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So Obsessed With: The Mini Edition #8

I've mentioned numerous times how much I love Jane Austen, and recently I've spotted lots of new Austen-related releases while browsing online. There's been non-fiction about her life, gorgeous new editions of her novels, a few fictional stories drawing upon her life and characters for inspiration – and even a recent TV adaptation of one of her unfinished works. And, unsurprisingly, there are always new products (pins! mugs! pouches!) to collect. As I kept adding stuff to my wishlist, I decided to collect it all in one post. If you're an Austen fan too, today is your lucky day. Here are thirteen Austen-related items I've been eyeing lately:


1. Sanditon by Jane Austen (Clothbound Classics Edition)
I have the original 7-book set designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith and have always wished this one had been added, even though it's unfinished. I'm thrilled this released in 2019 with Lady Susan and The Watsons included, too.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Seasons Edition)
Years ago, I wrote about the fact that I collect editions of Pride and Prejudice. Y'all my collection has grown significantly. I love the associated memories – and I have my friend Lauren to thank for this recent addition!

3. The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen by Penelope Hughes-Hallett
I own another book of Jane Austen's letters, but who can resist an illustrated edition? This collection of letters has added painting and engravings of Regency England, as well as commentary from Hughes-Hallett.

4. Dress in the Age of Jane Austen by Hilary Davidson
Yes, my obsession with Jane Austen extends to books about Regency fashion, too! I love how non-fiction can deepen my appreciation for Austen's work and give me more insight into life during that time period.

5. The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas
In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Austen's novels were targeted to Britain's working class and sold at railway stations. They were, essentially, mass market paperbacks. This book explores that history!

6. The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley
I'll be honest, the summary of this one makes me a little nervous! It's a fictional story about two of Austen's nieces. Aunt Jane? I'm intrigued. Add in the fact that it's YA, and we'll see if it lives up to the adorable cover.

7. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
This book focuses on Jane's sister, Cassandra, and that's an approach I haven't seen before. I'm so excited to see how Hornby reimagines Jane's lost letters. It's always interesting to speculate on why Cassandra destroyed them! 

8. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
This made it onto my list of most anticipated 2020 releases, but I had to include it here too! A group of Austen lovers coming together to try to save her Chawton home and legacy = I need it. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

9. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Although I don't read a ton of Young Adult anymore, I can't resist a science fiction retelling of Austen's Persuasion. It sounds so good! My only hesitation? I feel like it's been done before, so we'll see how it compares...

10. Masterpiece Theater: Sanditon ($27)
We don't have cable anymore, so I wasn't able to watch this week to week. But honestly, I would prefer to binge this anyway! Now that it's out on DVD, I'll be buying a copy so I can watch it anytime the baby sleeps.

11. Jane Austen's Emma (Audio Adaptation)
This isn't as recent as some of the other releases, since it came out in 2018, but it's still on my wishlist. This is a full-cast dramatization of Emma – so, not the unabridged book – but it seems like such a fun listen!

12. Jane Austen Zipper Pouch ($13)
Can you have too many zipper pouches? I love that this one is covered in Austen quotes because it reminds me of one of my favorite mugs (from the same company) that Kelly got me for my birthday a few years ago. 

13. Jane Austen Characters Mug ($25)
This mug is important from the U.K., so that's already a point in its favor. It's bone china and decorated with humorous illustrations of more than 40 characters from Austen's novels. I have too many mugs. and yet...

Are there any Austen-related books I've forgotten?
What's one person/topic you just can't resist?

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    1. So do I! I'm doing a no shopping challenge right now, but I might have to treat myself to it when I'm done.

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