Thursday, September 29, 2022

20 Books to Read If You Enjoy Jane Austen

There's something timeless about Jane Austen's stories. I've been reading Jane and Austen inspired novels for years, ever since I first cracked open Pride and Prejudice in high school and studied Persuasion (my favorite!) in college. Visiting Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England was one of my favorite days. You can check out my post here. I guess you could say I am a Janeite!

Can you believe it's been seven years since I updated my Jane Austen read-alikes list? There's so many new books to add; the titles are linked to my review when possible. Let me know what you think!


20 Books To Read If You Enjoy Jane Austen:


1.  The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner - I adored this story about a group of people from Chawton, England and how their love of Austen brought them together.

2.  Sanditon by Kate Riordan - It's based on Austen's unfinished novel and a must read, especially if you enjoy the show on PBS.  

3.  Jane and the Year Without Summer by Stephanie Barrow - Jane Austen as a detective! Yes, please! Really this entire series shouldn't be missed if you enjoy Austen and a good mystery. 

4.  Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson - A modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility.


5.  Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - An outstanding modern take on Pride and Prejudice and one of my favorites.

6.  Miss Lattimore's Letter by Suzanne Allain - An Austenesque tale for fans of the Regency period.



7.  The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel - A modern retelling of Persuasion

8.  A Dangerous Alliance by Jennifer Cohen - A YA historical tale that has some major Austen vibes.


9.  Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz - A YA holiday tale based on Pride and Prejudice.

10. Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James - This is an adorable glimpse into young Jane Austen's teenage years.

11. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - Although this has a lot more adventure than some of Austen's novels, it was very reminiscent of Austen. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel and loved the PBS show based on it.

12. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen - This book reads like a Jane Austen novel. It's quiet, slow in all the right areas, and the romance is sweet. 

13. Austenland by Shannon Hale - This book had me laughing out loud. A Jane Austen fan goes to an Austen-themed resort with the hopes of finding a Mr. Darcy. You have to see the movie, too!

14. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler - I read this one many years ago (before I had this blog) and I loved the concept of falling into another time period, such as Regency England. 

15. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler - This is a continuation of the above story...very entertaining!


16. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler - A book club solely dedicated to Jane Austen? Sign me up.  It examines how Austen's themes are timeless.

17. Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen - This book deals with a high school counselor and an old love reentering her life.  It is inspired by Persuasion.

18. Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg - An adorable YA modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice


19. I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison - This is one of my favorite Austen inspired young adult novels.

20. The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret Sullivan  - This is the perfect companion to Jane Austen's novels. It's chock full of interesting tidbits.



On My TBR List:


My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones

Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Jane Austen Made Me Do It (stories by various authors) edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

The Clergyman's Wife by Molly Greeley

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudio Gray


So, what do you think? Have you read any of these book? Do you have any Austen read-alikes to recommend to me? Let me know in the comments below. 


  1. I'm a big fan of Poldark - I've only got the last book in the series to go. The new tv series is also really cool.

    1. I love Poldark too! Such a great series and TV show, which I feel like never happens. Thanks for visiting, Lauren.

  2. A great list of books. I've read Longbourne, and that is very good. Most Jane Austen fans would probably also enjoy Georgette Heyer's books.

    1. I will have to check out Heyer's books. Thanks for the recommendation and dropping by, Michelle.


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