Reading List 2016

I am going to keep a list of what I’m reading.

There will be an “*” if I complete the book. I will also list the format; Eb=ebook, Hc=hardcover, Sc=softcover, Ped=pocket edition, Tx = Textbook, Tp=Trade paperback.

I will also make a one or two word comment on the book.

Note: I generally read 5 to 7 books at a time in assorted formats

Here we go!

  • NRSV 365 days Bible Daily readings – *Tb (Rereading)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – *Eb, (Rereading, delightful)
  • Mr Darcy’s Undoing by Abigail Reynolds – *Sc (Amusing, spicy)
  • Love Bites (Argeneau Series #2) by Lynsay Sands – *Eb, (Funny, delightful)
  • The Ministry of Listening: Team Visiting in Hospital and Home by Donald Peel – *Tp (Insightful)
  • A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 2nd ed. by John J.Collins – *Tx  (Reading for EfM course)
  • Education for Ministry: RRG vol C – *Tx (Reading for EfM course)
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman – *Sc (Reading for EfM course)
  • We are Theologians by Fredrica Harris Thompsett – *Sc (Reading for EfM course)
  • NRSV Bible: Old Testament – *Eb/Tp (Reading for EfM course)
  • Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers – *Eb (Rereading, delightful)
  • Have his Carcase by Dorothy Sayers – *Eb (Rereading, delightful)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers – *Eb (Rereading, delightful)
  • Busmans Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers – *Eb (Rereading, delightful)
  • Fire Bound by Christine Feehan – *Pb book#5 (good)
  • Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart – *Eb/Sc (excellent)
  • Introducing the New Testament by Mark Allan Powell – *Hc (Reading for EfM course) (interesting)
  • Care for Creation by IliaDelio – *Tb (Reading for EfM course) (interesting)
  • The Truth about Mr. Darcy by Adriani, Susan.  *Tp (meh)
  • Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter by Richard Parks – *Tp (excellent)
  • Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate by Richard Parks – *Tp (excellent)
  • Yamada Monogatari: The War Gods Son by Richard Parks – *Tp (excellent)
  • Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow by Richard Parks – Tp (excellent)
  • I don’t know what to say by Dr Robert Buckman – TP
  • Prayer: The Hidden Fire by Tom Harper- Tp
  • Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich – Eb/Tp
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Eb
  • Dancing with Mr.Darcy by Waters, Sarah. (short stories) – Pb
  • Single White Vampire (Argeneau Series #3) by Lynsay Sands – Eb,
  • To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Sc
  • Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset – Tp Christmas gift
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Austen & Variations

Here is my list.

Austen and others

Austen and others

If you come across any thing worth reading please add to the comments section.

If I’ve read it, there will be a one or two word review.

Please note that: *=read, Sc=soft cover, Hc=Hardcover, Tp=Trade paperback, Ped=Pocket edition, A= Annotated version, Eb= Ebook

Of course one must have multiple copies of the original text!

  • Austen, Jane. I am delighted to observe that many of my multiple copies have come as gifts from people I love, and they are therefore greatly cherished.
    • The Complete Works of Jane Austen (delphi Classics) – * Eb (recommend)
    • The Complete Works of Jane Austen – *Tp (thick book)
    • Sense and Sensibility – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , A, Eb (multiple copies)
    • Pride and Prejudice – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , A, Eb (multiple copies)
    • Mansfield Park – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , Eb (fewer copies)
    • Emma – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , Eb (fewer copies)
    • Persuasion – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , A, Eb (multiple copies) (Favourite)
    • Northanger Abbey – *Sc , Hc , Tp , Ped , A, Eb (fewer copies) (least favourite)
    • Sedition – * Hc, Eb, (also in collected works)
    • Other works – (only in collected works)

