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Andrea313

Andrea313

Joined September 2016

Books. Detroit. Misc. But mostly books.
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These Happy Golden Years | Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
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Will I ever not feel sadness upon finishing this book? Decades of reading it and the answer is a firm NO. First off, my BFF Laura growing up will always feel like a betrayal to my little kid heart, and second, it feels so wrong to leave her in a strange new environment after all previous books end with familial hearthside singing. I love this book, but it'll always be a bittersweet ending to me. (Yes, ending. The First Four Years? Don't know her.)

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Across the Pond | Joy McCullough
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Enjoying a cozy Sunday with some #MiddleGrade titles. It's snowy here in Detroit, at last! Hope everyone is keeping warm and enjoying some down time. #KidLit #CurrentlyReading

JamieArc Rosetown looks lovely. I heard that we here in Lansing are going to get a lot of snow Wednesday. Today it‘s just a pretty flurry that‘s not sticking. 7d
mcctrish Both of these look lovely. We‘ve got snow in London, ON for the first time since December 22 which lasted until Boxing Day. 7d
batsy Such lovely covers! 6d
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I've been really wanting to read these as companion pieces, and January seemed like the time to do it! Though the two books are not about the same events (Laura's "Hard Winter" was 1881, while the Children's Blizzard came seven years later), they seemed like great books to read in tandem. Also curious to know if there are any other "Little House" kids who LOVE The Long Winter as an adult? No? Just me...? #CurrentlyReading

Amiable The tagged book is really good—an excellent example of riveting narrative nonfiction. 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve not read it (yet) as an adult. I‘ve only reread Little House in the Big Woods. I remember it, however. I grew up in Southern California. The concept or snow, much less a blizzard was completely unknown to me. 2w
batsy Yes! I think I appreciated it much more as an adult (while living in a country with no snow). 2w
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Her Royal Highness | Rachel Hawkins
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This YA love story between two girls at a Scottish boarding school was somehow exactly what I wanted to read in this moment. Amelia leaves her Texas home for a school in the Scottish Highlands only to meet and fall in love with a fellow classmate- who happens to be a princess. So much about this was utterly ridiculous (Scottish royal family?!) but I don't care one bit because it was sweet and fun and silly and don't we just need that sometimes?

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Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I've been in NYC for the last few days, mostly to see some great theatre, but I've also had the chance to visit a few cool bookish sites, too- the Drama Book Shop, 1804 Books, the Argosy Bookstore, and the JP Morgan Library (pictured). I have too many thoughts about Morgan's life and his unending thirst for acquisition to try and get into it here; but this visit did inspire me to finally pick up the tagged book about Morgan's personal librarian.

LeahBergen The oil barons of that era pretty much cleared out the art and books of the UK and Europe. 😬 3w
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A Strange Loop | Michael R. Jackson
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I've been waiting two years to see this musical and I finally got to go today and THIS happened?!?!? The composer playing the lead, singing his own story, and entire company coming together to make sure the show still went on was one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced in the theatre. I am overwhelmed and grateful and gonna be re-living this for quite some time. #SeeMoreTheatre

Leftcoastzen Wow! 3w
LiteraryinLawrence Oh my gosh, that‘s so memorable! I have chills! 3w
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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I really should not have bought this but I'm also a million percent not sorry in the slightest! #BookHoarder #PemberLittens #NewIn

BarkingMadRead Ohhhhh pretty cover!! 4w
bookandbedandtea That's lovely! 4w
MicrobeMom Beautiful! 4w
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rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 4w
IndoorDame Lovely! 4w
Ruthiella Very pretty! 4w
DivineDiana Cover love! 3w
ravenlee 😍 3w
Cathythoughts What a gorgeous cover 💫 3w
batsy That is stunning 😍 3w
StayCurious Love this! 3w
operagirl so pretty! 3w
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Add my voice to the chorus of absolute raves- this book is a stunner; staying up till 2 am to finish it on a work night is probably a huge mistake but also the only correct decision. This historical YA coming-of-age novel weaves together themes including McCarthyism, immigrant experiences, first love, and LGBTQ life pre-Stonewall without ever being heavy-handed. And the San Francisco setting is beautiful, too. A complete knockout, top to bottom.

