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Excellent Women
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Mildred Lathbury is one of those 'excellent women' who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend, 'capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life - birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sales, the garden fete spoilt by bad weather'. As such, she often gets herself embroiled in other people's lives - especially those of her glamorous new neighbours, the Napiers, whose marriage seems to be on the rocks. One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred, teetering on the edge of spinsterhood, has a soft spot for dashing young Rockingham Napier. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest and most touching.
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Daisey
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This book doesn‘t have much plot, simply relating the observations and reflections of the main character. Usually that‘s a style that never feels like it gets anywhere and kind of bores me, but I truly enjoyed this one. I liked the humor and the perspective of the narrator, an unmarried English woman in the 1950s. Yes, her life is simple and sometimes she daydreams of other situations, but she is also generally content.

#audiobook #Hoopla

Daisey I first read about this book in a post by @batsy about #SpinsterLit and added it to my never ending TBR list. Just recently I saw it was also on the #1001books list and downloaded the audio to listen in between some other reads. So glad I did! 7d
rubyslippersreads Between recommendations from you and @batsy I‘ll have to read this. 😊 7d
batsy I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Pym has a wonderful way with her writing. @rubyslippersreads I think this is one that you'll like 🙂 6d
LibrarianRyan I love this book cover 6d
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MamaGina
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Day Three: #7covers7days #covercrush

Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts

Want to play @ReadingIsMyHobby ??
(A week worth of book covers, no explanation needed.)

batsy I adore these Pym covers 😍 3mo
Ruthiella I prefer the earlier wallpaper print editions but I do have No Fond Return of Love in these covers 😀 (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 3mo
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Tanisha_A Lovely covers, lovely photograph! 3mo
jillrhudy @aimeesue time to go out and purchase Pym (again) in a new cover format - #pymphomania strikes again! 3mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy At this rate, I'm going to have a whole shelf of Pyms and Mitfords. 3mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Whats everybody reading today?

Bklover That is the best mug ever! And I‘m reading #lmpbc group read 4mo
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jillrhudy
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I'm rally becomink quite the Entwhissle fan! I said. Sereeeenlee. All thohz bright, brisk, consonants, and draawn ouuuut vowelles! I theenk. She's entahhly syuitable, for reeeding any sawt of British lit'ratyoure!

I became acquainted with this reader via the Flavia de Luce series. #audiobooks #narrators #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Oh, rahther! 4mo
Aimeesue And tell me, is there a Broadway tune for that? 😁 (edited) 4mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I'm afraaaid I'm note entahlee shuw. Eees theh? (edited) 4mo
Aimeesue Oh, duh! My Fair Lady! Can't buhleeeve I forgot! https://youtu.be/EAYUuspQ6BY 4mo
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jillrhudy
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My 4th read of this book is a listen. Reader Jane Entwhistle has a gift for making overt wit and even subtext twinkle with glee. And Pym is the queen of subtext. #pymphomania #pym #barbarapym #humor #anglophilesoflitsy #audiobook #libby

Aimeesue Subtext? Like Everard Bone? 😂😂😂 4mo
jillrhudy That‘s not all that subtle, I‘ll grant you. 😂 4mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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I am not quite sure why this book is on the #1001books list. It is well written but a bit too dull.

Litsi Hmm - intriguing 7mo
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SReed151
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Halfway through a re-read of my favorite Pym & enjoying it so much, again, I may just make this a Pym Spring!

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Ellen_C
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My first Pym novel. Mildred Lathbury, 30, is an “excellent woman” devoted to good works and church, and a “spinster.” An otherwise ordinary life gets thrown some curveballs when the Napiers, with handsome Rocky and his wife the anthropologist Helena, move in downstairs. Then, minister and friend Julian Malory unexpectedly gets engaged to a young widow. Delightful humorous writing! https://cannonballread.com/2019/03/excellent-women-elcicco/

