The Jane Austen Book Club

Thursday, 30 May 2013
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” --- Pride and Prejudice (1813)

The Quintessentially English Jane Austen Book Club
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If you have taken an English class in the last century it is likely you will recognise the above as the famous opening line of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Jane Austen's novels set amongst the landed gentry has earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. "Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics." [1]

Today her work has garnered her a legion of fans, more commonly known as 'Janeites', and is a staple of required reading lists. It is hard to believe that although she achieved success as a writer during her lifetime, she received very few positive reviews. Lady Catherine would not approve!

So where does Jane Austen figure in my story? I, like so many of us, read Pride and Prejudice in high school. From the first sentence I was hooked and I joined legions of fans hoping that Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet would end up together. Not to mention I was obsessed with BBC's 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Come on, how sexy is Colin Firth in that?!

This past December while in Vegas, I purchased a special leather-bound edition of Jane Austen's novels (including her seventh uncompleted novel). It was then that I decided to start Quintessentially English's Jane Austen Book Club. What could be more quintessentially English than Jane Austen?

Jane Austen: Seven Novels Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Edition
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Edition

Starting in June I will be reading a Jane Austen novel every month and I encourage you to join me! At the end of each novel I will write a blog post about it with my thoughts. We'll be starting with Sense and Sensibility (1811), Jane Austen's first published novel and following on chronologically from there so the schedule is as follows;

  • June - Sense and Sensibility (1811)
  • July - Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • August - Mansfield Park (1814)
  • September - Emma (1815)
  • October - Northanger Abbey (1818)
  • November - Persuasion (1818)
 
Being part of The Quintessentially English Jane Austen Book Club is really easy, just follow these simple steps;

  1. Let me know you're interested by leaving a comment below and/or on Quintessentially English's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  2. Pick up your copy of Sense and Sensibility on June 1st and start reading! (Don't fret if you don't have one of the novels, all of them can be purchased from Quintessentially English's Amazon Associates Store!)
  3. Join the conversation on Twitter by following me (@essentialerin) and using #JaneAustenBookClub. Or 'like' Quintessentially English on Facebook.
  4. Grab you Quintessentially English Jane Austen Book Club button from below and add it to your blog or website!
  5. Link up your Jane Austen Book Club blog post to mine at the end of the month.
  6. Get lost in Austen!

 Erin x


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10 comments:

  1. Yes, please! I love this idea!!!
    xoxo
    Selena

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    I can't wait! I'm so excited, just have to finish off my book tonight so I can start tomorrow!

    Erin x

  1. Holly Nelson said...:

    I am there Erin - just finished the book the day before yesterday! Jane Austen...yes please!!

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    Can't wait! Welcome Tiff and Holly to the book club! :)

    Erin x

  1. Holly Nelson said...:

    Joined the library today in preparation!!!

  1. Tammy Chrzan said...:

    Hi Erin,
    I know that we are a few days into June, but I love Jane Austen. Do you mind if I join in?
    Tammy

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    Hi Tammy! Of course, the more the merrier! So glad you can join us.

    Erin x

  1. Tammy Chrzan said...:

    Thank you Erin!
    I'll go to the library today!

  1. Erin Moran said...:

    No thanks required, I love that you're joining us!

    Check out my latest post Read-Think-Talk for some questions that you may enjoy thinking about when reading.

    Erin x

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