Variations based on Jane Austens, Pride and Prejudice

  • Adriani, Susan. The Truth about Mr. Darcy– *Tp (meh)
  • Altman, Marsha.
    • #1 -The Darcys and the Bingleys –  (to be acquired)
    • #2 – The Plight of the Darcy Brothers – Tp
    • #3 – Mr.Darcy’s Great Escape – Tp
    • #4 – The Ballad of Grégoire Darcy – (to be acquired)
    • Road to Pemberley (anthology) – (to be acquired)
    • #5 – The Knights of Derbyshire – (to be acquired)
    • #6 – Georgiana and the Wolf – (to be acquired)
    • #7 – Young Mr. Darcy in Love – (to be acquired)
    • #8 – The Chrysanthemum and the Rose (to be acquired)
  • Aston, Elizabeth. The True Darcy Spirit – Tp
  • Baker, Jo. Longbourn – Tp
  • Benneton, Nina. Compulsively Mr. Darcy – * Tp (Quirky)
  • Berdoll, Linda.
    • Mr Darcy takes a Wife – * Tp/Eb (Brilliant, Favourite)
    • Darcy and Elizabeth – * Tp/Eb (Brilliant, Favourite) 
    • The Darcys: The Ruling Passion – (to be acquired)
  • Burnett, Jean. The Bad Miss Bennet – Tp
  • Collins, Rebecca Ann.
    • Book 1: The Pemberley Chronicles – *Tp (Good) 
    • Book 2: The Women of Pemberley – *Tp (Good)
    • Book 3: Netherfield Park Revisited – Tp
    • Book 4: The Ladies of Longbourn – Tp
    • Book 5: Mr Darcy’s Daughter -Tp
    • Book 6: My Cousin Caroline – Tp
    • Book 7: Postscript From Pemberley – (to be acquired)
    • Book 8: Recollections of Rosings – (to be acquired)
    • Book 9: A Women of Influence – Tp
    • Book 10: The Legacy of Pemberley – (to be acquired)
  • Connelly, Victoria. Mr Darcy Forever – Tp
  • Dawkins, Jane.
    • Letters from Pemberley: The first a year – *Tb (Good, epistolary)
    • More Letters from Pemberley – (to be acquired)
  • Elliott, Anna. Georgianna Darcy’s Diary – Eb
  • Fairview, Monica. The Darcy Cousins – Tp
  • Grange, Amanda. Dear Mr. Darcy – *Tp (Amusing, epistolary) 
  • Hamilton, Maria. Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman -*Tp  (Good)
  • Jeffers, Regina. Darcy’s Passions – *Tp (Quirky, title deceptive)
  • Lathan, Sharon.
    • Book 1 – Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two shall become one – *Tp (good) 
    • Book 2 – Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys beyond Pemberley – *Tp (Good)
    • Book 3 – My Dearest Mr. Darcy – Tb
    • Book 4 – The Arms of Mr. Darcy – Tb
    • Book 5 – The Trouble with Mr. Darcy – Tb
    • Novella – A Darcy Christmas – (to be acquired)
    • Miss Darcy Falls in Love – Tb
    • The Passions of Mr. Darcy – Tb (uncle)
  • Louise, Kara.
    • Only Mr. Darcy will do – Tp
    • Darcy’s Voyage – *Tp (Quirky)
  • Mingle, Pamela. The Pursuit of Mary Bennet – *Tp (delightful) 
  • Pierson, C. Allyin. Mr Darcy’s Little Sister – *Tp (Very Good)
  • Reynolds, Abigail. Mr Darcy’s Undoing -* Sc (Witty, spicy) 
  • Sarath, Patrice. The Unexpected Miss Bennet (Mary) – *Tp (delightful)
  • Slater, Maya.
    • The Private Diary of Mr.Darcy – *Tp (interesting)
    • Mr. Darcy’s Diary – Pb (duplicate, gift)
  • Wasylowski, Karen, V. Darcy and Fitzwilliam – * Tp (Good)

Variations based on Jane Austens, Sense and Sensibility

  • Aiken, Joan. Eliza’s Daughter – Tp
  • Collins, Rebecca Ann. Expectations of Happiness – Tp

Variations based on Jane Austens, Persuasion 

  • Jeffers, Regina. Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion – *Tb (Quirky)

