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Summary and Awards1

It is a new year, my Austenesque friends!  And one of my favorite things to do at this time is look back and reflect on the previous year.  What did I do in 2014?  How much was accomplished?  What were my favorite things about 2014?

In 2014, Mr. Bingley and I did a little bit less traveling than I did in 2013.  But the trips we went on were quite a big deal! 🙂  First in January we went back for a second visit to Colombia to see our wonderful family there!

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And in April we went to England, which was everything I dreamed it would be and more!

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One of the best parts of going to England was meeting some lovely Jane Austen authors and friends in person!  What a special treat!

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After that, we stayed home and enjoyed our little piece of paradise. 🙂  We started to lay the ground work for our next big adventure – buying our first house!  We hope this adventure will be fully realized in 2015.  Stay tuned!

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And on the blog front, it has been quite a busy year…

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Let’s see a summary, shall we?

Total Blog Posts for 2014 – 168 (22 more than last year!)

Total Reviews Posted in 2014 – 61 (6 more than last year!)

Total Authors Who Stopped by Austenesque Reviews in 2014 – 30 (Wow! Ten more than last year!)

Reading Challenges –

  • The only reading challenge I did was the, Goodreads Reading Challenge.  Which I completed!  My goal was 60, and I read 61 books in 2014.  Woot!

And because you know I love my lists and charts, here are some breakdowns:

Reviews Breakdown

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  • Well…I do love my P&P variations, don’t I?  Can never have enough!
  • A good mix – a lot more time travel, short story anthologies, and miscellaneous reads. 🙂

Ratings Breakdown

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  • I’ve noticed I’ve been a bit more choosy with my 5 star ratings.  After 5 years of reading and reviewing 300+ Austenesque books, I think I’ve become a little bit more discerning – not everything is a “5 stars…Amazing…Must Read.”
  • I have a very low count of books receiving less than 4 star ratings this year (just 8 total), which I’m pretty happy about.  That means I liked and loved a lot of what I read!

Jane Austen Novel Breakdown

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  • Ahem…so this definitely shows some disparity…wouldn’t you say?  I seem to read way more P&P inspired Austenesque reads than other Jane Austen novels.  LOL! (Might be because P&P novels are much more widely published!)
  • The question is, are we happy with this disparity?  Do we like it to be almost “All Darcy and Lizzy, All the time?”  Or do we want to see more variety?  (I’d love your feedback!)

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2014 was a wonderful year for reading, reviewing, and blogging!  Thank you, authors for sharing our love of Jane Austen and giving us such enjoyment through your talent!  I loved soooo many of the books I’ve read this past year, but there are some that I thought deserved to receive a little bit more recognition and praise…

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…and the awards go to…

in no particular order

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Favorite Austen-Inspired Original Novel

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

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Congratulations, Katherine!  What a fabulous debut novel, I’m so looking forward to reading Lizzy and Jane next month!

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Favorite Austenesque Sequel

The Deception of Lyme by Carrie Bebris

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Congratulations, Carrie!  Thank you for bringing Darcy and Wentworth together and for taking us back to Lyme!  What a treat!

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Favorite Short Story Anthology

Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer by Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Kimberly Truesdale

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Congratulations, ladies!  This anthology was all. the. things!  Thank you so much for gifting us this splendid collection to enjoy during the Christmas season!

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Favorite Pride and Prejudice Variation (2 winners!)

Haunting Mr. Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory

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Congratulations, KaraLynne!  Your premise was wonderful and execution just perfect!  This is definitely a book that haunts you!

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The Madness of Mr. Darcy by Alexa Adams

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Congratulations, Alexa!  What a compelling and poignant tale!  I loved seeing the everlasting love between Darcy and Elizabeth!

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Favorite Alternative Point-of-View

Darcy’s Tale: Deluxe Edition by Stanley Hurd

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Congratulations, Stanley!  This whole series truly is the most riveting and heartfelt Darcy POV I’ve ever read!

