Austen in August

Roof Beam Reader is hosting, for the 4th year, the annual Austen in August event. This is a one-month event focused on all things Jane Austen, including her primary texts, any re-imaginings of her works, biographies, critical texts, etc.

The Goal: To read as many of Jane Austen’s works (finished or unfinished) as you want or are able to, during the month of August.  Biographies, audiobooks, spin-offs, and re-reads also count.

I haven’t taken part before but as I have just one book by Jane Austen left to read I thought it would give me a gentle push in the direction of Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon.

These are three short works in one volume – Lady Susan is a finished novel and the other two are unfinished fragments.

I may also make a start on reading Jane Austen’s Letters, edited by Deidre Le Faye, but I don’t think I’ll finish the book in August!

3 thoughts on “Austen in August

  1. I actually really enjoyed Lady Susan. Luckily, with Austen, her output is not prodigious, so it is quite easy to cover most if not all of her works. I used to reread all her novels every year, but now I make do with certain passages. The letters, unfortunately, are slightly disappointing, as Cassandra destroyed anything of interest.


    1. Marina I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread Pride and Prejudice, but haven’t reread the others that much.It is a pity Cassandra destroyed so many of Jane’s letters. Still, I am looking forward to reading what is left.


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