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Introducing the Everything Austen Challenge (with prizes)!

June 22, 2009

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know I have a fondness for all things Austen. There are plenty of books and movies available to satisfy any Austen fan. Whether it’s a novel about the Bennet sisters fighting zombies, a TV mini-series in which a modern day British girl swaps places with Elizabeth Bennet or Colin Firth’s unforgettable portrayal of Darcy, Austen is all around us. Even if you haven’t read any of Jane Austen’s novels, mostly likely you’ve seen some of the movies or heard about all the Austen-themed books available today.  

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I am so excited now to introducing my very first challenge!! The Everything Austen Challenge!

The details! The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010)! All you need to do is pick out what six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge.

What is considered Austen-themed? Obviously, any of the books Jane Austen wrote herself count, so if you’ve been contemplating reading one of her novels, now is the time! Or, maybe watch the different movie versions of Pride and Prejudice. You could even try reading one of the many sequels written by various authors or listen to one in your car on your way to work. Truly, the list can be endless! All you need to do is pick six Austen-themed items to read and/or watch to participate. Note that you can mix it up a bit – maybe commit to watching three movies and reading two books – or if your TBR pile is huge, pick out six movies you would like to watch – YOU DECIDE!
Also, you can combine this with another challenge. For example, if you are going to participate in Carl’s RIP challenge this fall, maybe add Northanger Abbey to your list. Or read a couple books during the next Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon.

Here’s the most fun part – now you get to rifle through your bookshelf, DVD collection, or visit your local library or indie bookstore to find some Austenesque items!

How you can sign up! Grab one of the challenge buttons above and write a post detailing what six Austen-themed things you are going to do over the next six months. Then come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. Then just link directly to your introductory post and not just to your blog’s home page. If you don’t have a blog but would like to join anyway, just leave a comment on this post. 



Check back often! Everything Austen will officially begin on July 1, 2009 with my review Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. On that date, I will put up a a tab at the top of my blog entitled Everything Austen. This is the place where a list of all the participants  (along with links to your Everything Austen updates and posts) will be. This means that each time you have a post relating to the Everything Austen challenge (with the exception of your first sign-up post) you should leave a comment there with a link to your post. Be sure to check back often to see who else is reading and watching Austen!

Talk about it on Twitter! I’ll also be tweeting (my Twitter ID is @SWrittenWord) about the challenge using hashtag #everythingausten so make sure to follow me for updates and information.

Stumped as to what six things you would like to pick for this challenge? Take a peek at the below list for some suggestions (you don’t have to pick from the lists below – just thought it might be helpful):

Any of Jane Austen’s novels

Movies based on Austen novels:
Pride & Prejudice BBC version
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Sense & Sensibility
Northanger Abbey
Mansfield Park

Austen-themed movies:
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bride & Prejudice
Lost in Austen

The Jane Austen Book Club
Jane Austen in Manhattan

Books & Movies based on Jane Austen’s life:
A&E Biography: Jane Austen
Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Just Jane by Nancy Moser
Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
Cassandra and Jane: A Jane Austen Novel by JillPitkeathley
Becoming Jane movie

Sequels to Pride & Prejudice:
The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater
The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

Austen for the twisted (Vampires & Zombies):
Pride, Prejudice & Zombies by Sean Grahame-Smith
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

Books inspired by Austen works:
Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray
Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride & Prejudice by Kate Fenton
Pride, Prejudice & Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Lost in Austen: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster

For some more inspiration, check out these Austen blogs:
Jane Austen Reviews
Jane Austen Today

What’s in it for you? Other than reading great books and watching fun movies, as an added incentive just for signing up for the Everything Austen Challenge you will qualify to win a copy of Lost in Austen on DVD! If you haven’t yet seen this British TV miniseries, then you are in for a treat! Take a look at the video below to see the trailer for Lost in Austen. To win, post about the Everything Austen Challenge on your blog and sign up with Mr. Linky by July 15th. I will pick a winner at random from all the participants.

More prizes! I will also be offering prizes over the next six months, so check back often to see what Austen-themed stuff I have up for grabs for the participants!


254 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2009 7:49 am

    This sounds like so much fun- count me in!

  2. June 22, 2009 8:30 am

    Ok, I think I’m in and I want to watch Lost in Austen right now!

  3. June 22, 2009 9:27 am

    I just watched Lost in Austen. Didn’t realize it was a miniseries, but thought it was a movie. Now I know why it was so long.

    I’ll think about my 6 things and post to join soon.

    You’re right, this challenge is right up my alley!

  4. June 22, 2009 10:12 am

    I’m in, but I won’t have my post up for a few days.

    • June 22, 2009 10:14 am

      No rush – just get it up by July 15th to get a chance to win Lost in Austen!

  5. June 22, 2009 11:27 am

    YAY! What an awesome challenge! I’ll have to think about what I plan to do and will post about it later this week.