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Favorite Modern Adaptation

Lucky 13: Matchmaking and Misunderstandings by Cat Gardiner

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Congratulations, Cat!  What a phenomenal read!!  The attention to detail and the clever way you immerse your audience into the story was such a terrific experience!

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Favorite Non-Austenesque Novel

A Very Plain Young Man, The Hapgoods of Bramleigh #2 by Christina Dudley

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Congratulations, Christina!  Loving this traditional Regency Romance series!  Elfrida and Frederick were a wonderful pair to go on a turbulent journey with and the whole Hapgood family is delightful and endearing!

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Favorite Biographical Fiction Novel (2 winners!)

Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James

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Congratulations, Syrie!  You are a 5x winner!!!  You most definitely have another winner here with this lovely tale about Jane Austen as a teenager!

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The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow

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Congratulations, Shannon!  This novel is brilliant in so many ways!  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to dream about Jane Austen’s life!

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Favorite Austen-Inspired Time Travel

Another Place in Time by Mary Simonsen

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Congratulations, Mary!  I love how you combine history and fiction in these novels!  Darcy in our modern day is so adorable and we truly do travel to another time with your novels!

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Favorite Wild Card

Emma and Elizabeth by Ann Mychal

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Congratulations, Ann!  Thank you for expanding Jane Austen’s The Watsons and giving us a most satisfying and compelling story to enjoy!

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How about you?  What are some of your Austenesque favorites from 2014?

~ Past Awards ~

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*The amazing award graphics used in this post were made by the über-talented and wonderfully generous Loren Dushku!  Thank you, Loren!

**Shout out to Joana Starnes, Sheila, Joy Dawn King, Carole in Canada, and Sophia Rose – according to WordPress you 5 are my most active commenters!!!! :) *hugs*

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Paige

Meredith, this post is fabulous! It is so visually lovely and full of information. Plus, it is really helpful and easy to add books to my collection! Thank you! Congratulations on having such a successful year! Happy New Year!

Teresa
Hi Meredith! Happy New Year 2015!. I hope you are having a joyful days! And Hello readers, have a wonderful year!. Meredith, you’ve improved your results again: more reviews, more guest authors and it’s a pleasure to read your post 🙂 I agree with you: I like very much the P&P versions and I would like to see too another jane’s characters like more stories with Emma and Knightley or Marianne and Elinor involved in mysteries why not? But it’s true that there aren’t as many novels as we would like about the others Jane’s books. I liked your awards,… Read more »
Sheila L. M.

Wow, I am so impressed! You do set the bar very high for all of us. I like your awards as they now give me incentive to buy and read several which I have seen mentioned but just did not take the time to check out. As many have said, “So many books, so little time!” You are amazing and thank you so much for giving us this wrap-up.

Jennifer Becton

Thank you so much for recognizing Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer! We are so excited and honored to be one of your favorites from 2014.

Christina Dudley

Wow! You are a reading powerhouse, Meredith. So amazing to see your year laid out like this. And please never stop posting about your travels with Mr. Bingley. Delightful.

Abigail Bok

Thanks so much for the wrap-up of favorites–and for all the hard work you do to bring this community to life! I’m so impressed with your grace and positivity, which sets the tone for the whole.

Betsy

YAY! Thanks for your wonderful list, already read several of them! I look forward to the 2015 Austenesque blogs!

Shannon Winslow

Another great year-end summary, Meredith. Beautifully done. I’m so delighted to have made your “favorites” list again. I consider it quite an honor. Thank you!

Janet T
I always look forward to your awards and much enjoyed your year end summary. (The book by Carrie Bebris was one of the first that I read. I loved it and think it may be time to read it again.) Thank you for taking the time to do this and share it with us. I love your blog and admire all you do here. You have been and are my inspiration. I have read several of the books on your award list and agree completely. Several of the others are on my TBR list and this just makes me want… Read more »
Joana Starnes

Thanks so much for the kind words and super encouragement, Meredith and Janet, you’re wonderful!!!!! So very happy you enjoyed them, I’m so glad they struck the right note. I think we all need our Darcy and Lizzy fix and they simply have to stay central to the story. Maybe we need new adaptations to shake things up a bit, but I think any new adaptation would still struggle to change the (yet another!!!) universally acknowledged truth that no one does sexy quite as well as Mr Darcy 🙂

Joy Dawn King

I am in such pleasant company with Sheila, Sophia Rose, Joana, and Carole. High fives to the five of us!

