After waiting for quite some time, finally my first selection for the Everything Austen II Challenge arrived at the library. I spent a lazy Saturday morning enjoying Jane Bites Back. Couch, coffee and cozy pillows – I’m not even ashamed to admit that I didn’t change out of my pajamas till about 4:00 pm. What a leisurely way to spend a day:)
In this particular rendition of Jane Austen’s life, the beloved author is living as Jane Fairfax in upstate New York, running a small bookstore, trying to hide the fact that she’s a vampire. Everything is going along smoothly until she receives a visit from some dear old literary friends, Lord Byron and Charlotte Bronte. Add in the fact that she’s finally going to be a published author again, and keeping everyone unaware of her taste for blood becomes all the more challenging.
I’m a sucker for a book that makes me laugh out loud. And JBB, being full of literary one-liners and underhanded puns, kept me smiling. Although this certainly isn’t a book that I would have normally picked up of my own accord (thank you, EAII, for forcing me out of my reading comfort zone), I do believe I will read the sequel “Jane Goes Batty” when it’s released next February. Now I’m anxious to move on to my next Austen related book….off to read!