Other Variations on Austen

  • Fowler, Karen Joy. The Jane Austen Book Club – Tp
  • Izzo, Kim. The Jane Austen Marriage Manual (a Novel) -Tp
  • James, Syrie.
    • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen (a Novel) – Tp
    • The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (a Novel) – Tp
    • Jane Austen’s First Love (a Novel) – Tp
  • Waters, Sarah. Dancing with Mr.Darcy (short stories) – Pb

Non-Fiction Austen

  • Nixon, Lauren. The Complete world of Jane Austen – *Hc (Total Disappointment)
  • Jennings, Charles. A Brief Guide to Jane Austen – *Pb (Brief, Meh)
  • Sheilds, Carol. Jane Austen – Hc
  • Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen: A Life – Tp
  • Vogler, Pen. Dinner with Mr Darcy: Recipes inspired by the Novels – Hc

Useful links to lists of Authors writing in this genre.

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New Austen Acquisitions

Well 2016 begins with more Austen Variations

My husband presented me with

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Darcy’s Great Escape by Marsha Altman

While browsing the discount book section at our local Chapters today; I lucked out and stumbled on some new stuff!

I came across

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Book 5 – Mr. Darcy’s Daughter by Rebecca Ann Collins

Still looking for Book  7,8,10

and

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Mr Darcy’s Undoing by Abigail Reynolds and

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater

I really must make a List of all the iterations available written by modern authors using classic novels for inspiration.

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Dorothy Sayers: The Vane Novels

Things have been quiet at Totally Austentatious because I have been following the love affair between Peter and Harriet. One might observe the romance has uncovered a few bodies along the way.

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Dorothy Sayers

I am not in general a great fan of murder mysteries. However, if I was up a tree surrounded by wolves with beavers working away at the base, and I saw Lord Peter coming over the hill with trusty Bunter…I would cease to worry.

Dorothy Sayers is reputed to have fallen in love with her creation, Lord Peter Whimsey and written herself into the stories as his partner in crime solving. Through I am not convinced this was the case, there are parallels as Dorothy Sayers and Harriet Vane are both writers of murder mysteries, very well educated, and I would venture to say of the same temperament and opinions.

I will let you draw your own conclusions.

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers 

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In the first novel of the Lord Peter and Harriet Vane stories; Harriet has been charged and may be hanged for murdering her ex lover. Peter, who falls in love with Harriet while hearing her cross examination, is convinced that she is innocent and is determined to save her life.

Pg 67.

Whimsey handed over his card, writing at the top, ‘in re R.U. Vane’, and added: “But is there a chance he will be back soon?”  “Oh, yes sir. Last time he wasn’t away more than a couple of days, and a merciful providence I am sure that was, with poor Mr.Boyes dying in that dreadful manner.” “Yes, indeed,” said Whimsey, delighted to find the subject introducing itself of its on accord. “That must have been a shocking upset to you all.” “Well, there” said the cook. “I don’t hardly like to think of it, even now. A gentleman dying in the house like that, and poisoned too, when one’s had the cooking of his dinner – it do bring it home to one, like.”

Comment: Always enjoy this one, particularly how Peter talks to Harriet laying his heart at her feet and offering to change his hair or do way with his monocle if it displeases her. Delightful conversations between the two characters. A great read!

Movie: Very good, I just love Edward Petherbridge as Peter!

On YouTube: Strong Poison 3 parts

Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers 

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Lord Peter frees Harriet and she leaves London to escape the press and most of all to think about Peter and his proposals. She doesn’t doesn’t trust his motives. She has been stung and is weary. While on a walking tour of the coast she finds a body on the shore. Peter hears about it and comes to help out. He anticipates as Harriet doesn’t, that she will need his assistance to solve the crime and stay on the right side of the media attention.

Pg 67.

“His throat was cut , Mrs Weldon” (Brutal Saxon monosyllables.) “Oh!” Mrs Weldon seedmed to shrink into a mere set of eyes and bones. “Yes – they said – they said – I couldn’t hear properly – I didn’t like to ask – and they all seemed so pleased about it.”  “I know,” said Harriet. “You, see – these newspaper men – it’s what they live by. They can’t help it. And they couldn’t possibly know that it meant anything to you.”