This is a great post, Meredith. Loren made it over-the-top, didn’t she? I didn’t realize that I had more books to pick up, so I thank you very much for your awards. If your travels bring you to the west coast in 2015, I would love the opportunity to meet you and Mr. Bingley. We would have so much to chat about.

Joana Starnes

High five! Great to be here, it’s always such fun and such amazing company!

Ceri
Hi Meredith, what a great year in review post! You’ve been so lucky with your reads this year that you’ve liked so many of them, it’s really disappointing when you spend precious reading time and then don’t enjoy the book. I have written myself a list of books I’m aiming to read this year and I’m pleased to say that quite a few of your favourites for last year feature, so I’m pleased to know I have some good reads ahead. Funnily enough I have set myself a challenge this year to read an Austenesque every month that isn’t based… Read more »
Christina Boyd

Congratulations to all! I am so excited you loved KaraLynne Mackrory’s HAUNTING MR DARCY! Thank you. Happy New Year, Meredith!

Suzan

GREAT JOB MEREDITH! Quite the increases. I’d say branch out if it’s overwhelmingly Pride and Prejudice but that’s what I’d do. I was thinking it was pretty balanced with all the lists though. I know you have many related to Persuasion, Emma, etc. I don’t know how many you added this year.

msimon43Mary Simonsen

Meredith, I’m flattered to be in such august company. I really, really enjoyed writing Another Place in Time. It was light, fun, and historic! So I had my cake and ate it too! Happy New Year. Here’s to another year of great books.

Debbie Fortin

I enjoyed your summary and am glad I found the blog this year. It’s been fun & I am looking forward to another fun year.

stanhurd
Dear Meredith, As is evident from your graphs, your output is absolutely daunting, and your quality is consistently superlative; this post is no exception. If you hadn’t been doing it for so long, I’d be thinking in terms of performance enhancing drugs! 😉 Seriously, your website is a sanctuary of all that is interesting, amiable, and literate; and, of course, its being dedicated to Jane makes it quite the most pleasant address on the web. For all our sakes, I hope you never stop. Thank you so much for choosing Darcy’s Tale; I can think of no one better qualified… Read more »
Sophia Rose
It was fun seeing your pictures and recaps from your travels earlier in the year. Happy continued house hunting. I’m a big list gal so I love seeing your stats and what they tell you about your blog and habits. I love all the P&P based stories, but I also enjoy seeing the others get attention too as some of my favorite retellings, variations and sequels are for Persuasion and S&S. I still need to read books related to NA, Emma and MP. Fixing that this year with the challenge. Thanks for the link and shout out for Austenesque Lovers… Read more »
Laurel Ann (Austenprose)
Hi Meredith. Wasn’t it a fabulous year of Jane Austen-inspired reading? I’ve just posted Austenprose’s Best Austenesque list too. We share many of the same titles. I think I am most thrilled for Christina Dudley and Ann Mychal, two underdog’s who deserve wider readership. I must also share that you are such an asset to the Austenesque genre Meredith. Reading 61 books in a year is astounding. Over the past five years you have honed your instincts and writing skills and if I gave away the Austenesque Reviewer of the Year award you would be top on the list. Not… Read more »
Sheila L. M.

Well said, Laurel Ann. I also read your list and have to make sure I put some of those books also on my TBR/Wish List.

Alexa Adams

Happy New Year, Meredith! What an honor and surprise! I am delighted to have made your best of 2014 list! So many great books to read (I, too, am doing the TBR Pile Challenge, but I still have to commit to a level. Your selections have just added its astronomical height). I’m off to brag. So thrilled! Thank you!

colettesaucier

Yea!! Thanks, Meredith, for selecting my “guilty pleasure” reading list for those times when I can’t lift a pen but I can lift a Kindle! So many new stories to read! Hugs!

