TTT: Every Janeite Should Read

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)”

I give you the Books Every Janeite Should Read:


  1. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. I don’t think you can properly call yourself a Janeite without reading all of her major works, right?
  2. Austenland by Shannon Hale. Be sure to catch the film too!
  3. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. There are a bajillion P&P retellings, and this is the best.
  4. Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Covers by Margaret C. Sullivan. So FUN!
  5. The Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron. For those who love cozy mysteries.
  6. There Must be Murder by Margaret C. Sullivan. One of the best of the myriad sequels.

Some to avoid:

  1. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik. An abysmal Mansfield Park retelling.
  2. The Jane Austen Book Club  by Karen Joy Fowler. Blech.
  3. The Jaine Austen Mysteries by Laura Levine. The name is a hook that doesn’t deliver, and the mysteries are infuriating!
  4. This Side of Married by Rachel Pastan. The worst P&P retelling!

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11 thoughts on “TTT: Every Janeite Should Read

    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I’d highly recommend Jane Austen Cover to Cover. It gives some interesting history of the publishing world and has tons of photos of beautiful (and terrible) book covers of all of Austen’s major works. Since its NF, there’s no “rip off” feel to it.


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