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Andrea313

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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Chapters 16 and 17 bring the return of our old friend Edward Ferrars! The Dashwoods are delighted to see him, but sadly Edward goes all Sad Keanu on them, unable to shake off, or even mask, his low spirits. Elinor is "vexed and half-angry" about his behavior- and honestly, I get it! I always WANT to love Edward- he is kind and honorable, and I sympathize with his feelings of social awkwardness; but the dude is also kind of a drag.

Ruthiella If Marianne is allowed to spend “whole hours at her pianoforte alternately singing and crying” for days (which 16 year old me totally understands), then Edward should be allowed to be a little sad. Besides, we know why he‘s depressed and he has a pretty good reason for it! Lucy Steele! 😱 7h
Andrea313 @Ruthiella You're very right! Lucy is HORRIBLE, and it's absolutely reasonable to infer that Edward is managing some level of depression. I guess I just sympathize so deeply with Elinor and wish he would have been even slightly effusive about seeing her. I know he tries not to lead her on, but if that's the case, why leave the Steeles to even come visit? 6h
Ruthiella @Andrea313 Yes, it is hard on Elinor and doubly so when her own sister assumes her feelings aren‘t deep because she is able to hold her composure. ☹️ 5h
Blueberry I enjoy reading your chapter reviews 💜 5h
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Poor Catherine is so, so sick and weak- can't read a book, can't hold a letter, is "doomed to decay"- but hey, there's Heathcliff and suddenly she has not only the strength to stand and embrace him, but enough to seize his hair and *keep him down on his knees*. They shout at one another about love and death and regret and both wind up weeping until Edgar comes home. I don't know how Nelly stands it, srsly. #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

Bookwormjillk Nelly loves the drama. 8h
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk Yup! 😝🤦🏻‍♀️ 7h
Blueberry Lol, enjoying your Wuthering Heights reviews also. 5h
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At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond | Esther Freud, Margaret Drabble, Sophie Mackintosh
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I love this question. Water has always felt an anchor to me, and many bodies of water have felt like "mine". I was lucky to grow up in Michigan, where no matter you are, you are never further than 6 miles from fresh water, and waterways both great and small- wild Lake Superior, the storied Detroit River, the small lakefront at my childhood summer camp- have become a part of me. What are your ties to the water, Littens? Is there water that's yours?

AmyG My son and family is in MI. His wife had a large pond behind her house. There are lakes and ponds everywhere. It‘s wonderful. I live in the Rocky Mtns…we have a small river by us…the Eagle River…here in Eagle county. Great question. (edited) 1d
Andrea313 @AmyG Thanks for sharing! I love rivers! Is your Eagle River one you swim in (or kayak, etc) or one you simply enjoy by being near? 1d
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AmyG The Eagle river runs through the county. When the snows melt you can see it get higher. In the summer there is rafting and fishing. No swimming. But I can see it from my house and pass it every day. 18h
Andrea313 @AmyG Riverfront view, swoon! 😍 17h
AmyG Ha…it‘s not a riverfront view. I just see a tiny part of it…..if I lean over on the deck and look in a certain spot. 😂 And it‘s a very small river, at least where I am. 16h
Andrea313 @AmyG I still say it counts! 😂 13h
AmyG Ha! Technically.🤣 9h
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Nelly goes to the Heights and sees what a shambles life there has become- though Heathcliff is looking better than ever with a house full of people to torment. Isabella barely gets to speak before he launches into an abusive tirade about her, and then speaks of his "love" for Catherine (read: his weird, brutal obsession). At the chapter's end, we return to Lockwood and learn that he's maybe falling for Cathy Heathcliff?!? I. Give. Up.

Crinoline_Laphroaig It just gets worse and worse. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1d
Crinoline_Laphroaig Is that give up literal or figurative? 1d
Andrea313 @Crinoline_Laphroaig Absolutely figurative! I'm addicted to the drama at this point! 1d
mollyrotondo Lockwood fits right in! 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 18h
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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The downward spiral continues. Catherine has been sick (turns out she's pregnant!), and Edgar has been a fantastic nurse. He has not, however, been a fantastic brother, as he continues to give Isabella the cold shoulder. She instead confides in Nelly, writing of her arrival at the Heights, which has been a total nightmare hellscape- Hareton's gone feral, Hindley's hatching a murder plot, and Heathcliff promises to make her suffer. RUN, GIRL.

Liatrek I ❤️ Community! 2d
Andrea313 @Liatrek Same here! 😂 2d
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I love a good #BookHaul day! Three gorgeous new-to-me titles have arrived, and surprise, surprise, I plan to spend the entire weekend reading! #NewIn #CurrentlyReading

Cathythoughts Looking good 👍👍👍 2d
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More For Me | Rachel Schurig
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I took a lovely break this week from all of my Austen and Brontë and Persephone tomes to speed-read this fun and heartfelt romance, the latest in the Ransome series. I loved Everly, our leading lady, even more than I thought I would, and as much as I also love her leading man, the relationship that came out on top for me is the one Everly shares with her three very different, yet all fiercely independent, loyal, and supportive sisters. Perfect 10!

