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Please note that my blog has now moved to You can find the new Everything Austen challenge information (and Mr. Linky) by visiting my new site. Please make sure to use the new Mr. Linky on my new site from this point forward. Thank you! – Stephanie


Welcome Everything Austen participants! Please use the Mr. Linky below to link to all your challenge related posts, that way we can all follow along!! You can also find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.


The Everything Austen Challenge runs from July 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010. Participants have picked out six Austen-themed books to read / movies to watch or in some cases both to finish by the end of the year. For full Everything Austen just click here. Sign ups for the challenge are officially closed.


 Bloggers participating in Everything Austen:

1. Diane LaRue (bookchickdi)
2. Milka
3. Bloody Bad (Trin)
4. Fuzzy Cricket (Rachael)
5. Book Escape
6. Savvy Verse & Wit
7. Grace’s Book Blog
8. Sharry
9. Laurel Ann
10. Shona’s Book Shelf
11. Racquel
12. Tam
13. Michelle @galleysmith
14. Nicole @ Books and Bards
15. Diary of an Eccentric
16. Christina {Jackets & Covers}
17. Tam
18. christina
19. christina (Reading Thru The Night)
20. Lauren
21. Ashley
22. Aylwen Gardiner- Garden
23. Karen (Book Bath)
24. Book Club Girl
25. Lynnae (Fit to See Jane)
26. Melanie
27. Hilarie (Never Not Reading)
28. Pirate Penguin’s Reads
29. Panhandle Jane
30. J.T. Oldfield (Bibliofreak)
31. Little Yuzu
32. Whitney
33. Megan
34. Megan (Yesterday’s Tuna)
35. Julie P. (Booking Mama)
36. Fiona (a readers random ramblings)
37. Tilde (Tildesquilts)
38. La Gina
39. Staci- Life in the Thumb
40. Laura’s Reviews
41. Debbie’s World of Books
42. Kristen (Book NAround)
43. Lisa
44. Meg @ write meg!
45. Becky
46. Barbara
47. Becca (Ravenous Reader)
48. Ginger
49. Connie (Lit Muse)
50. Susan (Bloggin’ ‘ Bout Books)
51. Kals ( At Pemberley)
52. Pam@ iwriteinbooks
53. Nicole
54. Gerbera Daisy Mom
55. Nise’
56. Sarah May
57. Beth F
58. Jo Ann (Lakeside Musing)
59. Bookmagic
60. Sarah (Dreaming Coyote)
61. Velvet (vvb32reads)
62. Miss Remmers
63. janicu
64. Carrie K. @ Books & Movies
65. Laura (I’m Booking It)
66. Vickie H
67. The Kool- Aid Mom
68. Susan
69. Megan
70. bookworm
71. Stephanie
72. joanne
73. Cecelia Bedelia
74. Ann
75. Deb
76. Erin (The Courtier’s Book)
77. Swati Rao
78. Amy
79. Ana O.
80. austenfan (Reality Bites… Fiction Does It Better!)
81. Journey Through Books (Sheila DeChantal)
82. Dar (Peeking Between the Pages)
83. Nadia
84. Kari
85. Mcrae
86. Jemima (The Reading Journey)
87. Jenn’s Bookshelf
88. Okbolover
89. Mary Kathryn
90. Journey Through Books (Sheila DeChantal)
91. Marie at The Burton Review
92. missy-
93. Emily K
94. Garden Of Books for Teens
95. Erica (The Book Cellar)
96. Maraline
97. Kimberly Hulst
98. Stacy
99. Colette
100. Mc Rae
101. Melanie
102. Round File
103. Spruce Hill
104. Jennygirl (Jenny Loves To Read)
105. Tasha B.
106. Gwendolyn B.
107. Melanie (Cynical Optimism)
108. Marilyn Brant
109. I Heart Monster
110. Whitney
111. Margot (Joyfully Retired)
112. Kim (The Queen Bee)
113. Bonnie (Redlady’s Reading Room)
114. The Brain Lair
115. Erin & Finding the Funny
116. Carmen
117. Heather Crozier
118. Becky (One Literature Nut)
119. Rachel
120. Rebecca
121. Tracey B (xstitchmama)
122. Ginger
123. Lucy
124. theduckthief
125. The Dreamstress
126. Tina Russo
127. Six Months Of Jane
128. Sylvia Chan
129. Bean’s Blessings
130. Susan
131. Jenna P @ Little Bird
132. Virginie Barbeau
133. Fleur Fisher
135. Carol Hansen
136. Carol Hansen
137. Lula O
138. Kimm
139. Bookmagic
140. Sam
141. Jeanette
142. Mari( Mari Reads)
143. Crankymommy2
144. Bella – A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf
145. Lizzy (Cornucopiaofreviews)
146. Robin Watson
147. julie newman
148. Andie
149. Laurie Ladybug
150. Denise
151. Nicole
152. Jessica @ Mountains of Books
153. Jennifer Morrill
154. Andrea (The Little Bookworm)
155. Michelle
156. Laura@ With Violets
157. Bloggin BB
158. Shannon
159. Wisteria Leigh
160. Book Chick City
161. Ana T (Aneca’s World)
162. Yv
163. Kathy H
164. Anne
165. Melanie Dickerson
166. beastmomma
167. Devon
168. Pepper
169. Trish Perry
170. Trish Perry
171. Pepper’s Austen site
172. tanabata (In Spring it is the Dawn)
173. Michelle
174. Mike B.
175. Pattie/ Fresh- Brewed Writer
176. Traci (Traci’s Book Bag)
177. Bookgirl’s Nightstand
178. The Witches of Stitches
179. Pam @ Bookallicio. us
180. Gabriela
181. rebornbutterfly
182. Artzy Heart
183. A book in hand
184. Renee
185. Misty
186. Lisa McDonald
187. Elizabeth @ Vox/
188. Scrappycook
189. Reconfortant
190. Reader Bee
191. Paperback Reader
192. Molly
193. Shannon
194. Deanna
195. Courtney
196. Gaby – Starting Fresh
197. AustenWodehouse
198. Margay
199. Imaginary Dreamer
200. Care
201. Carla’s Pathways
202. Melissa
203. Jennifer
204. Julia
205. Maureen

