wife and I and an online friend of mine formed our own private Jane Austen book club earlier this year. wife and I had already read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. My friend is a college prof who has been published on JA before, so he led the three of us. We read Mansfield Park first. This is Austen's best, according to my friend. Next up was Northanger Abbey, then Persuasion (my favorite). We are going to do Emma one of these days. Any other Austen fans here? She was a remarkable woman. Her insights into human nature, revealed in her dry, ironically humorous ("humourous", as Jane would write it) prose, are very keen. It is a real shame that she died before her time. Her sister Cassandra destroyed many of Jane's letters, I suppose to protect her privacy, but a few have survived. It is thought, by some, that she had a secret engagement, but she never married. The recent movie Becoming Jane is a somewhat fictionalized account of her life. There is a speculative romance added to liven things up. I enjoyed the movie, but our book club leader refuses to have any truck with that kind of stuff. He will watch adaptations of her novels, but almost always dislikes them (he does like the 1995 BBC version of P&P, with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, though).