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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
Jack fell asleep reading

Jack fell asleep reading again


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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!


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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. 


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. 


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


*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. 


  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


  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


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: 


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) 


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 


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.


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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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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Book: Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton


Compulsively Mr. Darcy By Nina Benneton

Totally and surprisingly, enjoyed this really quirky take on

Pride and Prejudice.

Set in modern Vietnam. Elizabeth is a Doctor who specializes in Infectious Diseases. Darcy is a CEO of an International Corporation. Jane is a temporary custodian of an Orphanage, while her Uncle is in the states recovering from a Heart attack. I love how little details and sentences from the original are sprinkled throughout the book. I laughed, and laughed.

Review: A good read, off beat. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. Reads a little like a Harlequin. 

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

I have more than a few copies of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, when people discover you are a fan of Jane Austen, copies arrive as gifts on occasion. I have a couple of particularly lovely copies, one very special edition and a delightful little pocket sized hardcover. Don’t get me wrong I love each and every one, they connect me to the people that love me and are willing to listen  to me endlessly dissect her novels and sequels of her novels and other literature that I love… 

Well I have found the best Pride and Prejudice so far,

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, 

Reading and knitting, two of my favourite things!

Reading and knitting, two of my favourite things!

Annotated and edited by David M. Shapard

It is amazing how much the mind skips over or assumes more modern values when reading books of this vintage. It opened my eyes about somethings and confirmed some others. The novel really focuses on the individuals position in society, and their income and how that effects the selection of a marriage partner.  The question arises, what are differences in modern terms of the incomes of the various characters mentioned in the novel. For instance owning a horse and carriage at that time, why  is it such a big deal?  I was surprised that this was somewhat equivalent to someone owning a Helicopter today. Mr. Bennet, refers to calling the horse back from the farm work to take Jane to Netherfield Park to see Mr. Bingley’s sisters. The point being that his income was above average however his horses had to do double duty both farm work and pulling the family carriage.

There is also a very interesting note on the courses offered for meals. The day was also divided differently, morning, afternoon and evening were lengthened and consequently meals were arranged accordingly.

I really enjoyed the little insights into Jane Austens  views on aspects of society. David M. Shapard has referred to comments that the author made in her letters, that add another perspective on her personal life and how it coloured her writings.  She was a firm advocate for love and compatibility in marriage. She felt that a couple should be of similar values, understanding and interests, as well as love each other. This was rather unusual at the time as most marriages had more to do with connections and property. It is also rather obvious from her correspondence that some of her characters were drawn from real life.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this book.  However If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice at least once, I wouldn’t start here. If you are rereading it and want to understand more about the world of the novel this is an excellent, very approachable academic examination of the novel. Very well laid out with text on left page and notes, drawings, and diagrams on right page.

(see also her other novels which have received this Annotated treatment)

Other Annotated reviews:



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