Non-blogging participants:

Amy (twitter @amydaugustine)
Kitty Kwitter (Deb)
Filzah Nasir
Jane Carvajal

everythingausten1This beautiful portrait was illustrated by Jane Odive, artist and author of Lydia Bennet’s Story and Willoughby’s Return which will be published in November 2009. Thank you Ms. Odive for allowing me to use your beautiful image for my Everything Austen challenge! To see more of Jane’s beautiful illustrations and paintings, just click here!

105 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2009 10:56 am

    I’m confused. Is this where I’m supposed to leave the comment after linking. I published my evaluation of The Jane Austen Book Club on my blog at

  2. July 3, 2009 2:18 am

    Checking in to tell, that I have now completed 1/6th of my challenge. Watched the most recent S&S mini-series yesterday. Thoughts on this is here :

  3. July 3, 2009 6:08 pm

    Just checking, so all individual links for Austen posts we do can be entered on the Mr Linky here?

    • July 3, 2009 9:08 pm

      Yes, with the exception of your first post to sign up for the challenge, the rest of your reviews for the challenge can be linked to the Mr. Linky above!!

  4. July 8, 2009 1:38 am

    One down, five to go–I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary; added to Mr. Linky

  5. July 8, 2009 2:49 pm

    So far I have watched “Clueless” and have updated my list, so I now have 12 Austen books and movies to get through 🙂

  6. July 8, 2009 5:44 pm

    I watched the Lost in Austen episode this week on PBS and really loved it. I also added S&S to my IPOD and will now be able to choos among three (P&P, P, S&S) books to listen to. I also started the quilt plan and the book Quilted Diamonds (adaptation of JA quilt) by Linda Franz. There are a lot of JA fans who quilt and may be interested in this if they don’t already know about it. Just Google on Linda Franz and you will find her website.

  7. Deb (lutemama) permalink
    July 8, 2009 8:31 pm

    Just finished reading Jane Austen Ruined My Life and reviewed it on my blog! One down and 11 to go! 🙂 And thanks Deb (KittyKwilter) for the info on the Jane Austen quilt…I’ve got to check that out!

  8. July 9, 2009 3:08 pm

    Sir John in S&S is the minister of magic in HP and his mother in law’s daughter charlotte (married to Hugh Laurie’s character) is Dolores Umbridge!

  9. July 9, 2009 6:03 pm

    I’ve finished a second item on my list, stitching the “Mr. Darcy LIterary Little” cross stitch chart. I’ll be giving the chart away to one lucky reader–check out my link for more information.

  10. July 11, 2009 9:08 am

    Yay! I’m in! This sounds fun.
    I’m going to read all her books again. Can’t wait!


  11. July 11, 2009 10:55 am

    Thank you for hosting this challenge! I never get tired of anything Jane Austen. I posted my list today.


