Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Jane Austen Novels

The theme for this week's Top Ten Tuesday is the to ten books for readers who like "blank". I had an incredibly hard time coming up with something to fill that "blank" because I feel so hesitant to compare books and say if you like this one you'll like this one. So if you liked this but don't like this... DON'T SUE ME! ;) So to fill that blank I have finally chosen "for readers who like Jane Austen's novels" because I feel I'm always in a safe zone with Jane Austen. ;) What embodies Austen's novel for me is that they are a simple story with nothing too crazy going on, no sword fights or kidnapped damsels in distress, but just a story that tells a lot about people, about human nature, in a very witty and original way and throws some romance in with it too. :) So I've tried to reflect that in the below selections.
  1. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  4. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  5. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  6. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  7. Little Women by Louise May Alcott
  8. Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
So yeah, I couldn't come up with ten but oh well!
In case you are wondering, I didn't put any Jane Austen spin offs on this list... I've only read two and I wasn't impressed with either.
Also you should read Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen by Peter Leithart. It's a great commentary on Jane Austen's novels. 

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19 comments:

  1. I love Jane Austen and I loved North and South. I still haven't read Wives and Daughters though I did like the miniseries. Little Women and Anne of Green Gables are among my favorite classics too.

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    1. If you liked the miniseries you'll probably like the book! You should try it out! :)

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  2. Little Women and Anne of Green Gables are definitely some of my favorite books.
    There are a few on here that I haven't read yet.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Amanda

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    1. You'd probably like the others! Check them out. :)

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  3. I love Jane Austen and I love the books you've listed. Fun list today. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

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  4. I hear you about spinoffs, they tend to be more miss than hit with me. However, have you checked out Amanda Grange's Jane Austen heroes' diaries? I've read Captain Wentworth'sDiary and Mr. Knightley's Diary and absolutely loved them, they're quite true to their characters but then offers a little more insight from their side of the story (without totally repeated the novels over again :)) Great list!

    My TTT

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    1. I have heard good things about the diaries and I've been thinking I should check them out. I actually saw them at the local used bookstore the other day and almost got them... Maybe I'll have to go back and grab them. :)

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  5. I haven't read either of the Trollope titles, but I've read all the others (well, I'm periodically working on Mutual Friend ;)) and I give my hearty stamp of approval to all of them! Good choices! :)

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    1. You'd like the Trollope novels I think. :)

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  6. Nice list of books for this week's TTT post!! Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/03/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-for-readers.html

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  7. Somehow I knew you'd do something Jane Austen-related. ;) That's a great list!

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  8. I really need to just read more Jane Austen. Somehow I've managed to only read Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. Sense and Sensibility is on my Classics Club list but there's so many I'd like to read.

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    1. Yes you should! There are all great in their own way but each explore different topics. :)

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  9. Lovely list. I do love Jane Austen and I totally agree, those spin-offs are not the real deal. I have read quite a few of those books on your list, the others are on my wishlist. My favourite Jane Austen novel would be "Persuasion".

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, I am always happy about comments. As you know, I did "classics" but had to include my favourite author, Jane Austen, of course.

    Marianne from Let's Read

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    1. Persuasion is great! Not quite my favorite but oh so close!

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  10. You have a great list! I'm reading Miss Marjoribanks right now, and, I think it would be a great fit! It's by Margaret Oliphant, and, though I haven't finished it quite yet, I can't help but thinking that you would probably enjoy it too! (I love Austen and Victorian lit!)

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