HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year, a new reading list! This year we are planning to mix it up and stray into our darker interests. We’ll be reading some novels, novellas, poetry, and even writing some flash fiction. While we continue to adore Jane Austen we will be exploring other authors who may or may […]
Greetings Dark Readers, While Regency literature with and without mayhem may be our primary focus it is not our only interest. In fact, as I’m sure you have noticed, we take a particular delight in that dark mayhem that comes with the introduction of creatures of nightmares into a world typically well ordered. Keeping up […]
Greetings Readers, We do hope you all have been reading enjoyable novels. This month we shall be revisiting one of our favorites Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. For those of you who have not previously read it be aware that any post in which we discuss the book most […]
Ladies up for redemption: Mary Crawford – She has learned the true worth of a man with integrity. It even says she was: …long in finding among the dashing representatives, or idle heir-apparents, who were at the command of her beauty and her twenty thousand pounds, any one who could satisfy the better taste she […]
Veronica’s List in order of preference: Sense and Sensibility – Two sisters, two different paths to romance. Persuasion – A love that stands the test of time. Pride and Prejudice – Overcoming differences. Emma – Maturing and finding one’s true feelings. Mansfield Park – Being genuine no matter what. Northanger Abbey – Gaining perspective on […]
Some would say that the best time to read a scary story is at night when the imagination is more susceptible to the terrifying ideas such tales can conjure. However, we decided that we wanted a fun atmospheric juxtaposition and do our Gothic reading during the sunny summer with Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and The Mysteries of […]
This month’s selection is Bespelling Jane Austen, which is actually an anthology featuring four short stories inspired by Jane Austen with a paranormal twist. Almost Persuaded by Mary Balogh. Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason Blood and Prejudice by Susan Krinard Little To Hex Her by Janet Mullany We decided to give ourselves more choices: read them all at once, pick the one […]
We’re off to a serious start with a return to an Austen classic: Persuasion. Sarah and I have elected to break out our gorgeous annotated editions, the one edited by Robert Morrison. I do not anticipate this being a quick read as we will be discussing Jane Austen’s story and the additional information Morrison has included […]
You read that correctly. We are having a Happy-Birthday-Jane-Merry-Christmas Giveaway! December is a bursting month of reasons to celebrate. I would have added in Yule and Kwanzaa, but there’s only so much room in a title before it doesn’t even fit. We realize that we have quite a few international dark readers who keep up […]
As for this month we are revisiting Grave Expectations by one of our favorite literary mash-up artists Sherri Browning Erwin.
Just because we are not ladies of leisure that does not mean that we haven’t found the time for some reading and discussing and planning.