In My Mailbox! ~ ‘Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine’ ~ Finally!

Well, better late than never! – the last issue [Jan / Feb 2011, Issue 49] of Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine has finally shown up in my mailbox – yesterday! – I wrote about it in a post back in December

As always, cram-packed with interesting articles and images, this issue is devoted to Sense and Sensibility at 200.

So nice to curl up on a sofa with something to read – no kindle, no computer, just an old-fashioned hand-held magazine! You can subscribe here at their website: – the March/April issue, which goes on sale March 1, 2011,  is celebrating its own anniversary – the magazine’s 50th issue! – articles on Royal Weddings in Austen’s time;  Sandy Lerner on why she bought Chawton, and a comparison of the clerical careers of Patrick Bronte and George Austen – plus lots more!  Hope this one arrives sooner rather than later!

Copyright @2011, by Deb Barnum at Jane Austen in Vermont

Your Jane Austen Reading Challenges!

I think there is a Reading Challenge afoot! – here are a few reminders of the various Jane Austen -related Reading Challenges, Contests, Giveaways, etc  – There is work to be done!

Voting ends tomorrow! First and foremost, please vote on the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest sponsored by Austenprose and the Republic of Pemberley – voting ends tomorrow 2-28-11 – there are eighty-eight stories to read, so you have your day cut out for you!

After your reading adventure, you can VOTE here

Austenprose is also hosting two separate Reading Challenges – you can still sign up for them:

The Sense & Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge lasts all year! – but enrollment ends March 1, 2011

The “Being a Jane Austen Mystery Challenge” also lasts all year
[enrollment ends July 1, 2011]


There is the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge at Historical Tapestry


and the Gaskell Reading Challenge at the Gaskell Blog –
which goes through June


If you want to pick your own books [classics only!] to read, you can do so and then post a review at the Stiletto Storytime Classics Challenge

There are more out there – I think we will need a longer winter [heaven help us!] to handle all this! So let your reading begin! [but first, please vote on the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest...]

My own list for the year? classics reads and re-reads:  Clarissa [on-going!]; Pamela; Joseph Andrews; Lover’s Vows; Camilla; Bleak house; Portrait of a Lady; The Governess; The Excursion; Belinda; Howard’s End… and more… [do I dare attempt Sir Charles Grandison?!]

Copyright @2011, by Deb Barnum at Jane Austen in Vermont