  12. July 12, 2009 7:14 pm

    I have S&S and all the audio books on my IPOD now. I actually started a quilted diamond and watched the second episode of Lost in Austen. I am also reading my copy of Lost in Austen. Alas, I am not very good at the pursuit of the right marriage (in fiction – real life husband is “My Mr. Darcy”) because I took the wrong path on the first choice. I am having worse luck than Amanda. I am also enjoying reading the other people’s blog entries.

  13. July 13, 2009 2:27 am

    Have now watched by “Clueless” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” My post for “Clueless is at:

    Now it’s time to get down to business with some reading!

  14. jennifermorrill permalink
    July 13, 2009 11:42 am

    Mr Linky has my links I’m number #60 and #73. I think the link that posted back here was a pingback. I’m thinking of adding 3 to go up to 12….

  15. July 13, 2009 6:29 pm

    I do hope I am doing this right. I have done my 1st challenge. A review of Becoming Jane. I posted it to the Mr. Linky up top

  16. July 14, 2009 10:23 am

    This was number 3. I litened to an audio book of Sense and Sensibility.

  17. July 14, 2009 5:22 pm

    Posted my first update of two Austen items to Mr. Linky. =D

  18. July 14, 2009 7:53 pm

    I just posted my first item finished in the Austen Challenge,,Using the link above to take you to it…good luck everyone..

  19. July 15, 2009 1:44 am

    What fun…a great challenge to begin attacking on my birthday, July 15. I’m confused, though. Mr. Linky posted me as #180, but I not listed here.

  20. July 15, 2009 11:58 pm

    Reviews of both versions of Persuasion.

  21. July 16, 2009 9:47 am

    Okay, so far I have watched Clueless and Bridget Jone’s Diary. I am currently reading P&P&Zombies. I know we are supposed to choose one item per month, but I couldn’t resist watching both of those films, especially since I put on my Austen hat and began to compare the movies to the Austen books they were inspired by. Definitely a fun challenge so far!! Oh and I am a bit confused because I saw my name on Mr. Linky as #83, but then I saw my name listed and a non-blogging participant? I’ll be posting on my blog soon about what I have completed thus far. Cheers!!

  22. July 18, 2009 5:06 pm

    I well exceeded, and happily so, my July Challenge quota of JA. Please head on over to and check out my blog for mt week long JA addiction!!


  23. July 19, 2009 8:10 pm

    My first Everything Austen challenge down – I’ve made a set of panniers to go under the first Mrs Darcy’s wedding dress. I’m working on the 1770s-1780s wedding dress now, and (fingers crossed) the stays and petticoat for it will be done by the end of July.

    Pity the book doesn’t have more details on Mr Darcy’s mother. I rather imagine that her death had a strong affect on him, and I’m having fun imagining what sort of woman she would have been, and what sort of wedding dress she would have chosen.

  24. July 19, 2009 10:00 pm

    I just did my second challenge…

  25. Merlin permalink
    July 20, 2009 11:26 am


    I think I’ve completed my challenge – I can’t find my original list!!

    I re-read Persuasion on the train to Bath, my favourite book – I love Anne – she’s the complete opposite of her father and sisters they are vain, lazy and snobby.

    In Bath I visited the Jane Austen Centre and went on the 2 hour Jane Austen walk which was very interesting – the guide pointed out Jane Austen related buildings and also buildings from Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

    I read Captain Wentworth’s Journal on the way home from Bath – it was good – nice to hear the ‘other’ side of the story.

    I’ve rewatched the 1971 version of Sense and Sensibility with my favourite Edward Ferrers – Robin Ellis and re-read the book.

    I’ve rewatched Emma which is not one of my favourite books to be honest.

  26. July 20, 2009 4:41 pm

    I’ve just finished my second challenge for July, Jane Austen for Dummies.
    Check out my post here:

  27. July 21, 2009 3:20 pm

    I’ve started stitching The Bookshelf, and I’m reading P&P.
    Progress photo’s are on my blog. 🙂

  28. July 21, 2009 4:54 pm

    Review of The Other Mr. Darcy, by Monica Fairview is my third of twelve on list.


  29. July 22, 2009 8:16 pm

    I finished one Diamond from the Quilted Diamonds book, recorded all my JA audio books onto my IPOD, watched all episodes of Lost in Austen on PBS aired so far, and am reading my copy of Lost in Austen. I bought a paperback copy of Persuasion for my fall book group and also bought a copy of Northanger Abbey just because. I listened to S&S already and am listening to Emma again. I’ve enjoyed reading about everyone else’s progress and am probably going to do a lot more than I said I’d do. Thanks for providing this opportunity to enjoy JA with others.

