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i.besteph

i.besteph

Joined May 2020

Adulting is hard but books are my escape. #mischiefmanaged
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Love and Responsibility by Pope John Paul II
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The Hunger Games: Volume 1 by Suzanne Collins
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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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@bree.v08 just gave me the best news ever! Once upon a broken heart is getting a THIRD BOOK! 🥳🥳

I was so excited….giddy with happinesss!
…..until I realized I have to wait a whole year to see what happens to EvaJacks…..

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Mehso-so

Perhaps the most fun thing about reading this book #chapteraday for #pemberlittens was making the memes! ??
This was my first time reading this classic and my second book by a Brontë sister (the other one was Wuthering Heights). The sisters seem to have a taste for the supernatural and sick romance. The plot was well written, despite the love interests.
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Rating: 3.5/5

i.besteph Even the side characters had better personalities than them.
Jane‘s a favorite although her choices are questionable. She‘s strong for a 19th century protagonist. She has impeccable strength and pain tolerance. Rochestor‘s okay. He would‘ve been likable if he had apologized in the end. St. John‘s a big NO. Helen was the one I missed the most.
I‘d definitely read it again.
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charl08 That cover... 🤯 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Helen Burns 😍 I want to read a modern retelling where she and Jane get together and Rochester just never enters the picture at all. 😂 2mo
i.besteph @charl08 Is that a compliment or are you taken aback? I didn‘t get it. Lol. This was the only copy I got, not my favorite 🤷🏽‍♀️😂 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 37:
Reader, we‘re almost done….and so the lovers unite!

Rochestor is half blind and lost an arm. Probably a harsh thing to say but his suffering brought out the good in him. He mentions how he searched for Jane in vain, but the best part (for me at least) was when they perceived they could hear each other miles apart.
Flawed as they are, that‘s some type of love people only dream to have Definitely a wholesome chapter🥰
#pemberlittens

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 35:
We‘re almost done guys!
St. John‘s angry with Jane after her refusal. He‘s still under the impression that she WILL marry him. Seriously, the dude can‘t take no for an answer. 😓
Jane admits she still has feelings for Rochestor, to which John says she‘s falling into temptation. 🙄🤣Everyone in the room knows he isn‘t a saint, yet he thinks himself one. He needs to get off his high horse asap.
#pemberlittens

Bookwormjillk Jane: I will die in India St. John: So what UGH! (edited) 2mo
DGRachel I confess, every time I hear St. John‘s name, I want to put my fist through his face. I‘d rather be married to Voldemort or Professor Umbridge. 🤮 2mo
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ErinSueMreads He's SSSTILLLLLL TALKING! 2mo
ErinSueMreads Like how much more vile could he possibly be 2mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads RIGHT?!? 😂😂 there are only a couple fictional characters that annoy me and this dude‘s now no. 1 (edited) 2mo
i.besteph @DGRachel hahaha I‘d choose to remain single if those were my only 3 options lol. 🤣🤣 (edited) 2mo
BarkingMadRead He‘s the worst! And to tell her that God will want her to do it is even worse! 2mo
lauraisntwilder She and Diana talking about what a good man he is just killed me. No, ladies, good men don't say things like "if you don't marry me you'll go to hell." 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 33:
What a plot twist….I knew that paper St. John took would lead to something. Jane‘s past has been discovered and she can‘t deny it. Turns out the Rivers are Jane‘s family on their mother‘s side! Lucky coincidence?
Jane‘s uncle dies, leaving her with 20k which she stubbornly decides to share with her newfound family. Do you think they would‘ve done they same for her? (I highly doubt that)
Still no news on Rochestor👀
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DGRachel I think the sisters would have. They always stuck me as genuinely kind. St John, not so much. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Jane: runs away as fast and as far as she can, keeps her past a secret so no one, especially Mr. Rochester, can find her. Also Jane: WHO CARES IF I‘M RICH IS MR. ROCHESTER OKAY 2mo
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BarkingMadRead I‘m shocked that St John tried to convince her to keep the money. He was such a jerk up to that point. And he never would have done the same for her. The sisters might have, but not him! 2mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly Right? This part was hilariously annoying (if it makes sense). Oh to be young and in love. She seems rational enough but I guess not 👀😂 2mo
i.besteph @DGRachel @BarkingMadRun I agree! The sisters seem kind and genuine enough but St John‘s “immovable as a stone”, “feelings don‘t move me” attitude is just plain annoying. 2mo
nanuska_153 None of the three would share the money with Jane in equal parts, but neither would I 😅In my opinion, Jane is starving for emotional attachment, that's why she fell for crazy Rochester as soon as he noticed her, and that's why she is willing to share a fortune just to have a family. 2mo
i.besteph @nanuska_153 I agree, the other 3 would never dream of doing what Jane did even if they seem nice (at least 2/3) but I disagree about Jane. Imo I think she‘s a resilient and strong character with a kind heart. She‘s led by her Christian values which stands out in this particular scene. Tbh she‘s come a long way from her angry, stubborn self, albeit still stubborn 😂 2mo
nanuska_153 @i.besteph I agree she is a resilient and strong character with a kind heart;I don't think it's incompatible with what I said,a strong personality with a kind heart also needs to feel loved.I think the way she was raised,how she was treated as a kid really affected her,and although she is very strong, she covets other people's love and approval more than anything. Or maybe I'm just trying to rationalise why would she constantly be prey to abuse xD 2mo
i.besteph @nanuska_153 hmm highly plausible considering her circumstances. Agree to disagree? 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 31:
Our heroine begins anew a second time. She accepts a humble job as a school teacher in the village. Her first day was quite lonely. She rethinks her choice with Rochestor.
Then St. John comes to talk. Here we‘re introduced to a new character, Rosamund Oliver. She's described to be uniquely blest with both money and natural beauty! And guess who‘s clearly got eyes for her but isn‘t showing it? 👀😍 (ahem St. John ahem)
#pemberlittens

