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Villette
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
Fleeing an unhappy past in England, penniless Lucy Snowe starts life anew at a boarding school in cosmopolitan Villette, a stand-in for Brussels. The mystery, jealousy, and love that she finds there give Charlotte Bronte s final novel much of the Gothic tone and psychological incisiveness that prompted George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and others to call "Villette" her finest work. Based on Bronte s own experiences in Brussels and her attachment to a brilliant teacher with a strong and eccentric personality, this superb romantic novel is an exceptional example of how a great writer transforms the ordinary events of her life into vivid and exciting art. "Villette" represents the inimitable Bronte genius by giving us a masterful portrait of Lucy Snowe, who belongs beside the great nineteenth-century literary heroines and who will strongly appeal to modern readers. With a New Introduction by Adriana Trigiani and an Afterword by Helen Benedict"
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batsy
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Thanks for the tag @Leftcoastzen !

1. Charlotte Brontรซ, Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa
2. I'm not sure, but with the first two I'd love to know more about how they've been viewed: eccentric, introverted to the the point of social anxiety, & the thought of whether the drive to monetise oneself & "sell yourself" in 2019 makes them want to run back to their graves. Same for Pessoa, I guess.
3. I honestly haven't a clue.

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great thoughts/questions!! Thanks for playing ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿค— 2w
Leftcoastzen Oh my! I love your choices and your insight!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ 2w
Tanisha_A Can i join your meeting? โค๏ธ 2w
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batsy @Eggs Thank you for the fun questions! โ˜บ๏ธ 2w
batsy @Leftcoastzen ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A It wouldn't be a proper meeting without you ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ 2w
Centique Was it you that posted the article about how ED‘s sexuality/romantic interest had been edited out by her family and peers to re-invent her? If not I‘ll try and find it again. I studied ED back in the early 90s and it was astonishing to realise there was so much that was myth. ๐Ÿ™„ 2w
batsy @Centique I'm sorry I missed responding to this, P! I've been thinking about this and it's not coming to mind but it does sound like a fascinating read. If I ever do come across any articles about this, will be sure to share. 2d
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Amanda61
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I didn't have a chance to post yesterday but got my #staycationintimeswap package from @MaGoose . Thank you so much! I absolutely love it. All of those books have been on my TBR list forever. Excited to start reading!

Chrissyreadit Awesome! 3mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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spine_destroyer
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Happiness is indeed not a potato. Charlotte gets it!

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EmilieGR
Villette (Revised) | Charlotte Bront๋
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Very autobiographical but much more romantic than I expected

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spine_destroyer
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Hag reason ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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spine_destroyer
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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love this cover

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mdemanatee
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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My friend Mandy and I are starting a booktube channel. First up is Villette. I yell about attics. Mandy appreciates fops. (Weโ€˜ll work on clarity and editing/production as we go, but for now enjoy two former booksellers in their element). Warnings for: spoilers, language, and strong feelings about Emily Brontë https://youtu.be/5a0UdNBXzwQ

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mdemanatee
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Well that‘s an interesting typo that makes me genuinely curious as to the editing process of a classic reprint.

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mdemanatee
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Rereading Villette for a thing and want photo proof of how pretty my Harper Perennial copy is because I am afraid I am going to get the cover dirty, but my friend informed me โ€œbooks are for readingโ€

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Mitch
Vilette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Long walk over the Yorkshire Moors today to Top Withen ( the small building at the top of the large photo)..... the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Finished off, 10 soggy miles later with a very fine sticky bun! #bronteadventure #litsywalkers

LeahBergen I‘m dying of Bronte-ish jealousy! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ (and did you mean to tag me here? ๐Ÿ˜‰) 9mo
DivineDiana Incredibly wonderful! 9mo
Cathythoughts Wonderful countryside ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š 9mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful!๐Ÿ˜ 9mo
Freespirit It looks beautiful 9mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, beautiful! We‘ve talked about takin an HF Holidays tour of the Yorkshire Moors. I will definitely share these pictures with my husband. I‘d lot this to be our next destination in England. 9mo
Soubhiville Wow, pretty! 9mo
Suet624 Jealous!!!! 9mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! ๐Ÿ’š 9mo
KarenUK Gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• 9mo
iread2much So beautiful! 9mo
Lcsmcat Wow! Beautiful! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm ๐Ÿ˜ 9mo
andrew61 Great photos, makes me want to get my walking boots on. 9mo
Mitch @Lynnsoprano it‘s a beautiful part of the country xxx 9mo
Mitch @andrew61 I love the city, but every month or so I just need some hills and skies! 9mo
Leftcoastzen I would love to walk that beautiful land! 9mo
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merelybookish
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I was going through a break-up the first time I read Villette, over 20 years ago, and so I always associated it with deep sadness.
Rereading it, I realized it wasn't just my own misery colouring things, because this book is legit sad, all on its own! But it's also brilliant, passionate, and brave. It confirmed that I really do love Charlotte Bronte, I really, really do! I plan to re-read Jane Eyre and Shirley in 2019.
#bookishrewind2018 #reread

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m thinking of reading this in 2019 for the first time. Or one by her sister (edited) 11mo
LeahBergen Oooh! How about a Shirley buddy read this year? It‘s the only Bronte I have left to read. 11mo
batsy @LeahBergen I meant to read Shirley this year for #LitsyClassics and it didn't happen ๐Ÿ˜† I would love to join a buddy readโ€”Shirley and The Professor are the two I still haven't read โค๏ธ 11mo
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batsy Beautiful post about one of my favourites. 11mo
Blaire @batsy @merelybookish @leahbergen I‘d be in for a buddy read of Shirley. 11mo
ephemeralwaltz I need to read this and Shirley. I loved Jane Eyre! 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Can I join the buddy read?๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
saresmoore It really is sad! I also found it to be a bit frustrating, which only served to make it seem more poignant. I‘m re-reading Jane Eyre nowโ€”one I hated so much when I read it as a young adult that I haven‘t picked it up sinceโ€”and am thoroughly enjoying it, this time around! 11mo
saresmoore Ooh, I would also love to do a buddy read of Shirley! @LeahBergen @Blaire @batsy @ephemeralwaltz @merelybookish 11mo
andrew61 I read two brontes this year in my litsy classics challenge villette and tenant of... Both were highlights of my reading year. 11mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Blaire @saresmoore @batsy @ephemeralwaltz Yes to a Shirley buddy read! I bought a copy at the last library book sale, so I'm good to go! I'm terrible at organizing things, but do we want to say February-ish? 11mo
merelybookish @saresmoore I'm so glad you're enjoying JE this time around! It's my absolute favorite. Do you remember why you disliked it the first time? 11mo
merelybookish @andrew61 Those Brontes! I read them all in my early 20s and have been re-reading some of them recently. I worried they might not live up to memories but not so! If anything, I enjoy them even more now. 11mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I commented on your other post.i don't think you can go wrong with any Bronte, although I think Agnes Grey might be shorter 11mo
batsy @merelybookish @LeahBergen @Blaire @saresmoore @ephemeralwaltz I'm totally fine with February-ish (or anytime after that suits everyone) ๐Ÿ™‚ 11mo
saresmoore February-ish sounds good to me! I think I disliked the characters, which is ironic because I loved Wuthering Heights! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 11mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish @Blaire @saresmoore @batsy @ephemeralwaltz February-ish sounds grand! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Sounds great! Count me in! Spread the word! @LeahBergen @merelybookish @Blaire @saresmoore @batsy 11mo
kspenmoll Please let me know if Shirley buddy read in Feb- would like to@join if I can. Have not read any Brontes since high school! 11mo
kspenmoll Serial reader has Shirley as well. 11mo
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LRSmith
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋

