I read 10 books for a total of 2,287 pages and an average of 82 pages per day. This month, my focus was Jane Austen, and while I didn’t reach my goal of 5 novels, I’m happy with what I achieved. In hindsight, I did pick the shortest month of the year, and her novels are not “quick reads” so having two of them to read did slow me down. But I did a little catching up on my collection and I plan to focus on reading the other works I have over the next few months.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
First Sentence: About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the country of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank f a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
Challenge: A book more than 100 years old
Y The Last Man: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan
Y The Last Man: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
Y The Last Man: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster
First Sentence: The news that nearby Netherfield Park has been let to a man of above five thousand pounds a year greatly pleases your mother, who is utterly convinced that this will immediately enhance the prospects of one or another of her daughters marrying well.
Challenge: A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (yes, a Jane Austen novel!)
Y The Last Man: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan
Y The Last Man: Kimono Dragons by Brian K. Vaughan
Y The Last Man: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan
Y The Last Man: Whys & Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
Emma by Jane Austen
First Sentence: Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Challenge: A book that became a movie
And of course I featured copies of Pride and Prejudice for my first Judging A Book post this month.
I really enjoyed focusing so much on Jane Austen’s work and I think this month helped deepen my appreciation for her work and the works it has inspired.