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Book Giveaway!


To add more fun to the debut from Katherine Reay that we've been celebrating here today, there's a giveaway for Katherine's debut! Yay. Cannot wait to hear what all of you thing about this one.

Here's the rules:

The giveaway(s) is open to U.S and Canadian readers. Also, please I will just ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not nearly as easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - believe it or not, there have been a couple people that I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it!  

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Learn more about Katherine and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley:

Q&A with Katherine ReayDear Mr. Knightly Book Review

Best of luck, all.
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  1. I've never read any Jane Austen re-imagining, mainly cause I've never even finished any of her books, although I've tried really hard. But I just finished reading The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (historical fiction/romance) last night, which was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite book ever, but it was worth reading in my opinion!

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    1. The only novel I've completed by Austen was Sense and Sensibility, Sereina. I've been attempting to get through Northanger Abbey for years but the language barrier (how novels were once written vs. today's prose) is just too difficult to overcome. That being said I've read books that were contemporary re-tellings of her famous work and of course, I'm a huge "Austen film" aficionado. :)

      Oh, I read 'Lucy Banning' also. I share a similar opinion; it was okay but not my most favorite - as you say, it was a nice one-time read though. :)

      BEST of luck.

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    2. Yes, the old English makes it much more dificult to read, that's for sure! I made it over half way though Pride and Prejudice, but I just couldn't bring my self to finish it. And then after watching the 1995 mini-series I realized I'm just not a P&P fan, so it's no surprise I didn't care for the book. I've had friends tell me that Sense and Sensibility is easier to read, so maybe I'll give it a try sometime! :D

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    3. Sometimes I feel silly saying I cannot get through Austen because many of the people I've talked with regarding Austen's original novels say they found her books super easy to read but, golly! The difference in proses just gives me a headache. ;)

      Oh, well, that's understandable then! If you aren't fond of the P&P story in general then it'd be that much harder to work through the novel. My favorite version of the book in film form is actually the 2005 feature film. Many fans don't like it because the A&E version is considered *the* only adaptation by avid fans, however the '05 version is one of those movies that has grows on me each time I rewatch it.

      Sense & Sensibility has a good minseries adaptation, too. In that instance I much prefer that longer version vs. the feature film. ;)

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    4. I'm so with you on that! A lot of people seem to have no trouble reading it, but it's much more challenging to me! The fact that I'm not a fast reader doesn't help either...

      The 2005 film has been on my to watch list for a while now, but I still haven't seen it. I have a friend who like you prefers that version much better, and I think I could handle P&P condensed into two hours! ;) I've seen the tree versions of Emma and I definitely like the mini-series over the movies. The 2009 version of Emma would have to be my favorite Austen film/mini-series adaption I've seen.

      I've only seen the film adaption of Sense & Sensibility, but still want to watch the mini-series.It's probably my second favorite Austen film/mini-series.

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    5. I'm a turtle when it comes to reading also, Sereina! Used to be really fast but since I started to review books, I like to take time, to think about the story and try to pull everything (the good and bad) I can from it. Needless to say, if ever I get back to Northanger Abbey, I should probably start from the beginning again. ;)

      Some of the casting in the P&P miniseries is off and in the 2005 version Bingley is a bit too "goofy" to suit the character. That being said, overall the 2-hour version is just as good and hits all the important plots and characters wonderfully plus Mr. Collins is more "loveable" annoying than outright "creepy."

      Aw, yay! I'm glad you liked the Emma story. She has to be one of Austen's most frustrating characters yet she's always been a favorite of mine. I loved the recent miniseries also; it offers so much more to the story. Aside from Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson's crying scene near the end and Emma being not the right age for Elinor, the feature film has some great things - like Alan Rickman as the Col. and his relationship with Marianne. The miniseries is way better with casting (the cast is more age-appropriate) and also features a lot more information although fans didn't like the opening scene. So as always, there are pros and cons to all adaptations! :)

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    6. It seems like everyone speeds through books, so it's nice to find someone who's more similar to myself. :) I'm hoping to one day review books on my blog, but right now movies are hard enough for me! Blogging is fun, but it is challenging for me (and that's why highlight and let the photos shine, as that's something I'm more comfortable with).

      Well, if it's less like the book I'll probably like it then! ;) There are very few book to film movie adaptions that I've watched in general, so I'm not too picky when it comes to that kinda stuff. But when they make re-makes of my favorite movies/television shows, that's when I get picky. Haha!

      Yes, Emma would have to be my very favorite, with Wives and Daughters being my second. I could really take or leave any of the other ones I've seen. Considering I'd never seen any of the well known period drams until 2-3 years ago, I've seen quite a lot of them, though there's still many more I need to watch though. I feel like mini-series are generally better than films. There's much more time to develop the characters and story, so they don't feel as rushed. I guess that's why I watch way more TV shows than movies.

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    7. Nope, you're not alone, Sereina - I am definitely not a speed reader. I kind of wish I was because I get so far behind reading like a turtle, but hey! That's life. ;)

      As for blogging, if photos are more your thing, that's cool! I reviewed films for someone before I ever started blogging on my own so by the time I opened the blog, I was comfortable with it and that transitioned into books. If ever you do start book blogging, there are a TON of awesome publicity firms that send you books to review.

      Re-makes are something I very open to. Oftentimes fans of classics are adamantly against re-makes or contemporary versions of a story, that being said, I am not one of them. I can appreciate almost anything so long as it holds my interest. For example I've seen both Sense & Sensibility and P&P re-made as a modern story and while each has flaws, both were insanely fun.

