How to cope with the longest book hangover ever – Modern Mrs Darcy

Readers, we have a great episode for you today! Shawntaye Hopkins discovered Jane Austen’s books for the first time as an adult – and after that initial discovery, she dove in DEEP. Today we’re talking about the magic of immersive literary events that celebrate the classics (not just Jane!) and how they’ve changed the way Shawntaye reads her most beloved books.

We’re also exploring her TEN YEARS of book journaling, the book she’s still hungover from, and my recommendations for her include a book you probably have never heard of.

What Should I Read Next #159: How to cope with the longest book hangover ever with Shawntaye Hopkins

Follow Shawntaye Hopkins’s reading life on Instagram, @shawntaye1.

Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Persuasion, by Jane Austen (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• 1984, by George Orwell (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Author Wendell Berry (try Jayber Crow: AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Author Brene Brown (try Daring Greatly: AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Longbourn, by Jo Baker (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Pride, by Ibi Zoboi (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• Mr. Rochester, by Sarah Shoemaker (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• The Antelope Wife, by Louise Erdrich (AmazonBarnes and Noble)

Also mentioned:

• The Jane Austen Society of North America (find the nearest chapter here.)
• Plan ahead for the 2019 Jane Austen Festival in Louisville!
The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning


What do YOU think Shawntaye should read next? Is there a fancy literary event in your area we should know about? Tell all in the comments!

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