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Ruthiella
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It‘s pretty rare that a book makes me laugh out loud #hohoho but this one did. About a single woman navigating life in 1950s London - Mildred is one of those “excellent women” who can be counted on to make tea, man booths at church bazaars and generally sacrifice themselves and their time for others since clearly they have nothing better to do since they have no husband or children to care for... Pym‘s humor is subtle and wry. #SeasonsReadings

batsy Yes! This is book is so good 😊💜 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads The characters make a cameo appearance in one of her later novels and they're happily married 💜 12mo
Aimeesue Everard Bone! Bwahahahahaha! 😂 I adore Pym. 12mo
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Ruthiella @batsy I think it‘s her best but I still have a few more to read!😀 12mo
Ruthiella @zsuzsanna_reads I‘ve noticed that and now look forward to finding those little Easter eggs as I read on!😀 12mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue You get the humor too!😀 12mo
Aimeesue @Ruthiella yes! One of my online book groups had a knock-down drag-out fight with one member who INSISTED that Pym couldn‘t possibly have meant *that* Riiiiiiiiiiight. Just a coincidence. 😂 12mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue 🤣🤣🤣🤣 12mo
LeahBergen Pym! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you would be a fan if you like Furrowed Middlebrow publication!😀 12mo
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Centique
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I don‘t think I knew satire could be so sweet and endearing. Mildred is a single woman of a certain age living in post WW2 England. She is such a help in her community, at church and in the neighbourhood, and being ‘sensible‘ and an ‘excellent woman‘ she is rather put upon by a cast of less sensible characters. Which makes her a little bit cross sometimes. 😂 I feel ya Mildred, I really do. 💕 Best tea and cake book too.

LeahBergen Lovely review! 12mo
Centique @LeahBergen thank you Leah 😘 12mo
LeeRHarry This book was great, I need to read more Pym 😊 12mo
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batsy I love this book! And your review 😊❤️ 12mo
Centique @batsy thanks lovely 😘 I popped something in the post to you yesterday 🤞🤞 12mo
Centique @LeeRHarry me too! 12mo
Liz_M Lovely review and you found the best cover, too! 12mo
Centique @Liz_M thanks Liz! 😘 12mo
Ruthiella I think this book is almost perfect. 😍Read Less Than Angels for more delightful Pym but also for the tiny, blink and you missed it follow up as to Mildred.😀 12mo
Centique @Ruthiella this is what I love best about Litsy - little tips like that one! Thanks so much @Ruthiella I will read it. And good to see you - I had missed seeing you around 💕 12mo
batsy Thank you, I will look out for it! 😘 I'm so behind—as you've probably noticed from my emails 🙈—but I hope to mail you something soon ❤️ 12mo
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Centique
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Never underestimate the importance of tea!

LeslieO I read Barbara Pym mainly for the tea. And the jumble sales. 12mo
Centique @LeslieO this is my first Barbara Pym and YES I can totally see that is the attraction! 12mo
RadicalReader @Centique always drinking tea while reading her novels sounds perfect to me 12mo
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CarolynM "Do we need tea?" - what sort of a question is that???? 12mo
Centique @RadicalReader nothing better! 12mo
Centique @CarolynM exactly! Tea saves my life on the regular. 💕😂 (edited) 12mo
TrishB Always tea ☕️ 12mo
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HardcoverHearts
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I found 2 pristine Folio Society editions in 2 different shops- To Kill A Mockingbird and Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. I am enjoying reading women writers of the last century. I mentioned Pym, and my friend mentioned Larsen just this am. And voila! They both appeared for me-bookish magic. And then I am pondering my trips for next year, and trying to decide on Morocco or Buenos Aires. If you have any preference or tips, please let me know.

Reviewsbylola What a score!! 14mo
HardcoverHearts @Reviewsbylola - I know!! I was giggling when one was 15$ and the other was 9$! 14mo
LeahBergen Nice!!👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
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erinreads
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Life with a kitten. 😭😭😭 We have to keep Cooper in our spare room, which just so happens to be my reading room, so I‘ve temporarily lost my peaceful reading spot and my books are apparently now food. And unfortunately this copy of Excellent Women is my mother in law‘s, so now I‘m on the hunt for this exact edition to replace for her. It‘s a good thing the kitten is cute and I love the shit out of him. #psheylitsy!

CoverToCoverGirl 😳 you just can‘t help but love them.🙄 1y
cherinium 😕Just the past few days, my cat has taken to chewing on the books on my nightstand! I don't know why he JUST decided this was a good idea. 😼🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
erinreads @cherinium My big cat likes to push the books off my nightstand, but luckily he‘s never been much into eating them. The kitten is proving to be a whole other story. POOR BOOKS. 😹 1y
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Leftcoastzen I have a paper chewer so far only attracted to single sheets of paper , and bills . 1y
silentrequiem Caspian sheds paper and Ginger eats plastic, and then throws it up... Sigh. 1y
erinreads @silentrequiem Cyress will eat anything plastic and then throw it up immediately. If Cooper turns out to be indifferent to plastic, then I can live with the paper eating. 1y
erinreads @Leftcoastzen The only paper the kitten has access to is in book form, so who knows what other weird paper stuff he‘ll be in to. And to his credit, he‘s only tried to eat 3 books in the past month, so it could be a lot worse. 1y
AlaMich Luna used to shred paper; in fact I let her use a closet as her “shredding space.” 😻💔 Maddie likes to eat plastic but unfortunately does not immediately throw it up. 1y
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emilyhaldi
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#IWonder if Mildred ever found true love or the confidence to finally stand up for herself. The beauty of this book is the genuine portrayal of flawed characters that don‘t necessarily have a neat ending tied up in a bow.
#ABBAinApril