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Tumblr user Mercutihoe (lmao I love people) gets it right- these characters are getting worse and worse and worse. Catherine finally opens her bedroom door and scarfs some tea and toast, but she's also talking straight-up nonsense. Nelly refuses to indulge her at first, but eventually runs for the doctor only to discover that Isabella has run off with Heathcliff! Also, Heathcliff tried to kill Isabella's dog, cool cool cool. 😳😬🤯

TheBookHippie It gave me such comfort as a teen… 😱 4d
Andrea313 @TheBookHippie Wow! Can you tell me more what you loved about it at that age? I was such a hardcore Austen fan as a teen there wasn't much room for me to love the Brontes. I am digging Emily's writing this time around even as I recognize there's not much to love in the characters. 4d
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TheBookHippie @Andrea313 I couldn‘t stand Austen. I did reread them all with #pemberlittens (Way to not reality and not my thing). Bronte was always closer to real life for me. I had a horrific childhood. I was never a “plan your wedding want to marry” “girly girl” . So reading Bronte was soothing. Not everyone gets sunshine and roses. 4d
Andrea313 @TheBookHippie Thank you for sharing that. Having books to connect with can be so vital. ❤️ 4d
TheBookHippie @Andrea313 Books saved me that‘s for sure. ♥️ 4d
Jennaree3 Hahahaha 😂 so accurate 4d
Crinoline_Laphroaig @TheBookHippie @Andrea313 I was the total opposite. This is why I think it's so important to read what speaks to you not what you 'shoud' read. I grew up basically in a cult with messed up dysfunctional religious family. I found great comfort in Pride and Prejudice because Mrs Bennett was my mother. Hypochondriac + Bible. It taught me to be a Obstinate Headstrong Girl and rebel. Books and Library were my escape. 4d
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig ♥️♥️♥️ 4d
Rehesina I love that take! 😂 3d
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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The gang was psyched to be heading to Whitwell, but then Brandon got a "business letter" and had to call the whole thing off. So not only is he unbearably old, he's also a fun-sucking drag! Marianne and Willoughby are like, "...figures," and head out to burn rubber in Willoughby's curricle. But later Mrs. Jennings announces that she's found out the truth: the lovers visited Willoughby's house- UNCHAPERONED. Cue Elinor's extreme disapproval!

suvata Either that or she is an insufferable gossip albeit a jolly, happy one. 4d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Sorry for a double post today, but I have to ask: was anyone else weirded out or made suspicious in today's chapter by Nelly's sudden nostalgia and tenderness for Hindley? I know she grew up with him so some of this is wrapped up in her own childhood memories...but she has also seen the terrible man Hindley has become, and how he's driven everyone around him to become a worse person. 👇👇👇

Andrea313 I've read a lot about Nelly being an unreliable narrator, but this was the first moment I felt it might be true. Why else would be there be this inclusion of any kind of favoritism or friendliness with the chief antagonist of the story? What are your thoughts, #PemberLittens? #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights 4d
TheBookHippie Trauma. It‘s a trauma response or generational trauma response especially back then. That‘s my thoughts. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
batsy @TheBookHippie It does appear that a lot of them are operating out of trauma. The underlying violence is ever-present, and there's lot of extremes that will probably make it hard for anyone in that scenario to get a firm grip on reality. 4d
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Andrea313 @TheBookHippie @batsy Yes, I agree! Every single character is dealing with their own trauma, without a doubt. Do you think this changes how much we trust Nelly (and Lockwood's) accounts of what's happening? Are there blind spots for both that account for how they're reporting this action? 4d
batsy @Andrea313 I think so, a little bit. It seems hard to fully trust anyone's memories at the best of times; this makes it a little bit more fraught. However there is no perspective outside of both of their POVs, if I recall correctly? So we're at their mercy 😅 4d
TheBookHippie @Andrea313 Absolutely. At the very least it skews their view. @batsy I agree! 4d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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These folks are a total mess, as usual. Baby Hareton is cussing out servants, Heathcliff is kissing Isabella for some perverted stab at revenge, Edgar's leveling throat punches, and Catherine is being a mean, manipulative dirtbag. Edgar issues an ultimatum but not to be out-drama-d, Cathy ups the ante by disappearing to her room for days without any food or water. Nothing to see here, all super healthy behavior! #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you all seem to be acknowledging the toxicity of this book. I had heard people rave about it being a love story, then I read it, and it was messed up. 4d
batsy I had forgotten all about cussing baby Hareton and clutched my pearls a bit when he appeared! 😂😳 4d
Crinoline_Laphroaig For YEARS I've heard WH referred to as a Romance and Heathcliff mentioned alongside Mr. Darcy as Romantic Heros and I just don't see it. 4d
Andrea313 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Crinoline_Laphroaig Yeah, I don't understand the tendency to romanticize this story and these characters. Do people just latch onto Catherine's "Whatever our souls are made of..." speech with absolutely no context? Make it make sense! 4d
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Catching up after three days, which is roughly how long M and W know each other before everyone thinks they're engaged. But who could blame them?! Let's review the facts: he calls her by her Christian name; he tries to give her a horse (Queen Mab!); and most telling of all, he has a lock of her hair! If that doesn't scream "I have pledged myself to this person but conveniently not mentioned it to any of my family," I don't know what does.

