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Austenathon 2011: Sense and Sensibility (Non-Spoiler Thread)

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1alcottacre
Edited: Dec 16, 2010, 1:49am Top

We are proposing to read Austen's six major novels in 2011, in publication order beginning with Sense and Sensibility, and then continuing on with Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and the two posthumous novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

I am thinking that we do one novel every 2 months throughout the year, allowing everyone plenty of time to get the book read. Those who want to read at a faster pace can and those who want to read at a slower pace can as well. I set up a spoiler thread to be used in conjunction with this one: http://www.librarything.com/topic/104775

2phebj
Dec 17, 2010, 9:32pm Top

Yeah! I found you. When exactly are we starting Sense and Sensibility? I don't have a copy yet so need to get one.

3alcottacre
Dec 17, 2010, 10:09pm Top

#2: I was thinking January 15th or so. That way the hubbub from the holidays would have died down (hopefully).

4phebj
Dec 17, 2010, 11:24pm Top

Whew! I wasn't sure if I'd be ready on Jan 1st, so I'm relieved.

5sally906
Dec 17, 2010, 11:33pm Top

I will be joining in - I have Sense and Sensibility downloaded into my Kindle ready to go - as well as Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abby will get the others as the need arises :)

6alcottacre
Dec 18, 2010, 2:27am Top

#4: Yeah, I try and make sure that we are pretty well past the holidays when starting up the group reads.

#5: Glad to have you with us, Sally!

7MonicaLynn
Dec 18, 2010, 8:43am Top

Yeah I found the Austenathon!!! I already have the books downloaded to my Kindle. So ready when you all are. :)

8alcottacre
Dec 18, 2010, 8:44am Top

Cool beans, Monica! Lift off is January 15th.

9MonicaLynn
Dec 18, 2010, 8:45am Top

I am excited this will be a new Genre for me and I enjoy trying new things.. :)

10Apolline
Dec 18, 2010, 11:44am Top

I'm in! Just found out that I need o get a copy of Sense and Sensibility. It's the only one I don't have. Looking forward to it:)

11archerygirl
Dec 18, 2010, 5:20pm Top

Pretty sure that Northanger Abbey is the only one I don't have, so I'm looking forward to this!

I've never made it through Mansfield Park. I keep wanting to slap Fanny. Hopefully you lot will get me through it to the end and help me to find the good sides to Fanny.

12catherinestead
Dec 18, 2010, 5:30pm Top

I have my copies of all 6 lined up on the shelf ready to go.

13Cait86
Dec 18, 2010, 6:26pm Top

I don't know about Sense and Sensibility - it's not one of my favs - but I am definitely in for Pride and Prejudice, one of my top 5 books ever, and Mansfield Park, which I have never read.

14alcottacre
Dec 19, 2010, 2:41am Top

One of the things that I love about doing group reads is the input from other people. I think that points-of-view from others helps me to understand better things that I did not catch. I hope we can all learn from the books and each other as we go through them together!

15madhatter22
Dec 19, 2010, 3:15pm Top

>11 archerygirl:: Ha! I always liked Mansfield Park, but the first 3(?) times I read it I thought Fanny could use a good smack as well. :) Then the last time I read it I suddenly liked her a lot more, saw her point of view, thought everyone around her was so awful that her censure of them was mild compared to what they deserved. Not sure what happened. Maybe I got old. :p Interested to see how she strikes me this time.

16souloftherose
Dec 19, 2010, 3:49pm Top

I'm in and have my copy ready and waiting.

17Mr.Durick
Dec 19, 2010, 5:38pm Top

I've ordered Sense and Sensibility. Barny Noble has said he'll send it tomorrow. I'll try, but I won't promise.

Robert

18cal8769
Dec 19, 2010, 9:17pm Top

I have my Nook ready and waiting. I haven't read Austen before so I am Excited!

19ffortsa
Dec 19, 2010, 9:51pm Top

Carrie, what a rich world you have before you!

>15 madhatter22: Shauna, I could barely get through Mansfield Park the first time. I wanted to smack just about everyone in it! Maybe I'll give it another try.

20Smiler69
Dec 19, 2010, 10:06pm Top

I'll be new to Austen too, so will be good to hear from others.