Comment: Poor Peter, he lays his heart at Harriets feet to be stomped on. He proves himself to be a true gentleman and gives her room to decide on their relationship. His only stipulation; that he may propose on special occasions, but she may disregard it if she wishes. He talks the most delightful piffle, and Harriet responds with wit and charm.

The Movie: Harriet Walter is a wonderful choice for Harriet Vane

On YouTube: Have his Carcase 4 Parts

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers 

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Harriet retreats to Oxford, her Alma mater, to see old friends and do some research. During her visit she is asked to look into the activities of a Poison pen letter writer who has been tormenting the professors and students. Things escalate to vandalism, violence and almost murder. Harriet writes Peter for assistance, hoping he can recommend someone to help.

Pg 67.

“I thought you seemed a little stiff in your manner. Why on earth didn’t you say so before, instead of sitting there like a martyr and inveigling me into misjudging you?” “I don’t seem to do anythng right,” he said plaintively. “How did you do it?” “Fell off a wall in the most inartistic manner. I was in a bit of a hurry; there was a very plain-looking bloke on the other side with a gun. It wasn’t so much the wall, as the wheel-barrow at the bottom. And it isn’t really so much the ribs as the sticking plaster. It’s strapped as tight as hell and itches infernally.”

Comment: This novel is more of a mystery than a murder. Peter finally makes head way with Harriet, and convinces her that he is looking for an equal partner in life, that he values her straight forwardness and striving for truth. He surprises her at every turn. I don’t know it she really deserves him, but they finally figure everything out. Delightful!

Movies: Very good! Sadly none of the other stories were made into movies.

On YouTube: Gaudy Night 3 parts

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers

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So Harriet and Peter finally find matrimonial bliss, retiring to the country for a romantic honeymoon, and another body shows up!

Pg 67.

He retired to the scullery, where Mrs. Ruddle, armed with a hand-bowl, was scooping boiling water from the copper into a large Bath-can. “You had better leave it to me, Mrs. Ruddle, to negotiate the baths round the turn in the stairs. You may follow me with the cans, if you please.” Returning thus processionally through the sitting-room he was relieved to see only Mr. Puffet’s ample base emerging from under the chimney-breast and to hear him utter loud groans and cries of self-encouragment which boomed hollow in the funnel of the brickwork. It was always pleasant to see a fellow creature toiling still harder than one’s self.

Comment: A lovely conclusion to the series, how else would Harriet and Peter honeymoon that with a body? I have to say this is my favourite!

Dorothy Sayers revisited Peter and Harriet one more time. She wrote a short story which included their children.

These stories found in Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers

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These two short stories close round out the developement of the Whimsey family.

The first of their children is born in the story The Haunted Policeman. Truly delightful opening scene!

By the time of the short story Talboys, they have three sons:

Bredon Delagardie Peter Wimsey (born in October 1936), Roger Wimsey (born 1938), and Paul Wimsey (born 1940 or 1941). Peter and the boys solve a mystery.

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The Miracle that is Page 67!

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Many, many years ago, a Professor of Literature advised our class,

“Read page 67 of any book you plan to invest your time and money on”

Why you may ask?

Well this little tidbit of advice has saved me loads of time and money!

I can tell you in one minute if I am interested in any book!

By the time the author has written 67 pages of the book, their true voice emerges.

In just one paragraph, you get a feel for the book.

Can you see yourself identifying with the Authors world view and writing style?

Reading whichever page you choose to read, entirely up to you; is not about the content of the book, it’s about the spirit of the book and your reaction to that spirit.