Meredith3 I hope she did! 🙏🏻 1y
Cinfhen I 🧡this photo and book cover!!! 1y
Mdargusch Good one! And yes she did👍🏼 1y
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Aimeesue Everard Bone! 😂😂😂 1y
Reviewsbylola I like to think yes! 1y
Jess_Read_This 🍏🍎🍏🍎Virago books are just the best. 1y
LeslieO I ❤️ Pym! 1y
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Sarah83
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No I didn't buy any books today 🙈🙈🙈

Cathythoughts 😉😍 1y
laurenbescoby You adopted them! For a small fee. 😂 1y
LeahBergen Nice Pym (I have that edition, too) 💕 1y
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Sarah83 @miralunasbooknook great interpretation 😍💖 I can't leave a folio in a shop. 😊 @LeahBergen so good, that I bought another book for you (even no #folio this time) 😊 1y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 How exciting! 👏🏻👏🏻😘 1y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen is it in Canada also still hot? 1y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 It‘s been hot for a few days but not like the heatwave you‘ve been having over there! 1y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen you are so lucky. 🙈 I really have a problem with this heat... Over one week 35 degrees and more each day... 1y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I have read one book of her years ago 😉 hope I will like the two aswell 1y
rubyslippersreads I haven‘t read Queen Camilla yet, but I like the Adrian Mole books. 😊 1y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I am really excited about the books 😉 1y
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Magslhalliday
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Why have I resisted Pym all these years? I was in need of something inconsequential and funny this week and she hit the mark perfectly. The sense of a narrator blithely unaware of her impact, of failing to see her power or potential, is a delight. It's a tiny world, a tiny small tale but an absolute gem. I need to read more Pym.

Aimeesue Pym resistance? How is that even possible? #Pymphomaniac 1y
Magslhalliday @Aimeesue I thought she was going to be terribly "women's fiction" - no-one told me she was slyly funny. ;) 1y
Aimeesue @Magslhalliday Pym has a very dry wit at times. A lot of people miss it. 🙂 1y
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Magslhalliday
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As a veteran goer to 1980s church jumbles, this made me laugh aloud.

kathedron Reminds me of my Nan at the WI cake sale. 😉 1y
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Magslhalliday
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Travelling by bus a lot this week. Started this before setting off today.

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parasolofdoom
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I really enjoyed this though it's really just about an ordinary single woman in the 50s, leading an ordinary life and being very much put upon by all her acquaintance (seriously Mildred, babe, say no once in awhile)

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parasolofdoom
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Still going strong! I don't get much opportunity to listen to audiobooks but I'm loving this

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HotCocoaReads
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The story is told by an unmarried “excellent” woman who seems to be at every one else‘s disposal because she isn‘t married. It was written in the 50s, set in London. I came to quite like Mildred. She gets somehow stuck in the middle of everyone else‘s drama and seems to be the one always getting the tea or helping out with the little details. Still, you can‘t help but root that people will take her seriously. Oh, and I really loved the ending!

LeahBergen What a lovely photo. I have this edition, too. 💕 1y
HotCocoaReads @LeahBergen It‘s such a beautiful edition—Did you like the book? 1y
LeahBergen I did! I have a few more Pyms waiting on my shelf. 1y
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Ddzmini 😍 the teapot 1y
emilyhaldi Poor Mildred, she really does get run right over doesn‘t she?! 1y
HotCocoaReads @LeahBergen I want to read more Pym now too! 1y
HotCocoaReads @Ddzmini Thanks—tea and books just go together so well! ☕️📖💕 1y
HotCocoaReads @emilyhaldi She really does. And no one would really listen to her either—Poor Mildred 😞 1y
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parasolofdoom
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I keep starting too many things!

