Jane Austen Book Club ~ South Carolina

The Jane Austen Book Club that was started in Bluffton SC in 2014, meets every other month, but not through the summer months, in member homes. We have followed the Montreal Plan, and now re-read one Austen title every year, along with other classics. This is the current schedule for 2021 – scroll below for our reading lists from the beginning. We also have movie gatherings. Please contact me if you are interested; and please visit our facebook page: “Reading Jane Austen in South Carolina” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1353020064734960/


Schedule for 2021:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our regular in-person group gatherings have ceased for now. We have been doing slow reads / email discussion extended over a few weeks, followed by a zoom session wrap-up. Here’s what we have read, and what’s upcoming for 2021:

January 2021: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

March 12, 2021: The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett

May 3, 2021: The Go-Between, by L. P. Hartley (1953)

June, 2021: I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

July/August, 2021: break [read Middlemarch over the summer]

September, 2021: date TBD – Middlemarch, by George Eliot

October November, 2021: one of the many Trollopes or The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton

December, 2021: Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe

On hold:

Pamela, by Samuel Richardson
The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope


Schedule 2014 – present:


March 24, 2014: Pride & Prejudice / setting up the group

April 29, 2014: Sense & Sensibility

June 17, 2014: Pride & Prejudice

Sept 23, 2014: Mansfield Park

Nov 18, 2014: Northanger Abbey



Jan 20, 2015: Emma

Mar 3, 2015: Persuasion

April 21, 2015: Lady Susan

June 23, 2015: Sanditon

Sept 15, 2015: The Watsons

Nov 10, 2015: North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell [Nov. 14, 2015: North & South movie



Jan 12, 2016. A Victorian read: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

Mar 8, 2016. Jane Austen: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

May 3, 2016: A festival of Georgette Heyer. read one or more of Heyer’s Regency romances – we will each give a short “book report” and tell what we loved about them (or not!) -our fluff read for the year!

Sept 20, 2016. House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

Nov 15, 2016. Emma, by Jane Austen (following the JASNA AGM on Emma)  

Dec 2016: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte + Afternoon Tea


Revised schedule, 2017:

Movie date! Jan 26, 2017, 1:00 pm: Jane Eyre (with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson, 2006 – a BBC production – it runs nearly 4 hours)

Feb 7, 2017: by Jane Austen. The Juvenilia – or certain titles (see below)

April 4, 2017: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy / Movie: April 25, 2017

May 9, 2017: inspired by JA. Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway

Sept 25, 2017: popular culture. Stephanie Barron. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery

Nov 14, 2017: by Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility.  [also read William Deresiewicz. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. – read Emma and S&S chapters]

Dec 12, 2017: tis the season: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – a Christmas Feast at Cathy S’s home.



Feb 27, 2018 (Tues): Fay Weldon. Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen. (1984)

April 10, 2018 (Tues): Frances Burney. Evelina, or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778)

May 8, 2018 (Tues): Anne Bronte. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) – Carol L. will talk about horses in JA’s time – also a great movie of this with Toby Stephen (Maggie Smith’s son)

June-Sept – no meetings, sorry to say – you can all decide to read George Eliot’s Middlemarch over the break because: 1) you don’t want to lose your Victorian literature reading abilities; 2) it is considered the finest novel in the English language; and 3) because we are going to choose this eventually so you might as well get a start on it…!

Oct 16, 2018 (Tues): Jane Austen. Persuasion (1818) [also read: chapter 5 in A Jane Austen Education (W. Deresiewicz): “Persuasion: True Friends”]

Dec 4 (Tues): Daphne du Maurier. Rebecca (1938) [will discuss similarities to Jane Eyre] – figure out movie date



January 15, 2019 (Tues): Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; also plan annual schedule

February 26, 2019 (Tues): Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray; will also start discussing The Letters

March 26, 2019 (Tues): Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

May 7, 2019 (Tues): The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins

September 24, 2019 (Tues): The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe (this is long, so take the summer to read it!)

October 22, 2019 (Tues):Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen (yay!)

November 19, 2019 (Tues): Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

December 10, 2019 (Tues): Book Group Tea – will discuss the schedule for 2020


Schedule for 2020:

January 14, 2020: Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell

March 10, 2020: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our regular group gatherings have ceased for now. We have been doing slow reads / email discussion extended over a few weeks, followed by a zoom session wrap-up. Here’s what we have read, and what’s upcoming:

April – May, 2020: Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen /  Lovers’ Vows, adapted by Elizabeth Inchbald

May – June, 2020: Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

June – July, 2020: Sherlock Holmes – first two novels: A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle

August, 2020: The Dead Secret, by Wilkie Collins

September 2020: The Other Bennet Sister, by Janice Harlow

October, 2020: break [or join Deb doing Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy at the USCB OLLI program]

November, 2020: A Pair of Blue Eyes, by Thomas Hardy


c2021 Jane Austen in Vermont