Summer brings out this organized, more focused side to me as a reader. Does it have this effect on your reading habits?
I love to make various lists, research book titles, and plan ahead for how I will spend my time reading. My recent purchases of this reading journal and some lovely book darts have only made me even more passionate about preparing for my summer reading! I have even made this handy page for keeping track of the JAFF books that you may want to read this summer too.
Maybe it’s knowing I have several weeks off in the summer, or maybe it’s the extra daylight hours we have that inspire me to stay up even later curled up with a great book, or perhaps it’s the fact that some of my favorite JAFF authors have plans to release new books this summer. I just can’t seem to be anything but absolutely giddy about summer reading! While some readers enjoy reading light-hearted stories throughout the summer, other readers enjoy tackling more challenging types of reads during this time of year. No worries here about whether summer reading for you means you’re looking for some light-hearted reading, opportunities for some serious reading or both. Today I am sharing a variety of summer reading possibilities for JAFF lovers.
Last year my readers created this awesome list of summer reading suggestions and I think this is a great place to start with your summer reading plans. I also shared my own Top Ten List of JAFF Staycation Reads last year, which you may also enjoy browsing. This year I’m organizing my summer reads a bit differently. I hope you like what I came up with this year!
10 JAFF Books for Summer Reading/ June 2017
Here’s my list of books that are great fun to read, which would make terrific JAFF reading while you’re on the beach, near a pool, or just somewhere savoring this delicious time of year!
- “A Searing Acquaintance” by Jan Ashton / As someone who lives close to the NY locations of this modern-day Pride and Prejudice variation, I believe that Ms. Ashton created a great backdrop for this JAFF variation. With emotive storytelling and well-developed characters, Ms. Ashton’s debut JAFF novel introduced readers to another author to watch in the JAFF community. With her recently released novel, Mendacity and Mourning, Ms. Ashton shows she’s comfortable telling Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s story, regardless of the time period. My rating / 4.5 stars / KindleUnlimited
- “The Journey” by Jan Hahn / This is one of those stories that literally keeps you reading from start to finish without looking away from the pages for more than a drink and maybe, just maybe, a snack. Traveling with Darcy and Elizabeth along this treacherous journey is intriguing, intense, and filled with plenty of romantic tension, Jan Hahn-style! I think she’s even working on a sequel to this story too. My rating / 4 stars / KindleUnlimited
- Mr. Darcy to the Rescue by Victoria Kincaid / I did enjoy this as a summer read two years ago. Actually, I devoured it in one sitting! This book really highlights Ms. Kincaid’s ability to develop a humorous JAFF storyline while she spins great romantic scenes within her plots too. Watching Mr. Darcy rescue Elizabeth from the blubbering Mr. Collins is just too delicious to resist! My rating / 5 stars / KindleUnlimited
- “Rainy Days” by Lory Lilian / Is there any wonder that this is the book that helped Lory earn the nickname of the “Queen of Hot Mush?” This story has plenty of hot mush and sweet moments between our dear couple, as well as some pretty swoon-worthy scenes secluded in a cottage with Darcy. Oh, my! And best of all is that we don’t have to wait for a rainy day to enjoy some time with Mr. Darcy. My rating / 4 stars / KindleUnlimited
- “Mr. Darcy Likes It Wild” by Beth Massey / The cover and title of this book initially didn’t draw me into this story but once I started it, I just couldn’t put this down. Get ready for one crazy, funny, and romantic ride with Darcy and Elizabeth, which concludes with what is still my favorite epilogue in all of JAFF! My rating / 5 stars
- “When They Fall in Love” by Mary Simonsen / Place an older Darcy and Elizabeth in Italy, one of the most romantic settings in the world, and you have a story that’s not only very romantic but a setting that makes this story so much fun to read! I can still remember the gorgeous scenery Ms. Simonsen painted throughout this story through her vivid use of imagery. My rating / 4 stars
- “Sway” by Melanie Stanford / Ms. Stanford has updated Persuasion, one of Jane’s most popular stories, and given it a modern-day setting and cast of characters. This tale of lost love, rekindled hopes, and lessons learned combines the essence of Austen’s classic with a storyline that’s memorable in its own way. There’s also a novella titled Clash, based on this book being released on June 27, 2017, which is just in time to read this story before it’s release! My rating / 5 stars
