Monthly Recap

Three Ways to Celebrate Jane Austen During Gothtober

As Austen fans, we hardly need an excuse to celebrate more Jane goodness. However, I always get a little spring in my step when October rolls around since it means it time to enjoy all the Gothic goodness of Northanger Abbey (at least during the proper season). Forget pumpkin spice latte’s and Sweater Weather… I’ll take more Mr. Tilney, please.

As the world around us quickly switches to virtual events, Chawton House is not to be left behind. I must say they have been one of the highlights of 2020, for me. Quickly adapting to the new normal, they have been offering so many fantastic virtual events. In celebration of Gothtober, they are offering a virtual Tales of Terror! Gothic Stories by the Virtual Fireside. You can check out more information and sign up for tickets here. This is an event you can attend at any time after it goes live as it is prerecorded. It is a three-part event. You can sign up for all or whichever one spark your fancy. I’m excited to attend all three.

Keeping the creepy vibes going, I’m also listening to -and loving- the audiobook for Northanger Abbey. I found an unabridged version on narrated by Juliet Stevenson. As you will remember in my Elizabeth OHG post, I said that I’m not much of an audiobook listener but so far this one is very entertaining!

If you aren’t familiar with, it is an audiobook site that allows you to choose which independent local bookstore you would like the proceeds of your purchase to benefit. You can get your first book free by clicking here (afflilate link). Dare I even suggest grabbing the one pictured below.

And finally, would it even be Fall without curling up under a blanket, cup of tea in hand, watching a movie? And what better movie to wrap up Gothtober with than Northanger Abbey, the movie. (yes, more Mr. Tilney)

For some reason, this movie doesn’t seem to be talked about much in the many Austen groups I follow. It is truly one of my favorite Austen adaptations and I rewatch it multiple times throughout the year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed maybe we will see a remake soon.

I hope this post inspires you to add a little more Austen into your life this October. With as crazy as 2020 as been, Jane Austen continues to bring her fans humor, stability, and hope for the future.

Drop me a comment and let me know if you plan to enjoy any of these Austen related activities this month. I would love to hear from you! And if you aren’t already, subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss any posts.

Happy Gothtober -Melissa

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Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.

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