Reading Jane Austen: The Beginning

I’ve got to admit something to you guys…

So I’ve been saying for YEARS now that Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. And now I must admit that I have never actually read an entire book of hers. Yes, that’s right, I have never read an entire book of Jane Austen’s before. I’m honestly kind of embarrassed to actually be typing this out, like I went to Bath in England a couple years ago and cried when I realized I was walking where Jane Austen once walked and I bought multiple books of hers and about her whilst on that trip and STILL have never read an entire book!

I have gotten about halfway through Pride and Prejudice numerous times (like more times than I can recall at this point) and I’ve also read about half of Northanger Abbey. And I honestly really do feel embarrassed to say that. So that is why I have decided to challenge myself to read all of Jane Austen’s books and document that process on the blog, you know, just to hold myself accountable.

I pulled out my complete collection of her novels that I bought in London back in 2017. I have that really pretty set that’s been published too (picture inserted below) but those books (along with my copy of the book Jane Austen at Home) have been packed in a box someplace and I’m not sure if/when I’ll ever see those again! I’ll be reading and trying to annotate each book as I go. I think also instead of reading these books in the order that they’ve been put into this book I’ll be reading them as I see fit to read them. Which means I think I’ll begin with Lady Susan because I have honestly never heard of that before!

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So to make a long story short, I’m going to stop pretending to be the biggest Jane Austen fan of all time and actually get my butt in gear and read her books for real! Let’s hope I still love her as much at the end of this as I do right now!

Also if any of you have suggestions as to what order I should read her books in let me know!

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