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Mdargusch
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#junewrapup
I didn‘t get as many books read this month - too much fun in the sun going on, so that‘s ok.
The Lambs definitely wrapped around my heart and was my favorite this month.
#readingresolutions

Kaye Do you guys buy journals already set up this way with the color codes or just use regular journals then dude them up with the colors yourself ? Maybe I could keep better track of how much I read per month that way. Although my past couple of months wouldn‘t have needed a whole sheet of paper. I could‘ve written my reads on a matchbook cover. 1y
Simona 6 is still quite a lot ... and I like your page set up❣️ 1y
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CoffeeNBooks Your journal looks so nice! Mine is always so unorganized and messy. I just used this as inspiration for my July TBR page... it didnt turn out nearly as nice as yours, though. 😂 1y
Mdargusch @Kaye I used a journal that I bought from amazon and then looked on Pinterest and litsy under #bujo for ideas. I also bought bullet journal stencils, nice fine lined pens, and washi tape. I have a page for swaps and challenges... I think you might need a bullet journal to keep everything you do organized since you have so many irons in the fire! 1y
Mdargusch Thanks @Simona it‘s definitely a work in progress. 1y
Mdargusch Thanks @CoffeeNBooks - I actually sat down one winter day and set up most of my pages for the year. Then I just go back and fill things in. 1y
CoffeeNBooks @Mdargusch That's a really good idea! I might do that this summer, while I have time before the new school year starts. 1y
emilyhaldi Wow! Great to see little lambies were a fav this month 🐑🐑 1y
4thhouseontheleft Your journal looks so pretty! 1y
Mdargusch Thanks @4thhouseontheleft I love getting inspired by everyone‘s journals on Litsy. 👍🏼 1y
4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch I use a journal that came in my OwlCrate box to track challenges and swaps, my regular, very minimalist #bujo is a Moleskin. 1y
Reviewsbylola Awesome month!! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

This reads so much like a Persephone book, so I was shocked when I saw that the founder of Persephone said she has been asked why she hasn‘t published Pym, and that her reason is that she just doesn‘t care for her books. That being said, there were parts of this book that just weren‘t as enjoyable to me. I loved Mildred‘s Birdseye view of the romantic relationships of her acquaintances. I didn‘t love her own lack of self reflection.

wanderinglynn I have one of those female head ceramic things (one that seems like a vase). It was my grandmother‘s - I don‘t know anything about it. Love yours. 1y
BkClubCare Pym is already so famous? I always thought Persephone focused on authors have been forgotten or needed more exposure. (Spouting off without knowing any facts, most likely) 1y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ everything about this picture! (And I need to read some Pym.) 1y
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Reviewsbylola Yes, that‘s true too, at least to an extent. I just happened to google Barbara Pym Persephone and found an interview mentioning it. 😂 @BkClubCare 1y
Mdargusch Those head vases 😳😳😳 1y
minkyb Don‘t know whether I love the head vases or wallpaper more! ❣️ 1y
emilyhaldi Love the pic. Totally agree this should be a Persephone! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Just got to the lake house and am grabbing a few pages while the little ones bike. 😍😍

RealLifeReading Oooh pretty edition! 1y
Tamra Nice! 1y
emilyhaldi I don't know how you can concentrate on reading when they're biking 🤣 1y
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LeahBergen Have a fun family holiday! 😘 1y
CouronneDhiver I feel like I‘ve heard a ton about this author lately... 1y
Cinfhen Hope you‘re enjoying & relaxing 😃 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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I don‘t consider it breaking my book buying ban when the book in question is for book club. Amirite? I was so excited when @emilyhaldi chose this for our IRL book club because I‘ve been needing an excuse to buy it. I adore the #viragomodernclassicsdesigner. This is my first one and I need to collect them all now. 😂 There‘s something to be said about a beautiful hardcover that doesn‘t have a dust jacket!! #bookdepository #bookhaul

LeahBergen I love this series! I have seven of them and think they should add some more. 💕 2y
emilyhaldi Yes!!! I have the same edition and love it 💛 2y
Kalalalatja These editions are so great! I have five, and I need more 👏😄 2y
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Mdargusch I wish I bought that edition. ☹️ 2y
minkyb Required reading is an acceptable purchase imo! Plus it is gorgeous. 2y
KarenUK That is gorgeous...and yes you is right! 💕 2y
Cinfhen Just echoing the peanut gallery ~ I don‘t own any, but it‘s gorgeous and perfectly acceptable to purchase 😍 1y
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Mdargusch
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Time for some reading on the porch. This book is charming and I can see why so many people love it.
#coverlove #readingresolutions