Oh my stars! Is there anyone out there who has read Villette? I just finished it and I am gutted.
Gutted.
Where‘s my damn Kleenex?

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TheBookHippie
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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My favorite Christmas present

rubyslippersreads ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
DeleteAcct Beautiful! โค 11mo
writerlibrarian So lovely and gorgeous books 11mo
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Bibliogeekery Gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜! 11mo
GypsyKat Beautiful! I got this same set last Christmas! โค๏ธ 11mo
Tamra Beauties 11mo
squirrelbrain I got the same set! Aren‘t they gorgeous! โค๏ธ 11mo
Daisey That is a lovely set! 11mo
Savedbygrace That is awesome! ๐Ÿ’• 11mo
Freespirit Beautiful books. โค๏ธ 11mo
Becker A great collection. 11mo
Andrew65 That‘s beautiful. 11mo
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squirrelbrain
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Today‘s book haul...

I hope you‘ve all had a great day whatever you‘ve been doing. I love being part of this Litsy community and have enjoyed reading all of your posts today, even if there hasn‘t been time to interact!

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Caroline2 Oh my gosh!!! How beautiful are those collections!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ 11mo
rather_be_reading whoa ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
Kaye Wow, those oughta keep you busy ! Pretty 11mo
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Sarah83 Sooooo beautiful ๐Ÿ’• @ju.ca.no look at these editions ๐Ÿค— 11mo
TrishB Gorgeous โค๏ธโค๏ธ 11mo
ju.ca.no Lovely๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
Kalalalatja Pretty ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
Christine11 Stunning! ๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Aaaaaah๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ so beautiful! 11mo
Susannah I got the Penguin Modern set too! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜ 11mo
squirrelbrain @Susannah isn‘t it fab! โค๏ธ 11mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - they are aren‘t they?! Hope you had a great day yesterday! โค๏ธ 11mo
squirrelbrain @kaye they certainly will keep me busy - just deciding whether to read one a week for the whole year or just go for it at full speed! 11mo
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saresmoore
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I FINALLY finished! I feel I‘ve said that about several dense classics, this year. Villette has many strengths: rich characters, vibrant descriptions, intriguing story, delicious gothic intensity. But I found it lacking in just as many ways. It was so long, meandering, rife with prejudice and religious diatribes. Catholicism and Belgian culture served as villains, whereas the main character‘s pious judgment was relegated to a quirk. ๐Ÿ‘‡

saresmoore Still, I know I must take it in context of its time and, for that, I do appreciate the themes of isolation, romance, mental health, domesticity, etc. as they stand against oppressive patriarchy and societal expectations. Overall, a good read, though I‘m starting to think perhaps Charlotte‘s work is my least favorite of the Brontë canon. 11mo
Bklover Wonderful review! Thank you! 11mo
saresmoore That ending! I think I loved it. I certainly appreciated the fate of Ginevra Fanshawe. And the fact that Lucy was happy and came into her own without succumbing to the weakness others perceived in her or the societal expectations made me really happy. To the ambiguous ending of M. Emanuel...๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ...I never liked him, anyway. 11mo
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readordierachel Great review! I read this years ago and I think I was too young (or too something) to really give it the attention it deserved. Dense is a good word for it. I think this one is pretty autobiographical as well? 11mo
emilyhaldi Yayy!! Great review. The Catholic religion as a villain was very interesting.. I had to do some research on Bronte to try and understand what her personal beliefs were and it sounds like they clearly influenced her writing. I agree there was certainly some meandering and some flaws to the book but I was very impressed nonetheless. 11mo
emilyhaldi And I so agree re: M. Emanuel... Such a detestable character. I couldn't quite figure out if I was supposed to like him or hate him?! But I did want a happy ending for poor, miserable Lucy and was therefore thrown for a loop by the ending. I love that Bronte avoided a "happily ever after..." scenario. 11mo
saresmoore @readordierachel That‘s what I‘ve heard. I‘ll be reading the introduction today and I‘m sure that will illuminate much more. I don‘t think I‘d have had the patience for this one earlier in life. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm ๐Ÿ‘ Superb review ๐Ÿ‘ 11mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I really felt for Lucy. Though I did find her piety annoying, I couldn‘t help but see hers as eerily similar to my own personality. For that, I think an ending with a fulfilling career and without an overbearing misogynist husband would be ideal! ๐Ÿ˜… 11mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! โ™ฅ๏ธ 11mo
saresmoore @Bklover Thanks! It‘s such a complex bookโ€”hard to do it justice. 11mo
batsy What a beautifully-stated, well-rounded, objective review. It is certainly hard to do this book justice and I feel too close to Lucy's private life to be able to review this objectively at any point. It's one of those books where I feel so intensely with it that I find it hard to step back and evaluate. A thoughtful review, Sara! โค๏ธ 11mo
saresmoore @batsy Oh, thanks, friend! It made me uncomfortable how much I related to Lucyโ€”I think that‘s what helped me to step back, initially. It‘s remarkable to me how Brontë could be so objective in her portrayal of such an autobiographical character. 11mo
LeahBergen What a great review! Now you‘ll have to fall down the โ€œreal lifeโ€ rabbit hole of Charlotte Bronte, M. Heger, and the ripped-up letters his wife found from Charlotte and sewed back up. ๐Ÿ˜ณ 11mo
LauraBeth Every time I read one of your reviews (or one from @batsy), I‘m like, โ€œThey are the queens at book reviews...โ€ 11mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Oh, snap! I can‘t wait! 11mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth I think Ms. Subashini earns that title by a long shot! ๐Ÿ‘‘ @batsy 11mo
Moray_Reads As ever with Charlotte Brontรซ I was aware of many of the things you mention that made me doubtful and uncomfortable and I still love Villette in spite of all of them 11mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I think that is what‘s most incredible about it. I didn‘t, at any point, think, โ€œWell, I‘ll just stop reading this...โ€ like I did in certain other meandering, preachy classics. (Brothers Karamazov ๐Ÿ‘€) I‘m actually really looking forward to reading Jane Eyre with my older, more patient perspective. Charlotte may win me over, yet! 11mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I‘m reading the intro by Helen M. Cooper now and it is fascinating! I think I‘ll dive right into Juliet Barker‘s biography, next. (edited) 11mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore it's supposed to be the best out there but gosh is it long! I got it out of the library once but didn't have the courage at the time 11mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads It‘ll probably take me the year to get through it. ๐Ÿ˜… 11mo
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batsy @saresmoore @LauraBeth As if! I'm not fit to hold the velvet cushion upon which both of your crowns rest! ๐Ÿ˜˜ (Can you tell I've watched too much TV about the British monarchy? ๐Ÿ˜‚) 11mo
batsy I've got the massive Juliet Barker bio, too! Don't think I can start in January, but I told myself I *must* read it next year! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 11mo
saresmoore @batsy First of all, I don‘t think you can watch too much British royal TV. And secondly, I hope I will be able to share enough juicy goodness from the book to intrigue you into starting it! ๐Ÿ™ƒ 11mo
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saresmoore
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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โ€œHe deserved condign punishment for his testy crotchets.โ€