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Looked back at my 2022 "Books Read" list and here are my faves of the year! At the Pond and No One is Talking About This both moved me in really specific ways, and the Herzog was a gorgeous fever dream. Typically I wouldn't include a re-read in a #YearInReview post, but reading Wuthering Heights with the #PemberLittens was so much fun and truly one of my favorite reading experiences in a long time. Can't wait to see the stories to come in '23!

batsy True, the WH group read really stands out. An absolutely wild book and made all the better with #pemberlittens chat 😁 1mo
Andrea313 @batsy Seriously, a highlight of my year! I've never laughed so hard while thinking about that book. Some true hot takes in '22. 😂 4w
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Finished my last book of '22, and it was a bit of a gut-puncher. Lenni, age 17, is a patient in the Terminal Ward of a Glasgow hospital, and Margot, a fellow patient, knows most of her years are behind her. Together the two have lived a sum total of 100 years, and as they meet and become unlikely friends, we get both of their stories, including the many heartbreaks, both earthshaking and banal, of one life lived long and the other cut too short.

IuliaC I enjoyed this one very much 4w
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The Twilight World | Werner Herzog
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I finished this book while sitting next to my husband, and when I turned the last page, I threw my hands in the air and crowed, "This is the exact kind of bonkers story I wanted it to be!" So, success? ? Others may disagree, but I always find a sense of surrealism in Herzog's work that I'm drawn to time and time again, and this book is no different. A quick read, compelling and bizarre, and even more enjoyable with a good drink. #BooksAndBooze

LeahBergen This sounds fascinating. 1mo
Andrea313 @LeahBergen It really was! One of the most unique reads of my year; I definitely recommend it! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm only familiar with Herzog's films (an ex was a big fan), I've never read any of his writing. But this review makes a lot of sense to me 😂 He creates with a special brand of bonkers that, if you're in the mood for it, would hit a very specific spot! 1mo
quietjenn He's such an interesting dude. I really feel like I should get more familiar with his actual work. 1mo
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Not me spending the next three days frantically returning to the books I stalled out on in '22! Today I finished off this one which I started with the #PemberLittens. I side-eyed the Austen chapters, adored the ones about Charlotte Bronte, yawned my way through Eliot/Stowe, and perked up again with Woolf and Mansfield. All in all, uneven reading with some unsubstantiated claims, but I appreciate the perspective on these legendary female authors.

batsy That's basically how I felt reading this! 1mo
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I think I've enjoyed reflecting on reading this collection more than I enjoyed actually reading it. Some of Baer's lines really struck me; others felt trite. And I'm wondering about my inclination to dismiss the work out of hand- is it because I just didn't vibe with it on the whole? Or is it because I'm conditioned to think that middle class motherhood is not the stuff of Great Art? 👇👇👇

Andrea313 As a book of individual poems, I feel this collection is mixed at best. As a means to challenge our perceptions of what we expect from poetry and why it's rarely the everyday experiences of women? A+. 1mo
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The Twilight World | Werner Herzog
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I'm intrigued by pretty much all of Herzog's work, but it was this forward that really did it for me. I am both amused and totally drawn in by this kind of self-serious artistic nonsense, and am digging in tonight with equal parts skepticism and wonder. #CurrentlyReading

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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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So glad that I got in a final #PersephonePick before closing out the year! This one was really lovely; Jane's ambition, determination, and self-advocacy radiated off the page. I wasn't feeling the romantic entanglement of the last third, but I was all about the somewhat cliffhanger ending- though could Jane end up anywhere but on top when all is said and done?? Thanks for letting me tag in, #PersephoneClub; it was a pleasure!

