Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Summertime Jane Austen Book Club

Be careful what you share on Instagram ...
Last week, I shared an image of a book I'd rescued from the Council Recycling Centre.
It was, I'm sure, just moments away from being pulped. 
Well, probably not, but you get the picture.
What kind of weirdo sends books to the recycling centre?
But I digress ... lovely Julie from Notes on Paper saw my post and 
announced she also had a copy of 
Sanditon, a Novel by Jane Austen and Another Lady 
(she found her copy in a charity shop, leaving me to point out again,
 what kind of weirdo sends books to the recycling centre?)
A few comments and an email later, and I find that I am now the co-host of 
The Summertime Jane Austen Book Club, or the Sanditon-along.
Would you care to join us?
~ image pinched borrowed from Julie's blog post
Here's how: 
*WHEN WE'RE READING IT*
We're opening the covers on Sanditon on July 1st 2017,
 and taking our reading at a leisurely pace throughout the month.

*HOW YOU CAN JOIN US*
Grab yourself a copy of Sanditon by Jane Austen by any which way you fancy before July 1st.
Don't worry if you don't get it by that date - that's just when we're starting to read it, and chat about it in occasional blog/Instagram posts. Feel free to join in whenever you can,  but if you'd like the communal element try to get into it before the end of July. 

Check your local library catalogue - because good books are good, but free books are even better! 

We've had a quick look on Amazon (UK) and there are actually a few copies
Dip into eBay, charity/thrift shops and - apparently recycling centres are a good source
 of abandoned novels! 
And of course there are ebook versions available out there too. 
Basically ... however you can get Sanditon under your nose is fine with us! 

It's almost guaranteed that we will end up reading different versions as it seems several other authors have completed what Jane Austen started. But that's no problem ... it'll probably lead us to interesting conversations about the various ways the story is taken by its different writers!

Throughout the month share your Sanditon reading experiences with us via social media/blogs:
eg. Share photos of your copy, or your where you're reading it.
Let us know how/if you're enjoying it.

Use the hashtag #sanditonalong if you'd like us to easily find your post - and to find posts by others.
Feel free to tag me, @thestreetsofw5, or Julie, @withjuliekirkon Instagram, 
if you'd like to make sure we see your post!

Additionally you can: 
Tweet Julie @notesonpaper,
or leave a blog comment on this post, or any future blog posts we create during the #sanditonalong,
or posting on your own blog and letting us know,
or swinging by Julie's 'With Julie Kirk' Facebook Page.
Both Julie and I will be sharing how we're getting on throughout July.

So, how about it? Are you in?
 Disclaimer:  All credit for this idea belongs to Julie.
This is her brainchild.
She is super knowledgeable about the approaching 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's birth.
She'd been meaning to mark the anniversary in some way.
Calling me co-host of The Summertime Jane Austen Book Club is very generous.
Given that I can barely remember which Jane Austen novels I may or may not have read. 
But, as I said, what kind of weirdo sends books to the recycling centre? 

7 comments:

debs14 said...

I resisted this virtual book club for all of about an hour and then frantically went on an on line search for a copy. Hopefully it is in the postal service somewhere on its way to me! I couldn't get the edition that you have and am wondering if there will be any differences!

Patio Postcards said...

I am in. Now to check out the library & local charity shops.

Julie Kirk said...

No need for a disclaimer .... maybe I'm good at *sounding* 'super knowledgeable'... I can talk a good talk! I'm sure with a bit of luck and bluffing we'll make it work between us. X

alexa said...

Yup. I'm in. It sounds just what I need - an interesting book and lovely companions to read along with. Thank-you!

Melissa said...

OH, how FUN! Our library doesn't have a copy & I have quite a pile at the moment . . . but, who knows, I might find a copy somewhere. :)

Becky said...

Sounds like fun! I'm in! Just ordered a copy and it should be here by beginning of July. Managed to get a second hand copy off Amazon and its the same as yours too!

Maggie said...

I'm a bit late joining in this. Sounds like I better get on with it!