Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged...

You may remember me talking about the book Austenland by Shannon Hale here, even here, maybe here, and yes here. But did you know that there is a sequel called Midnight in Austenland coming out January 31st? Obviously being such a fan of the first I have been dying to read the sequel. Well Shannon decided to have a contest on twitter and the winner would receive an advance readers copy (ARC) of Midnight in Austenland.

When pondering what I should add to the famous opening line of Pride & Prejudice "IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." I thought of a conversation I had with my friend Melissa while waiting in line to get our books signed by James Dashner. I belive we were talking about Inception & Tom Hardy when I said something about how a British accent can take a marginally good looking guy and make him hot. It seemed like a perfect "Connie" truth to proclaim as universal. 

Maybe Shannon thought so too or maybe she just picked me because I bugged her about never announcing a winner for the contest.

 Look what I got in the mail yesterday!

*note this is my third copy (2nd signed) copy of Austenland I have a paperback copy to loan & that I can mark up.

At work we are getting a new server and there is little work that can be done with out my computer so I got to go home and read while my new computer was getting hooked up. I had to stop by my library to pick some things up and decided to read outside since it was a beautiful day here. I strolled through the Riparian Preserve that is around my library. And found the perfect spot to sit and read an Austen inspired novel.

While reading I laughed out loud more times than I can count, which is why I decided to retreat and finish reading in the privacy of my own home. I loved the Gothic appeal and twist to it, I would highly recommend reading or at least watching Northanger Abbey before reading. While reading I realized that I had a grin permanently on my face except for the suspenseful parts, well sometimes even during those! It was a great read I am so happy I was able to go back to Pembrook Park!


  1. How fun! I entered the twitter contest too. If I couldn't win I'm super excited for you :)

    I just posted on Northanger Abbey as well. It's one of my favorites (I MIGHT just say that about all the Austen books)

  2. Yay for you! I agree with your universal truth, even if I'm not nearly as obesessed with British boys as you are. I am also glad to know that I had even the tiniest role in you winning this contest. (That's right, I'm patting myself on the back for merely being present when you made the initial comment.) :)

  3. Angie I am sorry I accidentally deleted your post (stupid iphone).

    Oh my gosh!!!!!! How exciting! What a treasure you cleverly landed! I had no idea there was a sequel. Can't wait to read it.

    I will be sure and bring it so you can borrow it!