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Jane Austen: 200 year anniversary!

It’s actually been a while since I posted about Jane Austen and in case you didn’t know, she’s one of my favorite authors of all time! She got me through my first year teaching and during that time my father passed away, so she also has a sentimental place in my heart..

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of hers and got me into writing fanfic and eventually pursuing my dream to becoming a published author.

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I was able to visit her home Chawton Cottage and saw the little writing desk where she wrote her novels in secret. She wrote during the Regency era in England when women’s standing in society was restricted to respectable positions–being a writer was not respectable for a woman, but she wrote anyway and 200 years later we are still reading her books!

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Notable facts: July 18, 1817 marked the anniversary of her death. She was 41 when she died. While she was alive, she published four novels which were noted to be “By A Lady”. After her death, two more of her novels were published and those were published under her name.

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Do you have a favorite Austen novel? Which author inspires you?

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Book Challenge: Sentimental Favorite 

If you saw my previous post for the Tolkien Atlas, I mentioned that it was my first Word Cloud book. I always see them at Costco and I look longingly at them, but I pass them up because I vowed that my first Word Cloud book was going to be Pride and Prejudice—they’re always sold out of this one though. Of course that did not happen when I saw the Tolkien Atlas because it was just too gorgeous to pass up. Next day, I go to Target and I randomly find this World Cloud copy of Pride and Prejudice. There weren’t any other World Cloud books! It was destiny..

Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book for a lot of reasons. I read it during my first year teaching which is the toughest year a teacher will have and during that year, my father passed away. Pride and Prejudice was laughter and love when I needed a reprieve from the struggles of my daily life at the time. Pride and Prejudice also got me into writing. I’d teach all day and then I’d come home and write fanfic about Elizabeth and Darcy! Haha. I never would have tried to write if it weren’t for Jane Austen. Pictured with my World Cloud edition of Pride and Prejudice is a picture of Jane Austen’s writing desk at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, England. I was able to visit her cottage and see her desk in 2005 and it was an emotional moment because it became clear to me that I wanted to be a writer. I looked at her desk and thought, “Damn, Jane Austen wrote all six of her novels on this tiny desk in secret. If she can do it, I can do it too!”

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What are some books that have sentimental meaning to you? Do you collect multiple copies of a particular title?

For #grimdragon Sentimental Favorite

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Book Challenge: Book that got you through a tough time

Is the weekend really over? Sad face! I’ve been been pretty much battling migraines all weekend and now that they seem to be going away, the weekend is over. At least my Monday won’t be too bad. Yay? .
For #grimdragon I needed this book! A book that got you through a tough time: If you’re new to my profile, I’m a big Jane Austen fan! Pride and Prejudice came at a time in my life when I needed it most. It was my first year teaching and I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for teaching. My father also passed away that year too. It was a year plagued with doubt and loss and Pride and Prejudice helped me get through it all. I actually saw parts of the BBC Miniseries (Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me!) on TV and decided that I wanted to read it first before I saw anymore of it. I loved it! Jane Austen also inspired me to be a writer too.

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Good and Evil: Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham!  

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For #thehamiltonedition “It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets.” Hot and steamy scenes: Okay. Corsets were used in Regency England which is when Pride and Prejudice was set! But, as for hot and steamy, well, I thought the Netherfield ball when Darcy and Elizabeth dance together and verbally spar was steamy…for the Regency era. Oh! And Lydia and Wickham! They were totally hot and steamy! (But it was like implied.)

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This gorgeous Darcy and Elizabeth print was from the Classics themed @nerdy.post. 

Book Challenge: Favorite Book and Author 

For #squeakybookishlibrary Casablanca: Dated Love and #bibliophile2017 Favorite Classic Book and favorite author, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my all-time favorite book and Jane Austen is my all-time favorite author! I discovered Pride and Prejudice my first year teaching. It was a really hard time in my life and I caught the BBC mini-series on TV and thought I’d probably enjoy the book. Not only did I enjoy it, but I really admired Jane Austen’s style and the fact that she wrote during a time when it was frowned upon for women to make their own living..

My Jane Austen swag is from the Classics @nerdy.post. My January @nerdy.post arrived today and the theme is Star Wars. I haven’t had a chance to open it yet because we were on our way out the door! I’ll share an unboxing post later in the week. 

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I’m at my SIL’s house for her birthday party, but I snuck on to post! 😆 What are you up to tonight? 

