Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Wrap Up and What’s Next

I want to share a conversation I had with a family member recently.  The wonderful thing about having written a modernization of Persuasion is that so many people I know are picking up the original book to understand the source material before they read my book.  While I, in no way, think I accomplished withRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Final Chapters

Here we are discussing the last few chapters of the book.  This is the emotional climax, where Anne finally feels something other than regret. I remember the emotional climax happening very differently.  I credit all the viewings of modern adaptations.  Ok, one adaptation repeatedly.  It always felt more climatic in the movie adaptation. As IRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 2 Discussion

Welcome to week 2 of our Persuasion Read-a-Long.  This week we are discussing chapters 7 -13.   SO MUCH happens in these chapters.  We go from 0- 60 in one moment.  How? Why? Well, we finally get to meet our hero: Captain Wentworth. A lot of time is spent with Anne who is trying to prepareRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 1 Discussion

Hi!!!  Here we are at our first discussion for the Persuasion Read-a-Long!  I am very excited to do this because Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels.  This week the discussion focuses on chapters 1-6. What is going on?  In relation to our love story, very little.  In relation to Sir Walter’s ego, plenty. SomethingRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-A-Long Starts today!

Happy February everyone!  I am a bit behind with the week because I came back from Atlanta with a wonderful cold.  It knocked me off my feet, but I am thrilled to be able to start the Persuasion Read-a-Long today. We have some people officially signed up and you can still sign up.  Don’t feelRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long

We are about 3 months away from the publication of Modern Persuasion.  I am getting really excited and the more I talk to people about it, the more I am told “Oh, I should read (or re-read) Persuasion!” YES!  You should read or re-read Persuasion.  I think it is Austen at her most romantic. IRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Final Wrap Up

The month of October ends today as does the Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long.  It has been an interesting month and thank you to Maureen who stuck through the month and read with me (even when she got behind). Reading the book slowly was an interesting experience.  It was like being back in high school, but withRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Week 4

Today we are wrapping up our discussion with Volume 2. This part of the story focuses primarily on Catherine with the Tilney family at Northanger Abbey. To me the book felt like two completely different stories.  Volume 2 not only changes our setting, but the focus of Catherine.  She goes from trying to navigate society toRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Week 3

This week we are discussing volume 2, chapters 1-8. Actually, since I am a little behind (thanks conferences and traveling), take this weekend to catch up and we will discuss all of volume 2 next week. Instead, might I interest you in Cate Morland, her Tumblr, and Youtube videos? I say this because I am goingRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Week 2

This week we are discussing volume 1, chapters 8-15. By the end of this section, all of our characters have been fully introduced.  As has, what I consider to be, a subplot.  What do I mean?  I mean Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho. I am linking out to the Wikipedia entry about the book so youRead more