Jul 052017


Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  I hope those readers in Canada and the US enjoyed some lovely Independence Days! 😉  I can’t believe 2017 is half over!  The year is going so fast!  I wish time would slow down!

June was busy for me.  But strangely I got a lot of reading done! 😀  Besides reading…and reviewing….


I spent an evening reorganizing my bookshelves (I loved it!  It’s been over a year since I’ve done this.)


I went to a Jane Austen inspired concert with my brother (who I’ve now decided I will refer to as Henry Austen on this blog, because just like Jane was very close with her brother Henry, I am very close with mine! And he is a little bit of charmer sometimes!)

BTW – these lovely ladies will be recording this entire concert soon and make it available for purchase for those of you who enjoy listening to Jane Austen inspired music.  You can follow of them on Facebook!

I got my first Jane Austen subscription box from Pembertea filled with wonderful Janeite goodies!  Pembertea offers monthly subscriptions and you can check them out HERE!

And lastly, I spend a couple of days in Disney and Universal Studios with some family visit from Colombia!  It was a bit crazy going to Orlando during a holiday weekend and in 99 degree weather, but also wonderful!  Magical places with people we love! Good times! 😀 <3


Want to know what Austenesque fun I’m getting into this month?

…here is what’s on this month’s

Austenesque Agenda:



 read my mini-review HERE!




I have so many P&P reads in this month’s line-up, I’m craving some time with the Dashwoods!

And in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, I’d like to try and read this charming and elegant book I have about her.


Eliza Shearer – July 12th

Caitlin Williams – July 21st

Such a great month lined up, so much going on!!

What are you looking forward to this month?

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  34 Responses to “Austenesque Agenda – July 2017”


    Hi Meredith, lovely post. Looks like you have been very busy but having a wonderful time also. We have just returned from the Lake District on a week’s holiday. We visited Hilltop House in Ambleside where Beatrix Potter used to live and looked around the village where she based some of her stories on. Lovely place to visit but the weather could have been better! Looking forward to all your wonderful reviews as usual.


      Hi Michelle! I hope you had a lovely trip! Sorry the weather wasn’t great, but it looks like you went to some interesting sights! How cool! 🙂

      I look forward to sharing my reviews with you and enjoying some good bookish conversations with you this month! 😉


      Oh dear. Sorry about the weather, Michelle! I saw this fridge magnet in Great Langdale campsite, with 2 identical images of sheep + rain, with the caption ‘Lake District in winter & Lake District in the summer’ 😀 But Hilltop House must have been a delight.


    Dashwood Sisters??? Yes!!!! There’s one copy in my 40+ libraries’ network. I have put a request. As it’s the month of the 200th “passing” annv., more non-fiction books are on the way. Hopefully less than previous months…my inner Anne Elliot says less non-fiction!


      Great, Kirk! I look forward to seeing what you think of it! I’ve had it on my TBR pile for years!!! It is YA and I know it doesn’t have the highest of ratings on Amazon, but I still want to read it! I love spending time with the Dashwoods. LOL! Listen to your inner-Anne!


    I am looking forward to your reviews, especially of Darcy’s Honor that I haven’t purchased yet. So proud you got to take your family to Orlando too, for that will be a lasting memory.


      Thank you, Brenda! You are so sweet! I look forward to sharing them with you and seeing your thoughts as well! It was a lot of fun and definitely great memories for us all! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!


    Quite the busy month, Meredith! Good luck with your plans!


    Love the photos and admire your energy in reorganizing your books. I don’t envy your visit to Disney and Universal in that heat. We went at Easter and Thanksgiving so it was a bit cooler. I have not read the Notting book but your rating will now cause me to put it on my TBR pile. I have read Kara’s book, Victoria’s book and Lillian’s book and enjoyed all those. I also read Miss Darcy’s Beaux and enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to learning more about that music’s availability.


      Thanks, Sheila! I love spending time in my book nook! 😉 It was my kind of Friday night! 😉 Yeah, it definitely was hot in Orlando, but luckily we didn’t seem to mind too much with frozen drinks and air conditioned rides helping us out! I hope you enjoy the Notting Hill book if you read it! 😉


    I loved Darcy’s Honor and A Man With Faults and I have the Kara Louise book waiting in the wings (along with a large number of other books)
    Thanks for sharing your photos. I do love your ‘book nook’ I wish I had room for one of those. Thank goodness for my kindle!!!


    I just hope I can get some reading done on vacation


      It is sometimes tricky to do that! On our trip to Disney I thought I’d get more reading done, but the only times I could read were at the airport or on the plane! Hope you get to read on your vacation!


    Hi Meredith,

    It seems like you’d a great time in Disney!

    What a collection of books!!! You’ve a beautiful den in which to keep them,it looks so cosy and comfy-a book lover’s dream!!! ☺️

    Haven’t read any of the books that you plan to read this month,although I was lucky enough to win a copy of Lory’s A Man With Faults,which I’ve yet to read.

    Happy reading,Meredith!


      Hi Mary! We did! 🙂 Such a magical place. 🙂 I do love having such a special place for my books! I’m very lucky! That’s great that you have a copy of A Man With Faults, I’ve heard so many great things about it! I hope you get to read it soon!


    Organizing the shelves. I need to do that. Yours look great. 🙂 Neat that you and ‘Henry’ attended the musical concert together. And wow, hot day at the amusement park with family- worth it, I’m sure. 🙂

    Enjoy your July of reading and looks like a couple great visitors, too!