Bronte_Chintz I‘ve not read this! Looks just up my street! 👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Perfect reading spot. 😍😍 2y
Suet624 What a beautiful photo/setting. 2y
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Kalalalatja I would love to read there! It looks so cozy 👌 2y
Aimeesue One of my favorite books. Makes me feel like I need to make jam for the vicar. 😄 2y
emilyhaldi So you‘re liking it better now I hope?! I started today and I love her writing😊 2y
CarolynM Beautiful picture💕😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely pic! 2y
Mdargusch Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @Suet624 @Reviewsbylola once I sit down on this porch to read I have a hard time moving. 😊 2y
Mdargusch That and drink tea! ☕️ @Aimeesue 2y
Mdargusch Her writing is great @emilyhaldi and it‘s a nice story. I would definitely read more of her books. 2y
Mdargusch I saw so many people on Litsy loved it @Bronte_Chintz so I wanted to give it a try. 2y
SledgeReader @Mdargusch So happy for your reading spot and an excellent book! I ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Such a great photo!!! Soooo much sunlight 😀 2y
LeahBergen What a beautiful photo! 2y
Mdargusch Thanks @LeahBergen @Cinfhen @SledgeReader It‘s hard to read here some days because there‘s so much going on outside those windows and I get distracted. 2y
SledgeReader @Mdargusch @LeahBergen @Cinfhen I have the same great “problem” at the lake! That‘s living the dream!! 2y
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Mdargusch
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BarbaraBB Perfect combination! Do you like the Pym? 2y
emilyhaldi I hope it gets better for you!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 (edited) 2y
Mdargusch It starts out very slow @BarbaraBB Does anything ever happen? 2y
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arubabookwoman I don‘t think too much happens—they‘re quiet books, but I like them anyway. My favorite by her is #QuartetInAutumn, which is about aging, loneliness and mental 2y
arubabookwoman illness. (Sorry for the break). 2y
Mdargusch Ok. Thanks for the heads up @arubabookwoman 👍🏼 2y
BarbaraBB I don‘t think too much happens. I kind of liked the spinster theme. 2y
Reviewsbylola Still waiting on my copy. 🙈🙈 2y
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BarbaraBB
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‘I suppose an unmarried woman just over thirty who lives alone and has no apparent ties must expect to find herself interested in other peoples business.‘

Spinster Lit at its best 👵🏻😀! #SingleLadies #Aprella

batsy Yes! 💛 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooh I want to read this! 😊 2y
Cinfhen Ha😂🙌🏻 2y
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shawnmooney I loved this but loved Some Tame Gazelle and A Glass of Blessings even more! 2y
Mdargusch I‘m stacking! This sounds great! 2y
BarbaraBB @shawnmooney Oh really? They are new to me. I have one more on my shelves by Pym, that‘s 2y
emilyhaldi Ohh I just bought this one!!! I have this and the other one tagged, trying to decide which to read first 😄 2y
Reviewsbylola Spinster lit?!? I freaking love it!! 2y
LeahBergen I love this one! ❤️ I have a few more Pyms waiting on my shelf. 2y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi that one sounds great too! Maybe you can lend them to @Reviewsbylola afterwards 😂😉 (edited) 2y
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leslieisreading
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Listening to a book about a confirmed spinster, getting distracted by my shiny new engagement ring. 😆😊

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations! 2y
DebbieGrillo Yay! Congratulations. 🎉🎈💗 2y
AmyG It‘s beautiful! Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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sprainedbrain Congrats!! ❤️ 2y
Yeah_I_Read ❤️❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat Congratulations! 2y
BooksForEmpathy Beautiful! 2y
merelybookish How exciting! 2y
DarcysMom Beautiful! Congratulations! 💐💞💐💞💐💞 2y
rohit-sawant Congratulations! 🎉🎉 2y
CouronneDhiver ❤️👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
megt Congratulations! 2y
Victoria_Clyne Congratulations 2y
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Nking5025
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My first Pym, and I'm loving her style and seeing the characters daily life! It is very enjoyable! I am now wanting to read everything she has written! Anyone have recommendations on what to read next of hers? No fond return of love" or "some tame gazelle" ? #recommendations

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leslieisreading
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Hello, spring!

BookaholicNatty Beautiful!!!!!🍃🌱🌾🌺 2y
batsy Gorgeous! 2y
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batsy
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? I'm a fountain of blood
In the shape of a girl ?

The protagonist of this book, the #bachelorette Mildred, is probably the last woman who will utter Bjork's words. She is one of the many excellent women who, being an unmarried vicar's daughter, tend to the needs of others through "good works". But Pym's spiky wit and sense of irony show how Mildred's imagination is the most excellent place of all ... A delight ?

