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Austenland: A Novel
by Shannon Hale | Literature & Fiction
Registered by dantemiro of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 6/15/2010
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30 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by dantemiro from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

7 out of 10

For Jane Austen fans everywhere - take a trip to Austenland, where the world of Austen is recreated... for a small fee.

The author's dedication reads:
"To Colin Firth - You're a really great guy, but I am married, so I think we should just be friends." 


Journal Entry 2 by dantemiro at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Monday, June 28, 2010

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The bookray is on its way!

It will start in Vancouver and make its way through three continents!
dantemiro (CAN)
bekoh (AUST)
AgnesXNitt (UK)
lucy-lemon (UK)
shelj7k (IRE)
Icila (FR)
kiki66 (GER)
vexter (SLV)
Tsjara (ND)
flewry (USA)

Cheers,
dantemiro 


Journal Entry 3 by bekoh at Salamander Bay, New South Wales Australia on Friday, July 09, 2010

7 out of 10

received today - I'm going to curl up on the couch & read it tomorrow.

Update: Read it in one sitting on a rainy day. Very satisfying. Funny book. 


Journal Entry 4 by bekoh at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (7/29/2010 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Sorry I posted it late. I sprained my foot and couldn't get to the post office for a few days. 


Journal Entry 5 by AgnesXNitt at Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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Received yesterday in the post.
Looking forward to reading - I will probably end up taking it on holiday to read.
Thanks for organdizing the ring Dantemiro, and many thanks to Bekoh for posting to me from the other side of the world! I hope your poorly foot is better soon. 


Journal Entry 6 by AgnesXNitt at Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

9 out of 10

Read over three days and really enjoyed it! A guilty pleasure but never the less a very well written and compelling one at that.
I really enjoyed this novel, even more so because I had a disappointing read of a book called 'Pemberley' in which frankly I felt let down.
This was the reverse and I revelled in the plot line and characters, I found it a really difficult book to put down the more I read.
Jane Hayes is a frustrated romantic, New York graphic artist and Mr Darcy addict. So far, her love life has been a succession of disappointments as man after man fails to live up to her expectations and dreams. Her mother begs her to be more realistic, but Jane holds little hope of finding her own Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley.
When her Great Aunt Caroline dies, Jane finds that her relative has left her a three week holiday at Pembrook Park, a place in the heart of the English Countryside where a girl can live out her Austinian fantasy - for an astronomical fee. Luckily Great Aunt Caroline was more than comfortably off and Jane's flight of fantasy isn't going to cost her a penny.
Soon, though she is immersed in Regency England, with empire line waist dresses, bonnets, and Gentlemen in riding boots, Jane finds that not everyone is as they seem. Jane yearns to exorcise Mr Darcy from her romantic expectations, but fate, and two men in Austenland seem determined to change her mind in two different directions.
Can Jane free her mind, her luck in love and her life with this trip?
As I say I really enjoyed this one, so will now PM Lucy Lemon for her addy to get this travelling soonest.
Many, many thanks for this ring Dantemiro! 


Journal Entry 7 by lucy-lemon at Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 26, 2010

8 out of 10

Arrived a few days ago, but I haven't been able to make a JE on it, as I kept getting an error message whenever I tried. Which is annoying, as I could make them for other books. Weird. Anyway, I read the book this afternoon in one sitting, and I really enjoyed it! At first I found it a bit difficult to get into, but that was gone by about the end of the first chapter. Parts of it annoyed me a little bit - Martin mostly! - but I loved the ending!

About to check out the author's website to see who her dream cast list would be! Hopefully will send to the next reader at the weekend. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 8 by shelj7k at Blackrock, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, September 06, 2010

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Yay! Austenland has arrived, a little bright spark on a dark and wet Monday morning. So hang work, I'm going to put the coffee on and escape! Thank you lucy-lemon for passing this on and for the lovely card inside the book!  


Journal Entry 9 by shelj7k at Blackrock, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Apologies for the delay in journalling; the gremlins have moved into my computer and this is my second attempt to do so from my phone!

Austenland was total escape! It was quirky and fun and romantic! Jane did annoy me on and off, but I loved the fact that she got so much into the Regency way of life! Pembrook Park was full of funny and unique characters which made the book fly by.