  6. June 22, 2009 11:56 am

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have a whole slew of blog posts and books ready to go for my very first foray into Austen. I was going to start in July, LOL! This is so serendipitous I have to play.

    The one post I don’t have ready to go was a “The Plan” post. Off I go to get that done.

    Thanks so much, Stephanie! I haven’t read Austen, so I’m excited.

  7. June 22, 2009 12:07 pm

    I might, I might…. I want to.

  8. June 22, 2009 12:21 pm

    I’ve read a lot of these already. But I think I’ll sign up anyway.

  9. galleysmith permalink
    June 22, 2009 12:24 pm

    I’m totally in on this, though won’t be able to add a post until later. I want to contemplate what I want to choose.

    Great idea!

  10. June 22, 2009 6:52 pm

    Okay, my list is up. I even figured out how to add the button to my sidebar!!

  11. June 22, 2009 7:04 pm

    I’ve added my link to the mix and can’t wait to get started. I’m leaving my choices a mystery, but I will be mixing it up.

  12. June 22, 2009 8:50 pm

    Six! I can do six in a week! 😉

    Thanks for this great challenge. I will be writing about it on both Jane Austen Today and Austenprose. Already Tweeted about today!

    Great job Stephanie

  13. June 22, 2009 10:39 pm

    This is most definitely a challenge for me. Count me in!

    Grace (

  14. June 22, 2009 10:42 pm

    I’m so in!! I will be back later to link up my post !

  15. June 22, 2009 10:52 pm

    Ooooh…very tempted…I’m new to this whole blogging challenge thing and I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew…but I do love Austen..

  16. June 22, 2009 11:00 pm

    oh! coolios! i think i could have done this challenge two times over myself haha

  17. thekoolaidmom permalink
    June 23, 2009 12:16 am

    Oh wow… You’ll be my first reading challenge ot join 🙂 I will definitely be in on this one. I’ve been reading her books in order of publication, and have 2 left. Then of course there’s all the other Austen-related books I have, too. I’m so excited! I’ll have to pace myself, though. I’ll shoot my wad by the end of July if I don’t watch it!


  18. June 23, 2009 2:29 am

    I am participating. Jane Austen is one of my favorites and I can’t wait for the challenge to start. I have added my post link at Mr.Linky..Great challenge

  19. June 23, 2009 4:45 am

    Excellent – I’m going to use this as an opportunity of finally reading Maria Edgeworth …

  20. June 23, 2009 11:17 am

    I adore this challenge! Yay, thank you so much for creating it! This will be so much fun!

  21. June 23, 2009 12:57 pm

    What a great idea for a challenge! Running the WWII reading challenge is enough for me, and I had no plans of signing up for any other challenges, but how can I refuse all things Austen??? Thanks for hosting!


  22. June 23, 2009 2:50 pm

    D’oh – I accidentally entered Mr. Linky twice – I had wanted to update the link to include my first posting on this challenge. Sorry!!
    Can’t wait to start on this. Thanks for setting this up.

  23. June 23, 2009 4:22 pm

    I’m so excited about this challenge. Oh and I’m new to your blog too!

    You r0ck!


    My initial post!

  24. June 23, 2009 10:01 pm

    OK! I can accidentally do six when I should have been making dinner…OK, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but seriously, figuring out how to copy the button will be the hardest part!

    • June 23, 2009 10:06 pm

      You should be able to right mouse click on top of the button here on my blog, then click on copy, then head back over to your blog and right mouse click and hit paste in the spot you want to button to appear. Does that make sense?

  25. June 23, 2009 10:14 pm

    What a great challenge idea Stephanie – I couldn’t resist!

  26. June 23, 2009 10:16 pm

    Thanks for this challenge, it sounds like fun!

  27. June 23, 2009 10:18 pm

    What a wonderful challenge idea! I’m trying to not join any more but I don’t know, I may be tempted…. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

    In any event, hope everyone has tons of fun!

  28. June 23, 2009 10:32 pm

    Oh my, I normally don’t do the challenge thing, but this seems more like a party than a challenge! I just may have to join the fun on this 🙂 What a great idea, you clever girl 🙂

  29. June 23, 2009 10:47 pm

    I’m in Stephanie and my post is up! I hope that re-watching/reading counts too? Can’t wait, thanks for setting forth the challenge!

  30. June 24, 2009 4:40 am

    This is such a fabulous idea! I am so doing this…just need to choose my six!

  31. June 24, 2009 11:43 am

    What a fabulous idea! I just joined and am ready to go. I think this might be my favorite challenge of the year.

  32. June 24, 2009 12:00 pm

    This is perfect! I’ve been wanting to throw myself into Jane Austen and this will totally give me the incentive! Augh, I’d kill to get Lost In Austen. ♥

  33. June 24, 2009 1:46 pm

    Will audio books count?

