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Longbourn
3.61
it was ok
(Reposted from my review at AustenBlog)

The publication of Jo Baker’s new novel Longbourn generated the same sort of excitement as the arrival of a sin
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Nov 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4)
3.63
liked it
Finished it in one night. I still think it was the best of the four "Austen Project" books. I liked it, but didn't love it. The plot kind of went off ...more
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
 
Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project, #2)
3.09
liked it
Liked it, didn't love it, much like the Trollope S&S (I liked this a little better). Things that bugged me: Henry too old and Catherine too young. ...more
not set
May 27, 2014
 
Mansfield Park
3.83
really liked it
I enjoyed my re-read, and found Fanny less annoyingly perfect than usual, Edmund still a wanker (the big wanker moment? "Fanny, think of me!" ARRRRGH) ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
The Jane Austen Project
3.83
it was amazing
Originally published on AustenBlog

This year we commemorate Jane Austen’s death. We certainly do not celebrate it. We feel a sense of unfairness about
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May 10, 2017
May 02, 2017
 
Sense & Sensibility (The Austen Project, #1)
3.55
liked it
(Reposted from my review on AustenBlog)

Early in Joanna Trollope’s modern-set rewrite of Sense and Sensibility, Fanny Dashwood sweeps into Norland, whi
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Nov 07, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
3.86
really liked it
This was an interesting take on Jane Austen; a close reading of all of her books (and sometimes the letters) concentrating on various aspects of the n ...more
Feb 09, 2017
Jan 23, 2017
 
Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
3.61
it was amazing
I'm a Janeite, and this book made me happy, because it is at the same time the most thorough and most respectful review of the modern fandom I've seen ...more
Jul 24, 2015
Jul 23, 2013
 
Belinda
3.64
really liked it
It's always interesting to read books that Jane Austen read. Belinda was published around the same time that Austen was writing Northanger Abbey (and ...more
Oct 14, 2015
Sep 02, 2015
 
At Any Price (Gaming the System, #1)
3.93
really liked it
Gamer geek girl Mia, traumatized by being sexually assaulted by her high school boyfriend and angry at her birth father, who rejected her even before ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
 
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
3.85
it was ok
This book clearly had an agenda. In a good mood, I might call it a hagiography; when the snark is upon me, I would call it a whitewash. Now, I like th ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2012
 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.87
it was amazing
I absolutely loved every word of this book. It has a lovely Austenish feel of that small society and their doings. The Major is a wonderful character ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2017
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.28
liked it
I am one of the few who liked this, I guess. But I will say that Rowling was definitely exploring the dark side in this one (which she did with the Po ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2013
 
Penhallow
3.07
it was ok
According to Jane Aiken Hodge's biography of Georgette Heyer, she wrote Penhallow as a contract-breaker for a publisher with which she no longer wishe ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.25
it was amazing
If you're in the U.S. (and honestly this reached globally, so even if you're not), read this and learn how Wall Street ripped us all off. It ripped of ...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 05, 2016
 
We Were Liars
3.85
it was amazing
I am a sucker for unreliable narrators and twist endings and this one was a doozy.

ETA: I see some people had problems with the writing style...I list
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Sep 15, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
 
Keeping the Castle (Keeping the Castle, #1)
3.54
it was amazing
I read this on Laurel Ann Nattress' recommendation, and I'm so glad she told me about it! She said it was a cross between Jane Austen and I Capture th ...more
Sep 02, 2015
Sep 02, 2015
 
The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)
3.78
it was amazing
After reading two different bloggers squeeing over the re-release of this book, I had to give it a try. It was, as advertised, a really good read.

It i
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May 06, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
 
Some Tame Gazelle
3.97
it was amazing
Absolutely delightful! If Jane Austen had been alive and writing in the 1930s, this is just the type of book she might write. Middle-aged spinster Bel ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Dec 02, 2013
 
Their Noble Lordships: Hereditary Peerage Today
3.37
really liked it
This enjoyable and readable book would be of infinite use to Americans (and others) confused about the workings of the British peerage; however, havin ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
3.97
liked it
The organization of this book was interesting: Paula Byrne chose an object related to Austen's life and work and then wrote a biographical essay relat ...more
Feb 27, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
 
Thrones, Dominations (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane #1)
3.83
really liked it
My general rule for Jane Austen fan fiction and paraliterature (that is, fan fiction of the published variety) is that if one is going to play in Jane ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
 
Pioneer Girl
3.35
really liked it
I must be really dumb, because it took me a third of this book to figure out that it was fiction, despite "A NOVEL" right there on the cover. I don't ...more
not set
Feb 25, 2014
 
Stranger on a Train
3.87
liked it
What a disappointment. I love the idea of this book--traveling around more or less the circumference of the continental U.S. by train, and writing abo ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
I have made a momentous discovery: there is as much Sherlock Holmes published fanfic as there is Jane Austen published fanfic (well, almost).* I've ac ...more
Aug 10, 2015
Aug 10, 2015
 
North and South
4.13
it was amazing
I really enjoyed my re-read. There is so much interesting background stuff going on that is missed in the main thrust of the plot. Mrs. Gaskell is mov ...more
May 16, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Powder and Patch
3.52
liked it
This is a shorter version of a post on my blog.

Powder and Patch is not one of Heyer’s best-known or best-loved novels, though it’s very entertaining.
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Feb 10, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
 
The Wright Brothers
4.16
it was amazing
I really loved this book. It is a classic American success story. The Wright brothers were determined and worked hard and really made an academic stud ...more
Sep 08, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
Jane Fairfax
3.59
liked it
It's very well-written and a good story, but I would not have made the same choices for back story.
not set
May 06, 2016
 
A Fighting Chance
4.17
it was amazing
Elizabeth Warren could save the world, if we would only let her.
not set
Jul 15, 2014
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