21flissp
Dec 20, 2010, 6:32am Top

Oooh, definitely count me in for this one - I've read them all and most of them so many times that even if I can't fit actually re-reading them in, I'll be able to join in the discussion - looking forward to it!!!

22alcottacre
Dec 20, 2010, 7:27am Top

Good, Fliss!

23AMQS
Dec 20, 2010, 1:03pm Top

Hope to join you, too! I listened to an audio of Sense and Sensibility recently, but loved it so much I'd love a re-read.

24Oregonreader
Dec 20, 2010, 5:33pm Top

Count me in! I've read all the novels over the years so it will be rereads for me but I love to hear other reactions/opinions.

25PiyushC
Dec 20, 2010, 11:05pm Top

Me too, me too!

26alcottacre
Dec 21, 2010, 9:24am Top

Wow! Lots of people joining us! Great!

27blackdogbooks
Dec 21, 2010, 9:55am Top

28billiejean
Dec 21, 2010, 10:14am Top

I am definitely in for this read, too, as I have the complete set just sitting around (for like 20 years!).
--BJ

29alcottacre
Dec 21, 2010, 12:51pm Top

Glad to have you, Mac!

About time to get around to them at last, BJ!

30klobrien2
Dec 21, 2010, 2:58pm Top

I'm in for Sense and Sensibility--I've attempted it before, but never got very far. And I just love Pride and Prejudice. I think this group read is just the ticket for my getting it read. Woohoo!

Karen O.

31alcottacre
Dec 21, 2010, 3:10pm Top

Pride and Prejudice will be up next after S&S, Karen. I hope you stick around for it :)

32jasmyn9
Dec 21, 2010, 3:11pm Top

I would be in, but I have agreed to two other group reads already, and I read a few of Austin's just last year. Maybe next time.

33alcottacre
Dec 21, 2010, 3:14pm Top

No problem, Jasmyn! Maybe just jump in when we get to one of the Austens you did not read last year :)

34Ygraine
Dec 22, 2010, 6:46am Top

Any excuse to read Jane Austen again is a good excuse as far as I'm concerned.

35amanda4242
Dec 22, 2010, 12:46pm Top

I've only read Pride and Prejudice before, so I'm really looking forward to this.

36beserene
Dec 22, 2010, 3:26pm Top

Oh, what a lovely idea! I've read all of Austen -- are you thinking of adding the incompletes to the list at all? -- but I love a good excuse to reread the novels.

Of course, full disclosure, I am also terrible at group reads. But I shall try, really, with this one, because it sounds like great fun.

And I'm jealous of the first time readers -- what a wonderful way to be introduced to Austen, with the opportunity to discuss with fellow readers of all kinds!

Okay, I will rein in my enthusiasm now. :)

37alsvidur
Dec 22, 2010, 10:25pm Top

I love P&P, but have never gotten around to the others. Maybe this will help slim down the TBR Pit of Despair this year!

38alcottacre
Dec 23, 2010, 4:09am Top

#36: Sarah, at this point we are just planning on doing the 6 major novels.

39phebj
Dec 23, 2010, 10:19am Top

I got my copy of Sense and Sensibility yesterday so I'm already to go on the 15th.

40Smiler69
Dec 23, 2010, 8:25pm Top

I received my copy of S&S yesterday too. So how does this work? Never done a group read before and never read Austen either, so I guess I'm a newbie all around!

41bbellthom
Dec 23, 2010, 8:46pm Top

I'm in I have only read Sense and Sensibility so far but it's been awhile so I will re-read.

42bohemima
Dec 23, 2010, 10:38pm Top

Aha! Thanks for starting this up, Stasia, so that we can find it and be prepared. I'm already thinking I'll have to make a reading calendar for next year to keep up with things. I've not read S and S, so I'm pretty eager to see everyone's take on it.

43alcottacre
Dec 24, 2010, 12:15am Top

#39: Good, Pat!

#40: Ilana, people do group reads differently, but what I generally do is give out reading 'assignments' for the book. People can choose to read at that pace, or faster or slower, depending on their wants. The primary thing is to make sure that all talk about the book itself is done on the 'spoiler' thread so that no one inadvertantly finds out something on this thread that might ruin a part of the book for them.

