapter 15//Chapter 16

Chapter 17//Chapter 18/ Chapter 19//Chapter 20//Chapter 21//Chapter 22

Austen August: Week 1

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The first 3 days of Austen August in review!

The Goodreads Group has 57 MEMBERS! Holy Moly!

You can find the following chapter summaries for the read-a-long at the links below, for anyone wishing to join in!

Volume 1:-

Chapter 1//Chapter 2//Chapter 3//Chapter 4//Chapter 5//Chapter 6//Chapter 7//Chapter 8

There are also discussion boards for other Austen books, general discussions, re-tellings, recommendations, and character appreciation boards. This read-a-long is happening from 1st August- 31st August so there is plenty of time to catch up and join in if you wish to!

My finished Midnight in Austenland, and I am halfway through Longbourn, bringing my Austen August Page count to a total of 558 pages so far!

Monthly Round Up: July Wrap Up and August TBR- aka Austen August!

As you all know by now, it is August, which means my first ever read-a-long, AUSTEN AUGUST is upon us! Click on this link right here for the original post about this read-a-long which contains all the information you need. Anyone who wants to join is welcome to  do so!

 

as we all know already- here is my TBR for Austen August

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I may also wrangle in re-reading Northanger Abbey and Persuasion if I get through those four

Meanwhile, here is my July Wrap Up!

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Austen August Read-a-long: update 4- It’s nearly here!

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In just FIVE days, I will be opening my copy of pride and prejudice, reading 2 chapters, and posting the chapter summaries to tempt discussions on the goodreads group!  This read-a-long and the group is open to anyone and everyone who fancies re-reading this book along with the other three I will be reading in the month of August, so feel free to join in! We already have 33 members which is amazing because I only ever thought maybe six people would want to join me in this, I’m so excited to see how many people are interested in doing this!

The read-a-long will last from 1st August- 31st August,

Austen August: update 3

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It’s August August update time!

 

I’m finding that the closer and closer we get to this read-a-long, the more excited I am getting? what about you guys?!

Just a reminder that the group (which currently has a whooping THIRTY ONE members- oh my god!) can be joined/seen here and is open to anyone and everyone who wishes to join in the fun! I’m in such a romance/chick-lit book mood lately and this will be exactly what I need! We begin on the 1st August so little over a week to go!

During this read-a-long, I will also be reading three other Austen-related books, if anyone wishes to join me in reading those as well!

Have you ever participated in any read-a-thons before? I’ve not, what were your experiences of them?

Is there any way you think the board/read-a-thon can be improved?

Let me know your thoughts! As always the group is open to new members and the discussion boards are becoming more and more active!