      Well, in terms of Austen, Emma is a fave. If we're talking about all the other costume dramas... whoa! There's WAY too many of those to wade through the favorites. ;) Miniseries do give much better perspective to all the details. I watch TONS of TV shows also, however sometimes the hang ups the writers keep playing up on the characters does wear thin. *sigh* Sometimes we've wondered on these comment threads if we all put our heads together... could we write things better? ;)

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  2. I'm not sure that I've read any Jane Austen re-imagining, but I'm going to say the 1995 BBC "Pride and Prejudice" mini-series. It's not a book (obviously :) ), but it is kind of a re-telling of Jane Austen's story since Jane wasn't actually involved in the film-making process. It is what got me started on a bit of an Austen craze (or maybe Colin Firth had more to do with it :) ).

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    1. Books, Movies or anything goes, Kerry. :)

      The mini series version of "P&P" was probably my first intro to Austen, same as you. Either that or Miramax's Emma. Either way, I've been an Austen fan ever since!

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  3. I enjoyed reading the YA novel Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman, which is not exactly a re-telling but has plenty of Austen in it :)

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    1. Cool! You've got me curious, Heidi. I'm most definitely going to look this one up. :)

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  4. I haven't read any re-imagining either...buut..like Kerry, I have a video series i like "The lizzy bennet diaries" well, i haven't watched all of them...but y'know;)

    I really enjoy just reading and re-reading all of Jane Austens works. they are the best.

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    1. Ooo! I just finished that LBD web series, Lilly. It was quite sweet (albeit a bit "adult" sometimes); I'm going to be blogging about it soon. :)

      Glad you enjoy Austen's novels; save for one, I've yet to get through them. :)

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  5. I actually haven't read any re-imagining or remake of an Austen novel, though I have several on my reading list!

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    1. I've read some, Hannah but same as you, there are LOTS still on my TBR list. Hoping to make a dent in that soon. :)

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  6. I've noticed many here have never read any Jane Austen re-tellings - and the same applies to me. x) Maybe someday I'll pick one up! (or read this one. =D )

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    1. Anyone who likes Austen is in for a treat with DMK, Evelyn. It's a keeper! :)

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  7. This looks like a sweet book. Thanks for the giveaway! : )

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    1. It is a novel that tugs at the heartstrings, Cathy. Loved it.

      Best of luck. :)

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  8. I haven't read any Jane Austen re-telling books, but I've seen a few movies. I enjoyed From Prada To Nada! And there's another one that I really want to see but I forget the name at the moment;P haha
    I've actually heard of this book ('Dear Mr. Knightley') so am quite excited at the possibility of winning it!!:)

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    1. Ooo! I enjoyed From Prada to Nada also, Raquel! It wasn't perfect but as a contemporary it was really cute. Hope you can remember the one you wanted to see... so that you can watch it. :)

      DMK is a jewel of a novel so I hope you enjoy if you win! :)

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  9. Bridget Jones' Diary comes to mind when it comes to Austen re-tellings/re-imaginings, probably because it's such a classic from the 90s (and hilarious). The movie Clueless was also really fun...trying to think, I'm sure I've watched and read a number of Austen-esque retellings...oh, I really, really, REALLY love Amanda Grange's Captain Wentworth's Diary if we're talking about re-telling the classics from a different character's POV. As if I didn't love the novel Persuasion enough =P

    Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway! =)

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    1. That's one I've not yet seen, Lianne. It sure looks like a fun time however my dislike of Hugh Grant may having something to do with the hold out. ;) *GASP* I have to admit to never seeing Clueless either. What is wrong with me?! Must remedy this.

      The Captain Wentworth book sounds really good! I like Persuasion also but alas am still hoping they'll make a totally awesome remake. I adore the newer ITV production however there were a few things that bugged me.

      Best of luck.

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  10. PS: I'm also sharing this giveaway on my Facebook page:)

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  11. Loved the 2005 Pride and Prejudice :)

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    1. *High Five*

      Me, too, Marianela! Love that one.

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  12. I enjoyed the movie, Becoming Jane. : )

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    1. As did I, Carrie! It was a sweet romance even if it does break our heart. But then, who wouldn't like seeing James McAvoy in a period film!? ;)

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  13. I think my favorite Austen re-telling would have to be The Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries. :) It's wonderfully done! And of course I also love Welcome to Sanditon and Emma Approved.

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    1. Oo! I *just* finished those, Amy. I'm watching Emma Approved also however I think LBD are my favorite by far - Lizzie was full of personality. :)

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  14. Hmm...I guess my favorite is the BBC miniseries of Pride & Prejudice (it's my go-to when I'm sick enough to be on the couch for long periods of time), though I also love the movie version with Kiera Knightley as well :)

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    1. I like both adaptations, Beth, however I think the 2005 feature film has steadily become the favorite with me. The miniseries is, of course good, but with it being SO long, the Keira Knightley version is more "practical" for a night of Austen plus it satisfies that addiction. ;)

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    1. Me, too, Chasity! Such a lovely story. :)

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  16. I really liked "for darkness shows the stars", a science fiction version of persuasion, incredible!

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    1. I've heard excellent things about that novel and it's definitely high on my to-read list - now you have me even more excited. :)

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  17. I am a pretty devoted Austenite. :) I've read Persuasion, P&P, Emma and S&S. Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, however, I've never made it all the way through... Very much looking forward to Dear Mr. Knightley!

    I've never watched the webseries you mentioned. Definitely looking that up!

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    1. Dear Mr. Knightley is an EXCELLENT read, Hannah. Loved it SO much.

      As for the webseries, I'm blogging about that tomorrow. :)

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