Greetings, Janeites. I would like to thank Maria Grazia for graciously inviting me to guest post on her wonderful Jane Austen dedicated blog.
After perusing many Austen-inspired tales in addition to her two novels that I have read (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion), I find myself asking in what ways Jane Austen has influenced my life. I’m sure our dear Jane has touched your life one way or another so I’m going to share one of the things that inspire me the most — reading.
Reading has always been one of my favourite pastime but not a constant hobby for me because I only read what is required in school and then university or when I am bored. Since I am a diligent, conscientious and thrifty student, I mainly concentrate on my studies and spend my money wisely so I don’t normally indulge on luxurious items. I consider novels and books a luxury that I cannot afford on my limited student allowance unless my parents gifted me with the novels that I really want to own. All this changed when I graduated and began working in a bookstore.
Of course being surrounded by books during my working hours has changed my outlook about book reading but credit goes to Miss Jane Austen for this complete transformation. Yes, reading Pride and Prejudice and a plethora of other Austen-inspired titles has motivated me to pick up other books as diverse as history, chick-lit, historical fiction, modern fiction, romance, young adult fiction and film guides. Indeed it has fostered a reading culture in my life and later reading online articles.
|2 copies to giveaway!|
Then I began to wonder if I read so many books, how am I going to differentiate the story that I have read from the ones that I have yet to. The idea festered in my mind until a fellow colleague introduced me to a blog which she has set up for the sole purpose of posting book related news and reviews. Subsequently, it has led me to start my own blog called My Love for Jane Austen and I have never looked back since. Besides giving my thoughts and summary of books which I have read, I also devote my time to compile a weekly list of all Austen-themed giveaways available found on other amazing blogs such as Austen Authors, Darcyholic Diversion, Austenprose, Austenesque Reviews and My Jane Austen Book Club to name a few. Apart from entering giveaways, these blogs also help to expand one’s knowledge concerning Jane Austen’s life and her novels and how they continue to spawn numerous Austenesque books.
So I ask you my friends, in what ways have Jane Austen influenced your life? As an incentive, I will provide 2 US paperback copies of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, one of my first Austen-inspired stories that I finished reading. Please take note that they are bargain copies which have an unobtrusive black mark on the base. If you don’t mind, just enter the worldwide giveaway by commenting on my post. Don't forget to add your e-mail address! Deadline: September 19th.