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Gissy
Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I read this novel long time ago. I forgot how terrible Mr Heathcliff was and how dysfunctional, violent, co-dependent these relations were. But thinking about the author, how brave she was to write in a novel about these topics was incredible and she was young. I think I need to re-read it in the future after maybe read more about the author. I will need, of course, another beautiful edition. I read the Thomas Nelson edition. 4⭐️

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Gissy #20in4 Readathon (first book) @Andrew65 I used more than 20 hours reading☺️
14 reading hours x 10 points= 140 pts x 12 readathons = 1680 pts + 15 pts ScarathlonDailyPrompt + 5 genre + 6 post

Total= 1,706 points

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Tamra Love that edition & the novel! 3mo
Gissy @Tamra I have various titles from the same special edition. I decided that I will read some of my special editions, when I die, many years for that I hope😜🤣 books probably will end in the recycle bin or in a charity store that we don‘t have many here. They don‘t read or have the passion for books as I have🤷🏽‍♀️So now is the moment to appreciate those beauties😍I really enjoyed that novel with that terrible character. I‘m glad I re- read it🤗 3mo
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merelybookish
Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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I finished my #Victober project and it was...okay. The infamous Becky Sharp is a fascinating character & her foil, the sweet Emmy, is a dullard. We spend a lot of time with both of them, as well as with the various societies they mingle in. High society, low society, military, religious, business, in city & country, in England & abroad. We inhabit all these worlds for a while. And everywhere we go there is virtue & vice. Some sections were more 👇

merelybookish Engaging than others. I preferred Becky's conniving to Emmy's long suffering. A social history novel which I appreciated but the narrator's knowing wit kept me a bit detached. Also Thackeray's views on Indians, Jews, really anyone not White, upper middle class & English is abhorrent 3mo
merelybookish I'm glad I read it I guess but it will not go into my pantheon of beloved Victorian novels. Curious where you have landed with it @ravenlee Also, the 2018 adaptation starring Olivia Cooke is very faithful. If you're on the fence, I'd say watch that and you'd be good. 😉 3mo
ravenlee Good review! I‘ve had to pause this, and almost all my reading, because my kiddo spent the last week in the hospital. We‘re home as of yesterday, but the few moments of reading are only good for fluff. Hope to finish it later this year though. 🤞🏻 3mo
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merelybookish @ravenlee Oh my gosh! Is hope she's okay! 3mo
quietjenn Oh, I totally blanked on Victober this year. Oops! 3mo
sarahbellum I read Vanity Fair a few years ago, thinking I had a gaping hole in my Victorian novel readings, but felt very similarly to you- disappointed and underwhelmed. Definitely not one I recommend! 3mo
merelybookish @quietjenn There's always next year! 😁 3mo
merelybookish @sarahbellum I took plenty of Victorian lit/19th c lit classes but never was assigned it. Makes me think it's one of those 'great' books few people actually read...for a reason. 3mo
sarahbellum @merelybookish Same here! I couldn‘t figure out how I had missed this one. Then I read it and was like, ooh that‘s why- my professors did a great job picking better books for us 😆 3mo
ravenlee Thank you. She‘s on the upswing, but it‘s been a long week and it‘s going to be a longer recovery. 3mo
batsy Great review! Vanity Fair was not part of my undergrad Victorian lit assigned reading, either. I do want to read it sometime, and your review has me well-prepared for what to expect. And same @quietjenn I had grand plans for Victober at the start of the month, but oh well 😆 3mo
batsy @ravenlee I wish your daughter a swift and total recovery. Take care of yourself, as well. Lots of 💜 3mo
ravenlee @batsy thank you. We can all use the kind thoughts! 3mo
BarbaraBB Okay… that‘s not very encouraging. I think I‘ll leave it in my shelves a bit longer! 3mo
merelybookish @ravenlee Sounds very scary. I hope she's back to feeling like herself soon. 💕 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Sorry. I wish I could say it's a gem but there's a reason we've avoided it this long. 🤷 3mo
Centique Thank you for this review! I‘m very happy to watch the movie instead 🙌 3mo
merelybookish @Centique My pleasure! 😁 3mo
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merelybookish
The Tapestry | Margaret Allen
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Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadian Littens! 🦃
My #bookreport. Lots of longer books on the go!
🎧 Vanity Fair - pretty easy to follow but also pretty racist 😑 #victober
📗The Tortoise & the Hare - very British, very mid-century
📗In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - slow-going 🐌
📗The Tapestry - middle grade fantasy from #netgalley

LeahBergen Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🇨🇦 4mo
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#victober

Intro

A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

The Lover, the Lake by Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Susan Ouriou (Translator)

Courting Saskatchewan: A Celebration of Winter Feasts, Summer Loves & Rising Brookies by David Carpenter

Queen Victoria's Mother by Dulcie M. Ashdown

shawnmooney Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Another Great Moment in Canadian Indian History: Short Story by Thomas King

