Haley from the Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object is hosting the Jane Austen Challenge, which runs from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010. Although I'll be busy with the Vietnam War Reading Challenge at War Through the Generations, I couldn't let this one pass me by.
Participants can choose one of three levels, and of course, I'm going all the way. I'm a "Fanatic," which means I'll be reading at least 6 books by Jane Austen and at least 5 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs by other authors.
I've already compiled a list, though it might change over the course of the year.
Books by Jane Austen
1. Persuasion, which I've never read
2. Northanger Abbey, which I've never read
3. Emma, which I've never read
4. Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon, which I've never read and plan to buy in one volume
5. Sense and Sensibility, which I read in high school and don't really remember
6. Pride and Prejudice, which I've read several times, most recently a decade ago
If I complete these, I will have read all of Austen's novels, having read Mansfield Park in 2008.
Re-writes, Sequels, Spoofs, etc.
1. Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken
2. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
3. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds
4. Mr. Darcy's Great Escape by Marsha Altman
5. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
6. Impulse & Initiative by Abigail Reynolds
7. Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken
8. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford
Wish me luck!