*snort*

I had to cross-reference this sentence in the physical book to make sure there wasn‘t a typo.

hermyknee What on earth does that mean?! 11mo
saresmoore @hermyknee I had to look up the words! It means: he deserved particular & apt punishment for his irritably expressed and unfounded opinions. Funnily enough, it describes this character precisely! 11mo
intothehallofbooks Have you ever seen the movie To Walk Invisible about the Bronte Sisters that was on BBC and PBS a couple of years ago? Whenever I see a great quote like this, I can‘t help but hear it in the voice of the actresses from that movie. So wonderfully dramatic ๐Ÿ˜‚ 11mo
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PickingBooks How interesting! 11mo
saresmoore @intothehallofbooks Yes! So good! That special brought so much more depth to my reading of the Brontës. 11mo
intothehallofbooks I 100% agree-same here! I just re-watched with my girls a few weeks ago after we read and studied Jane Eyre. 11mo
Bianca I've been meaning to read this book forever. Now I must find a copy... 11mo
saresmoore @Bianca Yes! Should be easy and/or inexpensive to come by. 11mo
saresmoore @intothehallofbooks Gah! That sounds lovely! 11mo
gradcat Love that wordโ€”crotchetsโ€”new to me & I‘m using it! 11mo
saresmoore @gradcat Just maybe don‘t use it alongside โ€œtestyโ€ or you might get some snickers from the less mature listeners (like me)! 11mo
RealBooks4ever ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ 11mo
LoverofLit ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 11mo
LeahBergen Teehee!! ๐Ÿคญ 11mo
gradcat @saresmoore ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 11mo
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saresmoore
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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...she gets it from her mama.

My husband snapped both of these this morningโ€”totally coincidental! This is me scrolling Litsy. ๐Ÿ˜†

TrishB Great pics ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 12mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“˜... looking cosy 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm A lovely ๐Ÿ“ธ of you. I love your home decor btw, very much like my โ€˜taste‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š 12mo
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CatLass007 ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป 12mo
Craftylikefox What a cozy picture. 12mo
riversong153 Lovely home! 12mo
batsy What a beautiful picture of you. So serene in your lovely home. "Scrolling Litsy" is the title of the painting that future people will marvel over in museums ? 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy ๐Ÿ˜† love it! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† 12mo
tpixie Lovely cozy home & great shot! @batsy I love the title- Scrolling Litsy!! This photo & that title should be entered in your State Fair! 12mo
tpixie Love the same backdrop and you two sitting opposite ways! 12mo
julesG Very cozy home. 12mo
saresmoore @batsy Ahaha! I‘m imagining future archaeologists/historians with their projecting scribs, cataloguing art from the Early Personal Tech era. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 12mo
LauraBeth This is the coziest picture ever ๐Ÿ˜. You‘re so beautiful. Also - WHY has it never occurred to me to use my mantle as a showpiece for books?! 12mo
Bookzombie I second everything @LauraBeth said! Except I don‘t have a mantle. ๐Ÿ™‚ 12mo
Moray_Reads For a second I actual thought this was Lucy! The resemblance is uncanny. Also, why don't I have a floor pillow like that? 12mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth ๐Ÿฅฐ The mantle is great for books, BUT, the paint did stick to the bottom of one of the covers as it got heated up, so I might have to move them. 12mo
saresmoore @Bookzombie This is my first home with a fireplace! I‘m a big fan of floating shelves, too. ๐Ÿ˜Šโ™ฅ๏ธ 12mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads My gosh, the floor pillows are the best. We have two of them and I mostly don‘t even sit in chairs anymore. 12mo
Kalalalatja This looks perfect! Can I come for a vacation at your house ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 12mo
MaureenMc ๐Ÿคฉ 12mo
LeahBergen You should frame these photos side-by-side. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 12mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja Any time! โ™ฅ๏ธ 12mo
rohit-sawant Such a wonderful picture! 12mo
tracey38 Love both of these pictures! 12mo
AlaMich @saresmoore Aren‘t fireplaces THE BEST THING EVER?! Everyone who comes to our house expresses envy. 12mo
saresmoore @AlaMich It is amazing! I‘ve managed to go without running the heat, thus farโ€”and I‘m a cold-blooded Floridian lizard. ๐ŸฆŽ 12mo
Suet624 Adorable. 12mo
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saresmoore
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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โ€œHappiness is the cure โ€“ a cheerful mind the preventive: cultivate both.โ€

No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to CULTIVATE happiness.