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Book Challenge: Book Boyfriend 

For #livelaughbemerryandbright Book Boyfriend! Do you remember your first book boyfriend/girlfriend? I remember as a child, I thought the prince from Cinderella was the bee’s knees. Then in junior high, I read To Kill a Mockingbird and I thought Jem hung the moon. Then in college, I read Pride & Prejudice and Mr. Darcy set the standard for all book boyfriends there after. ❤️.

This pin was made by @lapelyeah for the November @nerdy.post Classic books theme! Isn’t it beautiful? I really love the bookspine detail that Alexis put into each classic title. I’m so happy with it. December’s @nerdy.post theme is Fantastic Beasts! I’m so excited!

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Thanks to everyone who commented about my daughter. The fever seems to have cleared up and she’s her usual chattering self, following her older brothers around. 😆 

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Also, I posted on my InstaStory happy mail that I received from Society 6! Problem is, I didn’t order anything and there was no gift note! 😳 I was sent Evie’s @eviebookish “Fall into books” mug. It’s absolutely gorgeous but I’m dying to know who sent it! If you did, comment or DM me so I know! 

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I hope you all are having a fabulous Sunday! 

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Book Challenge: Sappy Books and Multiple Copies

During my first year teaching, which was a million years ago, it was a tough year not only because it was my first year teaching, but my father passed away too. Long story short, I discovered Jane Austen to help cope with the hard times. It was the holidays and the Pride and Prejudice BBC mini-series was on TV and I wanted to read the book for myself to see how it compared. I was thrilled to discover it was fantastic! Persuasion and Northanger Abbey tie for a close second and Sense and Sensibility is third. .

Since then, Jane Austen’s books are the only ones I have multiple copies of! This set here is one I found at Costco years ago by Worth Press Publishing. They’re gorgeous folio editions with equally beautiful endpapers. It’s been a while since I featured these and since Jane Austen is perfect for the holidays, I’ll feature them again. 

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I don’t know if Jane Austen would be considered sappy. I suppose you could say they are because there’s always a happy ending, but these books are so much more! Witty dialogue, sparkling characters, and swoon worthy heroes—okay, so they do sound a bit sappy, but it’s so worth the read!

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Book Challenge:

#grimdragon Sappy Books

#squeakybookishlibrary Multiple Copies 

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This lovely Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth print was from the @nerdy.post November Classic Books theme! Gorgeous, right? Alexis @dropandgivemenerdy is amazing.

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Book Challenge: Favorite Author

I’m SO glad it’s Friday. Not just because I’m going to spend time with family celebrating my birthday (okay that might be a big part of it), but I’m also ready to just relax! I don’t think I’m the only one, but this week has been super busy, right? Reading and journaling sounds so good to me. (Well, it always does. Haha.).

For #boookstagramchallenge “I’m your #1 fan!” Favorite Author, since it’s been forever since I’ve posted about Jane Austen, I thought how perfect! To those of you new here, HELLO!, and I’m a big Jane Austen fan. Featured here are my Penguin Classics of Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice. These are my top three favorite Austen novels. I was so thrilled to get these at the LA Times Festival of Books. I’d only seen them on bookstagram. They are absolutely gorgeous, but seeing them in real life is quite different. I love the cloth bound covers and the attention to lettering and design too. 

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Also pictured, for #grimdragon Banged up and beautiful: Most Worn Out Books, is a 1929 illustrated Macmillan and Co. edition of Pride and Prejudice. It’s actually in quite good condition considering how old it is. The red leather cover is so soft and supple, an indication that it has been loved and the gold leaf lettering and design on the spine (I wish you guys could see the spine) is still bright and gorgeous. (Oh! Maybe I should do a flip through on Story for this edition!) The best thing about this book, besides its cute travel size, is that I bought it at the gift shop at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton Hampshire. (There’s a sticker inside that says its from there! Abi @thesqueakycupboard!) It is by far one my favorite souvenirs! 

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This is also for #watermelanerdsoctober #bookandtea because tea goes so well with Austen. I’m drinking the standard PG Tips black tea. For #pinkbooksoctober Autumn colors. I’m really loving doing these flat lays in autumn/Halloween themes! 

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What are your plans for today and the weekend? I hope they’re fabulous and to all my Florida friends, I hope you’re all safe and doing well.

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