      Thanks, Sophia! I know you have quite a few more shelves than I do, so it might indeed prove a big project! 🙂

      Aw, yes! Henry was the one who found out about the concert for me and it was very sweet of him to want to come with! 🙂

      I hope you have a very enjoyable month reading too! I think I saw that you will be traveling and spending time with your family soon too! Have a wonderful time!


    I loved this post and such wonderful photos. You really have a lot planned for us to read and I look forward to reading your reviews. Have fun… and hello to Mr. Bingley. He is so cute. Y’all look so cute together.


      Thank you, Jeanne! I’m really glad you enjoyed it! 😉 Thanks for the lovely mention of Mr. Bingley – he is such a cutie! 😉 He says hello as well!


    Looks like you’ve been having a fun summer so far; I’m so glad! It is going by really fast. Of your August books I’ve so far only read Master Under Good Regulation. I just loved it and I did cry lol. I wasn’t sure a whole book could be made from Reggie’s POV but Kara pulled it off.

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of these books. 🙂


      Yes, Monica! We have, I love summer so much! I hope it doesn’t go too fast! Yes, that story pulled at your heartstrings for sure! Kara was very clever with how she included Reggie in her story. 🙂


    Ooh, thanks for the tip on Elan Ensemble! I love music of that era. 🙂


    Looks like a great month ahead!


    Loved your post! I recently re-organized all our bookshelves, with the help of my husband as he finished our new built-ins in the living room! The music concert sounds wonderful and I just checked out Pembertea…I am so tempted! I just might ask for a subscription for Christmas! I know…it’s just becoming a lovely summer and I’m thinking of Christmas! Glad you had fun with your family in Disney. As for the books, I have read Lory’s and Elizabeth’s. I’m really looking forward to learning more about Caitlin’s! I hope to read ‘Jane Austen’s England’ by Karen Quint a little each week and see all the places that Jane had visited etc. I recently finished Jodi L. Covey’s ‘Progression Vol. 3’ which I adored and finally read Victoria Kincaid’s ‘Darcy vs. Bennet’ which was so enjoyable as well and what a twist!


      Thanks, Carole! I enjoy sharing this post with you each month. 🙂 It is always fun to chat about what is going on in our lives! That’s a great idea about the Pembertea box! Do it! 🙂

      I can’t wait to read Lory’s and Eliza’s books and learn more about Caitlin’s! It sounds so intriguing and different! That’s great that you just read Darcy vs. Bennet, I really enjoyed that one too! 🙂 Love your plan to read Jane Austen’s England by Karen Quint! Thanks for the lovely visit!


    What a lovely post, Meredith! Loved the pictures. I’m so glad you had such a great time in June and my-oh-my, the shelves reorganisation!! Looks like an interesting combination of ‘scary’ & ‘fun’ 😀

    I’m very excited about the July agenda, so many lovely books you’re going to review, and can’t wait for the guests posts. I loved the premise for ‘Miss Darcy’s Beaus’ and how it brings together characters from several Austen novels, and I’m still biting my nails in anticipation of Caitlin’s new book!

    Have a great summer, many happy hours reading at the beach and lots of fun with Master Henry & Mr Bingley!


      Thanks so much for checking out my post, Joana! I hope your June was as lovely as mine! 🙂

      I’m really excited about seeing what happens in Miss Darcy’s Beaux – I read the first couple of chapters already, it will be interesting to see what other characters she encounters!


    I’d love to have that many books to re-organise! How have you done it this time? By genre and then alphabetically by author surname within genre? By publisher and then again alphabetically by surname? I have one shelf that looks totally random (especially to my son) but it houses my precious collection of books that I’ve had the pleasure to proofread/beta. They’re in chronological order by publication date.

    The concert sounds wonderful! I’d love a copy of the recording, so I’ll have to nip over to FB to find out more. I’ve already checked out the Pembertea website but as I live in the UK, the shipping adds quite a bit to the overall cost, so sadly I think I’ll pass on that. Looks amazing though. Theme parks just aren’t my thing, unless someone comes up with an Austen themed one – oh wait, that’s Hampshire!

    As ever, I look forward to reading your reviews of all of the books listed, especially Darcy’s Honour (sorry, just have to spell it the British way!) as that’s one of the books on my beta shelf. Kara Louise’s book has been languishing on my Kindle for far too long and Lory’s is a recent acquisition. Your visitors look fascinating, too.


      LOL! Anji. So many options right? I do it mostly by publisher and by author. I prefer to keep my paperbacks and hardcovers separate and have grouped books together that are all from the same publisher (and then I go by author last name and then book title). So all my Meryton Press books are all together on one shelf, all my Sourcebooks are all together in another section. I had it like this last time, but I just moved the shelves around that way new books will be on top and others go to the bottom for a little. 🙂

      Sorry to hear about the Pembertea box being a bit pricey, I did see on FB that they were exploring other shipping options. Maybe they will be able to cut that down soon?

      Thanks so much for this lovely visit! I love hearing all your thoughts about what I’m doing and our little chats together! I hope you enjoy a wonderful month, my friend!


    Wow, Meredith, what a great month–Disney, a Jane Austen concert, Pembertea, and organizing shelves! And reading…sounds like my kind of month. 🙂 Hope your summer continues to be amazing! I look forward to your Dashwood Sisters’ review and I just added From Notting Hill to my library list. Thanks! 🙂

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