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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Save the Date: Sense & Sensibility Watch Along + Twitter Party

To go along with our Sense & Sensibility Read Along, we're also having another Watch Along this year -- and you guessed it, it's for S&S!  Now, the debate over which version is the best -- 1995 or 2007 -- will forever rage on, but the decision of which to watch this year was an east one: the 2007 miniseries is available on Hulu. Though I have a healthy stock of Austen movies, I try to make our watch-alongs something readily available for those who don't.
(Plus, this version is just damn good. Some may say, the best.

Because this is a longer version (originally a mini-series), it'll be split up into two parts over two weeks, one each Saturday.
The Deets:
  • Sense and Sensibility watch along, part ONE: Saturday, August 27th at 8pm EST
  • Sense and Sensibility watch along, part TWO: Saturday, September 3rd at 8pm EST
  • Watch and chat along on Twitter with the hashtag #AustenInAugust
  • The film is available for streaming on Hulu, or for digital rental on Amazon
These viewings will be part of an overall Austen Movie Weekend going on during both AIA weekends, so keep an eye on the blog, too, for some more Austen film goodies! 

I hope some of you will be able to join me in watching and tweeting along, but even if you can't make the live discussion, please feel free to hop on the #AustenInAugust tag at any point and share your opinions, whether about S&S or any other Austen-ish thing! 


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Eat Like Austen: Mincemeat Pies! | Guest Post from Beth @ Printcess

A good book is an immersive experience; it shouldn't just make you laugh or think, but make your hair raise when it's scary or your stomach drop when it's shocking. The more senses engaged while reading, the more you're going to feel the book -- you're going to live it, rather than just reading it. A clever writer knows this, and peppers (ahem) their prose with something sure to engage another sense: food. A good book may make you feel,  but a very good book will make you hungry.
Eat Like Austen

At least, that's my theory on the matter. Which means that it's a good thing that Beth from Printcess has stopped by again this year to share some Regency-era recipes with us, to help sate that Austenesque hunger being built up by this year's Read Along.
(You are participating, right? If not, allow me to give you some motivation...)

Take it away, Beth!




"On one side was a table occupied by some chattering girls, cutting up silk and gold paper; and on the other were tressels and trays, bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys were holding high revel; the whole completed by a roaring Christmas fire, which seemed determined to be heard in spite of all the noise of the others."
Persuasion

"Did Charlotte dine with you?
No, she would go home. I fancy she was wanted about the mince-pies. For my part, Mr. Bingley, I always keep servants that can do their own work; my daughters are brought up very differently."
Pride and Prejudice

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Mincemeat pies date back to the 11th century. Originally they did contain chopped up, leftover meat (making them popular with travelers and the economical) and seem to have always been associated with Christmas, mostly because they can be easily made ahead and are best served cold. So while your kitchen is hopping with that roast goose, the feast table can be laid out with these filling, sweet, spiced pies.

In the mid-1600s, owing to Oliver Cromwell's public pressure to forego meat (yay Puritans, outlawing Christmas as a Pagan holiday of gluttony and drunkenness), this pie was outlawed. But this beloved recipe was a natural rebel. I don't know how people went from "fill it with meat" to "fill it with fruit", but it works. And so it lives on today!

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Modern Variation of the Recipe

Ingredients for 24

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sense & Sensibility Read Along: Motivation

*Note: this is a gif-heavy post, so click through to see it in all its glory!


As mentioned in this year's AIA invite, we're down to our last major Austen book for our yearly Read Along, which if you've been a studious little Janeite and kept track, you'll know is the one and only Sense & Sensibility.  Though this wasn't the first Austen book I ever read, it was my first exposure to Austen (thank you Ang Lee and Emma Thompson), and it did lead to my lifelong love of Alan Rickman, which is maybe a weird crush to have as an 11 year old, but I've made peace with it.

Tomorrow I'll be posting the first set of Read Along questions for us to discuss, and this weekend we'll embark on our expedition of watching and reveling in the most recent adaptation as part of our Austen Movie Weekends (twitter chat party this Saturday at 8pm EST for part 1. Save the date!), but until then, just wanted to pop on and encourage you to join us in this read/watch along! Whether you've read it before or have never even cracked open an Austen book, it's not too late! This is one of Austen's quickest and most relatable books, with all the personality clashes, scandals, star-crossed loves and dastardly scoundrels one could hope for. And best of all, you can READ IT FOR FREE!