Andrea313 📷: The Austen Mystique #PemberLittens 5d
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 5d
StayCurious So inappropriate amirite? 4h
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Heathcliff is back, showing off a major glow-up, even though he's only returned to execute his three-part plan- with "execute" being the main word since parts 2 and 3 were to kill Hindley and then himself. ? But seeing Catherine changes that, and now he's living at the Heights?! Our girl Nelly is suspicious, but no matter, because Isabella is in LOVE and acting a total clown thinking she can change him (girl, no). Cathy takes it well. /sarcasm

Crinoline_Laphroaig There was just so much going on that I totally missed that Heathcliff was going to kill himself! 5d
Andrea313 @Crinoline_Laphroaig Just one quick line about it! He says he came to look one more time at Cathy and then "settle my score with Hindley; and then prevent the law by doing execution on myself." PRETTY INTENSE, BRO. ??? 5d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Never forget that the infamous Wuthering Heights quote of all time, the supposed pinnacle of romantic, Etsy-print-worthy lines, comes from the scene where Catherine reveals that she's *marrying somebody else*. 🙃🙃🙃 Today's chapter is a turning point in our story, and even though Cathy is pretty terrible on the whole, I love her complexity and humanity in this scene. 👇👇👇

Andrea313 She knows she cannot marry the man she loves (how would they live? Who would take them in?) and she's honest enough to admit that she wants a roof over her head that's not owned by her absuive brother. Sure, her love of Edgar's money and looks is shallow, but srsly, what other options does this girl have? And her desperate attempt to convince Nelly (and herself) that she can use her new status and wealth to help Heathcliff is truly heartbreaking. 6d
Daisey Today‘s chapter clearly reminded me of why this book is so frustrating, but I‘m definitely appreciating it more this time around with everyone‘s commentary. 6d
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batsy There is that underlying sense of tragedy and sadness at play that I'm appreciating much better this time around. 6d
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Andrea313 @Daisey @batsy It‘s true women didn't have a lot of options then. I think if Cathy was a nicer person it would be easier to sympathize with her. 6d
DivineDiana @Crinoline_Laphroaig Agree. She is not likeable! 1d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Yikes on bikes, things at the Heights are going from grim to downright grisly. After giving birth to Hareton, the doctor predicts Frances' untimely death, which comes true after she coughs one time and then expires. Meanwhile, when Edgar visits and Nelly acts as chaperone, Cathy absolutely blows her top. She bitch-slaps Nelly, shakes a baby, and punches Edgar- and then they 👏 officially 👏 get 👏 together. The red flags are waving, folks!

ravenlee But she‘s so pretty! And she‘ll be different with me! 1w
Andrea313 @ravenlee Edgar definitely digs the Sad Girl trope! 🤮 1w
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Ruthiella @ravenlee 😂😂😂 1w
TheBookHippie 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 1w
TheBookHippie @ravenlee 😝🙄🤣 1w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Your recap is spot on! 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 7d
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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OK, OK, I know the point of this book is that we should be Elinors and not Mariannes, but come. on. The swoon factor here is off the charts! Willoughby might be a full-on fuckboy, but I have to believe that Jane would allow us a bit of sensibility from time to time, wouldn't you agree? #PemberLittens

Ruthiella I think that it‘s best to be somewhere between Elinor and Marianne...🤔 We‘ll see how I feel this time around, but 25 years ago, I thought Marianne‘s effervescence was squashed in the end. Some spontaneous feeling in life is not necessarily a bad thing. But yes, Willoughby is swoon worthy! ❤️ (edited) 1w
sprainedbrain Full-on fuckboy, indeed. 😍😂 1w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Today's chapter is jam-packed, so let's just hit the high notes:

-Cathy undergoes my least favorite transition of all time, when a wild, obstinate girl becomes a lady (blech)

-Hindley's abuse has reached all-time high, and Heathcliff swears revenge, even if he has to play the long game on this (and oh, he will!)

-Cathy speaking "contemptuously" to a crying Edgar makes me love her, tbh

-Edgar deserved that face full of applesauce, don't @ me

Crinoline_Laphroaig Love this! 1w
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 1w
ElizaMarie Ha yeah! Like she didn't hurt her ankle super far away either, but it is all like, now you live here. 1w
MicrobeMom 😂😂 1w
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Hello, Persephone-lovers! It's time to officially kick off our 2022 #PersephonePick read! You can participate in any way that makes sense to you- choose any titles and schedule you'd like, and use the tag #PersephonePick to discuss. I'll be reading one per month, and am starting off easy with the tagged book. You might read one for the year, or take part every other month- whatever works! Drop your title in the comments, and let's get started! 👇