I'm not fully on board with Shannon Hale's choice of cast for a movie adaptation of her book! Colin Firth was never my ideal Mr Darcy. I much preferred Elliot Cowan in Lost in Austen and he is always the way I imagine the deep, brooding Darcy character.

I have Icila's addy and will send the book to her in the morning. Thank you for a very fun read Dantemiro!  


Journal Entry 10 by shelj7k at Blackrock, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Enjoy!!! 


Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Safe with me. I'll be abroad till the end of october. Let me know if it's too late to read it in november.  


Journal Entry 12 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, November 21, 2010

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I just finished it and I'm a bit frustrated as I wasn't in love with this Mr Darcy, perhaps I'm more a Lady Chatterley... ;)

PMing kiki66. 


Journal Entry 13 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, November 22, 2010

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In care of the post office. 


Journal Entry 14 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Friday, November 26, 2010

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has arrived here in snowy Gauting...

Thanks.. just the right thing for cosy November evenings :-) 


Journal Entry 15 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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that was a nice one in my collection of P&P novels :-)
Good to read and fun...

Now on its way to vexter as soon as I have the address.. 


Journal Entry 16 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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Went on its way to Slovenia today -

Happy Travelling! 


Journal Entry 17 by vexter at Ljubljana, Osrednja Slovenija - Okolica Ljubljane in Ljubljana Slovenia on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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It's here! Thank you Kiki! :) Love the postcard! :D

I hope it's not a problem, but I won't be able to finish the book quickly. I'll probably send it on sometime in January - let me know if it's *not* ok and I'll pass the book along.  


Journal Entry 18 by dantemiro at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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That is just fine vexter. Read and enjoy when you have them time! 


Journal Entry 19 by vexter at Ljubljana, Osrednja Slovenija - Okolica Ljubljane in Ljubljana Slovenia on Thursday, December 30, 2010

7 out of 10

This was a fun romance and it was well-suited to a lazy post-holiday afternoon spent on a couch. But I couldn't help comparing it to its inspiration - Jane Austen's novels themselves. In comparison, Austenland is simply not very well crafted. But it did provide me with entertainment and amusement, so I can't declare it bad. ;) Sure beats doing embroidery the whole day! :) Thank you for sharing it, dantemiro!

I have Tsjara's address and will send the book on today. 


Journal Entry 20 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 10, 2011

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It's here :) Thanks for sending vexter! Looks great, can't wait to start reading.. but I still have a bookring in front (and an exam in 2 days), so will have to wait a bit :p
Thanks for organizing the bookray dantemiro!
 


Journal Entry 21 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this, it was funny and easy to read, I just couldn't put it down :) The ending had a nice, unexpected twist (and I'm glad it turned out that way). Jane did seem a bit over-analytical to me sometimes (which annoyed me a bit.. I don't think people can change so easily..).
Oh and I agree with shelj7k, the Mr. Darcy from Lost in Austen (Elliot Cowan) is also more what I had in mind.. more dark and brooding :P (and nice to picture him here as the Darcy-ish Nobley)  


Journal Entry 22 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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The book is now on its way to flewry, and finishing its journey around the world.. :p
Hope you will enjoy it!  


Journal Entry 23 by flewry at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Sunday, February 06, 2011

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Arrived safe and sound! I'm looking forward to it, and Tsjara wrapped it up so beautifully to boot! 


Journal Entry 24 by flewry at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

8 out of 10

I thought this was great! Exactly what I could wish for escapist chick lit. :) I could barely stop laughing out loud at Jane's piano solo, and loved the ending. Thanks so much for sharing, dantemiro!

So, I'm going to see if I can't get another ray going. It would be lovely if this book could continue its travels! 


Journal Entry 25 by dantemiro at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Thanks flewry, that sounds like a great idea!

Keep the good times rolling... 


Journal Entry 26 by flewry at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Saturday, March 05, 2011

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So far, we only have three people on the second leg of the ray. I'm hoping to send it out this week but keep it open, so maybe we can get a few more. Participants, with only three of you, please don't feel like you need to rush through it... although, as many of us found, you might just get sucked in and finish it more quickly than you expect!