Get it free on:

Or listen to the audiobook, if that's your thing


Actually, new best-of-all: you can read it with ME! And a bunch of other enthusiastic Janeites, who are more than willing to discuss and explain things and take sides (Elinor v. Marianne; Willoughby v. Brandon; Fanny v. Lucy for the title of The Worst. Discuss amongst yaselves. and me. don't forget me. I must have my share in the conversation! That's a little Austen humor there for ya.)

You really can't beat FREE and ME (she says, humbly and in the least gross way possible), but if that's not enough to get you started, let me provide some further motivation with a sampling of what you'll find within its pages. . .

Longing and Loving Looks




Giveaway: Austenesque Book of Choice (INTL)

We've featured a lot of Austenesque books over the last 7 years of my various Austen events.  And I do me "we" -- I've gushed over my fair share, but between people's guest reviews, favorites lists and general discussions, the number is practically astronomical.
And any one of those books could be yours. . .



This is just a small sampling of the books that have been featured during Austen in August. As you can see, it's a diverse bunch, including cutesy YA contemporary, steamy adult adaptations, traditional (and not so traditional) takes on beloved characters -- even a sci-fi reimagining or two and some non-fiction amazingness! And there is so much more to be found in the Austen in August backlist.

Have a browse through the past Austen in August schedules (see years onetwothreefour, fivesix), or search through my Jane Austen tag, for a few books that pique your interest, and then test your luck by entering to win one!


****GIVEAWAY****
One lucky winner will receive their choice of any of the Jane Austen-related books that have been featured over the past SEVEN YEARS of Austen in August!
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, so long as the book you choose is available from either Better World Books or Book Depository.
Winner's choice of ebook or physical copy, so long as the book is still in print.
Ends September 10th at 11:59 pm EST
Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.  Good luck!

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AIA 2016 Participation Linky -- share your Austen love here!

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by clicking here for more Janeite goodies!


So, you missed the carriage when it came to being featured in Austen in August, but you've been checking out all these sweet, sweet Janeite posts, and now you want to join in on the fun? Well, for a flirty wink and a smile, I might just be persuaded to let you...
Or, you know, you can just add your link below.

[No, for real, though. If you have a blog post, vlog, tumblr thing of awesomeness or whatever that you'd like to share for Austen in August, add it to the linky below so everyone can come check it out. Feel free to add whatever you'd like, so long as it's recent and Jane-y. Flirty winks and smiles not necessary (though appreciated).]

Please note: If you are participating in the Sense & Sensibility read along, there will be a separate linky for discussion responses, located w/i the actual read along post.

Suggested format for linking: Title of Post @ Blog Name.
ie: Why Edmund Bertram is the Swoonworthiest* @ EveryoneElseIsAHater.com

*But uh... good luck with that one.





AUSTEN IN (mostly) AUGUST 2016 SCHEDULE



Hello, hello, my darling Janeites! And welcome to our 7th annual Jane Austen lovefest! If you're unfamiliar with Austen in August (which, really? Where have you been for the better part of a decade? But for the sake of argument...), briefly: AIA is 2 solid weeks of non-stop Janery -- reviews, discussions, guest posts, giveaways. readalongs, etc., etc. -- if it's Jane, it's fair game. All are welcome in Austen in August, from the most diehard of Janeites, with their " If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more" tattoos and their invitations to Almack's*, to the most fresh-faced, wide-eyed initiates, who find no significance (as yet) in the term "fine eyes"... (noobs)
*If groups like this really exist, please tell me how to become one of your order...

Below is the schedule of events to help guide you through the next two WoJ (Weeks of Jane). The Austen in August button, seen above, will be at the bottom of each and every post, which you can click to be brought back to this main page, so you can navigate to your next bit of Janedom. Feel free to snag the button below and display it on your sidebars, tumblrs, or your own AIA blog posts.

And speaking of your own posts - a lot of the amazing Jane goodness you're going to see during Austen in August was contributed by other bloggers and authors who are amazing and astounding and awesome, and I'm sure other words beginning with 'A'. In the midst of all this sweet, sweet Janery, you may find yourself regretting that you didn't sign up for a guest post, but it's cool, I've gotcha covered! There is a Participation Linky where you can share any Austen-related posts you decide to share from your own blogs -- wade in and get your feet wet, or dive in head first and share your love of Austen! Or join our read-along of Sense & Sensibility, and the accompanying discussions, movie watching parties and/or twitter chats!