#41: Glad to have you!

#42: I know what you mean about the reading calendar, Gail! It is not even January yet and I am already feeling overwhelmed.

44Soupdragon
Dec 24, 2010, 3:13am Top

I read Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice quite recently but still have the others to read so I will probably join you in the spring!

45alcottacre
Dec 24, 2010, 3:16am Top

#44: Cool beans!

46Smiler69
Dec 24, 2010, 4:41pm Top

Cool, thanks Stasia. I'll be looking forward to it!

47lauranav
Dec 25, 2010, 10:19pm Top

I just read S&S twice over the past two years, but while I've seen both of the recent movies for P&P this year, I haven't read it so I'll try to join in for that one. I am currently reading Persuasion so I'm way ahead on that one (which is probably very good since I haven't finished Middlemarch from my latest group read.

48Gerri007
Dec 26, 2010, 10:34pm Top

Delighted to find this group as I want to try & finally read some Jane Austen ...I'm ready with a copy of Sense & Sensibility.

49alcottacre
Dec 26, 2010, 11:41pm Top

#48: Great! Glad to have you with us, Gerri.

50MickyFine
Dec 28, 2010, 10:23pm Top

These books are the loves of my life. Even Mansfield Park with too-perfect-for-her-own-good Fanny. It'll be nice to have other people to chat about these books with and have an excuse for re-reading (not that I really need one).

51alcottacre
Dec 29, 2010, 3:49am Top

#50: Well, cool beans! I am glad we can give you an excuse for re-reading!

52fannyprice
Dec 29, 2010, 11:16am Top

I'm not a member of the 75 Book group because I just can't commit to reading a set number of books in a year, though I admire those who can, but I would love to participate in the Jane Austen read-a-thon, if outsiders are welcome.

53drneutron
Dec 29, 2010, 11:31am Top

Outsiders are definitely welcome! You may find, though, that after participating you're no longer an outsider... :)

54dulcibelle
Dec 29, 2010, 11:33am Top

I'm looking forward to this. I've only read P&P before, so will enjoy trying the other Austens. I picked them all up on my Kindle recently (on Jane's birthday, in fact) so I'm ready to go.

55BookAngel_a
Dec 29, 2010, 12:04pm Top

Wow, Stasia, you may have set a 75 Book Challenge record for the most group read participants! I'm in too, of course. Thanks for setting this up.

56rosalita
Dec 29, 2010, 4:50pm Top

How serendipitous; I've just re-read Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice, so I'm all set until spring! :) I'm so looking forward to discussing these books.

57lindapanzo
Dec 29, 2010, 5:48pm Top

All right. Count me in. I think.

All downloaded to my Kindle.

58gennyt
Dec 29, 2010, 6:35pm Top

I've just finished cataloguing my beautiful Folio Society editions of Austen's complete works. It's a while since I've read S&S, and never in this lovely hardback edition, so perhaps I'll join in (though I'm no good at managing group reads usually). I might try to read the shorter/unfinished works this year too, and the collection of Austen's letters, neither of which I've read before.

59JechtShot
Dec 29, 2010, 6:42pm Top

Reading Sense and Sensibility sounds like a great way to kick off the New Year. Surprisingly, I have never read anything by Jane Austen, so I have no idea if I will like the book or not... so we'll see if I continue on with Austenathon 2011 after this read.

60thornton37814
Dec 29, 2010, 9:39pm Top

I have it on my iPhone. I think it's on the Nook app because the day they were offering the free Jane Austen downloads, B&N made theirs free more quickly than Amazon did the Kindle versions. I may try to fit it in as well. I can certainly read a little bit at a time on my phone at times I otherwise might not be reading at all.

61alcottacre
Dec 30, 2010, 5:53am Top

Wow! What a great lot of readers we have here! I am looking forward to tons of input from everyone.

62humouress
Dec 30, 2010, 11:44am Top

I'd love to join! I think I can get most of the books on the iPad. I've just finished a marathon read (well, in October) of the annotated P&P, so I might skip re-reading that, though I'll probably stick my oar into the discussion, if you don't mind!
See you on the 15th, then. Or thereabouts; we'll just be back from holidays, so I'll have to sort my brain out, first!

