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Vote for Your Favorite Austen-inspired Books of 2012

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As the year winds down, it’s time for the reviewers here on Austenprose to reflect upon our past year of Austen-inspired reading/reviewing and compile our annual Top 20 Austen-inspired Books of 2012.

This year we will be adding a new category entitled Readers Choice which will include the Top 5 choices from our reader poll. Below is a list the 60 Austen-inspired books published or reviewed here in 2012. It also includes the balance of the books we will be reviewing in December. It is a totally awesome selection from Austenesque and Regency fiction and nonfiction. We have added the list to the poll, with the option for readers to add their favorite Austenesque books that we did not read and review that were published in 2012.

Let your voice be heard and vote for your favorite. One vote per IP address. The poll will be open until January 31st to allow books published in December to be considered.

UPDATE: It appears that the write in votes are not working as planned, so if you have an additional title you would like added to the poll, please leave a comment and I will add it to the list.

Have fun and good luck to all the authors.

© Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

38 thoughts on “Vote for Your Favorite Austen-inspired Books of 2012”

  1. I was not able to vote because my favorite book is not – well, books are not listed. That would be the trilogy by Pamela Aidan – Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman. I read Pride and Prejudice every January (makes the winter more bearable!) and along with it I read the trilogy. They complement each other so well! I realize these books were not written in 2012, but I believe I saw them mentioned or reviewed at one point.


    1. I think this list is just from those AustenProse has reviewed and featured this year. I have read many of them– and my trouble was picking just one for my favorite for this past year! But if that’s my most difficult decision this morning, I consider myself blessed;))


  2. It was great fun to review these books
    of the 2012 year and to have a list of what I
    still want to read! Great idea!! Thank you,
    but it was SO hard to choose…


  3. As I gazed at this list, two things struck me:
    1. I was ‘all astonishment’ at the overall quality of the offerings. Janeite writers and their readers must be a cut above, don’t you think?
    2. Are you kidding? Trying to pick out a single favorite was all but impossible for this chik-lit-man-fan and uncurable romantic.


  4. Personally, I loved Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars. It’s a postapocalyptic story inspired by Persuasion and was really great! Highly original but wonderfully familiar at the same time- it was fun to pick out the parallels between the two books.


    1. Ohhh– sounds wonderful. Wonder if she considers it ‘paranormal’– I realize that with my book, Jane Austen and the Archangel, that some consider it such, but to me it has a different flavor, not so dark. I look foward to reading Diana’s book, thanks for the tip!


  5. Personally, I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. It is a post-apocalyptic story based on Persuasion- highly original but wonderfully familiar at the same time. It was fun to pick out the parallels between the two books!


    1. It was not forgotten Vera. This list is of books that were reviewed on Austenprose in 2012. There are hundreds of Austen-inspired book that were published in 2012. We could not possibly review them all. As stated in the post, if you want it added all you needed to do is ask. I have added it today. Thanks for visiting.


      1. Thanks, Laurel Ann! :-) I guess I am just a bit sensitive about this well-written book being ignored by everyone, and NO ONE has agreed to even look at it or review it, after I desperately put my *all* into writing it. Thanks again… And I do realize that you do everything possible to review and get the word on our books out there, so thank you kindly for everything you do!


  6. I’m dreadfully behind on my Austenprose reading! I had no idea there were so many published this year! A New Year’s resolution is in the works.


  7. Sharon Lathan is my favorite author of The Darcy Saga seven volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. But, I just realized Sharon’s last book out was in 2011 and on waiting for 2013 release. I have not read any of the sequels listed above to vote on. I would love to hear which author you think I should also try. XoxoX


    1. Hi Teresita, are you referring to Fitzwilliam Darcy An Honourable Man, by Brenda J Webb? If so, it was published in 2011 so it would not qualify for the best of 2012 list. If it is another book, could you kindly give me more details? Thanks, LA


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