For example:

Persuasion by Jane Austen pg 67

On one other question which perhaps her utmost wisdom might not have prevented, she was soon spared all suspense; for after Miss Musgroves had returned their visit at the Cottage, she had this spontaneous information from Mary: “Captain Wentworth is not very gallant by you Anne, though he was attentive to me. Henrietta asked him what he thought of you, when they went away; and he said, “You were so altered he should not have known you again.” Mary had no feelings to make her respect her sister’s in a common way; but she was perfectly unsuspicious of being inflicting any particular wound.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte pg 67

How we longed for the light and heat of a blazing fire when we got back! But to the little ones at least this was denied: each hearth in the schoolroom was immediately surrounded by a double row of great girls, and behind them the younger children crouched in groups, wrapping their starved arms in their pinafores.

 This is a particular favourite. A literary detective story. It tells about 2 literary researchers, what they believed happened, and then tells the story of the 2 authors and what really happened.

This is a particular favourite. A literary detective story. It tells about 2 literary researchers, what they believed happened, and then tells the story of the 2 authors and what really happened.

Possession by A.S. Byatt pg 67

And he laid before the tailor three things. The first was a little purse of soft leather, which clinked a little as he put it down. The second was a cooking pot, black outside, polished and gleaming inside, solid and commodious. And the third was a little glass key, wrought into fantastic fragile shape, and glittering with all the colours of the rainbow. And the tailor looked back at the watching animals for advice, and they all looked benignly back.

 I include this in the spirit of hearing a different sort of voice in the writing.

I include this in the spirit of hearing a different sort of voice in the writing.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighierei pg 67

Perceiving us descend, they all stood still; and from the band three came forth with bows and javelins chosen first. And one of them cried from afar: “To what torment come ye, ye that descend the coast? Tell from thence: if not draw the bow.” My master said: “Our answer we will make to Chiron, there near at hand; unhappy thy will was always thus rash.”

None of these paragraphs tell anything useful about the books they are from, rather they show a little of the flavour of the writing.

If you want an outline of what the book is about; refer to the dust-cover or the back cover. 

So next time you are browsing for a book, choose a page and read the first paragraph.

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Best advice ever!

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Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Interesting take on life a Longbourn. Jane Austen was not known for getting into the nitty-gritty of daily life.

Jo Baker has written an account of life below stairs that parallels the goings on above stairs at the Bennet home during Pride and Prejudice.

Mr and Mrs Hill and the house maids Sarah and Polly (who’s given name is actually Mary, the Bennets change her name because of Mary Bennet, which rankles Polly), their trials and tribulations working for the Bennets. A servants life was not an easy one. 

Both Sarah and Polly were hired from the local poor house as children to work as house maids for the Bennets. Not an uncommon practice in those days. Though the work  is hard the Hills and Bennets treat them kindly.

Comment: I found this book interesting, but not compelling. Not one that I would read again. More a feeling of social history, an upstairs, downstairs novel.

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For the love of Austen!

This artical originated January 11,2014, on my other blog Kittens with Mittens.

I soon realized that I needed a Literary blog too, so Totally Austentatious was born.

This is a reediting of that origional post.

At this point I really have to thank you, my family and my friends, who put up, ad nauseam with my reading ramblings. What can I say, love me love my books!

Enjoy!

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Yes, I have a thing for Austen. I didn’t realize how extensive it was till I started digging through my collection. 

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It has even snuck into my knitting. On my to due list Darcy Shawlette,

The Dashwood Sisters Shawl and the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette

I have the famous novels… a few copies of each

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Seven Great English Classics (sc)

The Complete Works of Jane Austen (2 ebooks)

Short fiction

Unfinished fiction

and ebook copies too, because you can’t go anywhere without Jane!

All of the above on Kobo Glow, Kobo Arc and Sony Ereader. 

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Films, Audio tapes, and Ebooks 

Death at Pemberley by PD. James (audio)

Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1995) A&E starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the best!)

And the more recent Pride and Prejudice (2005) 

and an older BBC version. 

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Somewhere I have Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, delightful!

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Bollywood musical (enjoyed it)

Persuasion (1995) – my all time fav! 

Sense and Sensibility (2008 – VHS) Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (the best)

Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale (best of the two)

though I won both…

Emma (1996) Gwynth Paltrow (not as good) but amusing.