#FierceFeb @Cinfhen

Bertha_Mason This makes me want to try reading it again. ☺ 2y
rohit-sawant Terrific blurb! Stacking! 2y
LeahBergen Pym ❤️❤️ 2y
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Reggie You have no idea how psyched I am that you have a Bjork song in your rotation. 🎶you‘re the bird on the rim, hypnotized by whirl. Drink me make me feel real, loves a two way street.🎶 it makes me sad this song is never in the karaoke catalog. Lol 2y
batsy @Bertha_Mason I am so fond of this book 😊 2y
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you! I'll be interested to know what you think 🙂 2y
batsy Lol @Reggie ! Now I'm just imagining a roomful of people trying to vocalise like Bjork. She's one of a kind, isn't she 💜🖤 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m introduced to this author because of Litsy. Thank you, I have a couple of her books stewing in my BD wishlist.. 2y
readordierachel I just found a used copy of this over the weekend! Looking forward to it even more now :) 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel So exciting! Love finding these unexpected gems while used book-hunting :) 2y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I have some patiently waiting in there too 😆 2y
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Verity
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Already behind on #jingleshelves but this is my #bestcover. I‘ve used it before, but whenever I think of great covers, this is what comes to mind. It‘s my favourite cover of all the Virago Designer Hardbacks - perhaps its more pretty than anything else, but I don‘t care!

rubyslippersreads 😍📚😍 2y
bookloo That‘s okay!! This is beautiful. 💙💙💙💙 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so pretty!!!! 2y
Verity It really is isn‘t it? I thoroughly recommend the Virago Hardbacks in this set @bookloo and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - They‘re all gorgeous, just not as beautiful as this one! 2y
charl08 Gorgeous cover. I have one in this "series", but it's not quite as pretty as this. 2y
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Lindy
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Barbara Pym fans, the latest Gastropod podcast talks about her! The whole episode is excellent, but if you want to skip forward, discussion about Pym starts about 31 minutes in. @shawnmooney

shawnmooney Great! Thanks!! did you ever hear the recently podcasted episode of the British music program on which Barbara Pym was a guest? Let me see if I can find the link for you: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mykr. Enjoy! 😍 2y
Jess_Read_This How fun! I‘m definitely going to have to check this podcast out! 2y
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Lindy @shawnmooney Thanks for the link. I‘m going to listen to it now. 😀 2y
saresmoore Neat! 2y
Lindy @shawnmooney That interview with Pym was a trip back in time. A time when a waltz could be considered cheerful and invigorating. So interesting to learn about the vagaries of her career, with opera in between (I love opera). Thanks again. 2y
shawnmooney Wasn‘t it wonderful? I want to listen to it again and again. And I can‘t wait to check out this podcast episode you‘ve told me about tonight! I just finished her A Glass of Blessings and I think it‘s my favorite so far! 2y
Tamra Food & books? Nothing better! Thanks for posting. 2y
Lindy @Tamra @saresmoore Gastropod is currently running a share-athon, encouraging listeners to spread the word about the podcast. That wasn‘t my impetus for posting about it on Litsy, but I‘ve realized that the end result is what the two women who create the podcast are looking for. I always learn interesting stuff on their show. 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Pickpick

Mildred is a funny little narrator and a much better person than I am, all tucked into her life of Good Works, patience, and tidy solace. On the surface, none of that seems like promising trappings for a delightful read, but let me assure you it is! I have so enjoyed reading this--a perfect book for autumn--all tea, long walks, and fireside chats. I'm looking forward to reading more Pym!

LeahBergen Such a good read! ❤️ 2y
Nat_Reads @LeahBergen Agreed! Have you read others by her? ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Not yet. This was my first Pym but I recently bought THREE more. 😆 2y
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Nat_Reads @LeahBergen I am feeling a new obsession coming on myself! I recently binged so need to hold off, but I'm chomping to read more! 2y
EvieBee Yes!! ❤️❤️ 2y
batsy Agreed! This is the only one of hers I read and I look forward to reading more (though I have been saying that for over a year 😁) 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice review! 2y
Nat_Reads @RaimeyGallant Thanks!! Have you read it? 2y
RaimeyGallant No, I hadn't even heard of it before actually. 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Looking forward to reading 📖 this on suggestion from @Cca0601 ! Saturday errands won't be so bad!