  34. June 24, 2009 1:51 pm

    Sorry. I meant to say that I am going to participate. It will take me a little while to plan my list.

  35. June 24, 2009 2:25 pm

    I’m in!

    And I justed tweeted about the challenge, too!

  36. June 24, 2009 3:37 pm

    I just signed up for the challenge — as if I need another reason to read MORE Jane Austen! 。^__^。 Thanks for creating this challenge. It should be fun!

  37. medicasali permalink
    June 24, 2009 6:27 pm

    I’m joining in! The beginning of my first public blog too 🙂

  38. June 24, 2009 6:33 pm

    I am so excited about this challenge! Thanks for hosting.

  39. June 24, 2009 8:10 pm

    Joining with all 7 of the books which I have in stock on my TBR, and will pick some movies and one book not written by her and post. Thanks for this challenge.

  40. June 24, 2009 10:37 pm

    I’m in! I took the plunge! Thanks for hosting!

  41. June 24, 2009 11:16 pm

    I love Jane Austen! This is perfect for me. I’ll sign up and get my post up tomorrow!

  42. June 25, 2009 12:20 am

    OK, I have given up trying to resist! Just writing my sign-up post now!

  43. June 25, 2009 12:41 am

    Count me in ! I have listed my 6 challenges on my blog.

  44. LaGina permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:06 am

    This sounds like a ton of fun! I’m in!
    I’m doing Jane’s six novels 😀

  45. June 25, 2009 9:11 am

    I just added my post to Mr. Linky but I wanted to tell you to NOT include me in the giveaway…being an addict I already bought this in April when it came out!! LOL!!

  46. June 25, 2009 11:47 am

    I’m totally in. I love this one!

  47. June 25, 2009 12:17 pm

    My post is up and I’m in! So looking forward to it!

  48. June 25, 2009 12:44 pm

    How exciting!! I literally gasped when I saw this — it looks so fun 🙂 Since I have a few Austen-related ARCs up for review in the next month, I’m hoping I can start this challenge off well!

    I’ll be back to link up when I write my full post on the challenge. Till then, my basic reading challenge post is here:

  49. June 25, 2009 12:58 pm

    I’m pretty new to the whole challenge thing but I’m sure I can pull it off since I’m over halfway done with the VC Andrews one and that lasts till the end of the year so this should be no problem. Maybe now I’ll finally watch Lost in Austen. I just loved Gemima Rooper in Hex so I really want to see it. Yikes I looked at the website and holy crap there are a lot of people getting Jane Austen books. I’ll try to get the post up today or tomorrow.

  50. BiblioMom permalink
    June 25, 2009 1:17 pm

    This sounds awesome but I’m the worlds worst challenge completer. I join a challenge and then I proceed to read everything BUT the books for the challenge.

  51. June 25, 2009 2:27 pm

    Okay, official post is up 🙂 I got a little overzealous before. I’m calming myself now — promise.

  52. June 26, 2009 12:39 am

    I promised myself I wouldn’t join any challenges this year, but I just couldn’t help myself with this one. I’m totally in. My list is here:

  53. Nadia permalink
    June 26, 2009 8:44 am

    I am in! This sounds like so much fun!! Let the games begin!!

  54. abookinhand permalink
    June 26, 2009 10:34 am

    Count me in! Sounds like fun. Still figuring out my blog and I’ll have to choose the books I’d like to read but I’ll have it figured out in the next week or so. Thanks!!

  55. June 26, 2009 2:36 pm

    Add my Austen-love to your challenge! I’ve blogged and will add my link to Mr. Linky.

  56. June 26, 2009 6:13 pm

    This is a challenge I just can’t resist! I’m in, and will write a post for Mr. Linky within the next few days.

  57. June 26, 2009 6:41 pm

    I don’t usually like to change my lists once I’m set, but since this challenge hasn’t officially kicked off yet, I’ve decided to let myself switch watching Bride and Prejudice for Becoming Jane for two reasons:

    A. I have two much Pride & Prejudice on my list

    B. I’m at the library, and someone got Persuasion when it was reshelved, but I managed to snag Becoming Jane, and since Bride and Prejudice was the one I was probably least excited about (though had they had Mansfield Park or Northanger Abbey in, I might have swapped Persuasion out for that), so out it goes.

  58. June 27, 2009 11:04 am

    I am excited by this challenge, I’m sure I won’t need the six months to complete. I may read and watch others that aren’t on my list. I know I will.

  59. June 27, 2009 3:39 pm

    Sounds like a super fun challenge. I’m in.

  60. June 27, 2009 4:03 pm

    I’m in! I’ve never read Sandition or Lady Susan…

  61. June 27, 2009 5:47 pm

    I can’t wait!

    This gives me a great excuse to read the rest of her books. I’ll have my post up by next week sometime and will post the link here.

  62. June 28, 2009 10:29 am

    This is my first challenge! I’ve been trying to avoid them, but this just sounds like such fun :-).

