Advent with Austen

by Charlotte Reads Classics

November 27th until Christmas Eve is Advent with Austen. And indeed, Advent in general.


I’m planning to read as much of this list as possible, although what I don’t manage I’m sure I’ll get to at some point:

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Lady Susan / The Watsons / Sanditon by Jane Austen
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
  • Jane’s Fame by Claire Harman
  • Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
I’ve never read Sense and SensibilityEmma or the unfinished stories before so I’m looking forward to completing the Austen novels. My currently read Austen’s are ranked:
Northanger Abbey
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
It’ll be interesting to see whether this changes at all after this month. I’ll confess it is hard to imagine anything beating Northanger Abbey or anything being worse than Mansfield ParkDeath Comes to Pemberley will be my first attempt at reading an Austen sequel; it takes place six years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage in Pride and Prejudice. I think that if anyone could pull it off, P. D. James could – something about the tone of her writing feels possible. Other than snippets of information gathered from The Jane Austen Book Club, I know pretty much nothing about Austen herself. Claire Tomalin has written biographies of so many authors I like that I really want to actually read one. Claire Harman’s book seems to capture the spirit of Advent with Austen; what makes her so timeless and why we want to read her books today. Time to get the books out…