63rainpebble
Dec 30, 2010, 7:26pm Top

My R/L book club is doing Emma for January. So it looks as if I will be reading Emma and Sense and Sensibility both between now and the end of February which is fine with me. I am happy I found this group. I have long wanted to do group reads on these books.
See you for the discussion and many thanks to Stacia for setting this up.
belva

64ffortsa
Dec 30, 2010, 11:29pm Top

Belva, I read Emma years after I read P&P and S&S. It made me laugh out loud - I hope you like it.

65klarusu
Dec 31, 2010, 4:15pm Top

Oh my golly gosh! An Austenathon? How could I not? Count me in!

66katiekrug
Dec 31, 2010, 10:45pm Top

I am definitely coming along for the (carriage) ride!

67alcottacre
Jan 1, 2011, 1:50am Top

What I propose for Sense and Sensibility, since it is the longest of the Austen books we will be reading, is to start January 15th and end February 28th. We can then have a 2 week break for discussions (which will also be going on as we read, I am sure) before we begin Pride and Prejudice March 15th. Is this amenable to everyone?

68billiejean
Jan 1, 2011, 2:56am Top

Sounds great to me!
--BJ

69kiwiflowa
Edited: Jan 1, 2011, 4:53am Top

I'm in for a re-read. The only one of the six major works I haven't read is Persuasion which I have read is the best of her works in some reviews, i.e. Harold Bloom. I would like to read her lesser/incomplete works too... Sandition, Lady Susan, The Watsons. While at Uni I had to read her Juvenilia which I highly recommend, wonderfully witty short stories written when she was a young girl.

70phebj
Jan 1, 2011, 11:59am Top

#67 Sounds good to me, Stasia. I'm really looking forward to this.

71calm
Jan 1, 2011, 12:39pm Top

I'm in for Sense and Sensibility and maybe the rest of the Austenathon as still need to find copies of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice and I read Northanger Abbey last year so I'm not sure if I want to re-read it so soon. I'm looking forward to it:)

72rosalita
Jan 1, 2011, 12:46pm Top

The timeline seems good to me. Since this is my first group read, forgive what may be a dumb question: Are we posting comments all along as we read, or saving them for the 2 weeks after Feb. 28?

73madhatter22
Jan 1, 2011, 2:05pm Top

Rosalita, I think (though Stasia please correct me if I'm wrong) that it's fine to post comments as you go along, as long as you do it in the spoiler thread so that you don't give anything away to readers who haven't gotten to that point yet. (This is the non-spoiler thread.) I'm not sure if that thread has been set up yet.
I personally like the idea of being able to comment as you go along, but will save up any comments if that's preferred. :)

74rosalita
Jan 1, 2011, 4:39pm Top

Thanks, madhatter. I think I've already starred the spoiler thread, so looks like I'm all set!

75Smiler69
Jan 1, 2011, 4:51pm Top

I think the timeline is great, gives us plenty of leeway to fit in whatever other reading we've got going on and to share comments along the way. Thanks Stasia!

76MickyFine
Jan 1, 2011, 6:13pm Top

I feel the need to point out (and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) that if you're not tied to reading physical copies of Austen's novels, all of them are available for free through Google Books.

77sally906
Jan 1, 2011, 7:30pm Top

works for me - good plan :)

78alcottacre
Jan 1, 2011, 11:59pm Top

OK, people, that is the way we will do it then.

Julia, Shauna is correct - we will discuss along the way. All that is asked is that those posts be on the spoiler thread.

79beserene
Jan 2, 2011, 4:04pm Top

Hooray for plans! All sounds great to me -- now, hopefully I can keep up. :)

80archerygirl
Jan 2, 2011, 4:21pm Top

The timeline works for me! I'm really looking forward to it - haven't read S&S in ages.

81alcottacre
Jan 3, 2011, 2:33am Top

Great!

I know that Mac has already started S&S, Sarah, so if you are worried about keeping up, you can jump the gun early too :)

82PiyushC
Jan 3, 2011, 5:14am Top

#67 Sounds like a good plan Stasia!

