my very first blog event! That is, the very first blog event hosted by yours truly. I've participated in one blog event already, but this will be my first time hosting one. Do be patient with me, as I'm very new to this (and a wee bit too excited).
Jane Austen, our beloved author, is about to celebrate her 236th birthday on December 16th. That is, she would be if she were still alive. Don't quibble about technicalities. Anyway, I thought it fitting to have a little celebration, and so I am hosting a weeklong birthday party for her. It will run from December 12th to December 17th (Monday through Saturday) and will feature posts about JA herself, quizzes and games, fun challenges for YOU, a guest post from my charming sister the Anne-girl, and possibly some guest posts from the lovely Melody of Regency Delight.
First, though, I would like to issue three challenges for those who wish to participate in Jane Austen's birthday bash: the Jane Austen Book Challenge, the Jane Austen Film Challenge, and the Jane Austen Biographical Challenge. (I abbreviate just about everything--please bear with me as I henceforth refer to Miss Austen as JA).
In the JA Book Challenge, each person is challenged to do one of two things BY December 17th: either read a new JA book that you have never read before, OR reread one that you have not read in the past year. You may begin right now, and you will be encouraged to post about your experience during the Grand and Glorious Birthday Week. (I plan to read Lady Susan.)
The Film Challenge is similar to the Book Challenge, in that you are challenged to either watch a new JA movie that you have never seen before, OR watch an "old" JA film adaptation with someone else who has never seen it before. (I plan to watch the 2009 Emma with my dear sister the Anne-girl. I have seen it, but she has not.)
In the Biographical Challenge, you are requested to either read a good thickish biography of Jane Austen's life (not fiction: something real and scholarly) or watch a documentary on her life (I plan to watch "The Real Jane Austen" on YouTube).
So, if you have suggestions or ideas or concerns, illuminate the comment box! But before I close this post, I could not possibly leave you without some buttons to advertise the Birthday Party on your blog, so here you are. (I didn't have time to make tiny ones--if you are tech-savvy, perhaps you know how to shrink them. :))