Andrea313 If you'd like to start with a #BuddyRead, you can join @Ruthiella @elkeOriginal and @rubyslippersreads for 1w
elkeOriginal We haven‘t started the buddyread yet but will do so soonish! Plus we are testing out the buddyread feature in StoryGraph so if you want to join here or there just let me know! @quietjenn @KristiAhlers @AnneCecilie @Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads 1w
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quietjenn Ah, this will be lovely! I just read (and loved) Mariana a few months ago, so won't do the buddy read, but an going to try to read least six (and perhaps more!) over the year. Will probably start with Miss Pettigrew, as it's probably the title that introduced me to Persephone (and which I thought I'd read, but actually recently realized that I hadn't ...). 1w
Andrea313 @quietjenn I hope you love Miss Pettigrew, and I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it! I might re-read that this year myself. ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen Like @quietjenn , I read Mariana last year so I won‘t be joining the buddy read. Let me see… which will be my first Persephone of the year? 🤔 I‘ll check in this afternoon on this post again and let you all know! I‘m hoping to read 6 Persephones this year. 🤞 1w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Miss Pettigrew was the first Persephone I bought but not the first one I read. I think Miss Buncle‘s Book was the first? 1w
quietjenn @LeahBergen that was my first D.E. Stevenson, but it wasn't as a Persephone. 1w
LeahBergen @quietjenn And it was my first DE Stevenson, too. 😊 1w
LeahBergen I‘ve decided! I‘m going with nonfiction as I have a few works of fiction on the go already. 1w
Andrea313 @LeahBergen Oooh, I'm intrigued! That's a title I don't own; can't wait for your review. ❤️📚 1w
catebutler Ooh! I think I‘ll definitely have to participate in this one!! Now to go browse my shelves. ☺️📚 1w
catebutler And, I‘d love to be added to the buddy read too! I have read Mariana. But it‘s been a few years. 1w
Andrea313 @elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella Count one more in for your buddy read- @catebutler wants to join! 1w
catebutler @Andrea313 Thank you!! 🥰 1w
Jess_Read_This Thanks for the tag @elkeOriginal and seeing as you know I have a copy of Mariana… count me in on the buddy read. When do we start? 1w
elkeOriginal Super! StoryGraph has a limit of 5 for buddyreads so we are set to play with that feature once I link to you lovely guinea pigs! @Jess_Read_This @catebutler @rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella (edited) 1w
elkeOriginal @catebutler If you set your SG preferences to accept buddyreads then we will be in business. THX! 1w
catebutler @elkeOriginal Just updated my buddy read setting, so it should work now! I‘m catebutler on there too! 1w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Today Marianne concedes that old Colonel Methuselah could possibly settle down to a marriage of convenience with some old crone in her mid-to-late 20s, but there won't be a single spark of passion or joy to be found between the two elderly saddos. (BRB gonna go scream into the void.) #PemberLittens

Leftcoastzen 😂 1w
LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
Ruthiella She really is insufferable. How did I miss this before? 🤣🤣🤣 Why is fat, potty mouth Mrs. Jennings now more understandable to me? (edited) 1w
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Andrea313 @Ruthiella When I last read this with the #PemberLittens, my huge surprise takeaway was my new love for Mrs. J! Funny and irreverent, not taking herself or others too seriously, but a total rock when things get dire later? I love this woman! ❤️ 1w
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 1w
ravenlee Actually, this is how I look whenever Marianne says anything, ever. 1w
Andrea313 @ravenlee 😂🤣😭 And when I think of how much I loved Marianne as a teen...! Oh, young Andrea... 1w
batsy 🤣 1w
StayCurious I‘ve really been loving your take on S&S - so funny! 1w
Andrea313 @StayCurious Aw, thanks! I do truly love this book, but I can't resist poking some fun at it. 😂 1w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Young Heathcliff and Catherine run across the moors to spy on the Lintons over at Thushcross Grange, but they get caught and the Lintons release the hounds. Catherine is bitten so the Lintons decide to care for her, but they also put their racism on full and unabashed display, barring Heathcliff from the house and jeering about seeing him hanged?? So far everyone in this story is a garbage human, and that includes you, Hindley's wife!

Crinoline_Laphroaig Definitely Garbage People! 1w
Ruthiella Absolutely every one behaves awfully in this book! 😱 Even Nellie Dean is suspect (and we only have her word that her version of events is accurate). 1w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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The Dashwoods head to Barton Park for dinner with the Middletons, and meet loud Mrs. Jennings and the oldest man Marianne has ever met, 35-year old Colonel Brandon. Though she respects that he didn't fangirl during her piano performance, she also recognizes that he's much too decrepit to feel anything anyway, and would probably break a hip if he tried to applaud or whatever. But she's willing to make allowances for his "advanced state of life." ?

julesG 😂😂 1w
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Not too much I can snark on in tonight's chapter, as Cathy sadly loses her father and Heathcliff loses his father figure and staunchest protector. In the aftermath, Mrs. Dean overhears the two talking about Heaven, which was I'm sure was very touching- but they probably didn't get in as good a line as Colin Firth on the subject. 😉 #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

Crinoline_Laphroaig Colin Firth 😍 1w
MaureenMc 😂 1w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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The Dashwoods arrive at Barton Cottage and it really isn't so bad! It's surrounded by beautiful countryside and Sir John is truly lovely and welcoming. But hold up a minute, here comes his cold wife and their obnoxious child- just what every grieving, dislocated widow and her daughters want. 👇👇👇