  63. June 28, 2009 1:11 pm

    Perfect, I have 2 Austen related books and 4 Austen stitching projects underway, will post shortly – wonderful idea!

  64. June 28, 2009 1:52 pm

    I am so excited about this!!! I can’t wait to get started!!

  65. June 28, 2009 2:32 pm

    Okies, my first challenge ever 🙂 I’ve posted it:

    Birthdays are Challenging for a Jane Austen Spaz!

    Now, if I can pace myself so I don’t read all 6 in July, I’ll be good 😀

  66. Susan permalink
    June 28, 2009 3:32 pm

    Hi Stephanie. I’ve just recently discovered reading challenges. I love Austen, so your challenge is my first one and got my first post on my new challenge blog. Thanks for hosting this.

  67. June 28, 2009 5:46 pm

    count me in! thanks :O)

  68. June 28, 2009 8:16 pm

    Awesome! I’ve passed the info on and joining in the fun too.

    Tanya 🙂

  69. June 29, 2009 5:16 am

    This challenge sounds so fun! I’ll definitely be joining in. I went to look at my bookshelves to see what I already have (I’ve decided to include only things I haven’t read or watched before), and realized that I own entirely too many Austen-related or inspired items.
    I noticed that you don’t have the Elizabeth Aston after-Pride-&-Prejudice novels on the list. Any reason for that (other than the fact that there really are too many Austen-inspired articles in the world to keep track of)?

    Thanks for putting this together!

    • June 29, 2009 10:24 am

      There are so many Austen-type books that I didn’t even know about Elizabeth Aston! Thanks for letting me know!

  70. June 29, 2009 9:06 am

    What a wonderful idea! I’m glad to join in–and in addition to reading and watching Austen, I’ll be stitching Austen. I’m going to stitch the Mansfield Park sampler from The Sampler Girl as part of my Everything Austen challenge.

    Thank you so much for putting this challenge together.

  71. June 29, 2009 10:55 am

    I can’t resist Stephanie! I’ll do up my post this week and link it. It’s great that the movies are included. LOL and I just finished reading Rude Awakenings and watching Austenland. Although Austenland can be watched over and over! Great challenge!

  72. June 29, 2009 10:56 am

    Shoot, that’s Lost in Austen I love. I just saw it in your other post. Yup, it’s too early for me to be thinking yet. lol.

  73. Ana O. permalink
    June 29, 2009 1:17 pm

    I just joined in the fun, here’s my post about the challenge. Thanks for thinking of this Stephanie! 🙂

  74. lutemama permalink
    June 29, 2009 2:13 pm

    I am officially entering! I could easily complete this within a month! Heck, for Jane, I’d complete within a week! I will definitely do all 6 items on my challenge but I hope I can see just how many more I can do! What a fabulous challenge for us Janeites!! I was so excited to see that I’d already read so many of the books and watched nearly all of the movies listed. Everything Austen–yep that’s me!

  75. June 29, 2009 8:49 pm

    What a great idea; I’m definitely joining up! Here’s a link to my post:

    I’ll probably even get started this week! Thanks so much for coming up with and running this challenge.

  76. June 29, 2009 9:08 pm

    Thanks for bringing it to my notice. I did link my page to the Mr.Linky in this post. Is it alright now? Can’t wait to start the challenge. Everyone here sounds so excited about it. We, Austen addicts, will be eternally grateful to you for this challenge.

  77. June 30, 2009 4:55 am

    Cool idea! I’ve just added my link! 🙂

  78. sdechantal permalink
    June 30, 2009 9:10 am

    Uhhhhh….. I have never read her. I have wanted to…. but honestly have not done it.

    I am in on the challenge. 🙂

    One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

    (Woo Hoo!)

  79. June 30, 2009 1:08 pm

    I would defenetly like to join, but I don’t undertand what I have to do to sign in!

    By a lady-does this one count?
    Pride and prejudice


    Sense and Sensibility

  80. June 30, 2009 1:08 pm

    I would defenetly like to join, but I don’t undertand what I have to do to sign in!

    By a lady-does this one count?
    Pride and prejudice


    Sense and Sensibility

    thanks a lot

    • June 30, 2009 1:27 pm


      You need to grab one of the challenge buttons above and write a post on your own blog detailing what six Austen-themed things you are going to do over the next six months. Then come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. (ABOVE) Then just link directly to your introductory post (and not just to your blog’s home page) and you will be officially signed up!

  81. June 30, 2009 1:42 pm

    I am really excited about this my very first reading challenge! I have loved Austen for years and have read all her books and seen all the movie adaptations already. I haven’t read all the sequels though. I have read a few Georgette Heyer ones, but I have found a couple of other ones that I want to try.

    Good luck everyone…

  82. sdechantal permalink
    June 30, 2009 6:26 pm

    Ok I finally have my post up with my six choices and I am rady to “Austen”!