    • July 24, 2009 12:48 pm

      Ah…hi Deb, I wish you had a blog (pushpush it isn’t that difficult to start one…) *Ü* so that I/we could watch your quilted diamond(s).
      I’ve been watching them in my books too this week.
      But they are not on my list…

      • July 24, 2009 12:50 pm

        😉 sorry I’m always messing with the smileys… 😉

  30. July 22, 2009 9:05 pm

    I got tired of trying to figure out the difference between a phaeton and a barouche — so I put together a list of Regency glossaries. It’s a great resource to help deepen your Austen understanding.

  31. July 23, 2009 2:53 am

    I’ve just posted my first review for the EVERYTHING AUSTEN CHALLENGE on FLY- HIGH! I’ve read SANDITON completed by Juliette Shapiro, Ulysses Press, 2009

  32. July 23, 2009 5:23 am

    Updated my blog, did a search at our local library and was amazed how many Jane-related things there are, I coudl increase my list over and over!!

  33. Michelle Magill permalink
    July 23, 2009 9:30 pm

    Completed 1 of 6 tasks – watched 1981 mini series Sense and Sensibility. It was a bit clunky in parts (like they’d forgotten their lines) and I really didn’t like Tracey Childs playing Marianne (too hauty) but the story is still wonderful. This version unlike the movie with Emma Thompson (which I love) ends a little more like the novel. Jane Austen’s endings can be a bit abrupt but Sense and Sensibiity wraps up nicely. I loved the idea of Colonel Brandon and Edward being at the cottage at the same time at the end – the women surrounded by men that love them was satisfying. This version ends a little more like that.

    Now on to task 2 – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – should be a hoot.

  34. Michelle Magill permalink
    July 23, 2009 9:50 pm

    Completed 2 of 6 – Watched Mansfield Park (1999) with Frances O’Connor playing Franny Price. Love this version. Love this character. Out of all the Austen women this one I can relate to the most. Probably want to BE more like Elizabeth Bennet but definately AM more like Franny Price. All the actors in this version are just as I see them in the book. This version takes me straight into the story especially the scenes back in her childhood home. You can almost smell it. Wish her brother has been included though.. an unfortunate character to drop. Mansfield Park the book wraps up too quicky for my comfort and this movie version is no different. Wish we had more time with Franny and Edmund.

    Note – Still reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

  35. Michelle Magill permalink
    July 24, 2009 5:46 am

    sorry folks – moment of delirium – was thinking FANNY Price and typed FRANNY price – maybe it’s the prude in me coming out – ‘fanny’ is pretty rude here in Australia!

  36. July 24, 2009 7:46 am

    Hi, although signing up for your challenge in time, I don’t appear on your list.

  37. Robin Watson permalink
    July 27, 2009 9:20 pm

    My first completed Austen item was the 1940 version of Pride & Prejudice starring Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennett. Since it was a film rather than I book, I put my thoughts about it here:

  38. July 28, 2009 6:06 pm

    I had a lovely evening with Jane, and worked on my EAC-projects 1, 2 and 3 at the same time. 😉
    Stephanie, thanks for all the fun! 😀

  39. July 28, 2009 8:08 pm
    Here are my thoughts on Pride and Prejudice. Thanks.

  40. July 28, 2009 9:01 pm

    Hiya Task 3 of 6 completed. REad Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and reviewed it here.
    Thought it was a terrific bit of froth and bubble. Loved it.

  41. July 29, 2009 3:10 am

    Posted my second challenge update. I’m 1/3 done!

  42. July 30, 2009 7:16 am

    Here’s my first challenge update: RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT:

  43. July 31, 2009 8:07 am

    Ahhhh, finished my third challenge, not a hard one at all, watched the BBC production of P&P with Colin Firth. Lost count of how many times I’ve watched it, now I can remember lines before the actors say them!

    will update my blog tomorrow
    Julie in Australia

  44. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 31, 2009 10:55 am

    I’ve completed two so far. I listened to Sense & Sensibility and watched the 1995 movie. Both reviews are up.

  45. August 1, 2009 3:11 pm

    I watched “Lost in Austen” It was soo great! Thanks Stephanie, for letting me know about it. It’s food to sustain my daydreaming now…=)

  46. August 2, 2009 12:26 pm

    I have finished two parts of my challenge and here are links for them:
    1. Persuasion ’07
    2. Pride and Prejudice ’95

  47. August 2, 2009 9:32 pm

    Thanks again for adding me to the participant list! I know i’m late getting in… but I can’t wait to get started!

  48. August 3, 2009 12:18 am

    That is so awesome! Pride and Prejudice is next to me… started but had to complete a couple others before I get back to it – cant wait! 🙂

  49. August 4, 2009 7:23 am

    I just blogged about my challenge progress. 😉

  50. August 4, 2009 12:42 pm

    Just finished my first for the challenge here.