Andrea313 The annotated edition plays this pretty straight- a child DOES make for great conversation during a potentially awkward visit! But all I feel emanating from the page is the supreme annoyance of having to make a fuss over some kid you don't know. 😅 #PemberLittens 2w
ravenlee I keep thinking of a scene in A League of Their Own. Stillwell, who‘s about five? maybe, is running amok on the bus, and after he causes utter catastrophe his mother says something like, “he‘s really a sweet little boy,” and Dottie replies halfheartedly, “Yeah, I hope I have five just like him.” 2w
Andrea313 @ravenlee YES! I absolutely thought of that exact moment last time I read this. There is more to come of the awful Middleton brood, and Stillwell Angel captures their exact essence. 🤣 2w
ravenlee I have my doubts that the Middleton brats…I mean kids…turn out as well as Stillwell seems to by the end, though. With their overindulgent mother, disinterested father, and that grandmother? Sheesh. 2w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Thanks, Spark Notes! Nelly Dean does indeed let it all fly, dishing hot gossip with a promise of more to come. What does everyone think of Heathcliff's origin story? Is he truly an orphan? Is he Mr. Earnshaw's own son by another mother? What "gibberish" do you think he spoke? For my part, I'd guess Romani. And what about Nelly referring to him as "it"? There is so much to unpack here, but frankly, we might be better off burning the whole suitcase.

elkeOriginal 😹 at the Nelly comment and 😹😹😹 at the burn the suitcase line! 👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 2w
inthegreensandblues Flabbergasted by the way she referred to this poor child through that whole story. At bedtime, "I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it might be gone on the morrow." ? 2w
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Andrea313 @inthegreensandblues Right?? Absolutely awful. 😬😬😬 2w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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I know that chapter 5 really is terrifically sad, what with the Ladies Dashwood having to leave their home and downsize to a mere cottage (with prob more square footage than my actual house, let's be real); but all I'm left with is a lot of eye-rolling when Marianne begins waxing poetic about leaving the trees. Come on, girl, get it together! #PemberLittens

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 When first read this, I was 25 years younger and I had no problem with Marianne‘s emotional volatility. Now I‘m old and cranky and totally agree! She doesn‘t need to express every emotion like that! Simmer down. 😆 2w
Andrea313 @Ruthiella I also completely identified with Marianne when I first discovered S&S! It's been fun to re-read this every few years and see how my allegiances turn as I get older; one of Jane Austen's best tricks. And as a fellow Cranky Old, I am now firmly over Marianne's drama! 2w
LiteraryinLawrence I completely agree with both of you @Ruthiella @Andrea313 ! I love rereading Austen‘s books and seeing how my empathy shifts to different characters. I was Marianne‘s age when I first read it and now I‘m the mom‘s age of around 40 (“it‘s a miracle my life has extended this far”). ☺️ 2w
Andrea313 @LiteraryinLawrence On my last read of this book, my brain exploded when I realized I was about Mrs. Dashwood's age! And my BFF recently re-read Emma and texted me something like, "Just realized I'm Miss Bates now, so goodbye, world." ????? 2w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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"I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society."
GOOD CHOICE, LOCKWOOD. #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

megnews That‘ll teach him not to show up without an invitation! 2w
Andrea313 @megnews 10000% this! He knows that Heathcliff doesn't want visitors, what the heck?? 2w
TheBookHippie I love this! 2w
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Andrea313 @TheBookHippie I will use a Thomas meme at any possible opportunity! 😂 2w
staci.reads I'm so torn between "I also hate uninvited guests" and "Chill, Heathcliff!" ? 2w
Andrea313 @staci.reads I think both things are true at once. 😂 2w
ravenlee I can‘t figure out what it was during his first visit that made him want more of that in the first place. Especially when he‘s clearly unwanted! 2w
Andrea313 @ravenlee Heathcliff chilled out for 10 minutes to talk to him about the place he's renting, and Lockwood saw it as an invitation? Seriously, why are men? 2w
LiteraryinLawrence Your observations are cracking me up! 2w
ravenlee Lockwood: hmm, creepy and extremely antisocial landlord/neighborhood with equally sullen household and aggressive dogs specifically told me not to come back. I think I‘ll drop by in a snowstorm for tea and conversation! What a splendid idea! 2w
Andrea313 @ravenlee 🤣🤣🤣 2w
batsy 😂😂😂 2w
BiblioLitten 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Anyone else think Elinor Dashwood is textbook Enneagram One? Even her outbursts of affection, the glimpses she gives into her most personal feelings, are controlled and pragmatic. I might be biased, being a fairly textbook One myself, but damn, I stan this principled, purposeful lady with all my heart! #PemberLittens

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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In today's chapter, Doctor Strange (and Lockwood) is all of us, trying to unravel who the heck these people are and why they're living together in the meanest, angriest commune you've ever seen. Well, buckle up, folks, because the work of deciphering Heathcliff from Hareton from Hindley, with a few different Catherines thrown in, is just beginning! And we definitely haven't seen the last of bad weather, snarling dogs, or Yorkshire dialect!