VioletBramble They didn't know about brain chemistry back then. 13mo
gradcat @saresmoore Brilliant comment! 13mo
saresmoore @VioletBramble They certainly didn‘t. Hysterical women and nervous attacks were their best guesses at a diagnoses. This is a doctor speaking, too! 13mo
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Shamzi Beautiful cover!!! 13mo
LeahBergen I thought that was an early wine. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† 13mo
saresmoore @shammi.dc10 Just don‘t look too closely because I spilled some tea on it and left a stain! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 13mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I could have used it this morning... 13mo
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @shammi.dc10 Nothing more appropriate for the Brontës than tea. ? 12mo
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads Let‘s call it a tribute, in that case. ๐Ÿ™ƒ 12mo
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emilyhaldi
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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This book was slow to start but halfway through I was totally consumed by the story and had to binge-read to the end. Lucy Snowe is the most strangely compelling-yet-hateable heroine I‘ve ever met. She is so utterly alone and resigned to living a desolate life. A fascinating look at the psychology of a woman raised as an outsider and searching for love that she's not sure she deserves. The ending left me stunned and in awe of Bronte ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

emilyhaldi @saresmoore dying to know your thoughts on this one, especially that ending!! 13mo
MaGoose I need to reread this one. It's been too long since the first time I read it. 13mo
Aimeesue I will always love this book because of the ghost nuns! They played a very minor part, but amused me to no end. The book's ending was harsh, though. 13mo
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Notafraidofwords What did you think of the ending ? 13mo
emilyhaldi @Notafraidofwords the ending left me sitting with my mouth hanging open for 2-3 minutes ๐Ÿ˜†I got chills up and down my spine! Because I had been binge-reading the last 200 pages I was fully invested in Lucy's story at that point and so hopeful that she might have a happy ending finally... alas it was not meant to be ๐Ÿ˜ข That being said, I thought the ending was perfectly fitting for the mood of the book...cont below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป (edited) 13mo
emilyhaldi @Notafraidofwords ...and I‘m so happy that she chose to go that route instead of the happily-ever-after jig ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 13mo
Notafraidofwords @emilyhaldi I definitely agree. I have to tell you, I‘m so much like Lucy, it scared me lol. 13mo
Leftcoastzen What amazes me , it feels so modern in an odd way. 13mo
batsy ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ 13mo
emilyhaldi @Notafraidofwords what I love about Lucy is I think most people can relate to a lot of the feelings and struggles she goes through. So much insecurity, doubt, feelings of unworthiness... and I can certainly relate to her pessimistic attitude - some people just get a bad hand in life and she‘s totally accepting that she‘s on of them (or thinks she is anyways). I found it fascinating! (edited) 13mo
LeahBergen It may soon be time for a reread for me! โค๏ธ 13mo
HKGirl Oohhh, I love that cover! This is one of the few Bronte books I didn't enjoy back in high school...but I'm wondering if I should revisit it. I might react differently now, 15 years later. 13mo
Reviewsbylola Ok, maybe I need to read this one finally. 13mo
saresmoore Ooh, yay! I totally suck as a buddy reader because I‘m not even halfway yet! ๐Ÿ™ˆ But now I want to finish ASAP! 13mo
BarbaraBB I bailed after about a hundred pages. I was bored by the part in which she is teaching English to French kids and I seemed to be reading a French novel. Now I feel like I should have tried harder! 13mo
Cathythoughts Great review ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. I want to read it more than ever now ... 13mo
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emilyhaldi
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Lucy Snowe is quite the tragic heroine so far... wondering to what extent she is based on Bronte‘s own experiences. If entirely, then poor Charlotte must have had a rough go of it ๐Ÿ’™

JennyM I love this edition! 13mo
LeahBergen Quite a bit (or so I‘ve read)! 13mo
saresmoore Ooh, pretty cover! 13mo
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Kalalalatja Pretty book! 13mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous... must read soon ! ( the old refrain) 13mo
batsy I need to get my hands on this edition ๐Ÿ˜ 13mo
Mdargusch Nice photo! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ 13mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never read this but I want to. 13mo
BarbaraBB I bailed on this one... looking forward to your thoughts! 13mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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โ€œInadventurous, unstirred by impulses of practical ambition, I was capable of sitting twenty years teaching infants the hornbook, turning silk dresses, and making children‘s frocks. Not that true contentment dignified this infatuated resignation: my work had neither charm for my taste, nor hold on my interest; but it seemed to me a great thing to be without heavy anxiety, and relieved from intimate trial; the negation of severe suffering was...โ€

saresmoore โ€œ...the nearest approach to happiness I expected to know. Besides, I seemed to hold two livesโ€”the life of thought, and that of reality; and, provided the former was nourished with a sufficiency of the strange necromantic joys of fancy, the privileges of the latter might remain limited to daily bread, hourly work, and a roof of shelter.โ€ #storyofmylife 14mo
Moray_Reads โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ This is so true, so often and I don't think it had to be a bag thing. Why have one life when you can have two that sustain eachother? 14mo
readordierachel It's been a good long while since I read this and I don't think I gave it the attention/brain space it deserved. You're making me want to pick it up again. 14mo
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saresmoore @Moray_Reads I couldn‘t agree more. I relate very much to Lucy, so far. 14mo
saresmoore @readordierachel It‘s rich AND readable! I‘m really enjoying it. 14mo
Aimeesue It's got ghost nuns. What else would you need to know? ๐Ÿ‘ป 14mo
emilyhaldi Well said ๐Ÿ’™ 14mo
vivastory "... the strange necromantic joys of fancy..." Holy hell! What a fantastic quote! 14mo
saresmoore @vivastory Isn‘t it? I read it about twenty times just to savor it. I‘m surprised by how wonderfully gothic this feels, too. 14mo
vivastory Might have to read it this month. It'll make for a good change after House of Leaves 14mo
saresmoore @vivastory It absolutely will. Though, it might take a while just to recover from HOL if you go in as deep as I did. There is a mention of a corridor in Villette, so look out for that. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 14mo
Notafraidofwords She makes such good points about work. I‘m tired of living in a world that keeps telling me that I‘m supposed to love my job. No, I‘m supposed to do my job well and with integrity which I do. Stop telling me what I‘m supposed to love society because it‘s always two things : men and work. What the hell is that ? 14mo
Suet624 Infatuated resignation. 14mo
batsy "strange necromantic joys of fancy" is my favourite part, too. There is that mystical aspect to her writing that haunts her words & gives her work that transcendent quality. 14mo
saresmoore Amen, sister. I believe that concept works for my type of โ€œjobโ€, tooโ€”the unpaid work of mothers and women that‘s not even acknowledged as valid within capitalism! I‘m not ready to wrap my self-worth up in society‘s standards, so I need a different mindset in order to survive. I feel like that‘s exactly what Brontë is talking about in Villette. I can see why you loved it so much! 14mo
saresmoore @batsy Yes! I‘m feeling that and loving it. It‘s so subtle, but still pleasantly haunting. @Suet624 So many delicious turns of phrase in this. 14mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I love Villette. I'm surprised it's not better known 14mo
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โ€œIt‘s like that time when I wandered into a school in the middle of the night in a city whose language I didn‘t speak and asked for a job without references and they looked at my face and then said, โ€˜Sure, why not?‘โ€ ...said no one, ever.

