My-oh-my, how time does fly! August has come and gone, which means our Austen in August event is in its final hours.
I want to thank all of the participants for making this event such an incredible success! I read more Jane Austen this month than I have in my entire life, which is saying something, considering I am currently working on my third degree in Literature!
Ironically, the first text that has been assigned by the Professor of my Narratology class is Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You better believe I had a little chuckle at the coincidence of this, when I found out about it on Wednesday. I had read P&P (1 ½ times) already, so I didn’t read it for the event – too bad, I could’ve been ahead of the game!
To wrap things up, I just want to point out some of the things that have taken place this month:
Texts I Read: 4 ½
Mansfield Park (50% complete)
My favorite of the bunch was probably Sense & Sensibility, though my thoughts continue to return to The Watsons. I have not been enjoying Mansfield Park much, but I have also been very busy with starting school again (currently reading 5 books simultaneously!), so that distraction/multi-tasking is probably having some impact on my ability to really sink-in and enjoy it.
Linked Posts: 107!
The event is technically not over, yet (here in the midwest we still have about 19 hours to go before the clock and calendar roll over to September 1st) so this number could go even higher. I am still stunned by the level and quality of participation! You can find all the posts Here.
Guest Posts: 6
There were many giveaways hosted via the initial sign-up process (announced throughout the event on my blog) and others which popped-up randomly, as people felt the urge to get more involved.
So, a big, big thank you to ALL who committed your time, money, energy, etc. to hosting giveaways, reading texts, writing up reviews/thoughts, writing guest posts and especially bouncing around to other blogs and commenting/interacting – that is really what made this event such a success (and so much fun!).
I would love to hear all of your thoughts on this event, on your reading and experiences with Jane Austen or the “prequel/sequel” works you may have encountered along this journey. Was the event fun? Helpful? If I do something like this again in the future (I will be, so why say “if?”) what kinds of things would you like to see? Do you wish I had done anything different?
Thanks again, everyone – see you next time!
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” — Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)