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EclecticBookLover 🤣 this is going to be fun. 2w
BarkingMadRun I‘ve read this before and I still get confused 🤣 2w
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Liatrek I‘m so glad I wasn‘t the only one confused! I downloaded the audio book to see if that helped. Nope still lost 🤣 2w
Bookwormjillk 😂😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks I think I'm going to have to find a chart somewhere or something! 2w
CrowCAH It is confusing at first. 2w
ElizaMarie Ooo yes! It was super confusing at first. Also like... the recycling of the names Catherine! Cathy! Ugh! I ended up reading the spark notes character who's who to get a better grip on what I was getting into. 2w
suvata @ElizaMarie ooo, what a great idea 2w
suvata Reminds me of a book I wants read: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Different spelling but same idea. 2w
TheBookHippie The commune thing has me spitting out my tea!! Yes the commune you never wanted to live in! 2w
Andrea313 @TheBookHippie Never, ever! Between the shouting, name-calling, and witchcraft in that house, I don't know who I feel for the most! 2w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Chapter 3 introduces us to sweet, simple Edward Ferrars, and establishes Marianne as the worst type of music snob and gatekeeper. Watch out, Barry, Dick, and Rob; our girl Marianne has met a man who isn't animated by Cowper and she is NOT having it! #MarianneDandtheUptownThree #PemberLittens

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
MoonWitch94 Lmfao omg this is perfect 🤪🤣😂🤣😂 2w
batsy 😂😂 2w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Ch. 1 coming in strong with some flat-out bonkers imagery, and even though I know it gets so, so much more weird and wild from here, I'm still left with a huge WTF- and most of it stems, not from our tortured Heathcliff, but from the narrator, one Mr. Lockwood! Could be the pandemic talking, but the part where he knows H doesn't want a visitor again tomorrow, but he decides to visit anyway?? A crime! And making faces at the dogs? Sir, you're done.

mollyrotondo 🤣 definitely not acceptable during pandemic times for sure. No one wants pop ins Lockwood! 2w
batsy Ahahaha! This is perfect. 2w
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Persephone Books | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Last year I challenged myself to read one book per month from Persephone Books, and tracked it using the hashtag #PersephonePick. This year I'll still be reading from Persephone, and invite any and everyone to join me! There is no set structure- you can choose any title and read a book per month, or one for the year, or anything in between; the idea is to discover new authors or a great new story. Anyone else wanna grab a #PersephonePick for '22?

MaureenMc Ooo, I‘ve got a couple of Persephones on my shelves I‘ve yet to read. This will be the nudge I need to finally get to at least one of them this year! 2w
quietjenn Most definitely! I have more than a few Persephones kicking around that really deserve some attention. 😊 2w
KristiAhlers Please tag me in these. I love this idea. 2w
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Ruthiella Excellent! I hope to read at least one this year 2w
LeahBergen Certainly! I read only 3 (I think?) last year and have LOTS on my shelves, calling my name. 2w
AnneCecilie I want to read Persephones, but I don‘t know where to start. Do you have any recommendations? (edited) 2w
Andrea313 @AnneCecilie Such a great question! Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day is a true Persephone classic, and my recent favorite from them is The Fortnight in September. They make recommendations to new readers as well, which you might find useful: https://persephonebooks.co.uk/pages/may-we-recommend 2w
Andrea313 @Ruthiella I hope you love Mariana! It took me a little bit to get into it, but it seemed to suddenly catch me all at once and then I tore through it. I can't wait to hear your thoughts! 2w
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella That is on my TBR as well! 2w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I remember planning to read one a month in 2021. I failed. 2w
elkeOriginal This is a good nudge to get some of my Persephones READ. 2w
Andrea313 @elkeOriginal That's why I started my own personal challenge last year! I had too many collected and sitting on my TBR but just hadn't picked them up. And I'm so glad I finally did, because they really made for great reading. 2w
rubyslippersreads Please tag me! I have a big stack plus some ebooks. One I‘ve been wanting to read for ages is the Queen Mum‘s favorite, 1w
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads Lady Rose is one of my all time favorites! 1w
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads I‘d be up for that! 👍 1w
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella Super! There is a lot going on right now but let‘s think about spring? Are you on StoryGraph? They have a buddyread feature it might be fun to check out. I am elke_go_read over there if you want to hook up… 1w
Ruthiella I am on StoryGraph but haven‘t updated in probably a year? 😬 But my handle is the same “Ruthiella”. I will try to resurrect my password! 1w
rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal I just friended and followed you on StoryGraph. @Ruthiella It would only let me follow you. I haven‘t used SG much, so my stats, etc. are way behind. 1w
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads I just sent you both friend requests on StoryGraph. 😊 1w
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads We are all set! I will set up that SG buddyread! What is cool is that it seems to hide comments until you reach the same page number - to avoid spoilers. Brilliant! 1w
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Sense & Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Jumping into the #PemberLittens re-read of S&S a day late, but with lots of enthusiasm! Reading the annotated edition is a pleasure; I mean, haven't we all been wondering about the nitty-gritty details of the Dashwood's financial settlements? 😜 In all honesty, I have a real soft spot for this book, as it was the first Austen I fell in love with, and re-reads make me nostalgic for the many phases of my life in which I have revisited it.