Suet624 Haha. Seriously. 14mo
emilyhaldi You're racing ahead! and I don't think I will have a chance to break this open today ๐Ÿ˜œ 14mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I‘m incorrigible! It‘s such a good book and I‘m procrastinating on my other reads... ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 14mo
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Moray_Reads I remember having a careers talk when I was doing my masters and every single person who spoke got an amazing job by stupid strokes of luck like this. I left before the second half, irritated that the university thought it would be helpful 14mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads That‘s ridiculous. I heard a lot of โ€œIt‘s not what you know, but who you know that gets the job.โ€ Also extremely unhelpful. 14mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore that's the kind of thing. Now that everything needs substantial experience AND specific qualifications someone who just fell into the career in working towards 25 years ago when there was no real career path really isn't the person who can give me the best advice 14mo
emilyhaldi The joy of reading!!! Go with whatever works for the moment โœจ 14mo
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MirrorMask
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Everyone knows Jane Eyre, but Villette is seriously #underrated

@howjessreads #31BookPics

TheSpineView Cool! Stacked and will add to wish list. 14mo
QuietlyLaura Agreed! 14mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope to get to this soonish. I‘m rereading Jane Eyre now ๐Ÿ˜Š 14mo
batsy It really is! Such a brilliant book. 14mo
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saresmoore
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I love the #leaves on the cover of this edition of Villette. I just started this, @emilyhaldi and it is excellent so far! (Much more engaging than those K Brothers...)

#LitsyClassics

Reviewsbylola Very pretty. ๐Ÿ 14mo
Cathythoughts A serious must read for me. Great that you are enjoying... I‘m only afraid it will be dense & need lots of concentration .. I know it will be brilliant... soon 14mo
SqueakyChu Beautiful! 14mo
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LeahBergen Ah, Villette! โค๏ธ 14mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts I‘ve been having so much trouble concentrating on my reading lately, especially Les Mis (talk about dense!), but so far this is holding my attention and is very engaging. 14mo
Kalalalatja ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 14mo
emilyhaldi Oh good!! More engaging than Brothers K is a positive ๐Ÿ˜œ I am going to dive into this tomorrow!! 14mo
Notafraidofwords The best beginning of a novel I have ever read. 14mo
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords It‘s amazing! Unfortunately, now it is competing with Les Misérables for my reading attentions. Les Mis is losing, big time. ? 14mo
BarbaraBB Wait til she gets to France ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ 14mo
rohit-sawant Oh, this is lovely! 14mo
batsy How much do I love this book ๐Ÿ’œ 14mo
saresmoore @batsy Oh my gosh, it‘s so good. 14mo
rubyslippersreads I really need to get to this sooner rather than later. 14mo
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Notafraidofwords
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Mehso-so

Lucy is a tough protagonist to like and that‘s saying something, because I hated Jane Eyre. Yet, I would rather go camping with Lucy. Lucy is alone in the world and is a teacher b/c she needs the money. Lucy is also insufferable. And even with the quibbles, I fell deeply in love with Lucy. Yet, I wanted a better ending and was disappointed by the last 150 pages. Ultimately, I found comfort in the ways Lucy expresses her loneliness & could relate.

Notafraidofwords Would anyone like me to send them this copy. It‘s used but completely readable. 1y
CareBear I would love it if no one else has claimed it! 1y
DannyOlda I totally agree, especially about the ending 1y
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BarbaraBB Great review. I wish I had liked Lucy that much. 1y
merelybookish Oh, I love Lucy! I mean, I get it, but I also get her. 1y
Notafraidofwords @CareBear it‘s yours ! Email me your Shipping address at ryanira9(at)aol.com and I will send it ASAP. 1y
Notafraidofwords @BarbaraBB I mean, she‘s horrible & the people around her as well. But she‘s also alone in the world experiencing heartbreak. I think that would make anyone horrible. 1y
Notafraidofwords @DannyOlda ugh. The most disappointing ending. 1y
BarbaraBB I just couldn‘t get through the book because of all the French and because it took so long for things to happen. I was really bored but I know it‘s me. I know a lot of people love Lucy - and the book. 1y
Notafraidofwords @BarbaraBB the French was difficult. My edition had the translation at the bottom but it would still take me out of the story. 1y
BarbaraBB @Notafraidofwords I had it on audio, that was definitely not the best way to read it - with all the French! 1y
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andrew61
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Pickpick

I am aware that this bk drew upon charlotte's experience teaching in Belgium, certainly i felt the authors personality throughout the story. At times serious, lord help catholics, but also with a mischievous sense of humour and a witty portrayal of characters. I especially loved the ending suspecting charlotte laughing at the open mouthed readers as she plays with their sensitivities. Perhaps too much religion but a remarkable rd. #LitsyClassics

Aimeesue All that and GHOST NUNS, too! ๐Ÿ˜„ 1y
merelybookish She really doesn't like the Papists! 1y
Leftcoastzen I found it sharp in a modern way in parts. 1y
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batsy @Leftcoastzen Me too! 1y
batsy Now that I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov I'm more certain that this is Charlotte's most Dostoevskian book ๐Ÿ˜ 1y
andrew61 @batsy @Leftcoastzen yes it felt very modern as lucy addressed us directly from her old age, gave me an interesting view of charlotte and ill now read the introduction and definitely plan a haworth trip as it is only 1-1.5 hrs away from me. 1y
Leftcoastzen Oh wow! I wish I could go!๐Ÿ˜€ 1y
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Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Way to go Lucy Snowe.
Good old fashioned teaching - tear up someone's book and then on the next page push and lock the likeliest french school girl troublemaker in a cupboard. Reminds me of my own school days ๐Ÿ˜‚

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andrew61
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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So I'm starting my 18th book in the #LitsyClassics challenge with letter V. After enjoying The tenant of wildfell hall earlier this year im looking forward to another Bronte trip.

