Friday, May 24, 2013

Jane Austen Giveaway Hop 2013

Welcome to the Jane Austen Giveaway Hop, hosted by vvb32 Reads at part of Tea at Pemberley. As Second Glances is already up for international grabs as part of the tea party (enter here!), I thought I'd step away from self-promotion for a moment and share one of the greatest novels of all time: Northanger Abbey.

I found this edition (with annotations!) in the bargain bin at Target not long ago, and it only took a second for me to decide to buy every one they had. I thought: "What better book to have on hand to giveaway than the very first Jane Austen novel I ever read?" These copies were destined for the hands of those discriminating enough to appreciate such a gem of a book, which is why it makes so much sense to offer one here to you.

This giveaway is international. Just leave a comment INCLUDING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS by the 27th telling me about your feelings towards Northanger Abbey. Maybe it's your favorite Austen, or your least favorite Austen, or maybe you've never had the pleasure of reading it before. For a second chance to win, share this giveaway on the social networking site of your choice and BE SURE TO TELL ME ABOUT IT in your comment below.


Don't forget to check out all the other giveaways in the list, and good luck! 


38 comments:

  1. I haven't actually read Northanger Abbey yet, though I have watched the Masterpiece Theatre version. I liked the movie, though I felt like it maybe missed a little in the translation of the book, so it would be nice to read the book.

    realityisnovel at g mail dot com

    I also tweeted: https://twitter.com/RealityIsNovel/status/338056713963986945

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    1. I love this book. Of the full length novels, it most clearly displays Austen's sense of satire. If everyone read this novel before her others (as I did), I like to think more people would think of her as a comic rather than a romance writer. Not that this story isn't perfectly romantic. Henry Tilney is one of my favorite heroes.

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  2. I've not yet read Northanger Abbey so I would love to win this book.

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    1. I'm sure you will love it, but I need your email address, please.

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  3. ratrianugrah@ymail.com

    I read this after seeing an article where the author cited Northanger Abbey as her favorite Austen novel and Persuasion as her second favorite. Since my favorite was (and still is) Persuasion, I figured it was well past time I read this novel! I thought it was charming, but I didn't feel it had the polish or sophistication of her other novels. I could also attribute that to the fact that I have always preferred Austen's more wise and gentle characters, like Anne of Persuasion or Elinor of Sense and Sensibility. I much prefer those women to her younger and more naive characters like Marianne from S&S and Catherine from Northanger Abbey.
    Still, Austen is Austen, I enjoy her work and this book was no exception. One major plus I did notice was Austen making full use of her biting wit, often through Henry Tilney or the narrator. I can definitely see myself rereading this at some point.

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    1. Yes! This is the most satirical of Austen's major works. It is also the earliest written of the six novels, and despite later revisions it still bears a much greater resemblance to Austen's Juvenilia than her more mature works. I find NA a fascinating bridge between the writer of Love and Friendship and that of Mansfield Park.

      Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel too.

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  4. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Never had the pleasure of reading Northanger Abbey.
    Thanks for a chance to win this truly fantabulous giveaway!
    MonjaBlue(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's always my pleasure to shine a spotlight on Austen's lesser read works. Henry Tilney is not to be neglected. He's one of Austen's best creations.

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  6. I am actually in the process of reading Northanger Abbey right now. I have to say that I've found it one of the easier Austen novels to read (I've read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park so far). I am really enjoying Catherine's overactive imagination so far!

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    1. Since Northanger Abbey is Austen's earliest full novel, it bears many hallmarks of a less ambitious writer (especially when compared to Mansfield). I think her talent is no less apparent here, but the themes she tackles in it are easier to grasp. It's such a fun book. Enjoy, and good luck!

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  7. I don't really know much about it, but I'd love to find out more. :) And I'd love to win it.
    Thanks for the chance

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    1. It's a great satire on society and the Gothic romances prevalent at the time. Some of Austen's most memorable quotes come from Northanger. Good luck!

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  8. I have not read this one yet. It is on my list for this year. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. You're welcome! You'll adore it, I have no doubt, but I do need your email address. Thanks!

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      Thanks for reminding me.

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  9. Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite. I loved the gothic side of this novel, different than other Jane Austen's books.
    I would love to win this edition.

    I shared on Twitter : https://twitter.com/JungieFairy/status/338172940308860928

    Email : amel(dot)armeliana(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the chance to win this book :)

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    1. I adore this novel too, and I'm so sorry it gets so little attention. To know it is to love it. Best of luck!

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  10. I have still not read Northanger Abby yet. I've only read and loved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This edition looks beautiful!

    tweet- https://twitter.com/justjanhvi/status/338250972260356096

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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    1. Northanger is a great way to follow up on P&P. I'd definitely recommend reading either it or Sense & Sensibility before venturing into her more mature works. As to the beauty of this edition, let's just call it highly serviceable. Good luck!

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  11. I haven't read it yet but have watched the movie and loved it... :)

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    1. I predict you'll love the book too! Good luck.

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  12. While I enjoy Northanger Abby, it is not one of my favorite JA novels...do like Henry Tilney alot...
    Stephanie
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    1. Mr. Tilney has my favorite line in all of Austen: "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

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  13. I have never read Northanger Abbey. I have a daughter, who is a huge Jane Austen fan. She just graduated from High School this last week. I would love to win this for her. Thank you so much for the opportunity to try to win it. diannerosmun@yahoo.com

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    1. You're very welcome, and congratulations! Your daughter is the perfect age to read Northanger. Good luck!

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  14. I haven't read Northanger Abbey yet. That and Mansfield Park are left on my Austen to-read left. I'd love an annotated version for my first read through of NA. Thanks for hosting a giveaway. I really ought to check through Target's bargain bins more often!

    hmoll(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I thought this a particularly exciting find. The annotations aren't in great depth, but they should still be some help. Mansfield and Northanger are often the last novels read. I think both books sadly overlooked. Good luck!

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  15. i have yet to read Northanger Abbey, but i hope to, soon!!!

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  16. I have yet to read this one.
    One can find such treasures in bargain bins and on thrift store shelves. I love digging thru and browsing them.

    Thanks :)
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  17. I haven't read it yet, but know I should since I've heard great things about it! Thanks!
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  18. I luvd discovering NA via a book discussion group at Indie Jane - lots of FuN reading and chatting :) but for you to find an annotated version? awesome!! that would soooo add to the reading pleasure [and understanding!] i'm amazed!
    thank you for thinking of us avid fans & sharing your offer so generously, Alexa!
    email i think you have - also on my blog profile contact

    ps- couldn't resist hitting that gfc counter just so it would register me with my birthday day + month :)) haha
    HapPy Reading!
    You're pinned at my JA board pinterest.com/faithopecherryt

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  19. Northanger Abbey just happens to be my favourite Austen novel!

    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  20. Unfortunately I haven't read Northanger Abbey yet *shame on me :D
    I'd like to read it though :)) Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    Tweeted the giveaway :
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    savedbymercy at gmail dot com

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  21. Have to read Northanger Abbey. Think it's the only one I haven't read yet. It's amazing all the little gems you can find in the bargain bins.
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