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 29:
Jane finally finds a temporary abode in the Moor House. Diana and Mary welcomes and takes care of her. St. John‘s “charitable”, albeit stern for a 28 year old. I guess being a parson requires a certain level of maturity. Jane hopes to find a job soon and be away so as to not impose herself too much on them. St. John‘s only happy to help her out (seems so) while his sisters want to dote on her like a “half frozen bird.”
#pemberlittens

BarkingMadRead Not sure how I feel about St John quite yet! 2mo
lauraisntwilder Loved this line: "To that bed I seemed to have grown; I lay on it motionless as a stone; and to have torn me from it would have been almost to kill me." #relatable 2mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun me neither! 😬 2mo
i.besteph @lauraisntwilder hahaha yes! Relatable even a whole century+ later 😂👏🏽💯 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 27:
Jane is in quite a blunder. Rochester gives a -detailed- explanation about his past. He even asks Jane to be his mistress!
Jane declines him even though it was extremely hard. Her strong moral values wouldn‘t allow her. (I love a female protagonist who‘s sure of herself) She jumps on a passing by carriage and gets the heck outta there. Bye Felicia (in this case, Rochestor) 😂💯
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eeclayton I'm so proud of her. Mr R tried every kind of emotional blackmail possible on her, and still she stuck to her decision. A true heroine. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk @eeclayton he sure did! Blamed everyone but himself! 2mo
Ann_Reads This was a hard chapter to read. Mr R really outdid himself with the fast talking this time. Thank goodness Jane didn't give in. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly He‘s soooo disgusting. Complaining that he‘s not really married because people lied to entrap him into a marriage. If he‘d married Jane, not only would it not be a legal and religious marriage, but he would have done the same thing his family and the Masons did (according to him)! And then he‘s all boo hoo, how can you leave when I‘ll be miserable, and not a single word of how it would be good for Jane herself to stay. 🙄 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Also SPARE ME this whole quest for a woman he can love. 😒 He never stayed in one place long enough to get to know a woman and let him get to know her! Jane included! 2mo
DebinHawaii OK, this made me laugh really hard today: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRmhooMW/ 2mo
eeclayton @Clare-Dragonfly that's a great point about his doing the same thing. Now I despise him even more. 2mo
i.besteph @eeclayton @Bookwormjillk @Clare-Dragonfly I agree! Jane‘s personality really shone through. Her self will is impeccable! Rochestor, on the other hand, is beginning to go down, way, waaaay down my favorite characters list. 2mo
i.besteph @DebinHawaii facts!!! 😂👏🏽💯 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @i.besteph It is her personality! Rochester is like “oh here‘s the hitch” and I‘m like have you MET Jane?! This is exactly what she is like! 2mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly well said! Rochestor‘s a big baby tbh. His tactic‘s to manipulate and so he throws a tantrum when it doesn‘t work on Jane. 😂 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 25:
🎶wedding bells are ringing in the distance🎶 Only a day left for the big day.
Rochester is away on business and Jane awaits him because she had a dreadful nightmare. Later when he arrives, she explains everything in detail.
I want to know too! Who was in her room? Who tore her veil in half? Did it really happen? (It seems so)
But all the signs are pointing to one big message, Jane and Rochester aren‘t meant to be 😪
#pemberlittens

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 23:
Sorry friends, I was out and I spaced out. So here we are, Rochester recommends a job for Jane in Ireland. Which makes Jane, in a very “untraditional” way, put her feelings out there first. This then makes Rochester confess his feelings for her. Also, let‘s take a moment to focus on Rochester. The dude has NO SOCIAL CUES. Courting Miss Ingram was his -master plan- on making Jane jealous. In what world is that romantic?
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BarkingMadRead This meme though 🤣🤣 what a butthead, this could have blown up in his face so easily 2mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun Butthead! 😂👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
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DGRachel You know, when I was 18, Rochester was adorably clueless. I mean, kind of horrible, but he loves Jane and nobody‘s perfect, right? At 47, I just want to punch him and scream at Jane to run far away and never look back. We all deserve better. 2mo
i.besteph @DGRachel You took the words right out of my mouth! 😂💯👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 (edited) 2mo
Bookwormjillk He‘s the worst 2mo
ErinSueMreads I literally feel like this is verging so much in an abusive relationship in such a weird way 2mo
AllDebooks @DGRachel 💯 I was besotted with him and Darcy as a teen. Rochester, not so much now 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 2mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads I think so too. Jane should run away as fast as possible! 🏃‍♀️💨 2mo
i.besteph @AllDebooks Darcy will always be my favorite! 😍😍Rochester could never top him let alone even enter that list 🙅🏽‍♀️🙅🏽‍♀️❌ 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 21:
Long lost relations search for Jane. John Reed is dead and as a consequent shock, Mrs. Reed has a stroke. Jane returns to Gateshead and meets her cousins after almost a decade, both of whom aren‘t excited to see her.
Jane learns that her uncle John from Madeira has left her all that he owns, which means she‘s now rich🤑 (Wonder what Rochester will make of that? No “conventional impediment” could stop him now 😂)
#pemberlittens

ErinSueMreads Per the usual the meme work is 100% quality 3mo
BarkingMadRead Meme on point 🤣 3mo
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i.besteph @ErinSueMreads @BarkingMadRun hahaha thanks! 😂💯 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly And Rochester is, as per usual, an ass about her desire to leave and visit her DYING AUNT. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Catching up this morning. Whew, this chapter was a lot. 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly Right?!? That guy makes no sense starting from the “gypsy” situation 🙄🙄 3mo
i.besteph @Bookwormjillk I agree! There‘s definitely a lot of drama packed in this one chapter 😵‍💫🥴 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 19:
Apparently our gypsy friend turned out be (surprise!) Rochester himself. I was NOT expecting that. People really had nothing to do back in the day 🤣 He interrogates Jane as the “old lady” on her dreams, himself and “reads her face” to tell her fortune. Imo he‘s finding excuses to get close to Jane. 🤦🏽‍♀️🤣
We‘re also introduced to a new guest, ~Mr.Mason-from Jamaica~, who‘s mere name frazzles Rochester.
#pemberlittens