  51. August 4, 2009 10:45 pm

    I’m sorry – I screwed up with Mr Linky #198. The link itself is for the start of Everything Austen Challenge but the automatic text for the title included a previous review (julie & julia).

    I’m not sure how to fix it.

    Here’s the link to my first post – joining the challenge

    Thank you.


  52. August 5, 2009 2:17 am

    Ok – I have a confession to make.

    Think I’m gong to end up doing much more than 6 tasks but too embarrassed to say how many –

    ‘I do not attempt to deny’ I have already done more than I’ve confided, so ‘believe them to be more than I’ve declared’ but with a level of addiction such as mine ‘your ladyship can hardly expect me to own it.

    My name is Michelle and I am 4ish decades addicted to Austen. ;-P

    • August 5, 2009 2:49 pm

      Did you know that there is a mini-challenge hosted by Austenprose for people who want to double their Everything Austen challenge lists? Might be right up your alley:
      Also, make sure to link to any of your reviews on the Mr. Linky (which can be found by clicking on the green Everything Austen tab at the top of my blog) that way we can all follow along! Thanks!

      • August 5, 2009 5:51 pm

        Thanks Stephanie, I’ve try Austenprose
        and mr linky – didn’t know I could as my blog wasn’t up when I first entered the challenge

  53. August 5, 2009 4:24 pm

    First review post up, this one looks at my re-reading of Pride and Prejudice.

  54. August 6, 2009 4:05 pm

    Second task completed. It was an “EMMA MARATHON”, as I called it. You can read my post here, if you are interested. Let me know who your favourite Mr Knightley is!

  55. August 6, 2009 4:50 pm

    Three out of twelve in my Everything Austen Challenge completed with a review of Prada and Prejudice, a darling new Austen inspired Young Adult novel.

  56. Margay permalink
    August 9, 2009 11:35 am

    I have joined the challenge! Check the link to see what I intend to do for the challenge:


  57. August 9, 2009 8:51 pm

    5 down 7 to go.

    My review of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

  58. August 10, 2009 8:56 pm

    Task 4 complete – watched BBC 2008 Sense and Sensibility and adored it! My Review here

  59. August 11, 2009 9:14 pm

    I’m halfway through the 12! I reviewed two film adaptations.

  60. August 13, 2009 9:19 pm

    I kind’a did a “bonus” craft in addition to the one I’m officially working on for the challenge.

  61. Margay permalink
    August 13, 2009 10:17 pm

    As part of my challenge, I am writing an Austen-themed story for Here is my first article on the experience:


  62. Margay permalink
    August 13, 2009 10:22 pm

    I just added another article on my experience thus far:


  63. August 18, 2009 3:38 pm

    I’ve just posted a review of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.

  64. August 18, 2009 4:01 pm

    I completed my Austen-inspired craft! I thought I was going to wait until December 31 to finish it, but it’s one more thing I can cross off my list. 🙂 I’m quite happy with the doll I made!

  65. August 24, 2009 2:49 pm

    My 3rd challenge. Mansfield Park book vs movies

  66. August 24, 2009 7:08 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I have just posted my second Everything Austen entry. It is a book review of “Old Friends and New Fancies” which is the first Austen sequel ever written.

  67. August 25, 2009 12:43 pm

    Hi:) I just posted my second review for this challenge. My book review is for Sense and Sensibility:

  68. August 26, 2009 12:40 pm

    I’ve just completed my third task, reading RUDE AWAKENINGS by L. Viera Rigler. My review is in this post titled SWAPPING LIVES AND TIME TRAVELLING which is also about LOST IN AUSTEN

  69. August 26, 2009 12:55 pm

    I just posted my second review for August.

  70. August 26, 2009 5:46 pm

    After reading reviews of Prada & Prejudice, I had to read it myself. Loved it!

  71. August 28, 2009 2:19 pm

    Hi! I have just posted my third post for the Everything Austen challenge.

  72. September 2, 2009 11:15 am

    My list is now x Two (working on it in my sidebar) and reading Lady Susan at Austenpros Soiree.

  73. September 2, 2009 7:57 pm

    I have finished 2 of my 4 items!! You can visit my updates on my blog

  74. September 6, 2009 2:42 am

    I posted my first review for the Everything Austen Challenge.

    Thanks! Now, back to reading!

  75. September 27, 2009 5:52 pm

    I’ve just posted my review of Jane Austen’s fragment, THE WATSONS.

  76. October 15, 2009 10:17 am
    I couldn’t find the comment box on the updated blog. LOL


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