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Reading Roundup: Books By Jane Austen

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Jane Austen portrait

The Bealeton Book Club met in November to discuss various books by Jane Austen, the classic English novelist known for her grasp of society’s mores, character portrayals, romance and relationship entanglements, and wit. Some memorable quotes are:

  • The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Northanger Abbey
  • “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.” Persuasion

  • “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” Pride and Prejudice
  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice


Most of the book club members had either read at least one of Jane Austen’s novels or seen at least one of the movie adaptations. Some had read and seen them all! Interestingly, the book club members chose different titles to read and discuss, so it was a fun conversation. Titles read and discussed were:

We also briefly reviewed Jane Austen’s novels Mansfield Park (1814) and Northanger Abbey (1818, published posthumously), as well as the various spin-off series and television and movie adaptations. Members discussed their favorite and least-favorite characters, Jane Austen’s life, and the customs of Regency England.

Suggested Titles

Spin-offs and Adaptations
Jane Austen Mystery Series
by Stephanie Barron
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall-Smith
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
A Visit to Highbury by Joan Austen-Leigh
Pemberley by Emma Tennant
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
Eliza’s Daughter by Joan Aiken
Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken
Mansfield Revisited by Joan Aiken
Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
The Third Sister by Julia Barrett
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben Winters

From the Romantic Hero’s Perspective
Mr. Darcy’s Diary (Pride and Prejudice) by Amanda Grange
Captain Wentworth’s Diary (Persuasion) by Amanda Grange
Mr. Knightley’s Diary (Emma) by Amanda Grange
Colonel Brandon’s Diary (Sense and Sensibility) by Amanda Grange
Edmund Bertram’s Diary (Mansfield Park) by Amanda Grange

Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s Works (DVD)
Jane Austen’s Life / Society (DVD)
Jane Austen, Obstinate Heart: A Biography by Valerie Myer
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
Why Jane Austen? by Rachel Brownstein
The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret Sullivan

Book Club Meetings

The Bealeton Book Clubs meet once per month. If you would like to join us, please check our schedule for dates, times and reading selections.
Bealeton Evening Book Club, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Bealeton Afternoon Book Club, 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:30 p.m.

Happy Reading!

Mary Sue, Adult Reference, Bealeton branch library

Book listsreviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book. Or stop by the reference desk at your local library.

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