Emma by Jane Austen: An Invitation to Read Along With Us This December


There’s been a conversation on Twitter about reading Emma as a read-along. It began with Audrey, who commented on my post announcing the special edition by saying she’d like to read it this December. That sounded like perfect timing to me, since German Lit Month would just be ending, and so I readily agreed. Soon Nadia said she’d like to join us. Then Frances. And just tonight JoAnn said it seemed silly to keep saving it for later.

So, it’s time to make it official!

If you would like to join us for the Emma read-along this December, please “sign up” in the comments below. Feel free to put the button on your blog, as a reminder and an invitation to others. I am thrilled that a group of us will read-along because there’s nothing quite so enriching as sharing the thoughts of a novel read together. Especially with a novel celebrating its 200th year anniversary. (When was it first published? December, 1815.)

Emma Read Along button

Do join in with:

  1. A Reader of Literature
  2. Amanda
  3. Amanda (nerdybookgirl)
  4. Audrey
  5. BJ
  6. Beatrice
  7. Bellezza
  8. Deepika
  9. Diane
  10. Dorian
  11. Frances
  12. Jane
  13. JoAnn
  14. Judy B.
  15. Kat
  16. Kay
  17. Kristen
  18. Laurie C.
  19. Linda W.
  20. Lisa
  21. Lory
  22. mf4strings
  23. Nadia
  24. Nancy
  25. o
  26. Pam
  27. Rebecca
  28. Ruby
  29. Sharon
  30. Sylvie
  31. The Book Cottage
  32. Thomas
  33. Tom (Amateur Reader)
  34. TJ
  35. Where There’s Ink There’s Paper

42 thoughts on “Emma by Jane Austen: An Invitation to Read Along With Us This December”

    1. I’m excited, too, Lisa! It’s been so great to read The Small House at Allington with you, and now we’re carrying on with another wonderful classic! So glad you’re joining in.


    1. Well, Audrey, it is to you that the credit goes for deciding when to read this. So glad I have friends such as you, willing to read with me and discuss great literaiture. Thanks for the link to Sarah Emsley’s blog, I’ll have to visit it soon. Can’t wait for December!


  1. I’ve read all of Austen’s novels (some multiple times) except Emma. That way I could still have a one more “new” Austen to discover. The reasoning has started to seem silly to me, especially in light of the 200th anniversary. Classics are always better with friends…I’m looking forward to our group read!


  2. I’ll make this an unofficial sign-up. Emma would be due for a re-read, and you are right, it’s always more fun to read with a group. Plus, maybe someone will be able to improve my not-so-great opinion of Emma.


  3. OK, I’ve just committed to a Harry Potter readalong for Nov-Jan (on audio). Makes sense to think about another author for December. And Emma would be about as different from what I’ve been reading lately as it could be. I read it years ago. Emma for December. I’m in.

    I’m not posting very much, but I’ll try to remember to mention it in a couple of weeks.


  4. M, I’d love to join in on the fun. I’m so glad about the read-along. I’ve yet to read this one and have always wanted to. Talk about perfect timing. I will be re-reading Harry Potter for Andi’s read-along, but think that Emma will be the perfect book to take a break with. Can’t wait!!


  5. What a wonderful idea! December is the perfect time to read Emma. I’m glad the celebrations will continue into 2016 as well, and I’m looking forward to the “Emma at 200” JASNA AGM next fall. It will be great to follow along with all of you as you visit (or revisit) Highbury.


  6. Well why not 🙂 it has been ages since I have read Emma. It will also give me a good excuse to buy this beautiful edition, rather then read on my Kindle. I am slowly buying books while still using my kindle.
    My library is such a frustrating place.
    So yes add me to the read along dear Meredith 🙂


  7. Hi Meredith, this sounds like a great idea. Please include me too. I am new to read-alongs. Could you tell me when do we start in December? 🙂


    1. I have added your name to the list of participants, with all of the others. I’m so happy we’ve grown in number! As to when we start, it is up to you. Typically, we take all of the month to read and post our thoughts during the read or at the end. It isn’t very formal, just a chance to read together and share ideas particularly at the end of the month when everyone’s finished.

      Also, with the read-along I just did for The Small House in Allington, we ended up having lots of tweets as we read. But, I’m not on Twitter very often, and if that doesn’t work for you either, no worries.

      I will try to put together a more formalized “plan of attack” at the end of November in a reminder post, but the main idea is just to enjoy the read and talk about it when we all finish.

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  8. I’m starting to realize that I’m terrible at read-alongs. I just don’t read fast enough. Be that it may, sign me up! Poor Emma is gathering dust on my shelf and there really is no more sound reason to delay myself the pleasure of another Austen.


  9. I love this. I’ve been meaning to read Emma for so long, and even started the audio a number of times, but never got beyond the first 3 or 4 chapters. And I love the BBC mini-series (with Romola Garai as Emma) that I’ve watched it more times than I’d like to admit. I’m really looking forward to this.


  10. Your timing is perfect as I had Emma in my reading pile for December already and was just in the process of just setting up a new book blog. Very excited to read along with others (it will be a re-read for me).


  11. I would love to participate in this read-along. This will be my third time through “Emma” but it’s been quite a few years. Looking forward to it.


  12. Ok. I have never read Emma. How can that be? I would love to have others to read-along with. I am going to add the button to my blog, and try to find a copy in late Nov or early December. Thanks for the chance to read this one.


  13. Hey All. I heard about this read along over at the book cottage and after considering my December schedule I have decided only “fun reads” for December and this Emma read along sounds like great fun. So count me in too!


  14. I’d been thinking about trying to reread Emma this December, so I’d love to join in. It seems just the perfect time for this particular Austen. Hopefully this will be a readalong I finish on time!


  15. Hello Bellezza, your blog has been one of my very favourites ever since I can remember and (shamefully and paradoxically) I still managed to somehow miss this post (??). I AM JOINING YOU. Because I’ve never read Emma and I’m totally in love with blogging again, after a break of months, and also because I’ve never mingled, and because of the occassion and bla bla bla, I’m so excited for this. All the best to you and all your other readers!


  16. […] as I possibly can) the books on my shelves, it moved Emma quickly up and then when I learned of Dolce Belleza’s read-along I put it right into December’s reads.  I’m so thankful to have a read-along for this […]


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