Jane Austen July

By Sarah Yurch | April 27 2023 | FictionAuthorsPromo Opportunity

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in possession of some free time must be in want of a Jane Austen reading challenge.

July has long been an active month for Austen fans (sometimes called Janeites), with conferences, festivals, tours, and book clubs popping up around the world. Austen died in July 1817, and readers take the month of July as an occasion to celebrate her life, literature, and legacy. In recent years, Janeites have organized a summer reading challenge: during the month of July, readers are invited to:

  1. Read one of Jane Austen’s six novels
  2. Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels
  3. Read a non-fiction work about Jane Austen or her time
  4. Read a retelling of a Jane Austen book OR a work of historical fiction set in Jane Austen’s time
  5. Read a book by a contemporary of Jane Austen
  6. Watch a direct screen adaptation of a Jane Austen book
  7. Watch a modern screen adaptation of a Jane Austen book

See below some of our top titles written and inspired by Jane Austen, or click here to see a more complete list.

Pride and Prejudice
Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. DarcyFew have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$9.00 US
Dec 31, 2002
Penguin Classics
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set
Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Love and Freindship (Penguin Classics hardcover boxed set)
The complete works of Jane Austen in Hardcover Classics, together for the first time in a box set designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith
$170.00 US
Nov 24, 2015
Boxed Set
Penguin Classics

Pride and Puzzlement: A Jane Austen Puzzle
A 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring Literature's Most Beloved Characters and Couples: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults
A gorgeous 1000-piece jigsaw featuring hand-drawn characters from Jane Austen's enduring novels.
$19.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Clarkson Potter

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck
53 Cards for Divination and Gameplay
The ultimate must-have for any Jane Austen fan, this gorgeous set of 53 tarot cards features hand-drawn characters and objects from Austen's enduring novels.
$18.99 US
Mar 10, 2020
Clarkson Potter

The Jane Austen Book Club
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA book club discuss the works of Jane Austen and experience their own affairs of the heart in this charming “tribute to Austen that manages to capture her spirit” (The Boston Globe).In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.
$19.00 US
Apr 26, 2005
G.P. Putnam's Sons
US, Canada, Open Mkt