January 13, 2008

Odds & Ends

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As I get ready to watch Persuasion, the first of the Jane Austen marathon on PBS, I had a couple of things to bring to your attention:

*1st Becky's Mini-Austen Challenge is underway. Hope you have your books picked out for that.
*2nd Dana from Once Upon a Book is hosting Dana's Austenology Challenge. She'll be reading the 6 Big Ones from Austen January through April. She's creating a Yahoo Group. Please check it out!
* Speaking of Becky: She's hosting this month's Bookworm Carnival. The theme is Best of 2007. I hope you take a look and see what everyone loved about 2007.


  1. Hello, I am JCR and I have a blog about books www.frequencyofsilence.blogspot.com

    Can I add your blog to my Link List?


  2. Both those Austen challenges look tempting, but with my piles of challenges, the mini-challenge is probably more doable.

    I'm going to visit JCR just because he's so polite!

  3. Mme H- lol. Yes, he is. I checked out his site and it looks pretty good.

    JCR- I will add your blog to my blogroll. And yes you can add mine.

  4. You know, I was planning on watching the Masterpiece Theater Persuasion, and I just didn't have the time. I meant to Tivo it, but I forgot. How sad!!

    Looks like I'll just have to Netflix it!

  5. Stephanie- Too bad. It was good. I'm really looking forward to Northanger Abbey this Sunday.

  6. Oh, hey, thanks for reminding me about this month's carnival!

  7. Ooh, good idea, Stephanie! I hadn't thought of that.

  8. So, you liked Persuasion? I saw it last year in England and thought it was, uh, okay. But I love the book, and found glaring omissions and alterations in the TV adaptations. If you're interested, there's a whole heap of opinion about the current crop of Austen on TV over at AustenBlog.

  9. Well, Rob, he might not do it for you but Capt Wentworth was not bad to look at! I did notice the omissions and all that running at the end was weird but I did enjoy it. Did you see Northanger Abbey? Because I am looking forward to that.

  10. I actually liked Northanger Abbey, but it does contain a lot of cuteness (Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan). It was probably the most purely entertaining of the three new adaptations. The real mess was Mansfield Park; my favorite of the six novels, and by far the lousiest adaptation.

  11. Mansfield Park is the only one I haven't read. I'm fixing that soon. I wonder if I should even watch it. No, I think I'll wait.

    Really can't wait for Sunday now. Thanks!

  12. I never did care for Jane Austen (weird, I know). I liked Daphne du Maurier. However, my restless personality and wanton desires just could never seem to settle down and commit to one particular author. I must sound like a character from an Austen novel, lol....


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