Leftcoastzen I loved it but spent lots of time translating French.๐Ÿ˜€ 1y
Cathythoughts Oh this is exciting... I hope to get there someday too .. I only hear great praise fir this one 1y
DeleteAcct This is my V as well for #Litsyclassics I need to get to it! 1y
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Notafraidofwords About 150 pages in and totally enjoying it. 1y
andrew61 @Leftcoastzen yes there are plenty of footnotes which i keep popping to. 1y
saresmoore I‘m really looking forward to reading this, too. Enjoy! 1y
andrew61 @Cathythoughts I'll keep you updated โ˜บ 1y
andrew61 @Notafraidofwords great, so far two chapters in knowing nothing about it i expect polly will turn out well. 1y
andrew61 @saresmoore I'll try and keep you updated although I'm still in awe of your karamazov adventure โ˜บ 1y
Melissa_J This is probably my least favourite of the Brontë books I‘ve read, but I didn‘t dislike it. Will be interested to hear your final thoughts. 1y
batsy It's one of my favourite books ever, but I know that the mood and tone of this one is not to everyone's taste. Interestingly it feels like Charlotte went a bit Dostoyevsky on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ 1y
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like this one at all after the first chapters. Partly because it‘s in French half of the time... (edited) 1y
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WhiskeyMistress
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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This book is on my TBR, and also apparently is set in #belgium! ๐Ÿ’ #Augustisatrip @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #bronte

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ผ 1y
vkois88 โคโคโค 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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#Iwonder when I will get to this chunkster, considered as Charlotte Brontë‘s finest. The story follows Lucy Snowe to the fictional Belgian town of Villette, where she teaches in a girls school. It is based on Brontë‘s own experiences in Brussels, where she lived for almost two years in the early 1840s.
#ABBAInAugust
#AugustIsATrip #Belgium

Libby1 I adored this one. I agree. It is her finest. Just don‘t read her book Shirley right after this one. You won‘t be able to cope with the disappointment! ๐Ÿ˜” 1y
batsy Oh, this book โค๏ธ 1y
Cathythoughts Me too !! I feel the same ! When will we get to it ?? ! Soon I hope ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป 1y
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Notafraidofwords Just got it. Of course not this cover. This one is gorgeous. 1y
Lcsmcat I didn‘t realize this was such a chunkster. I read it as an eBook and it zipped right along for me. Excellent choice! 1y
Moray_Reads @Lcsmcat same! I'm amazed it's this long! 1y
saresmoore Oh, it‘s gorgeous! 1y
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords Do you have a planned time to read this? I‘d love to read along with you! And you, as well, @erzascarletbookgasm if you‘d like! 1y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore yes, I want to read it soon too. I have the BN edition of this one. 1y
Meredith3 Man that is one hell of a book! I wish you luck getting through it, that would probably take me a good 2 years ๐Ÿ˜ณ 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Libby1 Thanks for the heads up! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Lcsmcat @Meredith3 @moray_reads this edition is 657 pages long, it certainly looks daunting! (edited) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @notafraidofwords I‘ll love to read along but not this month, though. September? @Cathythoughts wanna read along too? 1y
saresmoore I would even be okay with waiting a bit longer. I‘ll be drowning in The Brothers Karamazov for a while! ๐Ÿ˜… 1y
emilyhaldi I‘m in for readalong too!! @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm @Notafraidofwords @Cathythoughts tagging a few additional people who seemed to have interest back when we first started discussing this readalong a few months ago ๐Ÿ˜† @Bambolina_81 @merelybookish @rohit-sawant @Billypar @rubyslippersreads (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts I would love to read along ... I‘ll have to think. We have Peyton Place buddy read in September & I have Bookclub ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”I will if I can. Thanks for the invite ๐Ÿ˜˜ 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore I‘m fine to wait longer then. Just give a shout out when. I still haven‘t begun to read The Brothers K! @emilyhaldi Yay! 1y
saresmoore @emilyhaldi Thank you for the reminder! I need to start writing things down... 1y
Reviewsbylola I want to read this eventually too! 1y
tonyahoswalt Have you gotten your bookmarks yet? I got a tracking message that they attempted to deliver, but nothing verifying they had. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @tonyahoswalt Not yet. Probably in the coming week. I‘ll let you know once they arrive ๐Ÿ™‚ 1y
Mdargusch Beautiful cover but I seem to only read chunksters for readalongs. 1y
Cinfhen So true @Mdargusch it seems I need EXTRA #LitsySupport when it comes to a #chunkster 1y
emilyhaldi @saresmoore my memory is terrible, I only remember bc I bought the book specifically for the indeterminate readalong... and scrolled back in posts on this book to find everyone‘s names ๐Ÿ˜† 1y
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shelbyy
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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My book haul today! 3 for $10! I love Indigo because they always have copies of the classics for soooo cheap! ๐Ÿ’™

BookishMarginalia Pretty editions! 1y
AlaMich Those are so nice! Barnes and Noble has their own imprint of classics but they are UG-LY!!! 1y
shelbyy @AlaMich oh really? These editions from Indigo are all really nice. I have several copies because they almost always have a 3 for $10 sale! โ˜บ๏ธ 1y
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AlaMich Canada always has the best stuff! ๐Ÿ˜ŠI should add that I live in the US...no Indigo for me ๐Ÿ™ (edited) 1y
shelbyy @AlaMich haha I must agree with you on that ๐Ÿ˜ 1y
shelbyy @AlaMich unless you visit Canada sometime. I‘d like to go to a Barnes and Noble sometime 1y
Amabear I love that cover of Villette!!! 1y
shelbyy @Amabear it‘s beautiful, isn‘t it? 1y
Reviewsbylola And those are great covers. I totally agree with @alamich about the heinous B&N covers. 1y
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola Right? Inexpensive doesn‘t have to equal hideous! (edited) 1y
CindyE09 I loved and highly recommend 1y
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BarbaraBB
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Panpan

What a summer this is, unbelievable ๐Ÿ’œ. The Netherlands feel like the Mediterenean right now. We are sailing out of the city and on the boat I‘ve finished this book. I can‘t believe this is the author of Jane Eyre, I really didn‘t like this one. So much French and no plot at all. Very uninteresting. #1001books