Lastly, we're spilling over into September this year because everyone in my life decided to get married or do a Very Big Life Thing in the month of August, so make sure you stick around for those first few days of Austen in Not-August!

Now: let's get down to business. . .  (to defeat the Huns... wait, wrong fandom.)



YOUR DANCE CARD
(It's pretty full, I hope you brought a spare pair of dancing shoes...)

Wednesday, the 24th 
Thursday, the 25th 




Friday, the 26th 
(to be announced...)

    All posts are linked in advance, and will go live throughout the day.

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    JULY 2016 BOOK HAUL

    Welp, it's a new month and in my book-obsessed life, that means a new book haul. Hear that? That's the sound of my shelves creaking ominously...
    Looking forward to chatting with you about these in the comments, and REALLY looking forward to digging into all of them. I think my many-months long reading rut might just be broken!
    Thanks for watching!



    THE BOOKS:
    The Forgetting
    Interference
    In Case You Missed It
    Frost
    Falling Over Sideways
    Vassa in the Night
    Varmints
    Demon
    Die Like an Eagle
    Nevernight
    The Possibility of Somewhere
    Hexed, issues 10-12
    Rat Queens, vol 3

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS VIDEOS:
    Vassa in the Night
    Falling Over Sideways
    Frost
    Interference
    The Forgetting
    In Case You Missed It

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    Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though many of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.



    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    HEARTLESS & CROOKED KINGDOM | First Impressions

    And with 2 HIGHLY anticipated books, First Impressions Week comes to an end. Thank you all for tuning in this week (ish), I hope you discovered at least one upcoming book to be excited about! Looking forward to chatting about these two winners in the comments.
    Thanks for watching!




    All of the #FIW videos:
    Vassa in the Night
    Falling Over Sideways
    Frost
    Interference
    Crow Mountain
    The Forgetting
    In Case You Missed It
    Heartless
    Crooked Kingdom

    + More excerpts
    + More First Impressions and reviews
    + My review of Six of Crows

    ABOUT THE BOOKS:

    HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer
    Get It | Add It
    464 pages
    Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel and Friends
    Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.



    CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
    Get It | Add It
    448 pages
    Expected publication: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children's Books
    Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.




    Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes. All excerpts shared are copyright the respective authors, and were shared for review and promotional reasons only. Excerpts are subject to change, as this is an advance version of the book, and thus not final -- so grab a copy and check it out for yourself when they're released!

    Sunday, July 31, 2016

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT by Sarah Darer Littman + Impromptu Book Chat? | First Impressions

    Sorry for the slight delay in FIW -- I had to hold off on posting this one, but here we go! Though this *might* be a bit of a miss for me, mostly this week has been FULL of potentially awesome reads!
    Only one more video to go, and it's one I think a lot of you want to see, so make sure you stop back by tomorrow!
    (Also, lets just all ignore that I'm vaguely Simpsons-yellow, 'kay? Damn white balance...)




    All of the #FIW videos:
    Vassa in the Night
    Falling Over Sideways
    Frost
    Interference
    Crow Mountain
    The Forgetting
    In Case You Missed It
    Heartless
    Crooked Kingdom

    + More excerpts
    + More First Impressions and reviews

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT by Sarah Darer Littman
    Get It | Add It
    320 pages
    Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Scholastic Press
    Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year over: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver's).

    With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. That is, until the bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family's private cloud, including Sammy's entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.

    Life. Is. Over.

    Now Sammy's best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she's desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy's not the only one with secrets -- her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy's case, private.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron | First Impressions

    Day 5 of FIW and once again, we've got a book that I think is going to be a real winner!
    A lot of you were curious about this one, so I'm looking forward to chatting with you in the comments about it!




    All of the #FIW videos:
    Vassa in the Night
    Falling Over Sideways
    Frost
    Interference
    Crow Mountain
    The Forgetting
    In Case You Missed It
    Heartless
    Crooked Kingdom
    + More excerpts
    + More First Impressions and reviews

    THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron
    Get It | Add It
    416 pages
    Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press
    What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

    Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

    In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

    But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.


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    Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though this book was sent to me for review consideration purposes. All excerpts shared are copyright the author, and were shared for review and promotional reasons only. Excerpts are subject to change, as this is an advance version of the book, and thus not final -- so grab a copy and check it out for yourself when it's released!

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