When: During the month of August, I’m so excited to be participating in the Austen in August event. Roof Beam Reader hosts this interactive annual event which includes giveaways, guest posts and other Austen fun.
Who: Jane Austen is the legendary 18th century English writer who was recently in the news for taking Charles Darwin’s place on the £10 British note. Although not popular during her lifetime, Austen’s work became accepted by academia and appreciated by the public as masterfully written literature by the 20th century. Her popularity endures to this day because she wrote funny, feel-good stories about young women who find love in a society where future happiness and well-being is dependent on marriage. Some of her beloved books include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. Personally, I have only read Emma and Mansfield Park which were both highly satisfying books.
What: For Austen in August, I will be reading Sense and Sensibility as the 1995 movie adaptation written by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee is one of my all-time favourite movies. The book is also Austen’s first published novel and depicts the lives and loves of two sisters whose family moves to the country after their father dies.
Why: After a couple of months wrapping my head around Moby-Dick and completely failing to read The Odyssey in July, it will be nice to read a book with a lighter tone and lots of romance (finally!). Most of my reading this year has been a tad serious.
Who: I mentioned reading the book to my besties at work and some mom friends, and now have a few mini reading groups to share the experience with me. Everyone loves Jane Austen!
Where: Check back here to read my posts and as usual, I will be on Twitter tweeting any interesting minutiae, factoids and tidbits about the book and/or Jane Austen.
What are you waiting for? Learn more and sign-up on the master post.