Maria

Wow, Meredith! What a great post! I loved your breakdowns 🙂 I tend to read more P&P inspired Austenesque reads, too! Haha! But, yes, there are so many books inspired by P&P! 😀 Though this year I plan to read more books inspired by Jane Austen other novels! I’m glad you chose Dear Mr. Knightley as one of your absolute favourites, because I loved it, too!! And I’m really enjoying Holidays with Jane 🙂 Have a wonderful 2015 and enjoy your future reads! 😉

Warmisunqu's Austen
It has been an excellent year, Meredith. I am happy that it has been so. I like very much your list. I agree with you about the book «Dear Mr. Knightley» by Katherine Reay. It’s a wonderful story. 😉 In my ranking of the 10 favorites’s book of 2014, this is third. I have pending to read the books as «The Madness of Mr. Darcy» by Alexa Adams, «Darcy’s Tale: Deluxe Edition» by Stanley Hurd and «The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen» by Shannon Winslow, I will read them this 2015 😛 We agree that we have read more about… Read more »
KaraLynne

Being on this list is such a freakin’ awesome feeling. Thank you!! Your graphs and charts are brilliant and such a fun way to look at the year. What a productive girl you were! Thanks for taking the time to review and enjoy my book!

Carole in Canada
What an amazing year you have had Meredith and 2015 is set to be even better! You definitely set the bar high for us and I have decided to list out my reads and do up a graph on my reading habits! I have read several of the books which you have given awards to and agree with your choices though it must have been tough! I actually just finished reading “Haunting Mr. Darcy”and loved it too. What a unique perspective to write a variation on! Thank you for the ‘shout out’ as I am in great company! Thank you… Read more »
Catherine Commons
Happy 2015, Meredith and Mr. Bingley! You’ve had another amazing year. What else could we expect. I really never thought I’d get so interested in a blog, but I suppose it has a lot to do with the topic. One of my goals this year is to become one of your “most active commenters!” I read every post, but I get behind on my emails. I love your lists and statistics, as well as your reviews. I have to be more disciplined keeping up with my emails as I’ve accepted the position of Treasurer of the Master Gardeners of Pierce… Read more »
Nicole

Wow, what a year! I’m fascinated by the disparity in which of Jane’s novels used as inspiration – but I can’t say that I’m unhappy with it! Mr. Darcy is always my number one!

I have tried to read a few non P&P novels over the years and tend to not finish them for various reasons (I also don’t finish a number of P&P inspired novels, but I guess there are just so many out there I find enough that I love and read over and over again).

Joana Starnes

So glad you had such an amazing year and here’s to an even better 2015! It was wonderful to meet you and Mr Bingley in person, what a great team you make! I’m hoping we can do it again soon. Thanks for the super kind words about my mash-ups and for the shout-out too, but it’s all on you, you make it such a joy to be here! Happy New Year and lots of hugs xx

Dung
Great blog as always Meredith, I’m always looking out for your review on Goodreads when I’m looking for another P&P book to read. As for the type of Austen books & reviews I’m hoping you continue with more P&P books. I can’t get enough of our favorite couple. I’m glad I stumble across your blog as well as the JAFF Community a year ago. It has made reading so much fun. Who knew there were so many people passionate about reading & writing Austen inspired books. I can’t wait to read a few of your winners this year. I loved… Read more »
Catherine Commons

In my previous email, I forgot to congratulate all the writers who won one of your awards!
Congratulations, Writers! Keep up the good work!

Syrie James

I’ve been out of town and just saw your list, Meredith! I’m absolutely thrilled that Jane Austen’s First Love is one of your favorites for 2014, and I’m honored to find my novel in the company of so many great books by so many gifted authors! I wish you and all Austenesque followers the best year ever for 2015. I hope it’s a year of good health, good times, the achievement of at least one of your dreams, and that you enjoy dozens and dozens of great reads!

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