Austentatious (Jane Austen's Diary)
It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin's funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though...more
Enter a quaint-looking diary with a mysterious quote from Jane Austen inside:
"...I dedicate to You the following Miscellaneous Morsels, convinced that if you seriously attend to them, You will derive from them very important Instructions, with regard to your Conduct in Life."
Nicola buys it for a vintage-obsessed younger cousin, but whi...more
I absolutely adore this Jane Austen-esque book. It is full of wit, comedy, magical journaling and utterly cute and ahhh worthy romance. Goodnight has done an excellent job capturing the essence of Jane Austen and her characters – creating a modern world for them to live. While there aren’t direct correlations to Austen characters (well, except for Nicola and Sean), there are plenty of references to them fo...more
When Nicola finds a beautiful blank journal in a boutique in Austen, Texas, she is intrigued. It is shelved alongside Jane Austen novels, her favourite. She buys the journal, initially as a gift. She is so drawn to the journal that she decides to use it herself, and once she doe...more
A mystical, magical novel, Austentatious takes us on a fairy tale ride merging Jane Austen with Austin, Texas and takes a girl who has a plan and stubbornly refuses to take any detours from it until an unusual journal pops into her life and makes her question everything.
I had an extremely slow start to this novel partly due to some things in life that left me with less reading time, but I also think it was because I wasn’t entirely immersed in this nov...more
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Having never read any of Jane Austen’s books I was a little nervous that I would be totally confused and lost reading this. I am very pleased to tell you I was not; I enjoyed it very much actually. There were references to her novels, but they were made in such a way that I got the gist of what was meant. I am sure if you are a Jane Austen fan those same references would probably have more meaning to yo...more
This one was such fun and edge of your seat what will she do now? Both what will Nicola, the main character, do now, but also her "Fairy Jane" who posts in her antique journal with instructions to follow. Whether Nic follows them or not and how very serious-minded, down-to-earth Nic can wrap her mind around the possibility of the journal's magic is half the fun.
I think to really get the full enjoyment of this one, you should be at least passingly familiar with Jane Austen's works, the...more
The plan starts to derail when she purchases a small antique journal that s...more
This is a very light-hearted, geek-referenced (Princess Bride quotes and all) Austin, Texas-flavored romp of a romance.
Geek-engineer Nicola James is strait-laced, focused, and too busy for a social life (other than the Friday night lesbian karaoke parties next door.)
Enter a strange journal she picks up in an antique store that has a very strange way of altering the words she writes down. The first thing it tells her is "Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little rom...more
Nicola James is one of my favorite female main characters that I have read about in a long time. She is funny and quirky, awkward and geeky and I loved all of her...more
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately thought of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (I am a huge Harry Potter geek fan. So anytime a connection can be made, it usually pops in my head.) I loved that once I hit chapter 3 of this book, there was a Harry Potter reference and Luna Lovegood zing! But, this book was so much more than my initial thought and so much...more
To be clear, I think Alyssa Goodnight can write, and someday down the road, I'll perhaps peruse one of her books and see if she has (A) found an editor and (b) quit writing like she is getting paid by the word (see A).
I didn't find Nicola James likable, and was unsure if she was a 30s...more
When Nicola James beings writing in an antique-looking diary, her life begins to change. Once her journal begins writing back, she must decide if she is going to cling to normalcy, predictability, and her life plan, or throw caution to the wind and cross over to the weird side. After all, the unofficial motto of her hometown, Austin, Texas, is “Keep Austin Weird.” And who...more
Nicola James is a girl after my own heart. She wants organization, security, and predictability. Plus, she’s the girl with a Plan. I loved that one little book could wreck such havoc over every aspect of her life, personal and professional. Ms. Goodnight’s use of the...more
There’s not a lot I c...more
The book was fine. Predictable, not much conflict. The main character was a little bit annoying. I particularly disliked having the heroine tell me how her story was like Pride and Prejudice, If it was, I wouldn't need to be told. the heroine also told us how she didn't want to do anything and how skeptical she was, I would prefer to be shown the characters' actions, not told everything.
The book wasn't awful, it wasn't amazing....more
E' verità universalmente riconosciuta che qualsiasi prodotto letterario che vanti una qualunque forma di parentela con le opere di Jane Austen sia destinato a finire nelle mie mani. E' superfluo quindi dire che a questo Austentatios è bastato il titolo per volare senza esitazione fra i miei scaffali.
I risultati di qeusta mia predilezione sono stati nel tempo altalenanti. Se la "Zia Jane" è garanzia di qualità, le sue emule si collocano invece ina una vasta gamma di definizioni che varia tra la "...more
Obsessive Test Engineer, Nicola James, who has everything plotted down to the crossed 't's and dotted 'i's in her life stumbles upon a magic journal in a curiosity shop. The journal leads her on a little romantic adventure kicking and screaming all the way. Her romantic...more
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