AllDebooks Soooo funny 😁 3mo
ErinSueMreads But dear god I want miss Ingram to turn up as the next body in grace pooles murder mystery. She's like nails on a chalkboard 3mo
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eeclayton This meme 😂😂😂 3mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads I agree! 🤣🤣 the worst possible insult anyone could ever get was what Jane said about her, she isn‘t worth getting jealous over (burn! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽) (edited) 3mo
BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Bookwormjillk 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 3mo
ErinSueMreads I'm still dying over this meme 3mo
nanuska_153 😂😂😂😂 this is gold 2mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads @nanuska_153 thanks! 😂😂😂💯 (edited) 2mo
SarahBookInterrupted Great Meme…I wasn‘t expecting it was Rochester either... that was shocking. I‘m late reading because my book arrived very late. 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 17:
Jane is falling in 💕love💕 even though she tried so hard to keep her feelings in check. After the whole “fire in bedroom” fiasco, Jane doesn‘t know where they stand.
Grace Poole is definitely hiding something.
Thornfield‘s got guests over and the curious “Miss Ingram.” I‘m curious too 👀
Where does Rochester stand? He definitely was about to say SOMETHING in the last line of this chapter, what was it?!? 😭🥺
#pemberlittens

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 15:
What a ✨dramatic✨chapter! To recap, Mr. Rochester (what‘s his first name?) confides in Jane the secret of his ward/ illegitimate child. He fell in love with an opera singer who broke his heart. Jane wonders why he tells her this. (Really?)
Next thing you know, someone set his room on fire and Jane (strong feminine character💪🏽😤) saves his life! *swoon*
Is there paranormal activity or is there a person behind this??
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Bookwormjillk Action packed chapter! Wish Jane would have asked more questions though. 3mo
rubyslippersreads His full name is Edward Fairfax Rochester. 3mo
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i.besteph @Bookwormjillk haha I don‘t think it would‘ve been possible, minding the century‘s code of propriety 😅 but by the end of this particular chapter I don‘t think Rochester has a sense of one at all 😂🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
i.besteph @rubyslippersreads yess! Thank you. I remember Adéle mentioning it 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love how he‘s all “aren‘t you ~SHOCKED~?!” and Jane doesn‘t bother to tell him that other than the jealousy bit, this is pretty much what Mrs. Fairfax and Adele already said 😂 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly 🤣🤣 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 13:

I‘m loving this chapter 😂 Mr. Rochester is recovering from his fall. He “interviews” Jane on her past and her many skills, or a lack of them. He says and I quote, “You have lived the life of a nun.”
He could barely look at her when she entered the room and then compliments her “otherworldly” looks, which he then claims was the reason for his fall. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Nice flirting, not! 🤣
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i.besteph @BarkingMadRun This Rochester dude deserves your hashtag skills! 😂🤩💯 Could you post some here? 3mo
ErinSueMreads Meanwhile, Bessie is back here in chapter 10 doing her thang telling jane she's the plainest ever 🤣🤣 3mo
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i.besteph @ErinSueMreads 🤣🤣 (edited) 3mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun hahaha on point! 🤣💯 3mo
Bookwormjillk 😂😂 what an awkward chapter 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love how Jane reacts to him. I can‘t even describe it. It‘s not that she refuses to take his shit or that she plays along, but like… she will not confirm or deny. Even being a faerie 😂 (and I totally want to read a variation where she is a faerie or something!) 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I guess it‘s that she won‘t rise to his bait. She won‘t deny that she is otherworldly but she won‘t be flirty and say she is, either! And she won‘t argue with him that she doesn‘t plagiarize! 3mo
eeclayton This is a reread for me, but I didn't remember her paintings at all. #herpaintingssoundcreepy indeed! @BarkingMadRun 3mo
BarkingMadRead @eeclayton me either! I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me! 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly I agree! I thought she would buckle under pressure. But I love her bluntness lol 😍😍 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @i.besteph That touches on what I‘m struggling to articulate—she‘s not just blunt. She could easily be blunter and say “I‘m not an elf, there is no such thing” and “of course I didn‘t plagiarize my paintings, what a rude thing to say.” But that would give him an opportunity to snap back at her, like “of course you would deny it.” But instead she says things he can‘t really argue with! 3mo
StolenBookmobile Bahahaha 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly I think she‘s witty. She had the presence of mind to understand what needs to be said and what doesn‘t. Much from her childhood made her seem like a quiet mouse, but I like how her personality is surfacing. She isn‘t afraid 😍 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 11:
Things finally seem to be turning right for Jane. She leaves her job as a teacher to find adventure elsewhere. She finds a suitable position in Thornfield as a governess for Adéle, a smart girl, who speaks French. ? Also, we‘re introduced to a Mr. Rochester ? and Mrs. Fairfax (lovely old lady)

