This is my first Top Ten Tuesday post and I’m super excited to join this great community. I love making lists. Seriously. I make a new to-do list nearly every day and I sometimes make multiple lists!
Today’s topic is: Top Ten Books For Every X To Read
As a girl who’s husband proposed with Pride and Prejudice, I felt compelled to create a list for other Austenites out there. Here are ten books people who love Jane Austen’s novels should read once they’ve read all of Austen’s famous seven novels.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler tells the story of a group of women (and one man) who form a book club to read and discuss only Jane Austen’s novels. Over the course of the year their lives and relationships go in a web of directions, sometimes vastly different than they imagined they could go and sometimes intersecting in the strangest of ways. It’s a dissection of relationships and social etiquette.
I haven’t read this one yet but I really, really want to. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and have dreams of one day spending a weekend in bed with my husband reading Pride and Prejudice out loud to each other.
Longbourn by Jo Baker is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of one of the servants in their household. Shortly after I married my husband, one of his aunts messaged me telling me about how much she was enjoying this book and that she was going to send her copy to me to read as soon as she was finished. Apparently my using P&P pages as part of my wedding decorations really stuck with her. The funniest part is, my husband had already gifted me the book! It’s definitely an interesting take on the story and gives you a whole new perspective.
Speaking of new perspectives, try picking up an annotated version of one of Austen’s books and see how all of the extra information on customs and clothing and history help you gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of her writing. I picked this copy up in a pretty bookstore on vacation one summer and enjoy delving into it every once in a while for a bit of new information on where Austen was writing from.
If you want more Austen, pick up the lesser known Love and Friendship that she wrote when she was only fourteen. It demonstrates her developing style and shows that the world she lived in was not nearly so polished as the one she critiques in her later novels. I’m excited to add this one to my shelf and see how I like it.
Austenland by Shannon Hale is simply a fun read about a women who loves Jane Austen novels so much she pays an exorbitant amount of money to experience an Austen immersion vacation. And it goes utterly awry.
This is a new series of contemporary reimaginings of Jane Austen’s novels. They are slowly being released as today’s author’s take Jane’s stories and recreate them to fit into our modern, technological society. These books promise to be fun reads too! The P&P one (Eligible) sounds like it will be really entertaining.
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Emma by by Alexander McCall Smith
Eligible by Chris Sittenfeld
I’ve got to give you at least one illustrated book, so here is Classics Reimagined, Pride and Prejudice illustrated by Alice Pattullo. It’s so pretty and fun. I really want one of these to add to my Austen shelf. I may already own five copies of Pride and Prejudice, but really, this one has to be added to the collection!
Between reimagining, learning more details about Austen’s era, and experiencing the impact that her novels have had on people throughout the years, these books are sure to make you fall in love with her books all over again.