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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Austen in August Invitation!!

UPDATE: You can sign up for this year's Read Along of Persuasion here!!


It's time to talk to you about Jane!!
I know some of you have probably been popping by in the last week or so, looking for Jane Austen goodies. And you were probably startled to find that there were none. But there's a reason for that - Jane in June is moving!
Just to August, and just for this year, because I love my Jane in June. But June is always crazy for me, and I didn't have quite enough time to prepare this year. I didn't want to give you guys a Jane-dud, so instead of scrapping the idea altogether, we're just going to wrap up the summer with Jane instead!

If you're familiar with my past Jane in June events, you'll know that it's wall-to-wall Jane: reviews, giveaways, games, guest posts, author interviews - Jane and Jane and Jane some more. Just the way we all like it, right? (If you're not familiar where have you been you can check out the first year's schedule here, and last year's here, which I fondly call Jane in June: 2Fast, 2Furious.)
And YOU are invited to participate!

The Deets:
  1. This year's event will run from August 15th-31st. Stop by any day during that time for some Janey goodness.
  2. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can just read and comment if you'd like, but I will also be welcoming guest posts - want to review an adaptation of Jane's work? Share your Top 5 MOJ (Moments of Jane)? Discuss why Bingley is better than Bertram or Wickham is better than Wentworth*? I'd love to host your awesome post! You can email me here with what you'd like to do and I'll reserve a spot for you!**
  3. Maybe you're not the guest posting type, but you still want to be involved? Or maybe you just want to sponsor a giveaway of your favorite piece of Janey goodness. Email me! There's room for all kinds of involvement in Austen in August.
  4. There will also be a linky up on the first day, as always, if you're not the guest-posting type or have last minute posts you want to share. :)
  5. Once again I will be hosting an Austen Read Along to coincide with the event. That will get it's own introductory post once everything is finalized, but until then, please vote in the poll below to help decide what we'll be reading this year! [Pride and Prejudice is not on the list. Why? That's what we read last year!]
  6. Are you an Austenite author who wants to be involved? EMAIL ME! I'd love to have you involved!
  7. Feel free to share the Austen in August button (above) or share the event/read along with other Janeites! (and thank you if you do!)
So by now, you should know what you have to do (say it with me) email me! If you want to be involved, if you have questions or suggestions, if you're an author and you want in - feel free to shoot me a line. :)

Before I let you go, I just want to give a BIG THANKS to Masha at Antique Fashionista, who graciously allowed me to use her fabulous artwork for this year's event button and read along button!  You may remember Masha from Jane in Junes past, where she has offered up some of my favorite pieces of Janeness ever created - in fact, my absolute favorite, Anne at the seaside in Lyme, is the basis for this year's button!
Thanks, Masha!!

So please vote, email me, gather your stack of Jane-books, and prepare for Jane in June III ~ Austen in August: Rise of the Janeites... ;P

*Please note, you write a "Wickham > Wentworth" post at your own risk...
**Please, serious guest posters only. If you know you are the type to back out at the last minute, please don't sign up. And it doesn't matter to me if you don't have a blog or have never written a guest post, or even if you're not quite sure what you want to write, you are still welcome to be a guest poster - but poorly edited/unreadable  posts will be discarded, whether you are an author, blogger or Jane's most devoted Janeite.

Now, PLEASE VOTE on which book you think we should discuss for the Read Along this year! The poll ends in 1 week so vote quickly and spread the word!!


  1. I'd love a read along of Mansfield Park! I've been meaning to read it.

  2. You know, I've been DREADING a reread of MP for the longest time, and then I was talking to RivkaBelle on Twitter and she was reading it, and I suddenly had this huge desire to reread it. I want to give it another chance and see what happens. And I think it would make for a good discussion.
    I'm pretty sure Persuasion is going to win (it almost did last year), but I'm kind of pulling for MP now...

  3. let me at the fool who would write about Wickham being better than Wentworth.

    at their own risk INDEED.

  4. Heh, I've seen your ''Jane In June'' shelf on GR but didn't realize it was a ''thing''! :) This sounds fun- I love Austen!

  5. I have Emma so I hope that wins I hate reading on my Ipod touch takes forever since I have no idea what Kindle I want or should get lol

  6. I have Emma too, and have yet to read it! I hope it gets chosen, sometimes you need that little push to finally get to a book and read the whole thing :)
    I am really looking forward to this, thank you!

  7. As usual, you have the most beautiful buttons :)

    I voted for Persuasion in the poll, but I would also like to re-read Sense and Sensibility. Although I suppose I could use a re-read of Mansfield Park the most, since I think I only read it once, ten or twelve years ago.

  8. Sorry for the double comment, but it has just occurred to me that we could have a re-read of Persuasion and then compare similarities/differencies with Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows The Stars. But maybe you have already a review/feature post planned for that book. Because seriously, post-apcalyptic Jane Austen seems too wonderful to miss it.

  9. I'm so excited Misty! I've already contacted you and things are coming along nicely.

    Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader

  10. I am really excited for Austen in August! It sounds fabulous and will be my first Jane event! I would be happy to read along to any of them except Emma which I really didn't enjoy. I need motivation to read her other books and this just might be it! x

  11. I'm so excited for this! I read along last year, but didn't really participate so I need to do so this year :)

  12. I hope I'm not look down on for this. I have always wanted to read Austen but never got around to it. Is it okay if I join you still?

  13. Absolutely, Juli! I love have Jane newbies involved - it's nice for us who've read her to have the fresh perspective, and it's nice for people who are just reading her to have this community to come to with their thoughts/excitement/questions!

  14. Oops, responded too early, 'cause I definitely meant to answer everyone else.

    Allison - I'm sure, if such a person were ever to dare, you'd put them in their place. Though I'm kind of tempted to write it myself, now... ;)

    Nicola - Yep! That's how I keep track of things I can use for the event.

    Elizabeth and Margie - Don't hate me, but I'm hoping Emma DOESN'T win. Not that I don't love it, and not that I couldn't use a refresher, but it's so long! I just don't want to reread it right now... lol

    Alessandra - Thanks! And yesssss, I very much want to get my hands on the Peterfreund book. VERY MUCH.

    Everyone else - yay! Hope you all do participate, or at least stop by and have fun browsing & trying to win things. :)

  15. I am so excited about this, I love your Jane Events! I've always felt like a sloppy Janeite though, because I have never read Mansfield Park, I think I will save it for August!

  16. Okay thanks. Can't wait for August. :)


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