Edit: Hooray, we're up to six!

Forum thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/452693

Current mailing order, subject to change if more people join:
soffitta1 (Spain, ships EU)
Nakipa (Portugal, ships international)
Elizardbreath (US preferred, int'l if necessary)
Azuki (US/Can preferred, int'l if necessary)
marijketje (Netherlands, ships EU, last if possible)
abigailann (UK, ships UK)

Happy travels, Austenland!

EDIT: Austenland has safely landed with abigailann, thus ending the second leg of its travels around the globe. Thanks so much to everyone who has made this ray a success, again! 


Journal Entry 27 by wingsoffitta1wing at Dovercourt, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

6 out of 10

This has arrived safely to me in Spain. Unfortunately right when I should be writing reports :( However, I'll get to it soon. I am a big Austen fan, in fact I have just watched the BBC Colin Firth version of P&P (yes, for the umpteenth time!) Thanks for including me.

Jane is in her early thirties, every break up sends her into the arms of her secret love - the books of Jane Austen and their adaptations, among them the BBC's 1995 version. But, has Jane's refuge become an obsession? What real man can live up to Mr. Darcy?

A meeting with an elderly aunt, Aunt Caroline, results in an unusual legacy - 2 weeks at "Austenland" in England, where Jane can play at being Elizabeth Bennet, or another Austen heroine.

On arriving at Austenland, Jane undergoes a complete transformation, from head to toe, including her underwear, and must relinquish her modcons, like her mobile, becoming Miss Erstwhile. The question is whether this will be Jane's final hurrah with all things Austen? Luckily she has the Regency men to help her decide, there is the charming Colonel Andrews, the aloof Mr. Nobley, but there is a spanner in the works in the form of the hunky gardner, Martin. Her rivals for the men are Miss Charming, a brash American in her 50s, and Miss Heartwright, staying in a nearby cottage.

This is for all those women who have THAT BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, who find themselves imagining living in Austen's novels, and who secretly have wanted to be called Miss ........., without it being said by a pupil!

What makes the book fun is Jane's attitude, we see her trying hard to adapt to Regency life, and despite the waspish co-ordinator, Mrs. Wattlesbrook, she doesn't lose herself in the role, but rather seems to find the courage to come out of her shell.

A light read, perfect for a post report writing weekend. I would say you need to know Jane Austen's books before reading this, or some of the humour will be lost on you.

Hopefully there will be some more members for the ray, so I'll keep it for the mo. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingsoffitta1wing at Ávila, Ávila Spain on Friday, May 06, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (5/6/2011 UTC) at Ávila, Ávila Spain

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Sorry for the delay, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


Journal Entry 29 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, May 09, 2011

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Just arrived today and what a nice timing since I'm pages away from finishing my previous book. I will post back when I'm finished.  


Journal Entry 30 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

6 out of 10

Just finished reading yesterday. It's a quick read, not uninterresting but for a lover of Austen and with the curiosity I had after reading the synopsis I was a little disapointed with the book. Still, I was happy about how the story turned out and it's a good book to read while going/coming from work. 


Journal Entry 31 by wingNakipawing at Pendleton, Oregon USA on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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It's time for the book to travel to another home, this time across the ocean to USA. Elizardbreath, I hope you enjoy it and thanks so much flewry for the opportunity to read this book. :D 


Journal Entry 32 by elizardbreath at Mount Vernon, Washington USA on Friday, May 27, 2011

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I received this book on Monday...thanks so much! Looks good! PMing Azuki now for her address to pass it on when I'm done. 


Journal Entry 33 by elizardbreath at Mount Vernon, Washington USA on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

8 out of 10

This is the first "based on Jane" book I read that was not a modern sequel or spinoff. This allowed me to personally relate with the main character, Jane, as a fellow lover of all things Austen. I enjoyed the book and the ending was perfect! I wish there were a real place like Austenland! Sending to Azuki on Friday. 


Journal Entry 34 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, June 24, 2011

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Book has arrived a couple of days ago though I didn't get to journal it till now.
I have a few books I need to read ahead of this, so I will take your advice not to rush it. : ) Don't worry, I am not a staller... just can't start on it immediately.  


