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Sunday, June 5, 2011

In May Mailbox/Book Haul: June 5, 2011 + JnJ Wrap Up (week 1)

In My Mailbox this week + Jane in June week 1 Wrap-up

The Agency: A Spy in the House by YS Lee
Siren by Patricia Rayburn
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Castle Waiting, Vol 2 by Linda Medley
Wickham's Diary by Amanda Grange
What Would Mr Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds
Mr Darcy Goes Overboard by Belinda Roberts | review
Only Mr Darcy Will Do
Mr Darcy's Secret by Jane Odiwe
The Truth About Mr Darcy by Susan Adriani
Mr Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton
Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A tale of a gentleman and an officer by Karen V Wasylowski
The Trouble with Mr Darcy by Sharon Lathan | guest post from Sharon + giveaway

Thanks to Sourcebooks for all of the Jane in June giveaway books!

Jane Austen Action Figure from Archie McPhee

Alanna @ The Flashlight Reader
On the subject of RAKs: Thanks so much Alanna for sending me Tuesdays at the Castle!  As for my sent-out RAK, I had intended to do 2 in May, 1 completely random and 1 not-so-random.  I got busy, though, and kept forgetting to go pick the random one and contact them, and I was trying to figure out how to make it a surprise (and not need to contact them, but I don't have everybody's address, so that wasn't working), so I only ended up sending out the not-so-random -- which would have been a surprise, but I opened my mouth.  I can't keep secrets.  At least not when they're mine.
Anywho, my RAK this month went to Ashley, who (along with her sock trade socks (long story)), got I Capture the Castle and If I Stay.
Hope you enjoy, Ashley!
And I'm looking forward to doing more RAKs!

Now, on to the Wrap Up portion of this increasingly long post.  I'm not the only one posting things for Jane in June, and I'm not just talking about guest posts.  There are all kinds of blogs around the interwebs that are finding themselves swept away by the spirit of Jane this month.  Here are some I think you should check out:

*Liz did an Adaptation Corner for Northanger Abbey, comparing the book (which she reviewed last year) with the recent movie adaptation.

*Maria posted an interview with Diana Birchall, author of numerous Austen novels and plays.  The interview also features a giveaway of Birchall's Mrs Darcy's Dilemma - and it ends soon, so make sure to go check it out!  Maria will be posting a steady stream of Janey goodness this month on her Jane Austen Book Club blog.

*Chandra is giving away a pre-order of Jane Austen Made Me Do It, as well as a copy of Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrove Manor.  Check it out here.

*All month long, Patricia from Patricia's Particularity has a giveaway running for a copy of Pride and Prejudice (winner's choice of the edition, rules apply).  This giveaway is international, so make sure to check it out, world-friends!

*We also had our first round of responses for the Pride and Prejudice read-along.  You can check out all of the links here, as well as the questions for Round 2 (and you're welcome to join in!)

*And here on The Book Rat we've had quite a few things going on.  Some of the highlights so far include:

  1. An Ultimate Swoon-Off
  2. A guest post and a discussion about Austen variations.
  3. Giveaways for an omnibus edition of Jane's novels, Murder at Longbourn, and 2 copies of The Trouble with Mr Darcy
  4. A Dear Jane letter from Mr Darcy, via author Sharon Lathan
You can check out the rest of the goodies so far here on the JnJ Main Page


  1. Soooo jealous!:D
    I hope you enjoy reading all of your new books, and the flower in your hair is really cute(:

    Heres my IMM: http://turningpages94.blogspot.com/2011/06/in-my-mailbox-9.html
    and make sure to check out my 50 Follower Giveaway!:D

  2. Awesome books!!! The JnJ sounds great!

    My IMM:
    http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2011/06/imm-4.html :-)

  3. So great to see you, Misty! I loved the video, and not just because my book and those of my friends were shown. Your enthusiasm and positivity shines through and in a reviewer that is a marvelous thing.

    Happy reading!

  4. A SPY IN THE HOUSE!!!! Okay, sorry for the caps, but it's truly one of my favorite reads from this year. I hope you enjoy it, too. Happy reading!

    Stephanie @ Poetry to Prose

  5. I loved Mr Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton. It was so well done and my heart swooned as I conjured up Keira Knightly reprising her role in this one with her Darcy.

    Great reads and viva la DARCY!

  6. Thanks, Sharon! I'm basically a big dork, which I've established pretty well in these videos, I think.
    But yeah, I am always very enthusiastic when I talk about books. Wouldn't be in this blog game if I didn't love it!

    Everyone, make sure you stop by to win most of the things I mentioned up there - if it has a Darcy, it could be yours! ;)

  7. So many Jane books :) I'm enjoying reading about Jane in June--hopefully next year I can participate :)

  8. OMG I just discovered your blog you seem like a huge fan of Janr Austen and the Bronte sisters (which i'm too :p) and then I saw your awesome bookmarks giveaway !
    Anyway I wanted to follow you :).

    You got some awesome books ! I hope you'll like them !

    Happy reading !

  9. OMG happy reading all your Darcy!!

    New follower here, I love the book rat header!

    Heres our IMM over at Paranormal Wastelands! And if you take a look around the wastelands you just might find a giveaway hidden in plain site;)

  10. Great set! Love anything with Mr. Darcy.
    My IMM

  11. I have The Agency: A Spy In The House and I can't wait to read it!
    Great haul this week!
    Check out my IMM post!
    Happy Reading!

  12. Sourcebooks certainly does publish a lot of Austen fiction! I'm really enjoying Jane in June so far. Thanks for hosting!


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