hilded This summer is quite surreal. In Norway (Oslo) we're heading into month #3 with all sunny days and temperature up to 30C โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธLots to do a work right now, so I am sort of wishing for a few degrees colder until I have my summer vacation and can enjoy it fully (but I don't know if I'm allowed to say that out loud ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚). 1y
emilyhaldi Ugh, bummer about the book ๐Ÿ˜ great about the weather!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป 1y
Kalalalatja We are having the same kind of weather, and it is great, but at the same time, I really can‘t deal with it ๐Ÿ˜… 1y
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BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll like it better than I did when you get to it. 1y
BarbaraBB @hilded I hope it‘ll last until August ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ’• 1y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja You can‘t? I wake up so happy each morning for another sunny day (my mother is Indonesian, maybe that‘s why I don‘t mind heat๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž 1y
hilded Fingers crossed @BarbaraBB ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธWould be ironic if it was over before I get some time off in about two weeks time. 1y
hilded I hear you @Kalalalatja ๐Ÿ˜‚ I haven't been able to sleep well for a long time, the apartment is like a sauna! But it is lovely when I'm able to be outside โ˜€๏ธ 1y
BookwormM I am wishing for cooler weather due to My Ankylosing Spondylitis the heat has made my fingers and toes swell 1y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I love the sun, it is the heat that‘s killing me ๐Ÿ˜… like @hilded our apartment get so hot, it gets hard to bear. But being outside is wonderful! ๐ŸŒž 1y
batsy One of my favourites of all time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 1y
BarbaraBB @batsy really? Please explain, what did I miss (it may be that I was less focused, thanks to the world championship โšฝ๏ธ)? (edited) 1y
batsy Love Lucy Snowe, the "ugliness" of her experience, the dark nature of obsession, the loneliness, ghostly nuns, all the dark, bleak things of this book ?? 1y
BarbaraBB @batsy I see what you mean. Dark and bleak it is indeed ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜ 1y
AudreyMorris Dare I admit I have only read one book by a Bronte? Not this one (book or Bronte). 1y
BarbaraBB @AudreyMorris If I may guess, was it Wuthering Heights?! 1y
AudreyMorris Agnes Grey! 1y
BarbaraBB @AudreyMorris that‘s one I haven‘t read! 1y
AudreyMorris It‘s quite short lol! 1y
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rubyslippersreads
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I don‘t know if underrated is the right word, but it‘s not as famous as Jane Eyre, and it‘s on my TBR list for #litsyclassics. I wish I had a copy with these wonderful Edmund Dulac illustrations. #requiredreadingredo

batsy Definitely underrated, in my biased opinion ๐Ÿ˜ 1y
Aimeesue It's the best! Ghost nuns! 1y
rubyslippersreads @batsy @Aimeesue You‘re both making me really excited to read it. ๐Ÿ˜Š 1y
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WhiskeyMistress Adding it to my stack! 1y
Bookworm-Bobbie Agreed, very underrated! It‘s great! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ 1y
Melissa_J I didn‘t like this one anywhere near as much as I did Jane Eyre. I didn‘t dislike it though, just found it a little too slow. 1y
QuietlyLaura I liked Villette more than Jane Eyre. Juliet Stevenson reads the audiobook wonderfully. 1y
LeahBergen It‘s wonderful! 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @QuietlyLaura @Bookworm-Bobbie All this Litten love for Villette makes me want to read it even more. ๐Ÿ˜Š 1y
rubyslippersreads @Melissa_J It‘s hard to beat Jane Eyre. ๐Ÿ˜„ 1y
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BarbaraBB
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I am listening to this one on audio and am having a hard time. All that French, read by an Englishman, is pretty hard to understand...

Leniverse Some LibriVox recordings are not that great. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 1y
emilyhaldi Bummer. I‘m itching to start this book! 1y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I think it is way better to read than to listen to. And for me, an English audiobook is hard enough as it is, let alone when they start speaking French! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 1y
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BarbaraBB @Leniverse No it varies enormously indeed. 1y
arubabookwoman I read it and the extensive use of French bothered me to. My edition had no translation and I don‘t speak French other than picking out a word here or there. 1y
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I can understand a bit of French (learned it in high school) but not that much!! 1y
char1077 Really perplexing to me as to why it is so difficult to find a version with footnote translations! I ended up annotating my copy with google translate. Not elegant but there is so much, you actually start to lose the plotline. 1y
BarbaraBB @char1077 Yes it is a bit demotivating, for me at least. 1y
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merelybookish
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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This book has taken me forever to read. I have 30 pages left, and need to finish before I go away tomorrow.
I love it but it's not a zippy read.

Eyelit That edition is pretty cool looking! 1y
Aimeesue That ending, tho!!! 1y
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emilyhaldi
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Today's prompt #lucyintheskywithdiamonds has me thinking about this protagonist, Lucy Snowe. Nor sure if a readalong was ever organized but I might just start it this week regardless!
#heyjune

Sarah83 Wonderful edition ๐Ÿ˜ 1y
Cinfhen Pretty photo and lovely flowers ๐Ÿ˜Š 1y
Amabear I liked this one! 1y
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JanJan Beautiful book and photo! 1y
BarbaraBB I want to read it too, I was hoping there would be a readalong... didn‘t someone mention it? 1y
Cathythoughts I really want to read this too .. probably after the summer though ... I‘d say it will be really good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโค๏ธ 1y
LeahBergen It‘s so good. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 1y
Reviewsbylola I still need to read this. 1y
Suet624 Such a lovely photo! 1y
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merelybookish
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Currently dividing my reading time between these two chunksters. One in my usual wheelhouse, one not. Both satisfying in different ways.

Suet624 I often think of rereading the Mists of Avalon. Enjoyed it a lot. 1y
merelybookish @Suet624 I'm enjoying it even though I don't usually like fantasy that much. I have it on audio so I'm switching between the two. 1y
Kindredanne I really enjoyed Mists of Avalon!!! 1y
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batsy I already have a perfectly nice edition of Villette, but I think I need that one, too ๐Ÿ˜Š 1y
merelybookish @Kindredanne I'm not far but really liking it too! 1y
merelybookish @batsy It is pretty! ๐Ÿ˜‰ First time reading it in 20+ years. CB's brilliance is kind of astounding. 1y
batsy I know, right? She is truly one of the greats. 1y
Crazeedi Mists was one of the books that defined my teen years, read all her books, the arthurian legend captivated me big time. The view this book espoused just blew me away. ๐Ÿ’œโค๐Ÿ’– 1y
merelybookish @Crazeedi I can see how it would be especially powerful at that age! 1y
Crazeedi @merelybookish yes, it was powerful 1y
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Aimeesue
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Day 4. My favorite of all the Brontës' novels. Oh, that Lucy Snowe! That ending!
#7Favesin7Days #Anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue And ghost nuns! This book has ghost nuns! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 1y
LeahBergen Love! โค๏ธโค๏ธ 1y
rubyslippersreads This is on my #litsyclassics list. The ghost nuns are going to push it to the top of the list. ๐Ÿ˜„ 1y
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jillrhudy Not again with the ghost nuns! 1y
staci.reads I read the first half last summer and then bailed. Maybe I should give it another try. 1y
batsy Yaaaaaas ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ 1y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy You KNOW the ghost nuns are my favorite part! 1y
Aimeesue @staci.reads I read this as a group read with the Anglophiles Anonymous group on GR. I suspect that that's why I like it so much - it was an epic discussion! And also, the ghost nuns. ๐Ÿ˜„ 1y
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Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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cdreincarnate
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me why I loved Jane Eyre so much, even as it made me realize some of Bronte‘s prejudices, which I hadn‘t noticed as a child. I love her anyway. The narrator did a phenomenal job, even though she sounded much older than the MC. My only problem was all the French she rattled off. My French is rusty and I read it better than I understand it so, while I caught snippets, I also missed a lot.

