I’m already in prep mode for my ‘22 reading plan, which is a selection comprised entirely of women authors. The list is 52 books, which leaves plenty of room for following my bookish whims. (My reading goal for next year is ~75 books, which is less than usual, but I plan to write quite a bit more—my own book is coming along!)
I think Jane Austen’s best books are Persuasion and Emma, both well worth reading. And don’t forget the Bronte sisters! I read Anne Bronte’s novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall recently, and thought it very good. Charlotte is best known for Jane Eyre, but I read her subsequent novel Shirley earlier this year. Very different from Jane Eyre, but excellent in its own way.
By the way (small plug here) all of the above books are available as beautifully formatted, free ebooks from Standard Ebooks (standardebooks.org). I’m a volunteer producer for them.
I set out at the beginning of the year to read certain books, but the new books always catch my eye. I wish I had your willpower.