- “Miss Darcy’s Companion” by Joana Starnes / Joana took a chance on this storyline and I think she did a great job turning the tables on Darcy and Elizabeth! Having Elizabeth serve as Miss Darcy’s companion was an unusual twist and the way Joana “tortures” Elizabeth makes my heart ache for her in all the right places! My rating / 5 stars / KindleUnlimited
- “Seeking Mansfield” by Kate Watson / I reread Mansfield Park this year, and enjoyed it as never before. This young adult modern variation on Austen’s story has been popular with readers from teenagers and beyond. Ms. Watson has played with the characters and story elements in ways that kept me glued to this book and even had me rooting for the “bad boy.” My rating / 5 stars
- “Ardently” by Caitlin Williams / The setting of Bath lends a vacation-type feel to this story and the romance just bubbles over onto all of the pages! An older, yet wiser Darcy and Elizabeth adds a bit more maturity to their relationship and the way that Ms. Williams blends in scenes from Austen’s other stories always makes me smile! This is the book that immediately made Caitlin Williams a must-read author for me. My rating / 5 stars
This summer, these are the JAFF books I am looking forward to penciling into my planner. I hope readers are already adding these titles to their summer reading lists:
- “Darcy in Wonderland” by Alexa Adams (Release is expected in August 2017)
- “It Was Meant To Be” by Andreea Catana (Release date is expected mid-July 2017)
- “Perception” by Terri Fleming (Release date is July 13, 2017)
- “A Quest for Mr. Darcy” by Cass Grafton (Released yesterday)
- “Fair Stands the Wind” by Catherine Lodge (Release date is expected by Meryton Press for August 2017)
- “Clash” by Melanie Stanford / This is novella takes place after Sway, but can be read as a standalone book too. (Release date is June 27, 2017)
- “When We Are Married” by Caitlin Williams (Release date is mid-late July)
Do you want some non-fiction titles to embrace your inner Jane Austen? Here are a few new non-fiction summer releases:
- The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood by Paula Byrne / This book is expected to be released on June 27, 2017. Originally published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2003 as Jane Austen and the Theatre, Paula Byrne’s first book was never made widely available in the US and is out of print today. This updated edition of Paula Byrne’s debut book includes new material that explores the history of Austen stage adaptations, why her books work so well on screen, and what that reveals about one of the world’s most beloved authors.
- “Jane Austen, the Secret Radical” by Helena Kelly / This book was released in May and while not everything in this book offers a radical insight into Austen, there are plenty of places that would spark some great conversation amongst Jane Austen fans. Each chapter is based on a different Austen novel and combines historical information with information from Austen’s own life to offer new connections between Austen’s own life and the stories she so meticulously crafted. I found her chapter based on Mansfield Park, in particular, to be a very compelling read.
- “The Making of Jane Austen” by Devoney Looser / Publishers Weekly names this as one of their Best Summer Books (Nonfiction), 2017 “Austen fans have another book to add to their libraries.”– Publishers Weekly. I have loved learning so much about the innovative people who helped us all come to know and love Jane Austen! This book helps readers understand how Jane’s persona has been shaped throughout the past two centuries.
- “Jane Austen: Writer in the World” by Kathryn Sutherland / This book makes a gorgeous coffee table book for Janeites. I picked this up at Chawton earlier this month and I just love the combination of essay and images from Jane’s life and time. I can easily see going back to this book time and time again as it remains proudly displayed in our living room.
- “Jane Austen at Home: A Biography” by Lucy Worsley / I am currently listening to this audiobook, which is just wonderful and I keep marking places to go back to in my paperback copy. This book is so well done and has an engaging and lively tone. I’ve also been able to watch her episode on the BBC that takes us to some of the places in her book. It’s a brilliant combination!
If you’d like these lists printed on one page, I am sharing this Just Jane 1813 JAFF Summer Reading List as a Google Doc.
It’s Giveaway Time!
Today I am giving away two $10.00 Amazon gift cards for two Just Jane 1813 readers to help my readers purchase some of these summertime reads. To enter these giveaways, please leave the title of a book or two that you’d recommend as a summer read in the comments section below, no later than midnight, ET, July 4th. The winner will be announced on this blog on July 5, 2017.
I hope you have fun making and keeping your summer reading plans!