Thankfully Reading Weekend

I was really excited to hear about the Thankfully Reading Weekend this year. We are having a very low key and very late Thanksgiving (having it today!) because of work schedules and the fact that half of us are very sick, including myself. I thought I would take the weekend to get caught up on my reviews, and hopefully get some reading in as well.

I am very, very far behind on my reviews and I would like to push as hard as I can to get caught up enough on them to do justice to a year end wrap-up. I have 37 books I need to review. No pressure. A lot of them will require skimming to refresh so I will definitely still be reading thankfully regardless of whether or not I end up only writing reviews this weekend.

So now that I’m properly medicated and have cough drops, tissues and tea at hand, I think it’s time to get cracking on this first review! Hope all my American readers had a very happy thanksgiving, and that everyone has a delightfully low key weekend ahead like I do!


I know it’s kind of cliche but the book I am most thankful for is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Not only do I love the book and its characters and storyline and setting and on and on, but I also love all that it has gone on to inspire.

I love reading Jane Austen spin-offs but my favorites of all time that I recommend whenever I get the chance would have to be the trilogy written by Pamela Aidan. She has written a book for each “book” in Pride and Prejudice from the view point of Mr. Darcy. If you only read one Jane Austen spin-off her trilogy should be it. The books are An Assembly Such As This, Duty and Desire and These Three Remain. They are written in the style of historical novels so there is more explanation than what was in the Austen original, and they were written in such a way that even if you have not read Pride and Prejudice you can still enjoy them on their own merits.

And, if it wasn’t for Pride and Prejudice, I probably would never have turned to Georgette Heyer and would have missed out on all of the wonderful books she has to offer such as The Masqueraders, False Colours and of course Frederica.

Many, many reasons to be thankful for Pride and Prejudice and the amazing and talented Jane Austen.

3 Responses to Thankfully Reading Weekend

  1. Beth F
    7:47 am on November 28th, 2010

    No apology necessary. P&P is one of my all-time favorite books for so many reasons and I would not want to be in a world without it. I can’t believe that I have never heard of the Pamela Aidan books. Where have I been??? I am going to track them down. I bet I’d love them.

  2. Rachel
    1:57 pm on November 28th, 2010

    I just read P&P for the first time a few months ago and I loved it! I’ll have to check out that trilogy; I’m sure I’d like that too.

  3. Jenn's Bookshelves
    6:10 am on November 29th, 2010

    It’s not cliche at all! P&P is quite the memorable book!

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