    First challenge for me too!

    Here is the link:

  83. June 30, 2009 8:06 pm

    I’m in! First challenge for me. But I can’t resist Austen.

    • July 7, 2009 10:11 pm

      So glad you have decided to join my Everything Austen challenge. Once you write up your blog post with the six items you want to read/watch, make sure to come back to this post dated June 22nd on my blog to officially sign up with Mr. Linky!!
      Hope you are doing well and that The Wednesday Sisters is a big success in paperback!

  84. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 1, 2009 12:41 am

    I’m ready to go!

  85. July 1, 2009 12:48 am

    Fantastic challenge! I absolutely love everything by Jane Austen, and most of the ones inspired by her works.

  86. July 1, 2009 10:17 am

    Sounds like a fun challenge. I’m in!

  87. July 1, 2009 2:23 pm

    Ok Just joined! Can’t wait to read my first choice!

  88. July 1, 2009 11:16 pm

    I’m signed up! Now I just have to wait for Netflix to deliver . . .

  89. July 2, 2009 10:08 am

    I’m signed up. This is my first reading challenge. Now…if I can just pace myself so I only finish one thing a month. That’s going to be a challenge.

  90. July 2, 2009 12:53 pm

    All linked up . . . Thanks for the challenge!

  91. July 2, 2009 2:18 pm

    I’m looking forward to this challenge! I’m all signed up on Mr. Linky and blogged about it.

  92. July 2, 2009 9:52 pm

    Looking forward to this challenge! Would really, really like to see “Lost in Austen.” Thanks for offering this challenge!

  93. RoseWinter permalink
    July 3, 2009 1:56 am

    Twitter, blog, and Mr. Linky are all news to me! I’ve been a Jane Austen fan for many years, so I’ll try to get up to speed with the new technology. I’m going to enjoy this challenge!

    • July 7, 2009 10:05 pm

      Rose – thanks so much for leaving a comment. I hope you will stop by often for your Austen fix!!

  94. July 3, 2009 4:42 am

    A nasty migraine kept me from getting my posts up on time, but I’m in! I have way too many things that are “Austen” related, so this should be fun! I’ll get my post up now.

  95. Joanna permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:27 am

    I’m in! here’s my list:

    1. Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange
    2. Mrs. Darcy’s Daughters by Diana Birchall
    3. Mercy’s Embrace by Laura Hile (Persuasion spin-off about Elizabeth Elliot)
    4. None but You by Susan Kaye
    5. Emma w/ Kate Beckinsale
    6. S&S 2008

  96. July 3, 2009 9:30 am

    I’d like to try! How fun!

  97. mountainsofbooks permalink
    July 3, 2009 11:41 am

    I’m in!

    Here’s my list:

  98. mystrygirl87 permalink
    July 3, 2009 5:25 pm

    Thanks for hosting-this is just the excuse I needed to read more Jane Austen!

  99. July 3, 2009 7:15 pm


    I just couldn’t resist tis challenge! So here’s my link to what I’ll be reading and watching:


  100. July 3, 2009 7:34 pm

    This is so fun! I left my link with Mr. Linky. Great idea!

  101. Fatima permalink
    July 4, 2009 12:59 am

    I love Jane Austen and this sounds like great fun!
    Here’s my list:
    1. Lost in Austen
    2. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
    3. Bridget Jone’s Diary
    4. Persuasion 1995
    5. Pride and Prejudice 1940
    6. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field: A Novel

  102. July 4, 2009 9:23 am

    Thanks to Marilyn Brant for telling me about this. I have created a blog just for the Everything Austen Challenge and am now creating my list. What fun this is!

  103. July 4, 2009 3:22 pm

    I am so excited about this challenge – what a great motivator for me to read the books I’ve had waiting on my bookshelf that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet! I finally have my post up with my 6 things and I hope I win!

  104. July 4, 2009 4:07 pm

    I just joined! Here is my post (including yours and the extra 6 for the Austen prose challenge, I’m doing both). this is fun!! thank you for holding it!

  105. July 5, 2009 2:06 am

    I did my list and I am so happy to participate because I have NEVER read any of her books or seen any of her movies. I am really excited to begin. Thank you for adding me.

    Here is my post:

  106. Merlin permalink
    July 5, 2009 5:32 am

    What a fun idea!

    Here’s my list:

    1. Reread Persuasion.
    2. Visit Bath.
    3. Read Captain Wentworth’s Diary.
    4. Rewatch Persuasion (the version with Ciaran Hinds).
    5. Rewatch Sense and Sensibilty 1971
    6. Rewatch Emma (2008)

  107. Virginie Barbeau permalink
    July 5, 2009 3:21 pm

    I’m in! Here’s my post. (it’s also under my ‘Challenges’ tab.