LeahBergen Great review! And you‘re so right; Jane will somehow triumph wherever she lands. 😄 1mo
BarbaraBB You can‘t go wrong with Whipple. 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review. Jane was such a vivid character, I‘ve found myself wondering what she did next😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes , I would like to know what Jane did next too 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t care for the romance with Noel either, but Jane will always land on her feet. 4w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Wrapping gifts and enjoying an annual holiday #audiobook. Usually I go for the Tim Curry version, but this one is growing on me!

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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Thought I might join in with the #PersephoneClub at last, but Tom had other ideas. Oh, well, maybe later? #BookThief #TomKitten #CatsOfLitsy

LeahBergen Book thief! 😆 I‘m really enjoying this one. 2mo
batsy Adorable! 🖤 2mo
Tamra Ha! Books make lovely perches. 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ! 2mo
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I mean, it's not too much to ask, is it?? #PenguinClassics #Clothbound

SarahBookInterrupted That would be amazing! 2mo
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Kitchen Essays | Agnes Jekyll
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A fascinating '20s time capsule on cooking and hospitality. Though the recipes ranged from utterly mystifying to downright revolting (so much aspic! So many hard-boiled eggs shoved through a sieve!), the prose is lovely. For instance, on weddings: "...goblets of sparkling drink, delicious fragrance of rosemary, lavender, and cedar wood...music, laughter, and the love of friends. What an hour to remember later in the silence and the starlight."

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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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"Oh, you want this book? Gonna have to go through me first." #TomKitten #CatsOfLitsy

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2mo
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Oliver Twist | Dickens
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OH, HELLO THERE, this cast is spectacular. #CurrentlyReading #CurrentlyListening

TheBookHippie Ooooo. 2mo
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Oh look, it's me and the 100+ books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for a literal decade... #ImTheProblemItsMe

Caroline2 Yep. This is me too. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, God. This is so me. 2mo
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rockpools Ouch. Yep. 2mo
Bklover Yep. Me too. 2mo
batsy Haha, YES. 2mo
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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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Hey there, Litsy! It's been a minute! Life has continued to get in the way of my reading this year, but I'm working on getting back to my #TBR. I managed to plow through two entire books this weekend- a first in many months! And I can't wait to dig into this beauty tonight. I love the rainbow pages - and all of Rainbow's characters. Can't wait!

LeahBergen Hello, again! 2mo
Andrea313 @LeahBergen Hello! Feels good to be back! 😊 How has the #PersephoneClub been going? 2mo
GondorGirl This was such a good collection! The Reagan story was surprising emotional, the Simon/Baz story was adorable, and I really enjoyed seeing what the girls from Attachments were up to. 2mo
quietjenn It's nice to see you! 2mo
Andrea313 @quietjenn Nice to see you, too! I missed this wonderful community. 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I hate John Thorpe with a burning rage all the time, no matter what, but chapter 13 really drives it home. Completely disregarding Catherine's wishes, going behind her back and making her look hella rude to a friend? UM, NO. Scottish Twitter insults are really the only words I can find to encapsulate my true feelings for John "Human Trashcan" Thorpe. #PemberLittens

For anyone who missed the original:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tLrk7mUdla0

batsy "Weapons-grade plum" is too good! 3mo
Andrea313 @batsy Agreed! 3mo
sprainedbrain 🤣 3mo
Ruthiella Yes! He really is an a**hat! 🤬 3mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Catherine is sure a little rain won't stop her from seeing the Tilneys today, but then nobody's favorite blowhard John Thorpe arrives with Isabella and James, swearing up and down that he saw Henry driving out of town. He convinces Catherine to come out to Clifton with the gang and she grudgingly agrees. Though once they've hit the road, who is that glaring from the sidewalk? Eleanor Tilney with Henry beside her! DAMN YOU, THORPE!

MoonWitch94 😂😂😂 I love this meme 4mo
Andrea313 @MoonWitch94 Umbrella Academy is everything. 😂 4mo
MoonWitch94 @Andrea313 I just recently got into it. My sister loves it & got me hooked! 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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More Tilney wit today as he and Catherine dance and talk of Bath. Catherine becomes every undergrad who has ever studied abroad, like, "Bath is SO great, I know I'm only staying 6 weeks but I could seriously live here, when I get home I'm only gonna talk about Bath!" Luckily Henry finds her naïveté refreshing and not exasperating. Bonus: Cath arranges a walk for the next day with Miss Tilney and Henry; a win for literal-minded girls everywhere!