Cathythoughts A nostalgic reread for me too , for sure ❤️ 2w
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Starting off the new year with an ambitious stack- a handful for the #PemberLittens, another #PersephonePick, and The Power Broker to kick off the #ChunksterChallenge. Plus Leroux's Phantom, just 'cuz I want to. #CurrentlyReading #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

witchyreader13 @andrea313 - Okay, what is #PersephonePick? I tried clicking on the hashtag, but there's so many posts, I can't figure it out! Lol 2w
Andrea313 @witchyreader13 Sorry for the confusion! #PersephonePick is not an organized thing, though I'd be delighted if folks joined in! It's a hashtag I've begun using to track my reads from Persephone Books; I try to read one per month. More on Persephone Books here: https://persephonebooks.co.uk/ 2w
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rubyslippersreads I have that same gorgeous copy of Phantom. And #PersephonePick sounds like fun. 2w
Andrea313 @rubyslippersreads @witchyreader13 You've both inspired me to invite others to indulge in Persephone Books this year! Maybe we can get a little community going....I'll post about it later today. ❤️ 2w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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We begin tomorrow! Join the #PemberLittens for a #ChapterAday readalong of Wuthering Heights. Use #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights, tag our fearless leader @Crinoline_Laphroaig, and enjoy a few articles and such below in the comments as a precursor to the main event!

Andrea313 First try on an incredibly polarizing article about Emily Brontë published in The Guardian in 2018: https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/21/emily-bronte-strange-cult-wutherin... 2w
Andrea313 And then a fantastic response from BookRiot: https://bookriot.com/cult-of-emily-bronte/amp/ 2w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @Andrea313 "If you do spot a man in the mix, chances are that he has been shuffled off to the side, rather like Branwell Brontë, though hopefully without the urge to get drunk and set fire to himself." ? 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig This remains my favorite Description of Wuthering Heights ever:
‘Is that the one where everyone lives in the kitchen and shouts at each other across the moors?‘‘.......Everyone hates everyone else, right? I don‘t know why they didn‘t just call it a day and come in out of the rain.‘ 🤣
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Andrea313 @Crinoline_Laphroaig That is a GREAT description! ? I also love that the Guardian article, whatever else its faults, references the review from Graham‘s Lady‘s Magazine which posited that the book's author "had simply been eating too much cheese.” ??? 2w
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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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In 2021, I met several reading goals, including reading 100+ new-to-me books; I am a huge re-reader and returning to old faves almost always outpaces new discoveries. It felt good to dive into so many new stories.

In 2022, I'm lowering my overall numbers goal and aiming to knock a few epics off my #TBR- I have more than a few waiting for me that are 750+ pages and I want this to be the year I dig in! What are your reading goals? #ReadingGoals2022

ravenlee Are you participating in the #ChunksterChallenge? 2w
Andrea313 @ravenlee I didn't know that was a thing! Can you tell me more? Are there specific titles involved, or a schedule? Or is it a general challenge for folks to read what they like and when? 2w
ravenlee I‘m not participating (yet…pondering), but @Amiable hosts #chunksterchallenge2022 as a community of readers who like big books and they cannot lie (😆). It‘s a choose-your-own book and pace but cheer-each-other-on kind of challenge. 2w
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Amiable @ravenlee Thanks for sharing! @Andrea313 , you are welcome to join our chunkster crew! A bunch of us are committing to completing at least one chunkster of our choice in 2022. That‘s it! For the purposes of this annual challenge, I personally always pick a book that is approximately 1,000 pages or more. But it‘s really about tackling at least one giant book that you‘ve always wanted to read but have been intimidated by the size. 2w
Andrea313 @Amiable @ravenlee Thank you both! I think I will join in. ❤️ 2w
Amiable @Andrea313 I will add you to the tag list. Welcome aboard! 🙂 2w
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Taking a look back at 2021 in reading, and the tagged book was miles away my favorite of last year. Second place went to the Bridgerton series, if I'm honest; I binged it in about a week and it was the most silly reading fun I've had in some time. Solid honorable mentions include two #PersephonePicks (The Fortnight in September will be a yearly read for me) and Wintering, a wonderful reminder to slow down sometimes! #FavoriteReads #YearInReview

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A bonus #PersephonePick as we close out the year, courtesy of my wonderful mom. ❤️ I think I need to re-read this one before I fully make up my mind about it; there is so much detail packed into these 119 short pages that I feel as though just one read only lets you scratch the surface of the various relationships and family dynamics. Does anyone have particularly strong feelings on this one? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 📷 3w
elkeOriginal This one is on my TBR! 2w
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Candide | Voltaire
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Settling in with this lovely new-to-me copy of Candide- a Christmas gift from my husband who knows I love a good leather-bound classic! #CurrentlyReading

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Bad Girls Never Say Die | Jennifer Mathieu
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The Outsiders was such a formative book for me as a young reader, and when I heard about this reimagining, I was absolutely wild to get my hands on it. While nothing can capture the pure magic of the original, this homage offers some great twists and turns, and a moving look at a group of 60s Bad Girls. The relationships between the girls feel very real, and the societal expectations and judgements they navigate unfortunately feel fairly current.