To help others out (as in me ?), anyone here speaks French? Maybe you could help translate those lines in the comments??
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BarkingMadRead lol yeahhhhh I don‘t speak French at all 3mo
Ann_Reads Here is a link to the translations from French into English, organized by chapter. (Maybe someone who speaks French can say whether or not the translations are accurate.)
https://jane-eyre.guidesite.co.uk/french-translations
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LiteraryinLawrence It looks like a reliable translation to me! 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads Thanks for the resource! 🥰 3mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun hahaha! The thing is I know French but it‘s been a while. Now I‘m too lazy to brush up on it 😅🫤 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t know French but I know enough Spanish to get by 😂 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Mrs. Fairfax sure has a lot to say about not having any other people to talk to in the house, nope, nobody around but the servants. Methinks the lady doth protest too much! 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly 🤣🤣 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @i.besteph @BarkingMadRun I will get caught up with a recap of chapters read tomorrow. Thanks. 3mo
ErinSueMreads Remember way back in chapter 8(?) when can't was going to learn every word of French and draw every house straight??? 🤣 3mo
i.besteph @Graciouswarriorprincess Okay. No problem 😊 3mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads Yes! Sure came in handy now 😂 3mo
ErinSueMreads My phone will not type jane eyre. It desperately wants her to be can't we're 3mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads 🤣🤣 I thought as much! Dw tho, I understood it 😅😂 3mo
IndoorDame @Ann_Reads thank you so much for sharing that translation! I know you don‘t really need to know the French to read this (because I‘ve read it before with just general Romance language knowledge as a rough guide) but I‘m really enjoying having the exact in line translation for this read! 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 9:

Today‘s chapter was a tear-jerker. As spring comes, the school is infected with typhoid. Almost half the girls falls sick, while the other half gets an excuse to bunk school.
Helen gets worse and Jane gets to say a bittersweet goodbye.
Sometimes death seems scary and unprecedented but Helen‘s disposition is something to learn from. Ngl she was my favorite character 😭😭
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BarkingMadRead Poor Jane, losing her bestie! Helen seemed so ready for it, so sad! 3mo
julieclair A tear jerker for sure. So sad. After such close contact, I wonder if Jane will now develop “consumption “? Although if she does, we know she‘ll survive it, because…the meme! 😆 (edited) 3mo
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i.besteph @BarkingMadRun @julieclair Right? 🥺😭😭 (edited) 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I remembered that Helen doesn‘t live long but this seemed so fast! Jane hardly had any time with her! 😭 3mo
Bookwormjillk Well that was a bummer 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly I agree! Helen didn‘t get enough screen time, for lack of better words. 🥺🥺 3mo
MoonWitch94 Omg this image 🥺 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted I love that Jane was holding her at the end. So beautiful, I really loved Helen. 2mo
i.besteph @SarahBookInterrupted I agree! Helen was a really nice character. I miss her! 😭😢 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 7:
As if our poor Jane hasn‘t gone through enough already! Now she has to deal with hunger, rules and humiliation at the hands of Mr. Brocklehurst 🤦🏽‍♀️🙈 Let‘s also take a moment to notice him checking in on the essential items, and being okay with starving the girls because of their status 🙄 The next few chapters don‘t promise anything good for Jane either. But fingers crossed it does 🤞🏽

BarkingMadRead This was so frustrating to me, especially after the glimpse at his own family. 🙄🙄 3mo
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i.besteph @BarkingMadRun I agree! 😑🫤 3mo
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRun yes! This chapter was pretty frustrating! 3mo
lauraisntwilder Seriously hoping I don't have to read a scene where they shave off that poor girl's red curls. 😢 Brocklehurt is a like villain from Dickens! 3mo
julieclair I wonder if this is a realistic portrayal of what charity schools were like in those days. It is so very sad. 3mo
AllDebooks I thought the description of school was reminiscent of Dicken's Oliver Twist. Just horrific conditions and so very sad. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @julieclair I think this was based on Charlotte‘s own experience at Cowan Bridge School, where two of her sisters contracted typhoid and went home to die. 3mo
julieclair @rubyslippersreads oh my, how awful! 😥 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 5:
Jane gets a telling off by Mr. Brocklehurst, a clergyman. In turn, Jane tells off Mrs. Reed. 😂
She‘s sent alone to a school for charity cases, where everything seems very strict and orderly. Miss Temple seems like the kind hearted teacher that all students love. She gives the students a treat for lunch when they got burnt porridge for breakfast.
I‘m no cook, but I‘d like to know how do you burn porridge when you don‘t have phones?🤔

Bookwormjillk I once burned cream of wheat so bad my mom had to throw away the pan. 3mo
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Ann_Reads @Bookwormjillk Oatmeal too, a long time ago. Turned the stove up too high and walked away for a few minutes. (Wasn't using a nonstick pan.) (edited) 3mo
Ann_Reads Poor Jane's gone from always being picked on to always being hungry. Actually, I'm a little surprised there isn't a school bully who's started in on her. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Forgot to mention a quote that made me laugh today: “You ask rather too many questions. I have given you answers enough for the present: now I want to read.” 3mo
i.besteph @Bookwormjillk You had to throw the pan away? That‘s a new one wow! 😂 (edited) 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads I‘ve done that too! By now, I‘ve burned too many things to count by now but my excuse was and always is, “I was on my phone!” 😂 (edited) 3mo
Ann_Reads @Bookwormjillk Totally relatable! 😂😁😃👍 3mo
julieclair @Ann_Reads I agree about the school bully. I wouldn‘t be surprised if one surfaces in the next couple of chapters. 3mo
julieclair @Bookwormjillk I loved that quote! 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 3:

Jane faints at the sight of “Mr. Reed‘s ghost” and wakes up in the arms of Mr. Lloyd, Jane‘s personal savior. He plans with Mrs. Reed to send her to school, who‘s happy with the good riddance.
Bessie‘s a nice companion, singing all day and giving Jane tarts in the best, forbidden china.

