Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Genre Books–which means that we pick which genre that we would like to showcase. 

Top 10 Jane Austen Themed Books (anything related to Jane Austen or her books, no matter how strange or Out of Character)

1. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler–A modern day woman and a Regency Era woman inexplicably trade places and have to learn to live like their counterparts.  Very entertaining books.

2. Austenland by Shannon Hale–a woman is given a trip to England, where she will emerse herself in the Regency period, including wearing the clothes and forsaking modern conveniences.  Jane is obsessed with Mr. Darcy and no other man can compare (I hear you, girl).  Will this trip force her to give up finding her Mr. Darcy? 

3. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding–This is a loose interpretation ofPride and Prejudice,but Bridget is NO Elizabeth Bennett.  If you haven’t read this book, you are sorely missing out.  It is downright hilarious.  There’s even a Mr. Darcy just for Bridget. V. V. good.

 

4. According to Jane by Marilyn Brandt–for some reason, a sophomore girl has Jane Austen whispering in her head, advising her on how to be a lady and which boys she should avoid, including Sam Blaine, who is, according to Jane, her Mr. Whickham. Loved this book.  I think it might be time for a reread.

5. Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter–Emily Albright has the perfect man stuck in her head, Mr. Darcy, of course.  She takes a trip to Austen’s England and tours the places of importance to Ms. Austen, and comes face to face with Mr. Darcy himself.  And, of course, finds love where she least expects it.

6. Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo–I just love this cover.  Emma Douglas runs away from her cheating husband to England, where, as an English scholar, she wants to find Jane’s missing letters to her sister, in an effort to learn more about the private author.  The owner of the letters sends Emma on Austen related adventures and she reacquaints herself with her first love, Adam.  Great book with two sequels.

7. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman–Julie is a big fan of Jane Austen, but when her best friend, who collects enthusiasms like some girls collect shoes, decides that Jane Asuten is her next obsession, Julie goes along with it and the girls go on Austenesque adventures, including dressing in empire waist gowns and crashing the local all-boys school dance. 

8. The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton–A modern day retelling of Sense and Sensibility.  The Walker sisters’ late father’s trophy wife decides she wants the house that is legally hers, and the girls and their mother must move out.  So they relocate to a place far less than what they’re used to, and make new friends and their love lives mirror those of the Dashwood sisters.  Cute YA book. This author has a few other Austen-inspired books out and I want to read them all!

9. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford–Jane Austen is the owner of a bookstore in upstate New York, 200 years after her death (spoiler alert:  she’s a vampire).  She’s thrust back into the spotlight and she must hide who and what she truly is.

10. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange–Well, the title says it all.  After their wedding, Mr. Darcy becomes cold and withdrawn from his new wife and Elizabeth must find out why and join her husband in finding a way to reverse his family’s curse.  Completely Out of Character, especially the end, but I really enjoyed this book.

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6 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday

  1. Tee March 13, 2012 at 10:27 am Reply

    YOU GUYS, I love this topic (shocker! We’ve talked about Austenland a billion times). What I love even more is that I’ve only read like half of these books. That means there is so much Austen-y goodness out there just waiting for me to enjoy it. That make me so happy. I just put a hold on Enthusiasm at my library. Like right this second. Pysched!

    • Dixie March 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm Reply

      i feel like i’ve done this topic countless times, so i went to goodreads to look at my read list & i had a bunch back to back, so that’s how i came up with it. I mean, it’s not the ULTIMATE list, because i’m sure there are great ones i’ve not read (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies?!), but it was fun. don’t forget to get the grimm legacy, too.

  2. Candice March 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm Reply

    This is SO unique! I, like Dixie said, feel like this one has been done over and over and I couldn’t come up with anything fun or different. Kudos to you two for coming up with something so great! I love this list and really want to read a lot of these! Because I need more books to read. (please note the sarcasm)

    • Dixie March 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

      girl, i dream in sarcasm, i feel ya.

  3. booksbonesbuffy March 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Love your theme! And I really want to read Austenland:)

    • Dixie March 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm Reply

      it’s great! and there’s a sequel, Midnight in Austenland, but I haven’t read it yet, and it’s not the same characters.

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