Announcing The First, and Probably Only, Jane Austen Read All A-long

A few weeks ago I asked if anyone would be interested in reading all six of Jane Austen’s novels as a sort of read-a-long.  I’ve been thinking about doing this for a few months, collecting paperback editions of all six novels.

Since I stick to used paperbacks and insist on editions with cool covers, it’s taken a few months to come up with all six, but I’ve done it.

So I’m going to begin reading them all, one per month, in order of publication starting July first.

Care to join in the fun?

The schedule will be as follows:

  1. July: Sense and Sensibility
  2. August: Pride and Prejudice
  3. September: Mansfield Park
  4. October: Emma
  5. November: Northanger Abbey
  6. December: Persuasion

I might even go ahead and read the final, unfinished novel Lady Susan which Tom at Amateur Reader speaks very highly of.

This will be a very informal Read All A-long.  If you’d like to join in for all or part let me know in a comment.  I’ll put together a list of everyone with links to your sites if you have one.  You can come back here and post links to any reviews or other posts you write. I’ll try to keep a running list of reviews so we can all see what everyone has to say.

So whether your read Jane Austen every year like a true Janeite or have never read her before, consider joining The Jane Austen Read All A-long.

And feel free to use the little ‘button’ picture featured above if you like.

If this goes well, I’m thinking of doing Elizabeth Gaskell next year.



  1. lizzysiddal says:

    I re-read Jane now and again, but not systematically or in batches. Next up for me is Persuasion. I guess that means I’ll join along in December.

    1. December it is! 🙂

  2. writerrea says:

    I’m in. There are still a couple in this list I’ve never read, so seems like a good time to finish them off. I’m

    1. The only one I”ve never read is Northanger Abby. I will admit, I’m dreading Mansfield Park a little, but I’m willing to give it another try. Welcome aboard.

  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Lady Susan is actually an early novel – and is more or less finished. Sanditon is the late unfinished one, but not readily available. I used to reread all of the six novels every single year from when I was about 16 until I was about 30. And I’m finding myself itching to do it again, so I might join you.

    1. I was working from a list of publication dates. I did not see Sanditon on the list. We’ll have to see what our mood is on January. I’m only committing to the six finished novels at this point.

      1. MarinaSofia says:

        Yes, neither Lady Susan nor Sanditon were published during her life-time. To be honest, it’s the six completed novels which deserve rereading – the others are more for hard-core fans.

  4. Yes, it’s Sanditon! It is such a shame that we do not have a complete Sanditon. The fragment is awesome. The butter and crumbs passage is awesome.

    1. You have me intrigued, as you often do. I’ll have to find a copy somewhere and see/read for myself.

  5. tracybham says:

    I will be joining in for Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. I am TracyK at Bitter Tea and Mystery.

  6. tracybham says:

    I will be joining in for Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, and Emma. I am TracyK at Bitter Tea and Mystery. I cannot add a link because my comments don’t show up when I include an URL (at most WordPress sites).

    1. I’ll put together a link for you this weekend. Glad to have you on board for part of the journey.

  7. Joyce Derr says:

    Joining in.
    Thanks James
    Have a great summer.

    1. Hey, Joyce. Hope you have a good time.

  8. Teresa says:

    Oh, what fun! I don’t know that I’ll join in, but I will keep it in mind. I’ve read all 6 at least twice, except for Mansfield Park. I’ll especially think about joining in for that one.

    1. Mansfield Park was the first Austen I read, back in my undergraduate days. To be honest, I’m kind of dreading it a little. But I’m looking forward to all of the others.

  9. I’ve read them all (Northanger Abbey and P&P multiple times), but will try to join in for one or two… am considering Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.

    1. I wonder if this should be The Jane Austen Re-Read All Along. It seems like everyone has read most of them already.

  10. Dale says:

    I’m in! Although, I just read Persuasion last year so I’m not sure I’m ready to re-read it, yet, but we’ll see when we get to December. I’ll re-read Pride and Prejudice in August as its been a long time since I read it. Looking forward to this!

    1. Welcome aboard. Persuasion had moments that knocked my socks off the first time around. I’m wondering how I’ll feel about them now that I know what happens. It’s a re-read for me.

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