Do you have china reserved for guests that is forbidden to use otherwise in your house? Mine does, so I was happy for Jane in that😂
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i.besteph ^btw the scenes in the meme above is from the movie Jane Eyre (2011) 3mo
Ann_Reads In the movie they did a really good job of making Georgiana look 'angelic' and poor Jane look, well, not-so-angelic. I was relieved at least Bessie showed some compassion for Jane in this chapter. Mrs Reed is contemptuous but also seems frightened of Jane. I don't think it would matter how Jane acted, as the family would have it in for her no matter what. 3mo
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Ann_Reads I forgot to mention when I was Jane's age, my family did have china or dinner wear reserved for guests, though I suppose we weren't forbidden to use it otherwise. I still have certain things I reserve for holidays, though much less formal. 3mo
AllDebooks Doesn't everyone have a favourite plate, if not best china? 🤔 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads Mrs Reed afraid of Jane?? That‘s intriguing. Huh..that changes things. She seems snobbish and a very biased when it comes to her kids to me. 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads Haha I get what you mean. But yes in my household we have a set of china that we don‘t touch at all, unless we have guests over. 3mo
i.besteph @AllDebooks Of course! But do you use it often or rarely? imo a favorite china needs to be used not set aside to be used only when guests over, which is the case in my house. 😂😂 3mo
AllDebooks Absolutely, I agree, I would rather use it than just look at it 3mo
Ann_Reads @i.besteph I might be wrong about Mrs Reed. There is just something weird about her aversion to Jane beyond disliking her looks and personality. I'm still not clear on the initial promise that was made by Mr Reed, regarding Jane's care. Maybe that becomes more apparent in the chapters to come. Thankfully chapter three had more of a focus on the the apothecary's interview with Jane. I'm surprised they even called someone in to check on her. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I have China I don‘t use only because I don‘t want to wash it. 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads oooh a promise?? I can‘t wait to get to that part. I agree, Mr Lloyd was a life saver. It was a shocker to me as well! (edited) 3mo
Maggie4483 I was glad to see Bessie showing Jane some kindness. Buuut…did it seem like she was trying to keep Jane from telling the apothecary the whole truth? The way she jumped in to say “she fell” when he asked what made her ill-pretty classic line used to cover up abuse. 3mo
i.besteph @Bookwormjillk hahaha that I understand! I don‘t need more chores than I do already 😂😂 3mo
i.besteph @Maggie4483 Yesss! It seemed that way to me too. Was she just being loyal to Mrs Reed or was she afraid of what Mrs Reed would do to Jane? Both are good possibilities. 3mo
Maggie4483 Also…no fancy china in my family. We‘re a loyal Corelle dinnerware group. Far less likely to break. But we do have the fancy wineglasses that we break out for special occasions (which I guess is why we need the durable plates 😂). 3mo
i.besteph @Maggie4483 hahaha wink wink. 🤣🤣 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yeah, we have fancy dishes we got for our wedding that were unpacked and we‘ve never used 😂 when we have guests it‘s usually family and takeout! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Maggie4483 I think Bessie was only being nice because she was scared by Jane‘s fear, and maybe by the apothecary‘s admonishments. She‘s just relating the party line (of abuse): what happened to Jane must have been because she is a bad child, not because of anything anyone else did to her. 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly wow haha do you ever plan to use them? 3mo
i.besteph @Clare-Dragonfly hmmm so the question is who‘s side is Bessie really on? 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I have no idea if we‘ll ever use them. Maybe someday when my kid is old enough to not break dishes! 3mo
julieclair We downsized a couple of years go, and I had to get rid of a bunch of my china and glassware. So I kept the good stuff. Now we use the good china and crystal all the time! But our all kids are grown and there‘s just the two of us, so breakage and having to wash things by hand are not a problem for us. (edited) 3mo
ErinSueMreads @Ann_Reads I was surprised they did too! 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted I did have fancy plates in my twenties and realized I never used them so I gave them to my mother who uses them all the time for dinner parties. Also, John Reeds sounds like he is a sociopathic child. Ripped heads off pigeons, violent behaviour without remorse, etc. that‘s definitely a worry. 3mo
i.besteph @SarahBookInterrupted hahaha at least they have a use now 😂😂 I agree about John Reed too! That dude is one big weirdo. 😵‍💫🥴 3mo
i.besteph @julieclair Idk how I missed this comment! 🤦🏽‍♀️ older kids means less wreckage lol. I have a little sister so we definitely have to be careful around her. 😅So I can only imagine how it nice it must be for you 😂🥹 3mo
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Finale (Caraval, #3) | Stephanie Garber
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August recap in book reviews:

I was too excited for this that I probably got my hopes up a bit too high. I loved it but I also wish there was more.

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Rating: 3/5

i.besteph … First off, the plot introduces a new villain and attempts to take this villain down in the same book, which should have been done over another book. Besides that, the plot focuses too much on romance and less on the magical fantasy, I missed the games and the enigma behind “who is Legend?” 3mo
i.besteph …The ending was anticlimactic. IMO it gave off My Little Pony Vibes, where a pretty speech melted the villain‘s heart, he attempts to be good which leads to his demise. It would‘ve been great if there was some tension, or a buildup to that. All in all, this last book was okay. 3mo
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August recap in book reviews:

This is a biography of a 16th century saint. He‘s the patron of healthcare workers, the sick and hospitals. His life is a testament to how it‘s never too late to embark on a dream and how even the worst of us can change, find faith and begin again.
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Rating: 5/5

i.besteph …The sacrifices he made despite his tumultuous life, and the fact that he remained a man of principles when others didn‘t believe in him, are all great inspirations to me. 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 1:

We‘re introduced to Mrs. Reed, her three children (Eliza, John and Georgiana), and Jane. Not sure how she‘s related to them but the poor girl is mistreated and abused. I never expected classics to mention something such as domestic violence right off the bat.
On another note, “Master Reed” reminds me of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who‘s been taken home from school on account of his “delicate health”. 🙄

