Over the past few years I’ve participated in Adam @RoofBeamReader’s Austen in August with a great deal of pleasure, but he has decided not to run with it this year. I understand completely.
Every September/October I angst over whether or not I will go ahead with my very own AusReadingMonth in November…and AusReadingMonth is a much more low-key event than Adam’s Austen in August ever was.
I’ve been reading an Austen a year since I was 17. It used to be my summer holiday pleasure when I was a teacher. Every January (I’m in the southern hemisphere remember) I would reread at least one Austen. I now look forward to reading Austen in August every year and plan my (very loose, free and easy) reading schedule around this idea.
I’ve also discovered some wonderful like-minded blogger friends via Austen in August and I enjoy catching up with them every year to chat about all things Austen. I know there are other Austen events doing the rounds and perhaps it would be good for me to spread my wings and meet new bloggers. But half the pleasure of Adam’s Austen in August is the people I’ve got to know.
So I throw this open to all of you – would you still like to read an Austen in August with me this year? Very casual, very informal, but very Austen.
I could throw up a linky for posts and reviews. I could create a hashtag for twitter chats and Insta pics. Would you be interested?
My plan is to read my brand new Annotated Persuasion this year. I have some short stories left in my volume of Austen’s Juvenilia as well. What do you think? Would you like to add your name to my dance card?