83alcottacre
Jan 3, 2011, 6:07am Top

Glad you like it, Piyush! I was just trying to think of a way to make sure everyone has time to complete this book before we move on to the next.

84PiyushC
Jan 3, 2011, 9:33am Top

Yes, six weeks is ample time without sacrificing on your other readings. (In this sentence your refers to us mere mortals, not to be mistaken with a direct reference to you)

85MonicaLynn
Jan 3, 2011, 11:18am Top

Works, for me. This is my first group read ever. so I am willing to give it a go.

86LauraBrook
Jan 3, 2011, 12:02pm Top

Yep, count me in for the timeline. I think this is the only Austen I've read, but I could be mistaken. (A few years ago I think my IRL book club read "Northanger Abbey", but I must have read it and forgotten. Such is life...)

87YoungGeekyLibrarian
Jan 3, 2011, 12:21pm Top

Yay - just one question - do re-reads count towards our 75 books or not?

88billiejean
Jan 3, 2011, 1:20pm Top

I count rereads in my total.
--BJ

89ronincats
Jan 3, 2011, 3:19pm Top

I count any book I read in its entirety, and re-reads always end up making up about a third of my year's reading!

I've located my omnibus copy of Austen's 6 novels and have it on my nightstand, although I may get single novel editions from the library if it proves too bulky to be comfortable.

90RedBowlingBallRuth
Jan 3, 2011, 3:58pm Top

Oh, I'm in. This sounds like great fun! Just need to get a hold of a copy and I'm set. :)

91ctpress
Jan 3, 2011, 7:23pm Top

I'm in and are looking forward to some great rereads.... Omnibus...He, he, I remember the scene in the movie Jane Austen's Book Club where the guy comes the first time and take out his omnibus copy and is surprised it's not a series but individual books.

92burgesk
Jan 4, 2011, 3:18pm Top

I'm in. I've been wanting to read her other works (I read Northanger Abbey in 2010).

93alcottacre
Jan 5, 2011, 4:56am Top

I just looked and Sense and Sensibility has 50 chapters. If we read 10 chapters a week over the 6 week period, we will be done in ample time to have plenty of discussions before we begin Pride and Prejudice. As 10 chapters a week is just a little over a chapter a day, I think that this should be a doable schedule for everyone. January 15th is creeping up on us.

Of course, if you want to read ahead, please do so! When you make comments on the 'spoilers' thread though, bear in mind that others may not be to the point in the book that you are.

94cal8769
Jan 5, 2011, 9:27am Top

epubbooks.com has Austen's books for free.

95billiejean
Jan 5, 2011, 9:30am Top

Ten chapters a week sounds perfect.
--BJ

96MonicaLynn
Jan 5, 2011, 9:34am Top

Amazon has Austen's books for free as well, for those of you who may have a Kindle.

97KLmesoftly
Jan 5, 2011, 12:50pm Top

I don't know if I'm up to Austen's entire catalog, but I'll try to join you the months you guys read Emma - July/August?

98JenMacPen
Jan 5, 2011, 4:44pm Top

Love Jane Austen but I've never tried to read everything in a year, so this sounds like fun.

My P&P fell apart ages ago, so it's also a great excuse to buy a new one :-)

99MickyFine
Jan 5, 2011, 10:01pm Top

After taking a seminar in undergrad where we did all of Austen's novels plus Lady Susan in a little over three months, six weeks to a book seems leisurely. Looking forward to chatting about S&S next week!

100LauraBrook
Jan 5, 2011, 11:46pm Top

Thanks for the breakdown, Stasia! That should be doable for me, now all I have to do is find my copy (it's not where I thought it was). Humph! I think I'd better start reading as soon as I find it just to be sure I can keep up. Looking forward to it!

101Smiler69
Jan 5, 2011, 11:48pm Top

The pacing sounds great to me too!

102alcottacre
Jan 5, 2011, 11:50pm Top

Good! I am glad everyone is aboard and looking forward to the discussions already.

103PiyushC
Jan 6, 2011, 2:26am Top

The reading schedule sounds very doable, thanks Stasia!

104alcottacre
Jan 6, 2011, 2:46am Top

Good, Piyush!

