Friday, July 2, 2010

READALONG: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen #NARead

I received a wonderful response to my Readalong Ideas post. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen was the the most mentioned by a very narrow margin.

Synopsis of Northanger Abbey
One of the first of Jane Austen's novels to be written, and one of the last to be published, Northanger Abbey is both an amusing story of how a naive girl enters society and wins the affection of a witty young clergyman, and a high-spirited parody of the lurid Gothic novels that were popular during Austen's youth. In the process it features a vivid account of social life in late eighteenth-century Bath, and Austen's famous defence of the novel as a literary form.

The readalong will begin Friday, July 16th, thereby giving everyone 2 weeks to secure their copy. The schedule will be as follows:

Week 1 (July 16 - July 22): Chapters 1-9
Week 2 (July 23 - July 29): Chapters 10-15
Week 3 (July 30 - August 5): Chapters 16-23
Week 4 (August 6 - August 12): Chapters 24-31

Each weeks reading is approximately 50 pages (in my Penguin Classics edition).

Each week participants will read the above chapters, and then can choose to comment on that week's post here at Reading with Tequila, discuss the chapters on Twitter (#NARead), post discussions on their own blogs and visit other participants blogs. Level of participation is completely up to each participant's wants and needs.

Northanger Abbey is available free as a public domain book. If you don't do ebooks, it can be found in just about every library. If you'd like to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link.

Leave a comment if you'd like to join in. Include your blog and/or Twitter link. I'll list the participants here so we can easily find each other and discuss.

Jennifer | Reading with Tequila | @TequilaReader
Melissa | Must Read Faster@lexley
Lexie | Poisoned Rationality@PRationality
Jamie | Three Cheers for Literacy!! | @ 3cheers4lit
Bella | A Girl Reads a Book | @bellareads
Booksnob | Book Snob | @booksnob
Chelle | The Prairie Libray
Super | Super Librarian
Cat | Tell Me a Story 
Missie | The Unread Reader | @Missie_Bee
Vicki | The Wolf's Den
Nicole | Gotham Gal | @GothamGal 
Enbrethiliel | Shredded Cheddar 
Andrea | Illuminated in Words | @MsBeeton


  1. I'm in!
    Must Read Faster-
    My twitter-

  2. I'm in! Favorite Jane Austen Book!

    Poisoned Rationality--


    Lexie :D

  3. Booo! I'm moving and too busy to play. Sounds fun though :)

  4. Call me in - tentatively. I may end up just lurking on this one, but Northanger Abbey is definitely the Austen work I'm least familiar with (unless Lady Susan counts).

  5. I'm in! I love P & P so much, and want to give her other novels a go.

    Bella, A Girl Reads a Book -

    This sounds like it will be awesome.

  6. I am in! I am just finishing Moby Dick that week and at Boyscout camp but I still think I can handle it, although I may need a shot of tequila. I will try to pick up the book this weekend.

    Booksnob -

  7. I'm so excited! This will be my first readalong! I've already got my copy waiting on my TBR shelf. =) Here's my blog:

  8. This is one I've been wanting to read for a long time. The readalong is just the push I need to get started!

  9. Thanks - I'll join in. This is a JA I haven't read so looking forward to it.

  10. I haven't read this book in ages. I'd like to participate!

    This is me:

  11. I'm in! I was supposed to read this book for one of my college classes...and never did. I still have it sitting on my shelf, though, so this is as good an excuse as any!!!

    Vicki | The Wolf's Den

  12. I'm in!
    GothamGal at Twitter.

  13. +JMJ+

    I'm the latest of all and I have no Twitter account. Is that all right? =P

    I'll prefer to comment on your posts, Jennifer, than to have regular updates of my own, though I will write one "Reading Diary" post when I'm done. =)

  14. bellareads linked me to this, I'd love to join in if I can. Northanger Abbey is my favourite Austen.

    twitter @MsBeeton