As if my TBR pile wasn’t big enough, I am starting the second half of 2009 off with a book challenge (I think this will be one of many, I’m sure). Stephanie over at The Written Word is hosting an “Everything Austen” mixed-media challenge. Over the next six months, myself along with all who sign up, are challenged to read, listen to and/or watch six Jane Austen-related things.
For me, I think I might just go the reading route so I can check off more in my vastly lacking 75 Books in 2009 challenge. But I will look to read three Austen books (one of which will be a re-read) and then three “inspired by” books. Here’s my list as I envision it right now (but willing to take recommended substitutions):
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
- The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
I am all set to begin with both P&P and P&P&Z sitting on my shelf, but I am still undecided on which to lead with. Some of my kind friends on Twitter suggest the original, and I tend to agree. But, it’s a reread while a brand new book, with “zombie mayhem,” is grumbling (or whatever zombies do) loudly.
I have one week to decide. Feel free to share your suggestions below in the comments and/or on Twitter. And if you’re on Twitter, you can follow along with our Austen challenge at #everythingausten. And if you are swept up in the Austen (or zombie) frenzy – there is still time to join the challenge too!