At 29, Yancey Stirling is unmarried and is facing a lifetime of mundane conversations with her controlling family, who want her to be the butt of their jokes but don't think activities like reading or daydreaming are appropriate. So she takes her life into her own hands! A little pre-world war I feminist empowerment from the author of Anne of Green Gables.
Another title from my #tbrexplode project that I was enjoying enough to finish.
Posting covers I love for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tagging someone to play each day.
@CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian have you been tagged yet? If no, would you like to join in?
I really liked this. I liked Valency, though I hated her awful family. I liked some of the other characters, as Valency gets to know them after her rebellion from her family. It‘s frustrating, the lack of options for an unmarried woman during this time (the 1920s). It‘s slow-moving, but I really enjoyed it.
I listened to this during my drive this week and I still love it. This is the first LM Montgomery book I ever read and it's still my favorite. It's pure fluffy fairy tale and it makes me happy. Incidentally, The Hubs and I are visiting my parents at their cabin this weekend- my own personal blue castle.
In the beginning I was pretty unsure, if I would like it.... But I definitely changed my mind and I love it. Such a beautiful and gorgeous book about a young woman, who doesn't know her place and you discovers in just one summer, what life could be like. I really liked Anne, but I adore Valancy. 😍🤩😍🤩 What about you two @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads ???
@Buechersuechtling definitiv lesen. So schön. 😍
@LeahBergen @Sarah83 I‘m behind in sharing a picture of my copy. I haven‘t had a chance to start on the next 15 chapters (I was really tempted to just keep going but had to stop to read a book for my IRL book clubs). 😊
I'm totally blaming this one on @LeahBergen
It's so good!
Well, isn‘t that a fun little coincidence? 😄
I am back at home. So @rubyslippersreads and @LeahBergen should we start our buddyread? My edition consists of 45 chapters and 363 pages. How should we part it? #thebluecastle
Anyway are the others interested in my other bookish items I bought in Italy? 😍
March 2019 stats: 18 books read. Fave book: The Blue Castle 💙 Binged on public-domain ebooks (4) and audiobooks (2...for me that's a binge 😂).
Also, after watching The Ribos Operation this weekend, I think Valancy on the cover of The Blue Castle looks a bit like Romana (Mary Tamm).
I went also bookshopping with my bestie. 😍 I love this edition 😍
I devoured this in an afternoon. Loved seeing Valancy assert herself and get the great life she deserved. It was perfect.
Some writers and their novels age well, like Agatha Christie or Georgette Heyer, some on the other hand show their age. Blue Castle was more the latter. Not a bad read, but the first half was mostly Valancy bemoaning her lot in life. Considering the time period though, there weren‘t a lot of options for women other than marriage. Predictable and a bit slow, but Valancy takes charge of her own life and gets her happy ever after.
“Days of clear brilliance. Evenings that were like cups of glamour - the purest vintage of winter's wine. Nights with their fire of stars. Cold, exquisite winter sunrises. Lovely ferns of #ice all over the windows of the Blue Castle...Ice-grey twilights, broken by snow-squalls, when their cosy living-room, with its goblins of firelight and inscrutable cats, seemed cosier than ever. Every hour brought a new revelation and wonder.” #QuotsyJan19
I love this book so, so, so much. I love the atmosphere and the description and the characters and the friendship. I love it, I love it, I love it. I think I may have read this one as a kid, and it didn‘t really make much of an impression on me. Now, it is what I always knew Montgomery could write. After rereading the Anne series, and then being disappointed with some of her other books, I am so happy to have read this. I enjoyed every moment.
“Good-evening, Miss Stirling."
Nothing could be more commonplace and conventional.
Any one might have said it. But Barney Snaith had a way of saying things that gave them poignancy. When he said good-evening you felt that it was a good evening and it was partly his doing that it was. Also, you felt that some of the #credit was yours. #QuotsyDec18
I‘ve been in a major book slump the last couple weeks... despite all the shiny new graphic novels (and other fun stuff) I‘ve been getting from the library lately I can‘t seem to get into anything.
Here‘s hoping a tried and true old time favorite breaks the slump. Elliot implores us all to ignore the tragically misleading cover. 😹
I had never heard of this book until someone else mentioned it. It is sad, sweet and wonderful all at the same time. If you like Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s other books, this one will captivate your heart.
Wow. The beginning has been pretty triggering but I‘m very invested in seeing Valancy throw off all these horrid manipulative ignorant narcissists and live a little. Depending on how it turns out, I may start handing this book out to every cowed young person I meet🔥
One of my top five favorite books. It‘s witty, sad, quirky, and tragic all at the same time. The heroine is a lady who is a scared daughter totally under her mothers thumb and blooms into a free and independent woman. Highly highly recommend!
Okay, I was a little slow in putting together my collage but I am super excited to read these!! These 11 titles will all be new to me. Since some of these are graphic novels, I might be able to manage some re-reads from @Eyelit ‘s list (I‘ll probably laugh at this statement at the end of April). #FreakyFriday
Probably my favorite L.M. Montgomery novel
Reading the first of four “castle” books I plan on reading in the upcoming days/weeks.
DEBBIE. They came! Thank you so much! 💕 I‘m always surprised when people can surprise me with books I‘ve never heard of. 👌🏻 I‘m excited to read a few of your favorites! 😽 #bookmail
This is especially hard when you only have three different letters in your name!
B - Blue Castle (L.M. Montgomery)
A - Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)
R - Red Suitcase (Naomi Shihab Nye)
B - Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
A - Anne of Green Gables (L.M.
R - Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
A - At the Back of the North Wind (George
Valancy is certainly out of place in her family much like a partridge in a pear tree but I chose her more because this is a book I return to over and over again when I need a comfort read. So I thought of my most read book for the most repeated line. #12daysofchristmas