ErinSueMreads 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
BarkingMadRead Ugh poor Jane, but this is so appropriate 🤣 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, you're so right! 😂 3mo
Maggie4483 Yes! This is EXACTLY who I was picturing!!! 😂 3mo
AllDebooks Lol, I can't unsee John with a chocolate bar now 🤣 3mo
Ann_Reads Even though this is a reread, I was still caught off guard by the violence and abuse in the first chapter. It really sets the tone for the rest of the book. One cannot help but feel sorry for Jane and her situation, with really nobody on her side, except maybe Bessie. (Great pic, i.besteph! 😆) 3mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads @BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks @Maggie4483 @AllDebooks Right?!? I couldn‘t picture John otherwise 😂😂 (edited) 3mo
ErinSueMreads I just started it and I'm literally already dying laughing 🤣 3mo
i.besteph @Ann_Reads Rightly said, I was taken aback by the abuse because it always was so hush hush back in the day. Brontë‘s got nerve ?? 3mo
Bookwormjillk @Ann_Reads me too! Somehow I forgot about this part. 3mo
lauraisntwilder I remember reading this for a while in high school before giving up when they throw a book at Jane. This morning I learned that high school me didn't make it past page 5!? 3mo
ErinSueMreads @lauraisntwilder oh my goodness! 3mo
lauraisntwilder @ErinSueMreads Right?? What was going on with me? Lol 3mo
nanuska_153 @lauraisntwilder LOL that's hilarious 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly The Augustus Gloop comparison is perfect! 3mo
Blackink_WhitePaper What a comparison! 😅🤣🤣👌🏻 3mo
LitStephanie He is a violent Augustus. Creepy gluttonous brat. 3mo
i.besteph @LitStephanie well said! 🫣😂 3mo
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August recap in book reviews:

Long story short, even Belly (the protagonist) has no idea what she wants. The end.

Thank you, next

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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August recap in book reviews:

This is the second book in the caraval series and focuses on the pov of Donatella. It was refreshing to read a new perspective but Scarlett‘s pretty much in the background for this one and I did miss her.
Contd in comments ⬇️

Rating: 4/5

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The fantasy in this plot was different and twisted in a way. It wasn‘t the dreamlike daze like in the first one but was more crude and evilish, maybe that‘s how the minds of the two sisters differ. The game was fantastic as we get to see a bit more about the characters past. There‘s also a love triangle that I‘m all for. Team Legend anyone?
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August recap in book reviews:

What a plot! This book is a series of letters written in the perspective of a demon to his nephew on how to manipulate the human mind. CS Lewis had a very big and creative imagination.

Rating: 5/5

i.besteph Here‘s a quote I liked: He (the human) had no faintest conception till that very hour of how they would look, and even doubted their existence. But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realised what part each one of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them, one by one, not "Who are you?" but "So it was you all the time" 3mo
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August recap in book reviews:

This one was a bit of a heartbreaker, especially with the situation of Susanna.
I really felt bad for the boys but Belly…ah Belly. She‘s one big personality. I stick by what I said earlier. She‘s the most insecure and selfish character I‘ve ever encountered.
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Rating: 3/5

i.besteph …Certain events took me by surprise. This book was a bit dragged out in the middle. Definitely a one time read. 3mo
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August recap in book reviews:

I‘ll be honest, I started reading this book because of the new series out on Amazon and also because it‘s JENNY HAN!

And that‘s where my admiration for this series ends.
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Rating: 3/5

i.besteph …Maybe this was geared towards a younger audience but I found the characters very annoying and downright irritating, especially Belly. She‘s the most insecure and selfish character I‘ve ever encountered. My only favorite characters are the moms. They were fun and perhaps the mature ones of the lot. (edited) 3mo
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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August recap in book reviews:

The synopsis of this book had me hooked. It‘s about a magical game held by a very mysterious game master named Legend. The story follows two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella, who wanting to escape their abusive father sends Legend a series of letters. The only thing is Donatella gets kidnapped which sends Scarlett on an adventure to win the game to find her sister.
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Rating: 5/5

i.besteph … What follows is a series of mystery, tension and heartbreak (yep there‘s romance 🥰) and a whole lot of clues to solve. I love the world this plot is built on, although it requires a bit more building because there‘s not much context besides a few whereabouts to get accustomed to. But that adds to the charm and enigma in this first book since the game itself is a mystery. The ending was a mind blowing PLOT TWIST! 3mo
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Theology of the Body in Simple Language | Pope John Paul II, Paul II John
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August recap in book reviews:

This is a must read for anybody. For someone who chose a celibate life, St. John Paul II had some profound wisdom on the human body and the significance of it. I was mind blown by this catholic perspective that it changed a lot of the beliefs I previously held.
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Rating: 5/5

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I also now understand why we have certain laws and morals regarding the marital and celibate lives. More than than that, I now hold them in great reverence. And that is why this book is such a great gift!
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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#pemberlittens

This is a warm up post leading to September 1st! 🥳
I‘m so excited to co-host the September/October read along with @Graciouswarriorprincess and @BarkingMadRun 🥰

We‘re reading Jane Eyre a chapter-a-day.I‘ll be posting daily chapter summaries along with the ladies tagged above. If you‘re a first time reader like me or want to reread this again, let me know in the comments below and I‘ll make sure to tag you in our daily posts.

