Friday, January 22, 2010

The Jane Austen Book Challenge

Updates! What I've read so far:

The original post:
In honor of the Jane Austen Book Challenge, I just want you all to know that I am an Elizabeth Bennet.  According to an internet quiz (which is always reliable), I am intelligent, witty and attractive.  I take pleasure in many things and often find myself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. The latter is, in fact, exactly how I think of myself (Ok, honestly, it's all how I think of myself).

I posted yesterday about the Jane Austen Book Challenge, which is on Hailey's blog here.  Well, I decided to do it. My goal is to do the "Jane Austen lover" level, which is four of her original novels and four re-writes, prequels, sequels or spoofs.

This is my list:
1. Lady Susan
2. Sense and Sensibility
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. Northranger Abbey (I've never read this one before, so that will be exciting)
5. Lady Vernon and Her Daughter
6. Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters
7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
8. Scones and Sensibility (which might count towards every challenge I'm doing if my library gets a copy, since I believe it's also a 2010 YA Debut Author Novel)

And, who are we kidding? I'm probably going to re-read Emma. Just because how do I not?

I also wanted to add in, much thanks to Kristin for introducing me through her blog to both the Jane Austen Book Challenge and the amusing quiz above  (Kristin, by the way, is an Emma, which just goes to show how awesome she is!)


Summer said...

"You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see."

Pretty spot-on! Good luck on the book challenge! I like Emma, but I one of the few female English degree-holders and females in general, I think, that doesn't really like Austen overall.

Kristin Rae said...

"You are Emma Woodhouse of Emma! You like being the queen of your social circle (small and provincial as it may be), and feel it's your duty to help those less influential than you. You often meddle in the affairs of others, though you do it with a pure heart. You are often deluded in your flights of fancy, but your good intentions and creative spirit make you someone anyone could like."

So... I haven't read Emma yet, but I plan to as part of the challenge. Is being Emma a good thing?! haha.

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Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oops! I accidentally posted my comment for this on the one below it - doh! :-)

Haleyknitz said...
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Haleyknitz said...

I'm really happy that you're going to do the challenge... but I think you've got the wrong link up to my blog... I'm not even sure what quiz it is you're talking about ;)

Guinevere said...

Oh gosh Hailey, thanks for pointing that out. I linked to you for the original post, and then meant to thank Kristin of Kristin Creative since I found it all through her. D'oh! Sorry, Kristin... fixing it now!

Guinevere said...

Summer, is there anything in particular you don't like about Austen's other works? I admit, I read some of the other books in my teens and did not love them the way I do Emma, so I'm curious. My taste in literature was a little different as a teenager, so I've been assuming my youth made those books heavy & dull.

Kristin, I think being an Emma is a good thing. She's a wonderful character, she just gets herself into so much well-meaning (entirely entertaining) trouble.

Shannon, it happens to all of us... I managed to make a mess of my own post's links/accreditation last night! I wish we could edit our comments on blogs, because I find myself wishing I'd said things just a little differently all the time! (Do you hear me, blogger gods?)

xo.sorcha.ox said...

Yes, I quite like being Elizabeth Bennet as well. She is, after all, from my favourite book of all-time. :)
I shall be taking part in the Jane Austen reading challenge as well. Am very much looking forward to it: What fun! :)
Happy Reading!