Journal Entry 35 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, July 08, 2011

7 out of 10

I didn't quite get Jane's character in the beginning, but I end up enjoying the book, especially the ending. It's a departure from the author's usual YA books, and I do think they are better than this one, although come to think of it, it's very much the same theme of Princess finding Prince after some growing up. And yes, Mrs. Wattlesbrook makes a fine witch/evil stepmother. : )

The funny moments are quite hilarious, and the airport scene is a hoot.

I haven't seen the BBC miniseries, so after reading the book I dug around on Youtube. I have to agree with shelj7k that the guy in Lost in Austen is a nicer Darcy. His wet look totally trumps Colin Firth's!! Enough to make you forget all Regency etiquette!
(http://youtu.be/7WOCU7eHzeI)

I would totally love this type of total immersion vacation, to lose myself in another time and space for a little bit. There are plenty of historical moments I'd love to try out!

This will be mailed today to the next person. Thanks so much for sharing this book.  


Journal Entry 36 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Saturday, July 23, 2011

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Book arrived today. Thank you Azuki for sending it to me. I'm looking forward to reading it, because I'm a Jan Austen fan. I'll read it as soon as possible, but there are a few other bookrings that I have to read first. They always seem to come at the same time. 


Journal Entry 37 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, August 22, 2011

7 out of 10

I found it an easy en enjoyable read. But I couldn't get into the story for the full 100%. And I didn't find it as witty as Jane Austen's books.  


Journal Entry 38 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, August 22, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (8/22/2011 UTC) at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands

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On it's way to abigailann. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 39 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Just arrived. I have quite a big TBR pile at the moment, but I guess that doesn't really matter since I seem to be the last participant 


Journal Entry 40 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 12, 2011

9 out of 10


A very clever book, reflecting on the world of Jane Austen's writing but appealing to more than just her fans. It was witty and amusing, as well as being a good social commentary on the modern world's views of romance and fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

With such as good ray record, I want to see if anyone else would like a read so I'm going to have a go at starting my first ray- the third leg of this book's journey! 


Journal Entry 41 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 18, 2011

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3rd leg now open:
ZAS (UK, post international) ----now here
Aramena (USA, post international)
ukcanaus (Australia, post international) 


Journal Entry 42 by abigailann at a Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Put in the post this afternoon to start a (very) short ray journey. 


Journal Entry 43 by ZAS at Thrapston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Recieved and will get right onto it! 


Journal Entry 44 by ZAS at Thrapston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 27, 2011

9 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book - it was an interesting twist for 'chick lit'/Austen based books and well worth a read. I read it in one sitting (sorry kids!) and wouldn't mind visitiong such a place myself ...

Will send on to Aramena in the next couple of days. 


Journal Entry 45 by ZAS at Thrapston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 06, 2011

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Posted on Friday, on its way to Aramena. 


Journal Entry 46 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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Arrived today! Will start reading this as soon as I finish my current read, most likely by the weekend. 


Journal Entry 47 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Friday, November 25, 2011

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I finished this a couple of days ago, but with Thanksgiving this week I haven't been online much. It was enjoyable for the most part, and I like the author's breezy writing style. I don't know that I would want to vacation at Austenland myself, it seemed like the majority of the time spent there would have been incredibly boring.

Jane Hayes is an American who has had a succession of disappointing relationships. She secretly yearns for a Mr. Darcy, and no man she meets ever lives up to that ideal. When an elderly relative passes away, she leaves Jane a paid vacation at Austenland, an immersion experience where women live out their Austen fantasies. Jane isn't totally thrilled at the idea, but then decides that this may be the perfect opportunity to get her Darcy fixation out of her system and then find a "realistic" man.

Other guests at Austenland include Miss Charming, who cracked me up, the way she tried to talk like an Englishwoman, with her "what-whats" and such. The gentlemen seemed a little boring, though Mr. Nobley, the most Darcy-like, piques Jane's interest while annoying her at the same time. Then Jane meets Martin the gardener, a breath of fresh air, not to mention exciting as, being a servant, he is not supposed to speak to or interact with the guests. I think if I were Jane I'd have found myself drawn to him as well.