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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This book is an eternal "Pick" for me. No matter how many bonkers details emerge as I read it into adulthood, despite St. John's cold and paternalistic tendencies and Rochester's manipulations and the general dreariness that permeates every bit of it, I love Jane and I love this book. BUT- I will never understand why it ends with a joyful exultation of St. John's death?! Oh, Charlotte. You wouldn't be a Brontë if you didn't leave me wondering.

zezeki Love your review! 4mo
batsy Great review! Especially the last line 💜 4mo
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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STOP, I cannot...! 💀💀💀 #PemberLittens

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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OK, I know that comparing horrid Isabella Thorpe with our queen Carrie Fisher is gonna garner me some side-eye. But Isabella in today's chapter is my favorite type of chick- fangirling over a good book (in this case, The Mysteries of Udolpho) and then dunking on men who don't like her friends and who ogle women in public spaces. OK, so she still goes out of her way to get their attention later (c'mon, girl!) but she so very nearly had it there...!

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Jane takes off to find Rochester after hearing his voice calling to her on the wind (peak Gothic Novel activity here). She comes across Thornfield, now a burned-out ruin of its former self, and gets the story out of an inkeeper: Mrs. Poole succumbed to the ol' gin and water one night, and Bertha stole her keys, busted out of her cell, and indulged in some arson. The fire blinded Rochester, who's now living in seclusion at Ferndean- go, Jane, go!

nanuska_153 😂😂 love parks and rec ❤️ you can't read anything that he says without hearing it loud and clear in your own head 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Chapters 4 & 5! Turns out the Allens have an acquaintance in Bath after all- Mrs. Thorpe, an old friend of Mrs. A's! She presents her favorite daughter and also her two other daughters, and Catherine gets a friend crush FAST. She and Isabella become instant BFFs, calling each other by their first names and reading novels together (tbh this is #friendgoals). Here Jane launches into a passionate defense of novels and it is scathing and glorious.

sprainedbrain 😂 4mo
AnneCecilie I love Austen‘s defense for reading. Not that we need any, but good to have hero our side 😊 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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After she rejects him, St. John gives Jane the cold shoulder for a bit, but eventually he tries again to talk at her until she reconsiders his work-based sham "marriage" plan. Our girl isn't having it, though, and even St. John's sisters are like, "yeah, no" about the whole thing. Then one night after some fiery reading from Revelations (kill me now), Jane feels her "no" become a "maybe"...but then she hears Rochester 's ghost voice from afar!

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Buckle up, folks, because today St. John offers Jane quite possibly the WORST proposal in literature. Worse than Darcy's "inferiority of your connections" and worse than Rhett Butler proposing at Frank's actual funeral, this asswaffle is like, "I will never love you, and I only want you for the work you'll provide." Jane gives a rager of a comeback with "I scorn the counterfeit sentiment you offer: yes, and I scorn you when you offer it." ???

BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
nanuska_153 😂😂😂 I agree, I thought Rochester was in for the win, with his plan of firing Jane, pretending he is going to marry another woman and confessing he actually proposed to her before proposing to Jane and was rejected; but at least there was love somewhere behind those awful moves. St John somehow managed to combine the worst of Darcy's and Mr Collin's proposals, it is quite a feat come to think of it 4mo
Andrea313 @nanuska_153 THANK YOU! Sadly I ran out of room and couldn't mention Jane's FIRST disappointing proposal. Man, Charlotte doesn't exactly set a high bar for romance; these dudes are just grim. 4mo
nanuska_153 @Andrea313 poor Jane has both finalists on worst proposals in literature...the male characters on all Brontë sisters novels really make you wonder about the men in their lives xD did they ever met a man that was not awful? Where they aware that was a possibility? 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Mrs. Allen keeps lamenting their lack of society in Bath but does ab? so ? lutely ? nothing to change things. Luckily the Master of Ceremonies (wtf) steps in and introduces Catherine to a sharp, witty, "near handsome" gent named Mr. Tilney. Our man Henry shows up and shows out, hilariously lampooning vapid small talk, making a fair case for equality between the sexes, and showing a deep knowledge of muslin. Henry Tilney, the man that you are!