  108. Amy permalink
    July 5, 2009 9:33 pm

    Can’t resist a challenge, nor a reason to revisit Austen’s magical worlds. Count me in for the X2 challenge:

    I’ll be rereading Austen’s:
    1. Northhanger Abbey
    2. Sense and Sensibility
    3. Mansfield Park
    4. Emma
    5. Persuasion
    6. Pride and Prejudice

    7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    8. The Jane Austen Book Club
    9. Becoming Jane
    10. Lost in Austen
    11. Mansfield Park
    12. Emma

    Don’t have a blog, at least at this point, but look forward to being a frequent commenter. And will tweet about my progress at amydaugustine.

    • July 7, 2009 9:59 pm

      Amy – I’m now following you on Twitter and can’t wait to read about your progress. Thanks for joining Everything Austen!

  109. July 5, 2009 11:15 pm

    I am joining in on the fun. You can find my first post here.

    Will follow on twitter as well.


  110. July 6, 2009 9:00 am

    Hmmm, what to choose:

    1. Introduce JASNA’s Juvenilia (JASNA-NY members 45 and younger) to the Wishbone adaptation of P&P and the BBC 1987 adaptation of Northanger Abbey this Sunday (7/12/09)

    2. Read Fanny Burney’s THE WANDERER in preparation for a 2009 JASNA AGM Breakout Session this October (and if you find FB as difficult to read as I do, you’ll understand THAT IS A CHALLANGE)

    3. Write to Janet Todd and set a date for her speaking engagement in NYC

    4. Read at least one essay published in JA IN CONTEXT

    5. Lend a friend my copy of LOST IN AUSTEN

    6. Attend JASNA-NY’s “Meet Harriet Walter” event this Friday (7/10/09):

    • July 7, 2009 9:57 pm

      So cool that you are involve with JASNA! Thanks so much for joining my challenge!!

  111. crankymommy2 permalink
    July 6, 2009 9:49 am

    This will be my first book challenge EVER. Very excited. Here is my link (I hope):

  112. July 6, 2009 10:49 am

    I would like to participate, but don’t have a blog. I will
    1. Read Lost in Austen (my DH gave me for Christmas)
    2. Re-read Persuasion for the Dayton JASNA book group this fall
    3. Watch Lost in Austen on PBS
    4. Record my Sense and Sensibility audio book onto my IPOD and listen to it while I quilt
    5. Read a JA biography
    6. Read Linda Franz’ book Quilted Diamonds and plan my JA quilt

    • July 7, 2009 9:55 pm

      Kitty – thanks for commenting. I am glad you are joining in even though you are blogless. Happy reading!

      • July 8, 2009 5:34 pm


        I guess it is confusing, but KittyKwilter is just my name I use on line. My real name is Deb. So I want to let you know that. Also, I read below this about how to keep us accountable if we don’t blog. Do you want updates? I watched the Lost in Austen episode on PBS this week. I am already reading the Quilted Diamonds book and working on the quilt pattern. Thanks.

      • July 12, 2009 9:40 pm

        You can most definitely give me updates on your progress – just do so in the comment section by clicking on the green Everything Austen tab at the top of my blog!! Thanks!

  113. July 6, 2009 1:57 pm

    I couldn’t resist signing up either. Here’s my list:

    I still might go for the 12 items suggested on Austenprose.

  114. Filzah Nasir permalink
    July 6, 2009 4:27 pm

    Definitely signing up!!! I love Jane Austen.
    I don’t have a blog, so here’s my list. And I want to do the X2 challenge.

    1. Sense and Sensibility
    2. Emma
    3. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (by Laurie Viera Rigler)
    4. Northanger Abbey
    5. Persuasion
    6. Mansfield Park

    7. Re-read Pride and Prejudice
    8. Read the sequel to Bridget Jones Diary, Bridget Jones: the edge of reason
    9. Watch the movie for Bridget Jones: the edge of reason
    10. Re-watch Pride and Prejudice the Keira Knightley and Matthew McFayden Version
    11. Read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    12. Watch Northanger Abbey again.

    • July 7, 2009 9:54 pm

      Filzah, That you for signing up! Make sure to stop by Austenblog and comment on her X2 post to be in the running for her giveaway!

  115. July 6, 2009 11:26 pm

    I would really like to take part in this challenge – what a great idea !!!

  116. Jaime permalink
    July 7, 2009 9:16 pm

    Just now finished Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict and found you through the author’s website.

    I want to do the 12-item challenge–but I’m going to count the book I just finished, if that’s okay.

    Here’s my plan:

    1. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
    2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    3, 4, 5: Read the three Austen books I haven’t read yet

    6. Re-watch Pride and Prejudice w/Keira Knightley
    7. Lost in Austen
    8. 1940 P&P with Laurence Olivier
    9. Bride and Prejudice
    10. Emma
    11. Persuasion
    12. Sense and Sensibility

    How are we to be held accountable for our progress if we’re not blogging?