The ending was a little unexpected to me, and while the scene at the airport was amusing, I would have liked it to end a little differently...but I don't want to specify here as it's a little spoilery. (You can scroll to the end of my review on my blog if you want to know.)

I have the next person's address and will stop at the post office before work one day next week to get this moving.  


Journal Entry 48 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Friday, December 02, 2011

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Mailed this morning.  


Journal Entry 49 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, December 30, 2011

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Received today - thanks, Aramena for sending it Down Under. I'm on holiday at the moment and this looks perfect for a summer read (I laughed after reading the dedication to Colin Firth). 


Journal Entry 50 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Monday, January 16, 2012

7 out of 10


I finished this just after the New Year and it was a pleasant read. I liked the Austen references and the hilarious situations in which Jane found herself.

I will lend this book to a work colleague who adores Jane Austen's books and then offer it as a bookray again to keep it travelling... 


Journal Entry 51 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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This was returned to me today; with so many previous readers, this book needs to travel again...

I have posted on the forum for interested readers for a fourth leg to this ray: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/475212. 


Journal Entry 52 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, April 08, 2012

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This book will be travelling again soon (the fourth leg of its journey!):

Participants (in order - updated on April 23):

1. JudySlump612 (USA, ship int'l)
2. raeliz64 (UK, ship int'l)
3. Lintulai (Finland, ship Europe)
4. Annimanni (Finland, ship int'l)
5. dschinny (Germany, ship int'l)
6. Rochester74 (Germany, ship int'l)<-- Book is here


 


Journal Entry 53 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Mailed to JudySlump612 this morning. 


Journal Entry 54 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Saturday, April 14, 2012

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Wow, was that ever fast delivery! This lovely little book arrived on a cold, rainy Friday - just perfect for an indoors weekend. And thank you for the postcard and bookmark, ukcanaus. 


Journal Entry 55 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4 out of 10

I'm sorry to say I was disappointed in this. I get that Jane Hayes was never as interested in the Austen experience as she was in finding a new romance, but she doesn't even start with an open mind, kvetching about the clothes and hiding her cell phone, and then starting after Martin because she can see the flickering light of his television. What a waste of a heavenly experience!

And then she finds her romance, based entirely on long looks in the drawing room, and a few sentences during walks. Lizzy Bennet did better, even with Wickham. He was lying, but at least she was having conversations with him. And she learned fast, so that when she accepted Mr. Darcy she did so with a good understanding of his personality.

Perhaps I'm approaching this from the wrong perspective, being someone who seriously adores all the Austen books, but hasn't had to go out on a first date for over forty years. If what you're looking for is more 'Girl Meets/Bags Boy" rather than homage to Lady A., this is clearly a lot of fun. Vexter is absolutely right: this does not stand up well in comparison to the original. Hmm, guess I'd better go reread it some more!  


Journal Entry 56 by wingJudySlump612wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Mailed today to raeliz64 


Journal Entry 57 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 22, 2012

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It's here - thanks very much :-) 


Journal Entry 58 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 06, 2012

3 out of 10

Well I tried, but I really didn't like this book at all and gave up about half way through.
Hoping the next reader is more appreciative. 


Journal Entry 59 by wingraeliz64wing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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On it's way to Lintulai. 


Journal Entry 60 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Monday, June 04, 2012

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After watching Sense and Sensibility (Alan Rickman!!) on TV last night, I'm quite eager to read this book :) Thank you raeliz64! 


Journal Entry 61 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Saturday, July 21, 2012

4 out of 10

I was expecting too much of this book. It's a nice story, but somehow hasty and patched together. It was like a written out TV series episode. I have enjoyed many Austen-inspired contemporary books much more than this, but this is a good light reading anyway. I liked Mr. Nobley, but I couldn't stand Jane, and that's a bit problematic when she's the main character... 


Journal Entry 62 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (7/25/2012 UTC) at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland

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The book is on its way to Annimanni. 


Journal Entry 63 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, July 29, 2012

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This well-travelled book is with me now, thanks! I should get to it shortly. 


Journal Entry 64 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, August 03, 2012

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Well, I think it's time for a positive review again, isn't it?