MoonWitch94 Omg yes! 😂🤣😂 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Plot twists! Today we discover that Jane's uncle has died and left her a fortune! AND she and St. John are actually COUSINS! In spite of these events, which come straight out of the kind of novel Jane Austen warns us about in Northanger, I find this chapter really touching. Jane wants to split her cash equally with her new-found family and stay with them. This, she says, "was wealth indeed!--wealth to the heart!" Cue my cheesy weeping here.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Catherine takes leave of her fam with no fuss and makes it to Bath drama-free. Sure, she's there with empty-headed Mrs. Allen (Austen's description eliciting a belly laugh and a "damn, Gina!" from me), but there are no highwaymen or bad storms on the way. Once arrived, the high point of the evening is two dudes benignly commenting that Catherine is pretty. I'm fully living for Jane's dry snark and the utterly pedestrian situations she's created.

MoonWitch94 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Jane has semi-befriended Rosamund Oliver, the rich girl who bestows charity all over the village and also bestows heart eyes on St. John whenever she sees him. Jane can't figure out why dude won't just marry her and in trying to get to the bottom of it, we get one of my favorite wackadoo St. John moments: he tells Jane to take 15 and keep talking about Rosy's love for him, and in Charlotte's words, "he actually took out his watch" to time her. !!!

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
nanuska_153 😂😂 St John is so unintentionally funny 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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We're off! I'll be reading the annotated edition this time around, and I'm excited to get some new insights. This first chapter is among my favorite short sections of Austen's writing- I love her snark toward so many literary conventions of her day (and ours!), poking fun at foundlings, wards, and orphans, and giving some serious side-eye to the Manic Pixie Regency Girl and instead creating prosaic, everyday Catherine. Can't wait to keep going!

melissajayne I have the same edition 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Jane takes St. John's awful job teaching a bunch of rough moor kids and reflects on being surrounded by "ignorance, poverty, and coarseness"; but at least she's not living in unearned luxury, having traded in her good morals! This is a mindset my austere Baptist upbringing completely prepared me for so I have to say I'm Team Jane on this one. St. John swings by and talks at Jane about doing God's work and my GOD, can he just go to India already?!

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Into the Woods | James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim, Hudson Talbott
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Don't mind me, just weeping in spite of myself. Sondheim, you mad bastard; thank you. #SeeMoreTheatre

Ruthiella What‘s your favorite Sondheim? I‘ve not seen/heard them all, but I think Company is my No. 1. 4mo
Andrea313 @Ruthiella Such a hard question! My favorite is probably Assassins, followed VERY closely by Sunday. But Into the Woods and Sweeney are also high on the list; it honestly feels impossible to choose! 4mo
Ruthiella It‘s a totally unfair question! 😂 Assassins is maybe my second favorite and I‘ve never heard or seen Sunday in the Park with George…but I think I‘d start with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Jane has been living it up with the sisters Rivers (if you count learning German and reading books as "living it up" which I ABSOLUTELY DO), but soon they're going to leave for their own governess positions and Jane realizes that she needs her own job stat. St. John swoops in- he might be a bleak, disappointing Calvinist, but he does have a job for her, even though all it promises is "poverty and obscurity." Jane being Jane says, "Sign me up!"

eeclayton Learning languages+reading=my kind of party 😁 4mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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After the Great Wife Reveal, Rochester proposes the following: leave Bertha with Grace Poole (she'd be game for the mad cash), send Adele off to boarding school, and flee to the south of France to live in a sham marriage. Jane gets where he's coming from but is ultimately like, "No can do, bro, I've got this deeply rooted sense of morality and self respect!" Then after a night of horror dreams, she straight up runs away; probably a good move, TBH.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I loved getting to this part of the book! This famous quote is a classic for a reason- Jane is so strong and so brave in this moment, and I will love it forever. This print lives on my wall and always makes me smile, all hail Jane, all hail Charlotte. #PemberLittens