Bhaunri: A Novel by Anukrti Upadhyay

Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle
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shawnmooney
Indelicacy | Amina Cain
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#shortyseptember
#victober

Intro

Queen Alexandra: Loyalty and Love by Frances Dimond

The Peacock by Isabel Bogdan, Annie Rutherford (Translator)

The Scream by Rohinton Mistry

Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translator)

We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland by Fintan O'Toole

Brain and Ten Fingers by Gerald Kersh

shawnmooney Indelicacy by Amina Cain

Queen Victoria's Mother by Dulcie M. Ashdown

A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Courting Saskatchewan: A Celebration of Winter Feasts, Summer Loves & Rising Brookies by David Carpenter
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shawnmooney
Happy Sands | Barb Howard
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#shortyseptember

#victober

Artwork show and tell

Hilary Mantel, RIP

Readerly Envy

Victober Surprise

Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translator)

Happy Sands by Barb Howard

Chandelier: An Original Story by Mieko Kawakami, David Boyd (Translator)

shawnmooney Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed

Intellectual Memoirs, 1936-1938 by Mary McCarthy

Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translator)

The Peacock by Isabel Bogdan, Annie Rutherford (Translator)

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tenar
Carmilla | Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
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As one of the oldest vampire fictions, this novella predates Dracula! Hugely gothic, with a picturesque and isolated setting, Carmilla describes a surprisingly sapphic central relationship. Though there are precious few frightful scenes, they lit up my imagination like a cat‘s eye in the dark. Not a mystery, as any modern reader will understand what‘s happening from the start, so just come for the fun. (I read this aloud, and we had so much fun.)

tenar SPOILERS: Some parts of the vampire myth here seemed certain to become iconic, yet I had only seen them in this work. The ghost-like abilities, and especially that coffin full of blood! 😱 Belated #Victober 14mo
LeahBergen Great review! 14mo
Emilymdxn I've got this sitting on my kindle and I'm so excited to read it on a cold winter night - perhaps eating somethign decadent with a big glass of red wine... 14mo
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wideeyedreader This is one of my favorite vampire stories! A must-read for vampire fans imo! 14mo
tenar @LeahBergen Thank you! I think the more jazzed I am about a book, the easier I find it to review. 14mo
tenar @Emilymdxn That‘s the perfect setting! 😍 If you have the time, I think this would be fabulous to read in one sitting. 14mo
tenar @wideeyedreader Absolutely! I feel the same way after reading and can see myself recommending it often. 14mo
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tenar
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A #Victober surprise! I picked this up after reading a few of its lines on the Welsh countryside- ah, the gorse and heather. Its nature imagery is luscious, and the land is truly the heart and soul of the novel.

The simple religious and romantic plots are enriched by the care taken in developing the full family dynamics of the Owens of Garthowen. A gentle story that weighs up thoughtful questions about duty, longing, and our faith in one another.

tenar P.S. I would like to thank this book for healing the festering sore in my heart that was left earlier this year by Willa Cather‘s O Pioneers!. 1y
Suet624 💕💕💕 1y
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batsy
Gothic Tales | Elizabeth Gaskell
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For several years now I've meant to join in for #Victober (which started out on booktube). This year I managed to squeeze in the group read and enjoyed it! These are stories of dread, menace, and the quotidian terror of patriarchy. As a collection of stories, some are simply better than others. Yet I think anyone who's read Gaskell before and knows of the ways in which she can pull a reader in will find lots to think about and take pleasure in.

shawnmooney I love Gaskell, but not gothic stuff. Right now I am delighted by listening to the audiobook while reading the text of her novella Cousin Phillis. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 love this cover & stacked 1y
batsy @shawnmooney I'll add that to my list! I realise I've gone far too long with too little Gaskell. I loved Cranford. 1y
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! Yep it's an appropriately spooky cover and the stories are lovely to get into on a cold night (I'm counting the slight dip in temps here brought on by tropical thunderstorms as "cold weather" ?) 1y
JazzFeathers I never knew of the existence of Victober! 😱 1y
tenar I‘m reading this for #Victober as my first ever Gaskell! A weird place to start, but I‘ve been enjoying it. We‘ve been reading it aloud, and it comes to life. Would Cranford be a good choice next? 1y
Centique I haven‘t read Gaskell yet! It‘s a hole I plan to fill soon ☺️ Great review 💕 1y
batsy @JazzFeathers It seems like such a fun challenge that I keep missing out on each year 😂 1y
batsy @tenar @tenar Cranford is totally different in style, theme, and tone, so you might be disappointed if you're looking for more of the same dark vibes. Otoh it's a fun, witty, satirical book that gives you a good picture of the breadth of Gaskell's style 🙂 1y
batsy @Centique Thank you! I'm glad there's a lot more of her to discover. 1y
rubyslippersreads This looks nice and spooky. I‘ve only read North and South, so I need to catch up on my Gaskell. 1y
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