Cca0601 Hope you love it! 2y
monalyisha I like your outfit! 🤗 2y
Nat_Reads @monalyisha Thank you!! 2y
Nat_Reads @Cca0601 Mildred is a hoot! 2y
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Amandajoy
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Well that went fast! Guess it's time to up my goal for the year! 📚

Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 2y
brilliantglow Congrats! I had to adjust mine couple of weeks ago too. It's always nice when you get to read more than you're expecting too 2y
Bookish_B 👏🏼👏🏼 Congrats! 2y
Amandajoy @brilliantglow I set a low goal to encourage me to read more of the chunksters on my shelf, but that didn't work. Maybe now I'll finally read some of them! 😊 2y
EvieBee Woot woot! 🎉 🎉 2y
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Amandajoy
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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This is as far as I'm going to go. Maybe I'll hit the full 24 next time. I did finish one physical book & one audio, so I'm happy about that. #24in48 #readathon

erzascarletbookgasm I did almost the same. 2y
L_auren 13 was what I got my first time! Wasn't prepared for how long 24 would be 2y
GypsyKat Well done! 👏👏👏 2y
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Amandajoy
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I got more reading in than I expected today, but I probably won't hit the full 24 hours - I need sleep! I did already finish one book, so I count that as a success! So now I'm off to bed to start this lovely book. #24in48 #readathon

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

Real English novel about a spinster who lives a quiet live (church, parttime job, helping others, no man, no romance). The arrival of Rocky and Helena Napiers is quite disturbing for her and her quiet - excellent - beliefs and way of live.
Everyone seems to love this novel and I liked it, but not as much as the rest of you I guess. #1001books

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batsy
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"I suppose an unmarried woman just over thirty who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself invested in or interested in other people's business, and if she is also a clergyman's daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her." #spinsterlit

This gentle, sly, beguiling book is a must-read. Love how Pym delicately skewers social norms without rancour. #allthesingleladies #JuneBookBugs @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Oh cute cover! 3y
twohectobooks Where do you find all your #spinsterlit? 3y
saresmoore You have such a lovely way with words! I'm looking forward to reading this one. #shouldabeenaspinster 3y
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batsy @twohectobooks I love reading about single women so anytime I see mentions of books/authors I'm jotting it down to look up 😬 3y
batsy @saresmoore Thank you! Your hashtag 😁 3y
merelybookish I love Pym - or what I've read. (I was introduced to her by a good church-going spinster lady. 😉) Need to read more of her work. 3y
batsy @merelybookish That's too perfect! This is the only one I've read so far and want to read the rest too. 3y
LauraBrook I've yet to read any Pym, though it sounds like I really should! 3y
batsy @LauraBrook She's quite underrated, I think. I hope you'll enjoy it! 3y
shawnmooney Loved this one! Loved her debut even more! 3y
batsy @shawnmooney That's next on the list! 3y
shawnmooney I am doing them in sequence (not in sequins, @LeahBergen , get yer mind out of the glitter-gutter!) so next up, later this month, is 3y
batsy @shawnmooney I think you mentioned this before so I stole the idea from you! I want to read Pym in sequence too and I totally think we should be in sequins for this @LeahBergen 3y
shawnmooney I feel a photographically documented series of Pym-in-sequins buddy reads coming on! @LeahBergen 💄💋👸🕺💃👨‍❤️‍👨👩‍❤️‍👩💑 3y
batsy @shawnmooney Hell yeah! 💅 I've decided I must own the Virago Pym editions so I'm gonna try to get Some Tame Gazelle from our local Kinokuniya this week or so 🎉 3y
Leftcoastzen Have not thought about Pym for a long while ! Need to dig in and check her out. 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney 😂😂 Do we all have to wear sequins while reading Pym? She must be one of the most un-sequin-appropriate writers! Hmm... do they make little brown drab sequins that don't glitter? Tweed sequins? 🤔 3y
batsy @LeahBergen @shawnmooney Tweed sequins 😂 3y
ValerieAndBooks I enjoyed A Quartet in Autumn when I recently read it, on the lookout for more by her! 3y
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writerlibrarian
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Barbara Pym. Discover or rediscover. So worth finding her novels. One of the best writers you didn't know you needed to read. I love and I mean love the covers from that publisher. Totally in synch with Pym's novels. #judgedbyitscover #marchintoreading

LeahBergen I really liked Excellent Women and need to hunt down some more of her stuff. 3y
ReadingEnvy I need to try her, I think. 3y
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EvieBee
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"Of course one needed tea always, at every hour of the day or night."

I just got my Teapot 2017 wall calendar in the mail, and I was so happy to see this bookish introduction!

