I just finished reading this very old copy of A Room with a View. This story is set in England and Italy, and deals with how the main character, Lucy, struggled and dealt with the societal conventions imposed upon her as a woman. #ReadingClassicsin2019
1. Florence, Italy 🇮🇹😍
2. High of 98F ☄️🥵
3. An accidental date (when he asked me, it sounded like it was a group of people going to a play together) with a very socially awkward math grad student. We went to see a production of Medea on campus at Stanford—it turned out to be a lesbian retelling, complete with an onstage sex scene in the middle of the play. 🤭 A w k w a r d. And yet he asked for a 2nd date! 😬
5. #Friyayintro 💜👍🏼
My current audiobook. I‘m not a big fun so far and find myself thinking about other things frequently during it. I‘ve been wanting to read more classics but find that I don‘t focus on them well on audio. Maybe I need to actually read them rather than listen to them but that‘ll have to wait until I catch up on my #NetGalley #ARCs.
Library with a view! Checking out the awesome library at Vivocity Singapore which has a view of Sentosa island and the roller coasters of Universal Studios Singapore .
Young me was pretty obsessed with the 1985 film of this. I taped it off network TV in the 6th grade (I missed the full monty that was the bathing scene until years later 😆) and watched it over and over. In light of that, I'm not sure what held me back from reading this for so long. I can only say I wish I'd read it sooner ❤ It's light & funny but also has some deeper undertones about class and what's expected of women. Delightful.
#LeTempsdelAmour (Featured in Moonrise Kingdom) reminded me of the tagged book. Also, using the prompt as an excuse to make this a Françoise Hardy appreciation post ?
"I feel happy and secure when I'm on my bed with a good book. I forget everything which is terrible in our world." - FH
Day 4 of #7booksin7days is a love story!
When I read E.M. Forster‘s A Room with a View I wasn‘t sure I liked it very much, but it‘s stuck with me more than many novels I‘ve read since. Set in Florence and England at the turn of the 20th century, the book is about finding love in a restrictive society.
So many quotable lines in this book, but I had to share this one. Parenting never changes...
I loved this book from beginning to end. Love the settings, the humor, the colorful characters, and the romance. Lucy and her choices seem progressive for the time period, and I‘m impressed that she was written (so very well) by a man in the early 1900s.
This won‘t be a favourite classic of mine. I enjoyed the historical feel of the book and the conclusion was nice, but I found the middle a bit too twee. I feel the classics give a great insight into behaviour and status of the era in which they are written and I like that they also show how writing has changed over the decades. For me though, the plot was just too flat ⭐️⭐️
Starting the new week with three new books 😃
Do I even need to read the chapter now that I‘ve made it through the chapter title? 😂
28 issues = perfect February read!
"The first fine afternoon drive up to Fiesole, and round by Settignano, or something of that sort."
"No!" cried a voice from the top of the table. "Mr.Beebe, you are wrong. The first fine afternoon your ladies must go to Prato."
Ouch! That hurts.. I'm from Pistoia, the city right next to Prato, and there is an ancient rivalry between these two. It's painfull if someone suggests Prato (and not Pistoia) when you're visiting around Florence.
Second Forster I've read this year and again, thoroughly enjoyed the content and writing.
I particularly appreciated old Mr Emerson and his insightful thoughts on love and life. I think I'd like to have coffee with him!
The reviews I‘ve seen for this book seem to fall quite a bit to one extreme or the other, but I‘m more in the middle. I appreciated the story and the message that the woman should make a conscious decision to do what she feels is right, not just what is expected. However, I doubt that it will stick with me in the long term.
#Reading1001 November TBR Challenge
My very own room with a view. It feels like autumn came so quickly this year. This photo is from a week or so ago, and most of the leaves have fallen already. I wish autumn lasted longer. Its beauty is so fleeting.
Reading this month‘s book for the #Reading1001 group‘s TBR Challenge with breakfast! I‘m not sure what to expect with this one since the reviews of people I respect tend to be either really good or incredibly boring. Just a few issues in, I‘m enjoying it so far.
Beneath the lovely language and slowly-developing romance are some quite insightful character studies which show people aren‘t always how they seem on the surface (for both good and bad). Not my favourite of the classics, but I did really enjoy the climax and resolution of the book.
#tarottakeover Day 2 The World, card of balance, fulfillment, prosperity, peace of mind. I offer A Room With A View It embodies this card as many characters are blinded by their fears and limitations, even though they travel, they don‘t see the world. Forster‘s ability to reveal insecurities and fearfulness of judgement makes the connections characters do make all the more powerful. The hero of the book for me is Mr. Emerson as he ↙️
Success! I‘ve finished my read of A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. I think overall for me it‘s a 3-3.5 star. I enjoyed it, but it seemed a little slow to start, I was over halfway through the book before it became apparent it was a love story, and this resulted in the romance seeming rushed and ungraceful to me. I was pleased with the ending but had hoped for something more. I will though, enjoying reading more of Forsters works. 🐞
Things were not mixing well with myself and the Alienist. It seems a wonderfully good read but I am not feeling like a thriller right now so it‘s gone back into the TBR and I‘ve picked up some E. M. Forster instead. I was recommended this particular Forster many moons ago by Liz @wildbonbons and have still yet to read it so I think it‘s time. 🐞#currentlyreading
This is where the books are stored, downstairs in the part of the basement that‘s finished. There on the ledge is the #PnPCovers collection, with the Jane Austen book shelf to the left, and in the mirror you can make out the other shelves, which host the pirate and nautical books!
Page 204, I stop and reflect on what makes this work ultimately so stirring and profound. It is just a story. Why should it command such high regard? I play the devil's advocate against myself. But the minute I ask the question, my mind answers,
“It speaks the Truth, that is why.”
And I read on, and soon Mr. Emerson says, "Yes, for we fight for more than Love or Pleasure: there is Truth. Truth counts, Truth does count."
Soon after I started, I was wondering at myself for having delayed this pleasure for so many years. I love this sort of story: a new set of values and self-awareness burgeoning among conventional mores, set among tourists in a gorgeous locale. This book is funny, too, which is not what I expected. I listened to it on the #Libby app, which I have recently downloaded and love. Anyone else use it?