i.besteph @sprainedbrain could you please tag all the people who are interested to read below? 3mo
sprainedbrain I will when I‘m home from work! I had tagged everyone in that last post I made about it, but I know more people had commented that they wanted to be added. 😃 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Hurray! @i.besteph let me know what you need me to do. 3mo
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i.besteph @sprainedbrain no problem! Take your time 🫶🏽 3mo
i.besteph @Graciouswarriorprincess sure thing. Would you like to post summaries alternating each day between us? Or would you like to do a weekly chapter summary, posting some questions to sum up all the chapters we read for that week while I do the daily posts? (edited) 3mo
sprainedbrain I think that‘s everyone, if you want to save the tag list, @Graciouswarriorprincess @i.besteph 3mo
ErinSueMreads Yay thanks! Do we post daily or how does it work? 3mo
Bookwormjillk Yay!! This is one of my favorites! 3mo
SarahBookInterrupted First time reader. I can‘t believe I haven‘t read this yet. I‘m very excited! 3mo
DGRachel I‘m looking forward to reading this with other people. It‘s been ages since I read it last. 💖 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @i.besteph I can do weekly chapter summary and questions. 3mo
AllDebooks I loved this book as a teen, looking forward to rereading with you 3mo
BarkingMadRead Do you want to take turns with the dailies? You can do odds and I‘ll do evens? And then @Graciouswarriorprincess will do the weekly wrap up? 3mo
DebinHawaii Looking forward to it! 🤗I think my last official reread was back in 2011 before the movie with Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender came out! And maybe two times before that so I am ready to go again! 🤣 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m in!!! 3mo
LitStephanie Please tag me 3mo
Librarybelle Yay! This will be a reread for me! 3mo
Ann_Reads Please tag me for the daily posts. Thank you. 🙂 3mo
julieclair Yay! Looking forward to re-reading. It has been quite a while. I'll be doing Serial Reader. 72 issues. Hopefully they'll align with the chapters. Of not, I'll pick up a hard copy. 3mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun This sounds perfect! 3mo
i.besteph @sprainedbrain thanks for the list! 3mo
i.besteph @ErinSueMreads We‘re posting daily summaries and weekly wrap ups. You‘ll be tagged in both 😁 3mo
i.besteph @SarahBookInterrupted I‘m a first time reader and very excited to finally get into this too! 😁 Happy to have you join us! 3mo
i.besteph @Graciouswarriorprincess Great! I look forward to them 🥰😁 3mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m in! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Do keep me on the tag list - my copy for this one just came yesterday - I've never read it before!! 3mo
i.besteph @TheAromaofBooks Great to have you join us! This is my first time too, fingers crossed 🤞🏽😁 3mo
nanuska_153 Keep me on the tag list please! It's a re-read for me, but I bought a beautiful new edition a couple of years ago that I haven't touched yet 3mo
i.besteph @nanuska_153 Sure thing! Tag me in a pic of your edition, I‘d love to see it 😁 3mo
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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Sorry #pemberlittens this book just wasn‘t it. I mostly stay away from Austen reimaginations because they either stray away from the plot or modernize it too much that it barely fits the time.
This was the latter.

I liked the plot line but i couldn‘t stand the pace. Also as i read further, Sarah just got on my nerves. She‘s whiny and extremely impulsive. Not my cup of tea.

Rating: 2/5

MoonWitch94 TBH, I nearly bailed during Part 1; it was drawn out, TMI descriptions of bodily fluids & ailments, gross things. But once the story started moving in Part 2–I was able to hang in. Sarah is SO whinny, and I really didn‘t like the author‘s continual use of the slur to refer to Plotemy. So I totally get your feelings. 5mo
BarkingMadRead I totally get it! Not every book is for everyone! 5mo
i.besteph @MoonWitch94 hahaha yesss the bodily fluids 🤢🤢 4mo
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun thanks 🫣😅 4mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Something speaks about Jane Austen‘s talent and it astounds me every time, how she‘s remembered even after an entire century. This book is a testament to that.

It needed some getting used to but once I started I couldn‘t stop! This entire novel is a collection of correspondences between people. The plot becomes clear as we read these letters.
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i.besteph (….contd) The ending seemed a bit rushed and this may be my only critique for many of her works. Most of her novels that I‘ve read always seemed too rushed and ill-placed. If Austen were still alive, I‘d have written HER a letter saying, “Dear Madam, I need more TEA! Spill it for me!” 😂😂

Rating: 4/5
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This is a collection of short stories for all S&B fans. It‘s completely unrelated to the plot though, since it‘s a bunch of tales from the S&B world that parents would probably tell their kids as bedtime stories.
I love the author‘s creativity and her imagination. Some of them are classic fairytales that we know which she reimagined.

(Contd in comments….⬇️)

i.besteph (…contd) Like the story, ‘When Water Sang Fire‘. It‘s a villain origin story of Ursula from Little Mermaid.
My favorite was Ayama and the thorn wood.

Rating: 3.5/5
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StaceGhost I loved the too clever fox! And the book itself was so lovely— those margin illustrations oof 6mo
i.besteph @StaceGhost I agree! The illustrations were really good 6mo
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Entwined | Heather Dixon
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This is a reimagined story of the 12 dancing princesses. Growing up, this was my all time favorite Barbie movie so imagine my surprise when I came across this book! I had to jump right in!

Even though most reviews say it wasn‘t a favorite, I loved reading it. There were some parts that dragged a bit for my liking but I like the plot and the sisterly bonding between the princesses.
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i.besteph (…..contd) The possible matchmaking was so cute! And the meet-cutes were such wholesome plots, it made me smile.

Rating: 4/5
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This book was everything. Best read in contemplation, the author‘s writing was simple yet, every sentence had something to unpack.
I left reading this book with much understanding of my faith and a picture of God the Father that I never knew before.
I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5/5

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This was my second time doing this retreat and it was even better than the first.