105billiejean
Jan 6, 2011, 5:45pm Top

I solved the problem of my missing book. I requested it from the library. It should be available in time for the read. Yea! Then about the time I finish, I will probably find my copy. :)
--BJ

106rainpebble
Jan 7, 2011, 12:05am Top

LOL --BJ; cute & funny and probably is exactly what will happen.

I will be starting Emma for my R/L B/C's January book most likely tomorrow. We meet on the 4th Thursday this month. But I should be able to catch up with you all fairly quickly (I hope).
hugs,
belva

107MonicaLynn
Jan 7, 2011, 7:57am Top

I am actually getting very excited for this read. This will be the first time I have joined in a group read. I go through spurts with my reading and I hope I can keep up. I sure am gonna give it a shot and it will be new challenge for me as well as a new genre.

108alcottacre
Jan 7, 2011, 7:58am Top

#107: Hopefully the pace will be slow enough that you will not have any trouble, Monica.

109MonicaLynn
Jan 7, 2011, 8:15am Top

#108 - Honestly it seems very reasonable the amount of time you have suggested. I just hope my life doesn't get to much in the way. :) If it does I have all of them on my Kindle and I will eventually get to them. However I really am gonna give it my best shot to keep up with the group. I really am looking forward to it.

110alcottacre
Jan 7, 2011, 8:31am Top

#109: I understand about RL getting in the way, believe me. The good thing is that if you do get waylaid, the spoiler thread with all its discussions will still be out there for you to read through and argue with.

111MonicaLynn
Jan 7, 2011, 8:34am Top

#110 - Very true... I have that starred as well.. Gonna try not to read it too much till done with each book that way the books aren't spoiled for me since I have never read them before.. :)

112alcottacre
Jan 7, 2011, 8:37am Top

#111: There will be separate threads for each of the books, so hopefully you will not run into discussions of other books on the Sense and Sensibility thread.

113MonicaLynn
Jan 7, 2011, 8:47am Top

#111: Awesome :) Like I said I am truly hoping to keep up. Hopefully it won't be to much of a problem. However if the rest of my months look like this month.. LOL.. I think I have 2 days not working or going to appointments this month.... Some appointments and such I can read before or while waiting.. Depends... I always carry along a book no matter what.. :)

114alcottacre
Jan 7, 2011, 8:48am Top

Smart woman - never be caught without a book!

115cal8769
Jan 7, 2011, 1:06pm Top

The most true words ever typed!

116MickyFine
Jan 7, 2011, 11:05pm Top

#114: So true that I always ensure when I buy a new purse that I will be able to fit a book in with all the other essentials.

117MonicaLynn
Jan 8, 2011, 10:33am Top

#116 - Ha Ha.. That is so funny I do the same thing. Everyone says I have such an enormous purse, but It has to big enough for me to fit a hard cover book in it or I won't buy it. LOL...

118keristars
Jan 8, 2011, 11:55am Top

117> Because I have a rotated pelvis, which causes some fun back and hip problems, I've given up on a lot of bags, and I just carry a backpack if my current book is a hardback. (I used to use a messenger bag, but I need something that goes on both shoulders.)

119liezkl
Jan 9, 2011, 3:55pm Top

will definitely join in, have been meaning to reread my austen books for a while now, but never got past pride & prejudice, so this gives me a good excuse to do so, esp with such a manageable reading schedule

120ctpress
Edited: Jan 10, 2011, 4:04pm Top

# 93: 10 chapters a week? This is very sensible. So Elinor. But I just can't restrict myself to such a stoic, reserved Austen-diet. How can one abandon Austen when X is leaving Z, and Y is bewildered, and Q is devastated (this is the non-spoiler-thread).

This will not do. I'm in Marianne-mode. I feel the need for speed right now. I'm reading ahead, I can't control myself. Sorry :)

121blackdogbooks
Jan 10, 2011, 9:25pm Top

Ha! I think you may have deduced a unique Austen algebra! It may solve many of the world's mysteries.

122alcottacre
Jan 12, 2011, 8:31am Top

#120: No problem, Carsten! I can certainly understand the need to read Austen at a faster pace!

