Advent with Austen has arrived!

It’s Advent as of today.

It’s 200 years since Sense and Sensibility was published.

It would have been Jane Austen’s birthday on 16 Dec.

All together = Advent with Austen.

If this is new to you, please visit the original launch page for the explanations and the sign-up page.

Alex has already got the event off to a great start with an in-depth reflection on Persuasion.

My plans for AWA have been greatly boosted by my recent birthday and the ensuing book acquisitions…

Right there, along with my cup of tea, are 4 books that I’m intending to read as part of AWA, all purchased thanks to my in-laws shaking their heads at my birthday wishlist, buying me a voucher and saying “go forth and spend”…:

P. D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley – I’ve not read any of the Baroness’ work but I know she is held in such high regard for a reason and I love a good bit of crime writing so I have huge hopes for this.

A Truth Universally Acknowledged – I have been wanting to read this for soooooo long – 33 authors and critics on why Jane Austen is held in such high regard.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It  – a set of short stories inspired by Austen. A really interesting-looking collection.

And lastly, because this came from my friend rather than my in-laws:

Janet Aylmer’s Darcy’s Story – I’d never heard of this but it looks really fun – Pride & Prejudice told from Darcy’s side. It looks pretty light and fun so should be a breeze!

BUT I’m also hosting the readalong of Sense & Sensibility  as that is the book of the hour… the schedule I’ve come up with is intended to be very gentle and un-taxing, simply because I am finding this end of the year very stressful and have no doubt that others will be too! Therefore I propose the following schedule:

Friday 2 Dec: start up to when Willoughby makes an entrance (end of Chapter 9)

Friday 9 Dec: up to when Elinor receives shocking news about Edward (Chapter 22)

Friday 16 Dec: up to where we meet Mr Robert Ferrars at a party in London (Chapter 36 – an inconsequential event but a good dividing point!)

Friday 23 Dec: the rest!

I’ll be posting my thoughts each week on Friday (I normally post after work but I’ll try to get Friday’s out about lunchtime), please join in the discussions!

Don’t forget to sign up on the Mister Linky if you haven’t already! I’ll be using it to make the draw for the prizes…

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17 thoughts on “Advent with Austen has arrived!

  1. Advent with Austen: Plans | Iris on Books 27 November 2011 at 4:36 pm Reply

    [...] And will you be joining in for the Sense and Sensibility read along? [...]

  2. Caroline 27 November 2011 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Thanks for hosting this. I was looking forward to read along but will probably only post a review on December 23 as my month is quite busy as well and maybe an intro post once I’m a bit advanced in the book but not before you will get to the chapters.
    It’s a lovely idea. I hope you have fun, watching the movies. I’m curious to hear of that P.D. James novel.

  3. Charlotte Reads Classics 27 November 2011 at 5:25 pm Reply

    I’m looking forward to all this Austen, its been fun already gathering a pile of books. I’m going to read Death Comes to Pemberley as well :)

  4. Advent with Austen « booklish 28 November 2011 at 5:22 am Reply

    [...] Advent with Austen has started! I’m looking forward to digging into some Jane Austen again. I don’t think I’ve read any Austen since I finished grad school over six years ago, when I wrote a term paper about Northanger Abbey and experienced a little Austen overload. [...]

  5. amandahorch 28 November 2011 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Coming a bit late to this but I’m in too! Sense and Sensibility has been sitting in my bookshelf gathering dust for too long.

  6. litlove 29 November 2011 at 4:49 pm Reply

    I’m late to join, but I’d love to if it’s okay. I posted on Sense and Sensibility today – and loved that book, as I always do!

    • readingwithtea 29 November 2011 at 4:53 pm Reply

      Absolutely – thrilled to have you joining us.

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  10. [...] with Austen‘s readalong of Sense and Sensibility is being hosted by Yvann over at Reading Fuelled by [...]

  11. [...] Welcome to part II of the Advent with Austen Sense & Sensibility Readalong! If you’re new to Advent with Austen and want to read more/sign up to be part of the fun, read this post; if you want the schedule for Sense & Sensibility, read this post! [...]

  12. [...] Sunday? We’re watching Sense and Sensibility (1995), starting 7PM GMT. Advent with Austen‘s readalong of Sense and Sensibility is being hosted by Yvann over at Reading Fuelled by Tea.  Summary of the novel here. [...]

  13. [...] Welcome to part III of the Advent with Austen Sense & Sensibility Readalong! If you’re new to Advent with Austen and want to read more/sign up to be part of the fun, read this post; if you want the schedule for Sense & Sensibility, read this post! [...]

  14. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) 20 December 2011 at 4:30 pm Reply

    So excited to participate. Just reviewed a work in Austen’s Juvenilia today. Not sure if there’s a particular linky for our Advent in Austen posts, beyond the sign up linky above.

  15. [...] I was in the mood to read a lot of classics and that’s why I decided to participate in Advent with Austen. I didn’t manage to read or watch anything else that is Austen related apart from Sense and [...]

  16. [...] Welcome to the last part of the Advent with Austen Sense & Sensibility Readalong! If you’re new to Advent with Austen and want to read more/sign up to be part of the fun, read this post; if you want the schedule for Sense & Sensibility, read this post! [...]

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