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On Cats | Charles Bukowski
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Absurdly, one of the only things my husband and I argue about is Charles Bukowski. I despise him- abusive, misogynistic, angry and miserable. But my husband likes his style, and defiantly gifted me the tagged book a couple of years ago. I just got around to reading it, and finally found the author's humanity. Cats, man; they bring it out. "When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns." Same, Buk. Damn you.

Texreader 🐈‍⬛❤️ 4w
Ruthiella Weird coincidence because this book is SO NICHE but I also just read it. I don‘t think I‘d like Bukowski as a person or a writer because of all you point out. But the man did love his cats! 4w
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Andrea313 @Ruthiella It's definitely a niche read! But I found it to be an unexpected pleasure. 4w
sharread Cute kitty ❤ 4w
Andrea313 @sharread Thank you! He's a total sweetheart. ❤️ 4w
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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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This was a pick for me, mostly for the incredibly vivid writing, but beware- its a heartbreaking, gut-punching portrait of aging, decline, and dementia. We get the POV of our MC, who succumbs to memory loss, mood swings, and paranoia, as well as that of her cook, her live-in companion, old friends, and a doctor. Nobody gets off easily; there is suffering all around. But there's also real wit and an up-close look at humanity at its most vulnerable.

BarbaraBB That sounds heartbreaking but I can‘t resist a good Persephone! #stacked 1mo
catebutler I haven‘t found a Persephone I didn‘t like! And this one sounds extremely intriguing. 4w
elkeOriginal Nice #persephonebooks collection! (edited) 3w
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I treated myself to an early-birthday book haul today, sucked in purely by the setting of each- Glasgow, Madrid, Dublin, London...can you tell I'm longing for a big trip? Damn this pandemic (and my finances!)! #BookHaul #NewIn

LiteraryinLawrence What a great way to travel during this time! 1mo
BarbaraBB I know the feeling. Stuck in one place. 1mo
Andrea313 @BarbaraBB I've been feeling it deeply lately. But I'm striving for positive thinking like yours, @LiteraryinLawrence- books will take us where we want to go! ❤️ 1mo
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#TomKitten chilling amongst the lady authors. This cat has good taste. #CatsOfLitsy

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I'm only 30 pages in, and I already think this may be the most important book I've read all year. I'm a chronic workaholic and despite telling myself to slow down, to step back, I can never quite seem to release myself. This book is already reminding me, even gently chiding me, to remember that we all need to retreat sometimes. #CurrentlyReading

JamieArc I really loved it last year, and will probably pull it out this year. The author was recently interviewed on the On Being radio show. I haven‘t listened to it yet, but am looking forward to it. 1mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I'm so excited about reading with the #PemberLittens in '22! I've ordered the collection on Jane's writing, and I think I'll be reading the annotated S&S. As for Wuthering Heights, I'm going with this Collins Classics paperback- simple and gorgeous. Which editions will you be enjoying, fellow readers? #ReadingPlans #LookingAhead

Tamra I love that cover! 1mo
JenniferEgnor My favorite edition of WH was a Barnes & Noble Classics. The cover is green, and there is a black and white photo on the front of the moors, and someone standing under a single tree. It‘s haunting and beautiful. To me, it‘s a picture of what‘s in the book. 1mo
Andrea313 @JenniferEgnor Wow! I just went and Googled it, and I think I found the cover you described. If I got the right one, it's absolutely beautiful. ❤️📚 1mo
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GREAT QUESTION, LEO. #CurrentlyReading

batsy Fantastic title. Is this an excerpt from one of his longer works? 1mo
Andrea313 @batsy No, two short stories! 1mo
batsy @Andrea313 Oh, right! Must get a copy 😆 Thanks! 1mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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SNORT. (Found a new fabulous Instagram account today.) #PemberLittens

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 1mo
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sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 1mo
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Detroit Opera House | Michael Hauser, Marianne Weldon
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Not book-related, just feeling grateful about spending the day in such a beautiful space. 😍 #DetroitLove #MittenLitten #SeeMoreOpera

JamieArc I got to see The Nutcracker there just before the pandemic hit. Such a beautiful space! 1mo
Andrea313 @JamieArc I'm so glad you got to see it! I love that production of The Nutcracker! ❤️🩰 1mo
MoonWitch94 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Cathythoughts Looks so beautiful 🤩 1mo
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An early Christmas gift from my husband arrived today! Do you subscribe, Littens, or have you done so in the past? I'll admit I'm psyched to dive in; reading about reading is one of my favorite genres! #OhReader #ReadingAboutReading

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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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Beginning my final #PersephonePick of the year! It's been so much fun to read through these selections this year; I have definitely encountered rollicking stories, sobering history, and absolutely gorgeous writing. I still have a few unread in my collection to get me through the early months of next year, but then I guess I'll just have to buy a few more for '22. 😉 #CurrentlyReading #PersephoneBooks