Austenprose (favorite books of 2009)

My Top 20 Favorite Austenesque Books of 2009

2 January 2010 by Laurel Ann

Another year – another plethora of Austen inspired sequels, re-tellings, mash-ups and nonfiction fare devoured!

In 2009 we saw zombies invade Pride and Prejudice hungry for more brains and ascending the best seller lists for months, Mr. Darcy go paranormal in a way we could never have imagined before with Mr. Darcy Vampyre, and Jane Austen get some payback for everyone else making money off her name for close to 200 years in Jane Bites Back.

In retrospect, here are my top 20 favorite Austenesque books that I read in 2009, a year so diverse in Austen inspired reading adventures that Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe would have been delighted.

Prequel, sequel, re-telling or contemporary inspired:

1. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
2. Willoughby’s Return, by Jane Odiwe
3. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy, by Maya Slater
4. Jane Austen Ruined my Life, by Beth Pattillo
5. Mr. Darcy’s Dream, by Elizabeth Aston

Regency inspired:

1. The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer
2. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, by Lauren Willig
3. Ransome’s Honor, by Kaye Dacus

Nonfiction:

1. Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury, by Rebecca Dickson
2. A Truth Universally Acknowledged, edited by Susannah Carson
3. Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, by Jennifer Adams
4. All Things Austen, by Kristin Olsen

Paranormal:

1. Jane Bites Back, by Michael Thomas Ford
2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
3. Mr. Darcy Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

Debut authors:

1. Monica Fairview – The Other Mr. Darcy
2. Tracy Kiely – Murder at Longbourn
3. Marilyn Brant – According to Jane
4. Kathryn L. Nelson – Pemberley Manor
5. Mandy Hubbard – Prada and Prejudice

Congrats to all of the author’s for a most entertaining and enjoyable year of reading, and I look forward to more great Austen inpired books in 2010.