On Christmas Day in 1997, I received a collected volume of Jane Austen’s novels from my mother. It is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I had read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park several times, but this volume introduced me to the other books. In January of 1998, I read all of the books, and in every January of the following years, I made it a tradition to read at least a few Jane Austen novels. This coming January represents the fifteenth annual Jane Austen January, and I’m hoping to make it into a somewhat informal blog event.
This year, I plan to read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey, but I might add in Sense and Sensibility as well, depending on how much free time I have. My goal is to write at least one blog post about each of the books and, I hope, to engage in discussions with other readers. I’m totally open to discussing other Jane Austen works, but I probably won’t read more than these four books, so my comments will be limited to my last reading. (It’s been a while since I read Mansfield Park and Emma…)
Every time I read these books, I discover something new about them, though whether that is due to my changing over the years, to the books’ being that nuanced, or just to my possessing a truly terrible memory, I’ll never know.
Is anyone game to join me in this fifteenth annual Jane Austen January? Please let me know in the comments below. (Lurking is also totally welcome.) Discussions can take place on Twitter, if that’s convenient, and in the comments feature on this blog. Check the side bar for my Twitter info. Please also feel free to do your own thang with posts on your blog, if you have one. I do this event every year, alone; this is my first attempt to bring other folk into the mix, so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