Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is all about our favorite authors and giving some good “readalikes” for you to enjoy. When I saw that the topic was Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author, I immediately knew I wanted to talk about Jane Austen. Austen is one of my very favorite authors of all time, and I am super excited about this list!
Enjoy this list of Austen inspired novels, Austen spin-offs, Austen-like novels, and a bit of Austen herself.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson // One of my favorite romances of all time. Donaldson is a brilliant (and clean) romance writer who crafts a story and characters reminiscent of the great Austen herself. A beautiful love story.
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson // The second novel, unrelated to Edenbrooke, by Donaldson explores a new love story set in the gothic estate of Blackmoore. I think of this one as a combination of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Austenland by Shannon Hale // A fun and spunky modern love story about an Austen-obsessed American who goes to Austenland to find herself and hopefully move on from her Austen fanaticism. Quirky, hilarious, and fun.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James // This is my favorite novel that continues an Austen story line. The Darcys are making final preparations for their annual ball when the Wickhams unexpectedly arrive and George Wickham is accused of the murder of his best friend, Captain Denny. P. D. James is a master of the murder mystery and she does not disappoint here.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte // I absolutely love this novel. It presents a rather different take on life in early 19th century England. But also matches Austen for beautiful writing, classic style, and a beautiful love story.
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell // I love this little series of stories about the women of Cranford, a small town made up of strong minded women who must deal with a changing “modern” world in 19th century England. My favorite story is about a cat swallowing some prized lace–too funny!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott // I recently reviewed this book here. I include it on this list because it focuses on characters, family relationships, and coming of age like many Austen novels. A beautiful story and characters.
Evelina by Fanny Burney // This is a lesser known novel published in 1778 (before Austen’s novels). This epistolary novel (written in letters), follows the coming of age story of Evelina as she enters British society and falls in love. It has been said that Burney was an inspiration for Austen’s work.
Belinda by Maria Edgeworth // This one is on my Classics Club list to read. Another contemporary of Austen, Edgeworth’s novels are morally and socially didactic, usually to the extreme. Belinda follows the coming of age story of a character of the same name who builds relationships with various families in whose homes she lives.
Persuasion by Jane Austen // Ok. I know this is by Austen, but it deserves to be on this list. This is my favorite Austen novel. I love the characters (endearing and ridiculous), the settings, and the beautiful love story of patience and enduring. If you have not read any Austen, I encourage you to start here!
Anything I am forgetting? Favorite Austen novels? Favorite Austen inspired novels?