July 26, 2008

Cleaning out the Library: The Austen Shelf

I love to categorize and organize, and all the -izes, really, so re-doing the library was a ton of fun. I tried to keep things in chunks, by author, genre, or award. My favorite shelf, however, is my Austen Shelf.

The older I grow, the more in love I fall with Jane Austen, and anything related. What a wise and witty woman--I wish I could know her and visit with her. When I have a daughter, her middle name will be Jane for Miss Austen.

On my shelf I have all the Austen books, and then a few select "based on/continuing" Austen books. Here are my top recommendations for the discerning Austen lover.

Re-Dos of Jane: These distinctly chick-lit books take the essential plot of a Jane Austen novel and set in the present. They are fun, frothy, and devoted to Jane.
Pride, Prejudice & Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
Persuading Annie by Melissa Nathan
Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen
The Other Side of Pride & Prejudice:
These great books combine to tell the story of everyone's favorite hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy. The tone is delightful and Austen-esque.
An Assembly Such as This, Duty & Desire, These Three Remain by Pamela Aiden
Fellow Austen Lovers: How do we deal with our love of Jane in the real-world? These books explore combining an Austen world view with real life.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Austenland by Shannon Hale

Side Note: My delightful mother gave me the fabulous Austen action figure pictured above. She is, of course, hanging out on the Austen shelf.

1 comment:

abby said...

I didn't know there were so many Austen spin-offs. Goody.

I sent your box this week, so it might make it to Greeley by Friday. Fingers crossed!