Long story short, my youth minister had given it to me almost 5 years ago but I never got to reading it. Tbh I was afraid of what I was getting myself into. After 5 years of avoiding it, I did it! And what a gift to entrust myself in the care of a mother who loves me! Loves ME?!?
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Rating: 5/5

i.besteph …The second time was better because I actually understood Mary better, since I had done the consecration to St. Joseph first. This helped me build a perspective of what a caring person she is. If you‘ve never done this before or are considering it but you‘re unsure, I encourage you to go ahead and consecrate yourself without hesitation. Mary is our surest way of reaching Jesus. 3mo
i.besteph …She‘s been my guide, one too many times. Her intercession has made me change a whole 180 degrees and my life has been and will continue to be, God willing, a testament to that. 3mo
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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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Hands down one of the best books I‘ve read so far! The plot? Brilliant! The characters? Fantastic!
It was like I was watching pretty little liars in my head. I‘m a sucker for murder mysteries and this had me on edge at every single page.
I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4/5

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Constance | Matthew Fitzsimmons
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In short, this is a sci-fi loaded with all things abnormal, plus a twisted ending.

It wasn‘t my favorite but it definitely was interesting. I loved the particular futuristic developments in terms of transport and mode of communication. The ending got me! I had no idea a plot could have a plot within another plot, that it‘s almost a never ending wormhole. Kudos to the author for such creativity.

Book rating: 3/5

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Dial A For Aunties | Jesse Sutanto
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This book had a good mix of everything, murder, romance and comedy. It‘s hard to pick a favorite scene but the murder scene was my epic.
The aunties had me laughing crazy. Being a south Asian myself, I found the scenario very relatable. 😂😂
What a genius plot!

Book rating: 4/5

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Hey everyone! My sister @bree.v08 just joined Litsy. I‘d appreciate it if you‘d hop on over to her account and say hi for me!
I hope you like it here @bree.v08 ! 😘♥️💯

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Possibly my favorite quote of all time!

“He smiled to think of it, the ways in which he would mess this whole thing up. It was inevitable, wasn‘t it? The small mistakes and heartbreaks of guiding a life? His mother had screwed up almost as much as she‘d succeeded. But the one thing he knew in his bones was that he would not leave.”

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid

“They had taught her that family is found, that whether it be blood or circumstance or choice, what binds us does not matter. All that matters is that we are bound.”

“Capable is a question I never had the luxury of asking. Because my family needed me.”

“But we have integrity. We know something about loyalty. We are there for each other”

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid

“And he briefly considered that maybe that had been the problem all along: that he spent so much time feeling foolish instead of just letting go and risking looking like a fool. ”

“She knew that she could not sustain her life fueled only by the memories of those she once loved. Loss would not propel her forward. She had to go out and live. She had to find new people.”

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:

“But a good life is knowing people care about you, knowing you can take care of the people that count on you, knowing you‘re doing a little something in your community.”

“The world seemed no more manageable to her today than it had yesterday. Only a little less unpredictable”

Excerpt From
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PS. I‘ll be sharing a couple more :)

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Crave | Tracy Wolff
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Alrighty where do I begin? I read this book halfway (chapter 34) and gave up because I couldn‘t get past the ridiculousness of the plot. (Which fyi hasn‘t even begun yet!)

Definitely a wattpad cringe- fest of Twilight, with EXTRA angst and a sprinkle of intense steamy romance. (there has been zero physical contact till as far as I read and yet sooo steamy 😂) This is yet another overhyped vampire trope.

Rating 2/5 (for the twilight reference)

sprainedbrain EXTRA angst and cringe from Twilight? Omg. 😂 10mo
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i.besteph @sprainedbrain hahaha yes it is! The irony is I loved Twilight, still do but I couldn‘t stand this 😖😂 10mo
i.besteph @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely! 😂 10mo
sprainedbrain I also love Twilight but have limited patience for other stuff. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😂 10mo
i.besteph @sprainedbrain hahaha same! 10mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Malibu rising is the story of a broken family. A family who learned to survive despite the struggles they faced. It‘s about the bond between siblings.
Although it ended up being a bit anticlimactic.
Also I don‘t understand the need for so many plot lines for the sub characters which got me confused.
I would have loved just sticking to the main characters story without all the digressing.
But I definitely loved reading this!

Rating: 3.5/ 5

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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For all its acclaim, this story is okay. It‘s dark and has many loose ends: Another possible drawback (probably not for many) is Joseph…..I mean really? Does anyone understand what he‘s saying?
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TLDR; This is a classic that I‘d prefer remaining in the shelf. 😓

Thanks for hosting the buddy read @Crinoline_Laphroaig ! I love reading your chapter reviews ☺️

Rating: 2/5

i.besteph Contd…Also having the characters indulging in incest doesn‘t make it any better. (There‘s more to the world than the Grange and Wuthering Heights Cathy!)
Oh and who can forget the characters with the same names! I was so confused that it took me quite a while to understand who‘s who.
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batsy My edition has footnotes for most of Joseph's speech so that helped though it broke up the flow a bit. 10mo
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i.besteph @batsy footnotes! That must‘ve been super helpful. I need to remember to get an edition like that the next time 🙌🏽🙌🏽 10mo
i.besteph @TheAromaofBooks Yep most of it was gibberish 😂😂 10mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @I.be.Stef I'm glad you enjoyed my hosting. Honestly if I hadn't I'd a skimmed to the end. 10mo
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February Fever | Jess Lourey
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Done with my list for the month of February! ✅👀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Here‘s my #DecemberChill playlist! Mostly just been listening to the Christmas playlist my sister and I made. The other playlist is for Advent. (Just bw you and me though, I‘ve been putting my Christmas playlist on repeat since the beginning of November!) 😂🤷🏽‍♀️
Playlist links: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6xheRiw71pjWem8URhhNov?si=ZzIuKICERp-otfj273Ad...
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0zpdn3LmUIGgWJUcnFLKLH?si=rZJz12JzTy2I394nPlGH...

Cinfhen This is a great playlist❣️❣️❣️definitely needs to go into rotation in November 😁 12mo
i.besteph @Cinfhen hahaha absolutely! 💯😂 12mo
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