Desha Love it! Where did you find it?! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
moranadatter I love it! How are the pictures? 3y
EvieBee @Desha @kmartist The pictures are really nice! They include tea snacks too! The China is so pretty. I found mine on Amazon. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Collectible-Teapot-Wall-Calendar-2017/dp/0761188185/ref=s... (edited) 3y
Desha Added to wish list! 😍👍🏻❤️ 3y
Lesliereads Oooo😍! 3y
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Lindy
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Pickpick

Audiobook narrator Jayne Entwistle is perfect for this comedy of manners. I have to say I found myself more often indignant on the main character's behalf, rather than greatly amused, because everyone imposes on her kindness. A thought-provoking story from the viewpoint of an unmarried "woman of a certain age."

Lindy @shawnmooney Thanks for leading me to Pym via your posts about 3y
Lindy @Anovelobsession Here are my thoughts. It's the first I've read of Pym, so I don't know if another starting point would be better. It has left me wanting more of her work. 😊 3y
shawnmooney Your perspective is fascinating – I didn't feel indignation as much as amusement suffused with empathy. 3y
Lindy @shawnmooney I definitely felt empathy too. 3y
shawnmooney I love the gentle satire. As you probably have noticed, I'm all but allergic to more severe strains of satire. 3y
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Lindy
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It's too bad that I have a bunch of errands that can't be put off, when I'd rather be indoors reading. At least I have this excellent audiobook to listen to out there. I pull on my wooly hat and then put the headphones over that. 😊

BookofWords Wowie- from Chicago! 3y
LeahBergen That's our temp today, too. I'm staying in! ❄️ 3y
Hobbinol It's a balmy 71 F here in NC, US. Kinda spooky. Daffodils are in full bloom! 3y
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Anovelobsession I haven't read any Barbara Pym but she is on my wishlist. Is this a good book to start with? 3y
Centique Whoa. I think the lowest I've experienced is -2 Celsius that's 28 Fahrenheit. 😳😳😳 How do you cope?!! 3y
Lindy @Centique You dress for the weather and you get used to it. It's a rigamarole getting my dog's boots on her, but she can't stay out more than a few minutes without them. 3y
Centique That's hard work. I'd love to see your dog in boots though! 😍 3y
Lindy @Centique I will take a photo for you! 3y
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EvieBee
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One of my all time favorite authors: Miss Barbara Pym. Not pictured is a cookbook inspired by her characters and novels and two other biographies. She was an awesome woman! Thanks to my Euless, TX Public Library librarian for recommending Excellent Women so long ago! #AuthorILove #17booklove

Melissa_J I've only read Excellent Women, which I enjoyed, and keep meaning to read others. I must make an effort to do so. 3y
EvieBee @Melissa_J Such a good book! Her novels always make me laugh and cheer me up. 😊 3y
merelybookish I love Pym. She is underrated! But somehow that suits her, too. 😉 3y
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kspenmoll My mother loved her books & I never read her. Maybe I should. Recommend one novel to start with? 3y
Libby1 I have Some Tame Gazelle and I hope to start it soon. 3y
Beckys_Books Lovely photo! 3y
katedensen Gorgeous in all ways. 3y
EvieBee @merelybookish isn't she?! So glad you're a fellow Pym fan, too! 3y
EvieBee @kspenmoll Oh you would love her! She is often compared to Austen because of her gentle, joking nature. Excellent Women is a great book to start with! (edited) 3y
EvieBee @Libby1 I haven't yet read that one but should be remedying that soon. 3y
EvieBee @Beckys_Books @katedensen Thank you so much! 3y
MaleficentBookDragon Lovely photo. It is very relaxing. 3y
EvieBee @MaleficentTheBookDragon Thank you, Chelle! 3y
Nat_Reads I love the mug! 2y
EvieBee @Nat_Reads Thank you! I‘m so glad you enjoyed Excellent Women! 2y
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BibliophileBytheSea
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? Such a treat! Buddy is not impressed.😹

BethFishReads I love love love Pym 3y
EvieBee Yes! A favorite of mine. ☺️ 3y
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shawnmooney
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Pickpick

We've all had that friend, have we not, who's not as uncool as she thinks she is, but is by no means cool; who's intelligent and likable; who has no clue how hilarious she is, so that you feel bad when she cracks you up because you don't want to seem to be laughing at her even though you are, let's be honest, at her, at least a little bit. That's what this great novel and its protagonist Miss Mildred Lathbury are like.

Louise Wow. You've convinced me. To the TBR list it goes! 🤓 3y
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