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Got all caught up on some Jane Eyre audio today, which means I got to the weird-ass chapter where Rochester dresses up like a fortune-teller to try and get at Jane's true feelings. The whole thing is so utterly bizarre that I can't help but love it, and it's so on-brand for the specific level of Brontë bonkers we're all here for. #PemberLittens
📷: obscurelittlebird on Tumblr

batsy Your posts are making me want to revisit this soon! It's been awhile. 4mo
Ruthiella Bonkers yes. But incredibly manipulative and underhanded. The first two times I read Jane Eyre, it didn‘t register but when I re-read it as an old lady a few years ago, this scene made me angry. 4mo
Erinsuereads It's all like the most robustly absurd game of chess that ever existed 🤣 4mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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I know we're on Jane Eyre right now, #PemberLittens, but every time I see this making the rounds on social media, I absolutely screamlaugh. Someone find the woman who wrote this tweet and give her an award. Or, at the very least, some hot applesauce to throw in an enemy's face. #Brontussy

Erinsuereads I've just discovered your posts in the pemberlittens tags so prepare for spaming, cause this incense is 🔥🔥🔥🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Andrea313 @ErinSueMreads Have at it! 😂🤣 4mo
Erinsuereads *meme ... Literally no idea how it corrected to incense 🤣🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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More than a little anecdotal but still an affirming read. My own "Big Friendships" (pictured!) have been defining and sustaining in my life, and I guess I picked up this book hoping to find a mirror- and I certainly did. I also appreciated that though this was mainly the story of the two authors, they acknowledged the other friendships in their lives, and the ways in which the primacy of their own relationship ebbs and flows through the years. ❤️

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Delightedly getting caught up with my old friend Jane and feeling very nostalgic about it. I read Jane Eyre for the first time in 8th grade and fell totally in love with it; somehow I keep reflecting on myself at that age and the ways in which reading this story of a plain but strong and determined girl sustained and inspired me. I'm also reflecting on this gorgeous new edition to be released in November- want it desperately! Don't need it at all!

IndoorDame Wow! What incredible editions! 4mo
Andrea313 @IndoorDame Right?! Honestly, the last thing I need is another copy of Persuasion, but also...I think I might really need that copy! 4mo
IndoorDame @Andrea313 I was thinking the same thing when I saw that site! 4mo
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Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery
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Bring 👏It 👏 On 👏 These are my main goals in life, honestly. #AnneShirley #AnneWithAnE #LucyMaudMontgomery

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Finished the Charlotte Brontë section last night and LOVED it! I tend to fall into the trap of believing that the Brontës were totally secluded, isolated weirdoes, what with their strange goth stories and made-up fantasy worlds. But of course they had friends and acquaintances (well...maybe not Emily), and reading more about Charlotte's life outside of the parsonage was a welcome reminder. And who else thinks that Mary Taylor is a total BAMF??

Ruthiella Mary Taylor is another reminder for me to not look at history as if it were a monolith in which all people believed one thing and behaved in one way. 5mo
batsy I loved reading about Mary. I immediately went to look up her novel Miss Miles but sadly it doesn't seem to be available/in print. 5mo
Andrea313 @batsy It seems to be available used on Thrift Books! Take a look and let me know what you see; I also plan to buy it, and hope I'm looking at the right thing. Even these three chapters about her were enough to make me completely fascinated. 5mo
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batsy @Andrea313 Oh yes, they do! Thank you for letting me know. I used to check out AbeBooks and Thrift Books in the past but post-pandemic the international shipping costs have become prohibitive. If you do end up getting it, I look forward to your thoughts! 5mo
Jennaree3 I love this shirt! 5mo
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The memes of Florence Pugh in Venice are all top-tier, but this one takes the cake, no doubt. 😭 #JusticeForAmyMarch