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Monday, July 1, 2019


It's the moooooost wonDERful tiiiime of the yeeeeear...

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It. Is. Almost. August!
That means that yes, Austen in August is coming, and yes, I most definitely should have had this post up by now. (Story of my life.)
Consider this your official invitation to the 10TH ANNUAL AUSTEN EVENT ON THIS BLOG!!

Most of you know the drill by now, but for those who don't or need a refresher:
What the Eff is AIA?
The Deets:
  1. Started in the summer of 2010 in a different month and with a different name (but still alliterative, because I'm me), Austen in August is a celebration of all things Jane Austen, featuring reviews, discussions, vlogs, giveaways, interviews and more! WE'RE A DECADE-STRONG, YOU GUYS! [See years one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine!] You can stop by any time during the month of August and get lost in Austen. It's all very austentatious. . . alright, I'll stop now.
  2. I liked the pacing of last year's event, so once again, I will be posting at least once per weekday, with maybe, maybe a weekend post here or there. But as always, I also want to see what YOU have to say! I welcome guest posts and outside participation — though I want to change it up a touch this year. More on that below. But if you think you want to be involved, please EMAIL ME with the subject line Austen in August, AIA, or some variant of Austen / August.
  3. Are you an Austenite author who wants to be involved? EMAIL ME! I'd love to have you involved! I also want to do a very special grand prize pack this year, so if you'd like to be featured in that ---> email me!
  4. I'm undecided on whether to host a group read this year, so if you'd like to see one, let me know in the comments!

Below you'll find a form you can fill out if you're interested in participating this year, but BEFORE YOU DO, I'd like to let you know of some changes.
In the past, I've kept AIA strictly to my blog, so that everything is in one central location for people to consume. And while I know that works for some readers, it also limits other readers from stumbling across posts — they really have to know it's going on, or be sent through a direct link. And I want to spread the love of Austen to as many people as I can, which is why this year, I'm opening AIA up to other blogs!

I will still be hosting guest posts regularly here on The Book Rat, but I welcome and encourage guest "presenters" to post AIA content in an official capacity on their own blogs (or bookstagram, booktube, and face-literal-book accounts). This way, ideally, more people will have a chance of stumbling across AIA as a whole, and then diving into the various posts, as well as hopefully sending my lovely participants some well-deserved traffic. So in the form below, you will find two options: one to be a guest poster here, and one to post on your own channel as an official participant. Please consider which works best for you — there is no pressure for either option! If you're more comfortable guest posting on my blog, or Austen content doesn't really sync up with your channel/blog's brand, no worries! I will keep plenty of slots available for guests!

If interested and able to commit to completing a post, please fill out the form below!
If you are an author, or have questions, please email me directly.

Every year, you guys blow me away with your insight and passion. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!


  1. I do look forward to this annual Event! Thank you!

  2. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

  3. Woohoo! I'm in. I was just looking through my shelves for an Austen read. Can't wait for what you have in store for us- you and other bloggers. :)

  4. Certainly a treat for fans of her writing.

  5. I am looking forward to reading Austen in August. Will there be a book readalong? Thanks so much for hosting this.

    1. I hadn't planned on it this year, because I don't think very many people actually participate in a read along, but I am debating a last minute one...


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