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 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


Book Club of 1: Vacation-ish

With everything going on this month, I have made a decision to update the blog 2 times a week, instead of my normal 3 times.  This means, I am taking a vacation from Wednesdays.  There is just too much that I am doing and not enough time to focus on writing something here.  What isRead 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: 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

Northanger Read-A-Long: Week 1

This week we are discussing volume 1, chapters 1-7. What should you do?  Post some thoughts in the comments.  You can answer questions I am asking here or you can post anything you want to say.  You can share favorite quotes or passages.  You can talk about what you like or dislike about a character.Read more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long – Starts Today!

Don’t forget! Today the Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long starts today. You can still sign up if you want to participate! Signing up gets you email reminders and a possible sticker (if you want one). Each Thursday there will be a discussion post.  I will post questions and comments based on the week’s chapters.  Everyone is welcomeRead more