I’m excited, nay, THRILLED to be a part of reading challenges once more this year. At the end of 2010 I had pretty much given up on the Take the Journey reading challenge, as I had precious little time to read, but looking at my enormous list of books, I was so grateful I had taken part. So this year I am joining TWO promising challenges in the hopes that I will read at least eight more books than I would have without them.
The first challenge is the Being a Jane Austen Mystery Reading Challenge 2011, hosted by Laurel Ann over at Austenprose. I’m very excited about this one. When I was in high school one of my friends, Jill, read Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen Mystery series and told me how wonderful it was. At the time, I was much more of a snob than I am now, and turned up my nose at the idea of Jane solving mysteries. However, I am now thrilled to read these books for the very first time. Ms. Barron is an acclaimed author and her historical knowledge and consistency through the books is supposed to be very good.
There are 11 novels in her series, which are as follows:
- Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (1996)
- Jane and the Man of the Cloth (1997)
- Jane and the Wandering Eye (1998)
- Jane and the Genius of the Place (1999)
- Jane and the Stillroom Maid (2000)
- Jane and the Prisoner of the Wool House (2001)
- Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (2003)
- Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy (2005)
- Jane and the Barque of Frailty (2006)
- Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (2010)
- Jane and the Canterbury Tale (September, 2011)
I will be joining the challenge initially as a Neophyte (1-4 novels), because I have some very difficult classes this semester and I want to do well, but who knows how much I’ll get done. The good news is that I have all year to read them! I’m going to go in numerical order and just read books 1-4, if I can. If I have the opportunity to read more, I will, with much delight. So, my list, for now: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, Jane and the Man of the Cloth, Jane and the Wandering Eye, and Jane and the Genius of the Place. I’m certain that this will be a lot of fun. 😀
The other challenge I’m participating in this year is the Historical Fiction Challenge 2011, hosted by Historical Tapestry. I will be reading somewhere between “Struggling with Addiction” (10 books) and “Undoubtedly Obsessed” (15 books). My Jane Austen Mystery books will count toward this challenge, that’s why I’m doing more. I really have no idea what else I will read for this challenge, but, in my opinion, you can never have too much historical fiction.
Well, I’m excited about the road ahead! It promises to be a good adventure and full of mystery and history. 😀