    • July 7, 2009 9:52 pm

      Good question Jamie – I guess I’ll just have to trust all the non-bloggers who have signed up. The bigger question is, why aren’t you blogging yet? 🙂

  117. jennifermorrill permalink
    July 8, 2009 12:06 am

    Mr. Linky doesn’t like me and doesn’t want to open for me….so I’m placing my link here instead. Hope this works!

  118. Jane Carvajal permalink
    July 8, 2009 2:50 pm

    This will be my first internet challenge. I was looking for something different to read until another book comes out by one of my favorite authors.

  119. July 8, 2009 8:55 pm


    I just have a question regarding the Everything Austen Challenge…I’ve already entered but was wondering whether I have to contact you every time I finsh reading one and then post my review? If so, where do I post that??

    Please let me know:)

    • July 9, 2009 9:19 am

      Once you have a review or post pertaining to Everything Austen, then just come back to my blog and click on the green Everything Austen tab at the top of my blog. You will see a Mr. Linky there (with already over 45 reviews) and you can link to yours there!

  120. July 9, 2009 1:30 pm

    Just signed up for the 6 things. (Might get to 12, but am scared to sign up for 12.) Hurray! This is fun! 🙂

  121. July 9, 2009 10:02 pm

    Ok….I’ve been trying to resist this challenge….but I just couldn’t any longer. I’m in. Thanks for hosting it. I know I will love this one.
    I will sign up for 6 since I’m taking advance study classes.

  122. July 10, 2009 1:38 am

    This is a great challenge – count me in! I love Austen. Have read all her books more than once so think I will keep my list to just movies. 🙂

  123. July 10, 2009 11:29 am

    Hi Stephanie,
    thanks for organizing the challenge.
    This is my first, so I hope my project list is ok?
    I’ve put my url on the Mr Linky list and started reading P&P.


  124. July 10, 2009 11:31 am

    oops *Ü* about the smiley…again 😀

  125. July 10, 2009 5:44 pm

    I’ve finally decided to go for the X2!

  126. July 11, 2009 9:13 am

    I’m going to re-read Jane’s 6 completed novels. I haven’t read them for many years, and I’m excited to read them again! I’ve already seen almost every movie ever made from a Jane Austen story, but if I find one I haven’t seen, and if I can get it from Netflix, I’ll watch it, too!

    This is fun! I posted about this on my blog. I hope I did the link thing right!

  127. Stephanie permalink
    July 11, 2009 2:42 pm

    My six books are:

    “The Third Sister” by Julia Barrett (sequel to S&S)
    “Pride and Prejudice”
    “Mr. Darcy’s Diary” by Amanda Grange
    “Mr. Darcy’s Daughters” by Elizabeth Aston
    “The Mysteries of Udolpho” by Ann Radcliffe
    “Northanger Abbey”

  128. Debra permalink
    July 11, 2009 3:30 pm

    Read “The Mysteries of Udolpho”
    Purchase a new Pride and Prejudice DVD
    Purchase the Becoming Jane Soundtrack
    Watch Miss Austen Regrets again
    Watch Lost in Austen
    Come clean with my addiction!
    Read one of the Men of Austen sequels

  129. July 11, 2009 6:40 pm

    This sounds like fun. I am in, but will begin after I return from my honeymoon. Yippee!

  130. July 12, 2009 10:02 am

    I am in,,,my list is on my blog…for the x2 challenge…thanks again..

  131. July 12, 2009 2:25 pm

    Oh what Fun! I’m in. I put my website as the place where I’ll place reviews, but it also links to my blogs. Is that okay?

  132. July 12, 2009 3:36 pm

    I’m in, Stephanie! Just signed up.

    But in true form, I entered the wrong URL the first time for Mr. Linky. I got it right the second time, but now I’ve taken up two of your slots. See #169 and #170. Only #170 is good. But I couldn’t delete the mistaken one and figured that had to come from your side.

    Looking forward to the interaction. Love Austen!

  133. July 12, 2009 9:21 pm

    I’ll be participating! I just have to find my box of Austenesque books…then I’ll sign the Mr. Linky!

  134. Dorothy permalink
    July 12, 2009 10:02 pm

    Hi Please count me in on this amazing Everything Austen adventure!
    Thank you, Dorothy

    Here’s my list:
    The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (book)
    Becoming Jane (Movie)
    The Jane Austen Book Club (movie)
    Pride and Predjudice (movie)
    Sense and Sensibility (movie)
    Northanger Abbey (book)

  135. July 13, 2009 9:21 am

    Fun! I’m a little late to sign up but I’m in. I can’t resist a Jane Austen challenge! I’ve just added my link with some possibilities to Mr. Linky. Thanks for hosting, Stephanie.

  136. July 13, 2009 12:34 pm

    this is a very nice idea. I would say there isn’t a month that goes by that I’m not reading or watching something Austen, but I’ve never really blogged about it; it’s just always been a part of my life.