123Smiler69
Jan 15, 2011, 10:10am Top

I just started reading Sense and Sensibility. I'm only four chapters in but I was so apprehensive about how I'd feel about Jane Austen after hearing how great she is all my life, but so far I must say I'm equally impressed. I guess I should move on to the spoiler thread at this point?

124alcottacre
Jan 15, 2011, 3:10pm Top

#123: Yes Ilana, all discussions on the text will take place over there.

125Robertgreaves
Jan 17, 2011, 9:17am Top

Just marking the thread so I know when the Austenathon moves on to each book.

126ardenspark
Jan 20, 2011, 2:51pm Top

I'm in but I have some catching up to do!!!

My first Austen, my first group read. Yikes!

127rainpebble
Jan 30, 2011, 11:06pm Top

I had never read an Austen prior to reading Emma for my Book Club. She writes absolutely beautifully. It took me about 80 pages in to hit my stride but once I understood Austen's type of humor Emma was an easy read and I did enjoy it.
I immediately thereupon began Sense and Sensibility and I was hooked from the get-go. I am loving this read. I am about half way through and I sincerely want to thank you Stasia, for setting this up. I have had the Austen books forever and was just too intimidated to read them. This is going to be a wonderful year of reading.
Thank you & a big hug,
belva

128alcottacre
Jan 31, 2011, 12:17am Top

#127: I am glad you are enjoying Austen, Belva! ((Hugs)) right back at you!

129humouress
Jan 31, 2011, 12:29am Top

I love Jane Austen, but I have to confess that I'm not finding S&S a bit of a struggle compared to P&P.. Io don't know wether it's because we studied P&P in English Lit., and I recently read the anotated version, or that I'm leaving my reading until too late at night, but I'm not finding it as gigglesome, and several times I've stopped and reread a phrase but still haven't always made sense of it. It may be that it's my first e-book; I feel I'm reading through the chapters quite fast, but I don't have a print-and-paper copy to compare to.
I'll see you on the spoiler thread, anyway!

130keristars
Feb 2, 2011, 8:47pm Top

Just checking, but Pride and Prejudice is scheduled for March, right? not mid-February?

I assume so, but since we started these threads mid-December, I'm not entirely certain...

131elfchild
Feb 15, 2011, 11:44am Top

Uh oh...another cool thread to star. I have always felt it odd that I have never read any Austen, especially given how many regencies I devoured in college. One book every couple of months...I think I can do that...goes to request a copy of S&S from the library.

132alcottacre
Feb 16, 2011, 1:16am Top

#130: Keri, the official start date of P&P is March 15.

133catherinestead
Feb 16, 2011, 5:46pm Top

I never did manage to get to S&S. :(

I shall have to make a special effort to get to P&P next month.

134weejane
Feb 28, 2011, 7:14pm Top

Hello All - It has been suggested that since I have never read any Austen (cue gasps), I should join this group. At this point, I'm just curious whether or not I should pick up Sense & Sensibility or just start on Pride & Prejudice? Thanks!

135Mr.Durick
Feb 28, 2011, 9:20pm Top

Sense and Sensibility is not hard, and I found it entertaining, so you could easily read it before the official start off Pride and Pejudice in mid-March. But I don't think the former is a prerequisite for the latter.

Robert

136bbellthom
Mar 1, 2011, 3:59pm Top

#134 I had never finished any Austen either and I loved Sense and Sensibility. According to most of the post here most people like Pride and Prejudice better so I can't wait to get started.

137elfchild
Mar 3, 2011, 4:49pm Top

Sense & Sensibility has arrived here...now I just have to fit it in.

138Nickelini
Apr 15, 2011, 11:16am Top

I just learned that there is an annotated edition of Sense and Sensibility to be published in June 2011. I have the annotated P&P and it is amazing.

139Mr.Durick
Apr 15, 2011, 4:41pm Top

There are at least two Annotated Pride and Prejudice's. One is good, and one is amazing. I think the forthcoming Sense and Sensibility is in the same series as the good Pride and Prejudice. There is also in the same series The Annotated Persuasion.

Robert

140rainpebble
Nov 28, 2011, 4:00pm Top

Loved S & S and everything about it.

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