I also indulge in continuations of her novels and there are a lot out there.

My favourites are by Linda Berdoll

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*Mr Darcy takes a Wife and *Darcy and Elizabeth

My comment: Miss Austen, being as single lady of her age and time, probably would have been shocked by this more realistic view of married life. This is the Darcy and Lizzie you imagine as a married couple! I am so fond of these books, originally owned them in trade paperback, I also purchased them in ebook! 

Some other  delightful series

 Sharon Lathan has also written a rather good series related to Pride and Prejudice. This series sounds more Austen. 

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  1. *Mr & Mrs Fitzwiliam Darcy: Two shall become one
  2. *Loving Mr. Darcy
  3. My Dearest Mr. Darcy
  4. In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
  5. Miss Darcy falls in Love
  6. The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
  7. The Passions of Mr. Darcy (the story of Darcy’s Uncle George)
  8. A Darcy Christmas (Don’t have)

I have also been collecting the Pemberley Chronicals by Rebecca Ann Collins

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  1. *The Pemberley Chronicles
  2. *The Women of Pemberley
  3. Netherfield Park Revisited
  4. The Ladies of Longbourn
  5. Mr Darcy’s Daughter
  6. My Cousin Caroline
  7. Postscript from Pemberley (don’t have)
  8. Recollections of Rosings (don’t have)
  9. A Woman of Influence
  10. The Legacy of Pemberley (don’t have)

I like this series but Austen’s voice is missing.

Rebecca Ann Collins has also written Expectations of Happiness a follow-up to Sense and Sensibility

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Found these in ebook format

Georgiana’s Diary by Anna Elliott eb. a free ebook 

and Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange eb. preview I am seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Has anyone read it?

Some other recent finds: 

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I also have a collection of short stories *Dancing with Mr. Darcy

How about from Darcy’s point of view

*Darcy’s Passion by Regina Jeffers – Don’t let the title through you it isn’t bad 

*Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers  sc.- Rather good till just before the end. Spys and nonsence creeps in. 4/5th of the book is worth reading.

How about letters, and Diaries?

Austen began writing in this form then moved to the more conventional novel format. I enjoy epistolary books (letters) and Diaries.

*Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater sc. (rather good)

*Dear Mr Darcy by Amanda Grange tpb (very good)

*Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins tpb (Excellent series of letters between the characters)

Looking forward to reading these recent finds :0) 

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Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson tpb.

Only Mr. Darcy will do by Kara Louise tpb.

The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani tpb.

and my DH found this in the last copy section of Chapters :0)

*Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski – delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. :0) sc.

Other recent purchases, as yet unread 

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The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle – I have since read, not how I saw Mary developing but good.

The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett (Lydia)

 There are reference books and biographies as well.

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Jane Austen: A life by Claire Tomlin tbp

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author by Charles Jennings sc.

*The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon hc.

(total disappointment, waste your money on this one)

My family and friends keep me well supplied, and DH & DS but up with my Austen observations.

Just for fun go check out The Republic of Pemberley website for everything Austen. DH found it while surfing the net…Isn’t he awesome! (my Colonel Brandon)

Note: * = have read, sc.= softcover, tpb. = trade paperback, hc. = hardcover, eb. = ebook

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The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

A good read, it's interesting to see Mary Bennet's view of things.

Comment: I wouldn’t call this the best literary work I’ve ever read. Having said this I did enjoy it. This is a great beach book, or cottage weekend book. I enjoyed  Mary Bennets view of her family, and her development. Not exactly what I would have predicted, but I actually liked it.

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Which Character are You?

Boethius, looking for consolation…

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Artical: Pride and Prejudice, explained in Two Charts

Pride and Prejudice, explained in two charts

Purloined from this very interesting artical by

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I would differ on one point with the Mr. Ambrosino.

I think that Darcy and Elizabeth both exhibit Pride and Prejudice at various times during the novel.

They both are humbled and they both develop tolerance and understanding of the other.

He alludes to this in the artical but not on the charts.

Now that’s cleared everything up!

Worth a read!

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