    I started tweeting Pride and Prejudice but had to stop for awhile because of this and that. Perhaps it’s time to get started back on it.

  137. July 13, 2009 6:32 pm

    I hope it’s not too late to sign up. This sounds right up my alley.

  138. July 13, 2009 9:27 pm

    I’m cutting it close but I just signed up! How could I not 🙂
    Thank you Stephanie for putting this together. I’m super excited about it.

  139. Elizabeth permalink
    July 14, 2009 1:06 am

    Posting a bit late, but I am in!

  140. July 14, 2009 11:59 pm

    I’m joining. I can’t seem to get the challenge button to show up on my post.
    Here it is:

    I think I already posted this, but I’m not sure it showed up.

  141. rebornbutterfly permalink
    July 15, 2009 12:07 am

    This is going to be great!

  142. Rach (aliasgirl18) permalink
    July 15, 2009 11:39 am

    I am so in and have already started! Completed 6 so far:


    1. Persuasion (Sally Hawkins version)
    2.Sense&Sensibility (2008 mini-series)
    3. Pride&Prejudice (1995 mini-series)
    4. Lost in Austen
    5. Emma (Kate Beckinsale version)
    6. Mansfield Park (2007 version)

  143. July 15, 2009 7:20 pm

    I am participating, too (see website link for first post). Though I understand registration is officially closed, I’m including my link just for the record.

  144. July 15, 2009 11:56 pm

    Last day, but I’ve already started!

  145. reconfortant permalink
    July 16, 2009 4:52 pm

    I pleasantly came across your challenge today and am on board, if unofficially since the deadline is past. Thanks for the inspiration!

  146. July 17, 2009 7:21 pm

    Austen fans: stop by my blog, Suko’s Notebook, for a chance to win the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

  147. July 17, 2009 9:58 pm

    you are missing this one form the list

  148. Teje Ellis permalink
    July 25, 2009 3:04 pm

    Even though the challenge is over, I’m going to participate on my own. For the record, I will read 2 books (Persuasion and Northanger Abbey) and watch 3 movies (Becoming Jane, Sense and Sensibility, P&P) and 1 mini series version (Persuasion). I just ran across this event. I’m currently doing the Period Drama Challenge as well. Such fun, and it forces me to finish books and relax in fron of the tv now and then. Love the site!

  149. Vee permalink
    July 27, 2009 10:29 pm

    Love this challenge! Soooo much material out there though! Just wanted to share a little something for all the other book club addicts out there – – this is what we’ve been using to research Austen’s influences (and even other high-profile ppl who were huge fans of her work). So handy to have everything listed in one place. phew! 🙂

  150. August 2, 2009 6:16 pm

    My first Everything Austen Challenge is complete!

  151. August 15, 2009 2:52 pm

    I just found your awesome website! I hope it’s not too late to start in the game. 😀 Any way I’d just like to try this for fun and to see what I can get completed before Jan 2010.

  152. November 4, 2009 10:32 pm

    Hi…I noticed Mr. Linky is gone! I always linked my reviews there…so now I’ll just leave my link here, I guess? Hope that’s ok. Here’s my 5th of 6 for this challenge:

    I love this challenge!

  153. November 22, 2009 11:12 pm

    Like you said, it’s a little late to join the challenge, but after having encountered so many things Austen-esque, I’ve decided to include a few of her books on my TBR pile. (Credit my wife for tipping the scale after she included the “Book Club” movie on our Netflix queue.)

    I’ll be starting with P&P in a few weeks, and then shortly after, picking up the zombie version (sorry, genre fiction is in my blood). But honestly, I don’t know how I’ve managed to get this far in life without having ever read an Austen book or an Austen-inspired movie – maybe it’s a guy thing. 🙂

    I’m sure you’ll be reading my thoughts soon.

    Until then,
    Not Wanting,

  154. November 24, 2009 8:44 pm

    This sounds like a great challenge – pity it’s over! But I’ll be using the list as inspiration when I feel like an Austen themed read – thank you!

  155. December 17, 2009 6:37 pm

    Ha! I just found this, but realized I’ve probably already completed the challenge. 😉 In the past few months, I’ve rewatched Persuasion 2007 (oh, so many times), Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson), Sense & Sensibility (the newer one), Mansfield Park (both of ’em), reread Persuasion, just finished reading None But You/For You Alone by Susan Kaye (Persuasion from Wentworth’s POV), Colonel Brandon’s Diary, Mr. Knightley’s Diary, Edmund Bertram’s Diary, Darcy’s Diary, Captain Wentworth’s Diary…

    Oh well, Jane Austen and Outlander have happily gotten me through the LOST hiatus. 😉

  156. thatjennie permalink
    March 28, 2010 4:33 am

    I wish I had seen this last year!
    I run a Pride and Prejudice inspired wordpress blog and this would’ve been perfect!
    Let me know if you plan to run it again this year…

    Jennie x

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