I have only read a couple of other Austen-inspired books before this one, so my points of comparison are few - but I loved this book and would've loved to read it in one go, had not work and life interrupted. So it took me two days instead :D

I think you have to approach Austenland as contemporary chick-lit rather than something that you compare to Austen's own work. Rather than trying to be a modern-day Jane Austen, the author, IMHO anyway, wanted to provide identification points to all those Austen/Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans out there (and here, krhm) who occasionally indulge in daydreaming about the perfect Regency romance. And I think she succeeded very well. I might even seek out the sequel, Midnight in Austenland.

Thanks for sharing. I'm now off to PM the next person for their address.

P.S. I loved the dedication! 


Journal Entry 65 by dschinny at Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Arrived on the weekend. Thank you! 


Journal Entry 66 by dschinny at Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Saturday, August 25, 2012

7 out of 10

I was a bit wary after all those journals but then I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It is a bit more chick-litty than I usually like but it had the Austen theme and if you don't take it too seriously, it is quite a fun read for a weekend.

Will ask then next one on the list for the address.
30.8. On its way to Rochester74. 


Journal Entry 67 by wingRochester74wing at Gießen, Hessen Germany on Sunday, September 02, 2012

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The book arrived savely this weekend. Thank you :-)

The next person to read this book is:
Leseschaf (Germany)
tourvel (Germany)
urfin (Germany)
Luanalara (Germany)  


Journal Entry 68 by wingRochester74wing at Gießen, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

6 out of 10

ChickLit in a Jane-Austen-Reality-Holiday-Resort for rich bored wifes playing romance with a Mr. Darcy kind of gentelman? This idea is interesting and totally weird and it is no suprise that Jane is wishing for something real. 


Journal Entry 69 by wingLeseschafwing at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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The best thing that can happen when you're looking for the next book: you get one you really want to read. Thanks for sharing dantemiro and Rochester74 for checking my wishlist. 


Journal Entry 70 by wingLeseschafwing at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

7 out of 10

Nice reading for a November weekend. I enjoyed the part about the boredom. So it's not quite inspiring or really new the book has some funny moments.
 


Journal Entry 71 by wingLeseschafwing at Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, December 01, 2012

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Travelling again 


Journal Entry 72 by tourvel at Alsdorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

8 out of 10

The book arrived. Thanks.

06.01.
Read it in three hours. Nice funny story.

 


Journal Entry 73 by tourvel at an einen weiteren Leser, per Post geschickt -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Auf dem Weg zu Urfin. Viel Vergnügen damit! 


Journal Entry 74 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Thursday, February 14, 2013

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The book arrived yesterday. Thank you. I haven't had a P&P spin-off for some time and am looking forward to reading this :o) 


Journal Entry 75 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, December 07, 2013

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When I opened the book two days ago there was a card from tourvel with greetings and the announcement of a visit to Berlin in summer. We've actually met during this visit :o)

Reading this is fun,
and I finished it in the night of Dec. 8th (reading the second half without pause and having a very short sleep afterwards...) I could have done without the descriptions of Janes previous boyfriends but maybe they added sth. to the story I can't quite put my finger on.

The next day I watched the movie trailers again and now I'm undecided whether to go watch the movie or not, as it is quite a bit different it seems. 


Journal Entry 76 by wingUrfinwing at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Released 3 yrs ago (12/14/2013 UTC) at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany

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Traveling to Luanalara now. Have fun! 


Journal Entry 77 by Luanalara at Erkelenz, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Thank you very much, the book has arrived safely! :) 


Journal Entry 78 by Luanalara at Erkelenz, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, December 22, 2013

7 out of 10

A very quick read and a cute story. Most of it was predictable of course, but there were a few characters who had a bit of a twist to them, which I liked.

And the Ray's journey continues:

1. BookReader4
2. ... 


Journal Entry 79 by Luanalara at -- Per Post geschickt / Persönlich weitergegeben --, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, January 10, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (1/10/2014 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt / Persönlich weitergegeben --, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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And the book continues its journey. Have a wonderful read! 


Journal Entry 80 by BookReader4 at Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, January 11, 2014

7 out of 10

The book arrived today and I am looking forward to reading it.

17.1.14 I read the book in one sitting, and I really enjoyed it!
Now it may continue its journey.
 


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