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andrew61
Villette (Revised) | Charlotte Bront๋
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#LitsyClassics #MayLovesClassics #female
I'm down visiting my mum this weekend and the oxfam bookshop is an inevitable draw- i picked up 3 books today which include this my choice for V in the classic challenge and these other two which ive wanted to read for ages. Three diverse and wonderful female writers - can't wait.

saresmoore Wonderful books! I‘ll be reading Villette for V, as well. I‘ll look forward to discussing it with you! 2y
andrew61 @saresmoore i was going on alphabetical order which would probably mean ill get to it around this time next year sara as I've just done E. Maybe I'll promote it as i am trying to persuade my wife that we should have a day trip to haworth โ˜บ 2y
Moray_Reads Love all three of them! 2y
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saresmoore I am in the same boat as far as progress goes, but I‘ve been jumping around the alphabet as my spirit leads. Ha! If I start it soon, perhaps I‘ll make you envious enough to join me on my rogue alphabetical meandering. ๐Ÿ˜ 2y
andrew61 @saresmoore ok it's a deal ๐Ÿ‘ 2y
Cathythoughts I want to read Villette too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 2y
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whirlergirl
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Mehso-so

I was excited to read this - Jane Eyre is my favourite classic and I'd heard good things about Villette. At first I was fully invested in Lucy Snowe but as the book drew on I found myself distracted by the prose and losing the thread of the story. Some passages I had to skim because they were either waffle or completely inaccessible to me. It was a struggle in places and the ambiguous fate of M. Paul left me feeling a little frustrated.

Chelleo Sorry to hear this was a disappointment. Hope your next book is better than expected! Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos are helpful. Thereโ€˜s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome! 2y
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batsy
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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#7favesin7days
5/7

Lucy Snowe is not a kick-ass, badass, rah-rah #heroine. She's just plain, shy, introspective, deeply observant, intelligent, sensitive & ill-adjusted to life. I just feel her & feel for her so much. This book is like the spiritual sister to Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground. No enforced positivity or redemption; just human psychology at its most brutal & mysterious. #maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

Sophoclessweetheart I can‘t wait to read this one! 2y
saresmoore Very nice assessment! I‘m going to read this as my next classic and I can‘t wait. I‘ve decided I‘m going on a boarding school kick. ๐Ÿค” 2y
Billypar Spiritual sister to Notes from Underground? Sold! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 2y
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Bambolina_81 Villette is a wonderful wonderful book and I wish it and Lucy Snow were as well known as Jane Eyre. 2y
rohit-sawant Meaning to read this for so long! 2y
batsy @Wanderingwithwords @rohit-sawant I hope you enjoy! 2y
batsy @saresmoore Thank you! Boarding schools are irresistible... A hothouse of obsession and hostility, what's not to like ๐Ÿ˜† 2y
batsy @Billypar Lucy does strike me as an underground woman in some ways; she's very removed from society even while attempting to live within it. 2y
batsy @Bambolina_81 Agreed! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This just made me want to read it soon. Will put this further up my TBR ๐Ÿ˜Š 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @Bambolina_81 I‘d definitely be up for that! X 2y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ 2y
batsy @Bambolina_81 I've read it a few times and am focusing on books I haven't read before for litsyclassics this year, so will opt out for now. But I hope you guys enjoy it if you do :) 2y
rubyslippersreads @Bambolina_81 This is on my #litsyclassics list, so I'd be interested in a readalong. ๐Ÿ˜Š 2y
rubyslippersreads @batsy @saresmoore โค๏ธ boarding school books! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Bambolina_81 count me in ๐Ÿ˜Š 2y
merelybookish @Bambolina_81 I'd also join in for a readalong. I read it years ago. It's on my list to re-read for #litsyclassics. 2y
rohit-sawant @Bambolina_81 Count me in, too! ๐Ÿ˜€ 2y
saresmoore @Bambolina_81 So in for a readalong! You too, @emilyhaldi ? 2y
emilyhaldi Sure why not!! @saresmoore @Bambolina_81 ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ“– 2y
Billypar @Bambolina_81 Yeah- I'm interested- good idea โ˜บ๏ธ 2y
BarbaraBB @Bambolina_81 Me too ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ! 2y
Aimeesue And that ending!!! 2y
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alisonrose
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
Pickpick

I will freely admit that there was some skimming happening while reading this book, because JFC get on with it already. I have no problem with long books but it gets tedious with classics in particular. But that being said, I did like this overall and Lucy Snowe is a terrific character. And it was fun to try to see just how much French I know. C'est seulement un peu, mais j'aime pratiquer. The ending though, Ms. Brontë, how dare you. 3/5 โญ๏ธ

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alisonrose
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋

How will she get through this world, or battle with this life? How will she bear the shocks and repulses, the humiliations and desolations, which books and my own reason tell me are prepared for all flesh?

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alisonrose
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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I've had this book on my TBR shelves for probably about two years. I'm not intimidated at all by long books, and it's not even super long IMO. I just never felt in the right mood to dive into it after slogging through Middlemarch in June 2016. But it's finally time! Part of my 2018 reading goals is to clear out all the oldest books on my TBR shelves, and damn it, I'm gonna make it happen.
#nowreading

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amber_ldsmom
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋
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Authors I absolutely love! โค๏ธ I just wish they had written more. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

#ReadingResolutions #AprilBookishMadness
#favoriteauthor

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ“š 2y
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BookwormBoo
Villette | Charlotte Bront๋

Was there ever a more appropriate day for me to finish this book with whom I have such a love/hate relationship than April fools day? Please tell me I am not the only one left stunned by this book and its ending??

amber_ldsmom Oh, that ending! I believe the story goes that she had written a sadder/darker ending, but her publisher wanted her to change it. Thus, the ambiguous ending. 2y
BookwormBoo @amber_ldsmom I believe I shook my fist at the sky and said noooooo. Then I immediately took to the internet to see if there was any closure for me lol. But wow, that is fascinating. Even without the ambiguous ending I found the whole thing very dark (and deep). 2y
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