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Favorite Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Bonus Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads. I suppose it only takes one look at my list of read books this year to determine my favorite rainy day books, as 2020 was essentially one extended rainy day: Golden Age mysteries and […]

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A Henpecked Husband’s Revenge

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Saturnalia, Task 1: According to imperial Roman sources, the Saturnalicius princeps (“Ruler of the Saturnalia”) ruled as master of ceremonies during the holiday.  His role was possibly a satire on that of the emperor; and he has been compared to the medieval Lord of Misrule at the Feast of […]

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The New “Pride and Prejudice” Edition, and Other Lockdown Book Haul Entries

24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 – Thanksgiving, Task 1: Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book – post a picture of it.  (This can be a library book.) Although being in temporary lockdown for the second time this year doesn’t exactly prove conducive to my reading (nor did most of this […]

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LitHub: A NEW EDITION OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE REPRODUCES THE CHARACTERS’ LETTERS TO EACH OTHER

Reblogged from: LitHub Source: lithub.com/a-new-voyeuristic-edition-of-pride-and-prejudice-reproduces-the-characters-letters-to-each-other/   A new edition of Pride and Prejudice reproduces the characters’ letters to each other. By Corinne Segal September 2, 2020, 3:45pm In a Jane Austen novel, the drama—confessions of love, pleas for help, realizations that your cousin is a jackass—is all in the letters. So it feels particularly fitting that Chronicle Books is […]

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Books Read for School

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosophy Day, Task 4: Did you love or hate the books you had to read for school?  Looking back, which ones (good or bad) stand out to you the most?   By and large, I think it’s fairest to say “I didn’t mind” the books we read in […]

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My Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 1: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.   Any- and everything that — with or without a mug of hot tea and some chocolate or other snacks — makes me feel all warm and comfortable (while still engaging my brain cells, […]

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Crowdsourced: More Books with a Difference – Fiction

You asked, Moonlight Reader?  To quote from one of my additional entries below:  “As you wish …” Without any further ado: Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies When Lillelara added A Place of Greater Safety to her list, I could have kicked myself —  because Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books were definitely among […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #6

(Germany is UTC (GMT) +1, so it’s already June 1 here and I’m allowed to roll again.) This takes me past GO, where I collect $5, to square 1: School’s Out For Summer — read a book from any school-related summer reading list or characterized as YA or MG. I had a look at various […]

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My Personal Literary Canon, Part 2: “Veteran” Readership

24 Festive Tasks, Door 5, Task 3: Tell us: What author’s books would you consider yourself a veteran of (i.e., by author have you read particularly many books – or maybe even all of them)? The authors by whom I’ve read the most books don’t coincide exactly, but substantially with those that I’d also consider […]

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Bibliomancy

24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 – Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Task 1: Bibliomancy: Grab one of your larger books and flip to the indicated page and line number to answer the following questions – then post those answers for us: Will I read all the books on my TBR?  (page 378, line 29) Will any […]

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Book Rescue, Book-Related Places of Pilgrimage … and My Personal Literary Canon, Part 1

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Mawlid, Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka.  Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed?  Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you? If I donate books, I […]

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KYD Green Round: Victim Card Guess, Team MbD / Lillelara / TA – Margaret Drabble: The Red Queen for Lydia Bennet

Lydia Bennet can’t possibly die too many literary deaths, so I kind of hope she’s a victim in our round as well.  (Mean streak — me?) Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen contains an extremely annoying POV character in its second part — who also happens to do more than her fair share of stupid things […]

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Chawton: Jane Austen’s Home

… during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma). The dining room, with Jane’s writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window. Jane’s bedroom […]

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England (the Southern / Central Part), from East to West and Back: Bookish Souvenirs

The Trip: * Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley (to mystery lovers, aka “Midsomer County” — though given that this is an area chock-full of quintessential(ly) English villages, it’s no surprise that it also routinely provides locations for other series, such as Inspector Morse, The Vicar of Dibley, and of course, adaptations of Agatha Christie’s mysteries […]

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REBLOG: 15 authors to read based on your favorite drinks

Reblogged from: BookLikes   No matter if it’s a cup of tea or coffee, lemonade or a glass of wine, books and drinks go well together. This universal truth has been discovered not only by avid readers but also writers, some of whom became as well known for their drinking habits as for their literary achievements. Taking advantage of the summer time […]

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Jane Austen: Mansfield Park

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” Thus Mansfield Park‘s improbable heroine, Fanny Price, admonishes her would-be suitor Henry Crawford when he purports to ask for her advice in a bid to win her around, after having already seduced her much wealthier […]

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Emma Thompson: The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries – Bringing Jane Austen’s Novel to Film

“Is Love a Fancy or a Feeling?” When Emma Thompson was approached with the suggestion to write a screenplay based on Jane Austen‘s first novel Sense and Sensibility (1811), she was somewhat doubtful because, as she explains on the DVD’s commentary track, she felt that other Austen works, like the more expressive Emma and Persuasion […]

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

“Is Love a Fancy or a Feeling?” When Emma Thompson was approached with the suggestion to write a screenplay based on Jane Austen‘s first novel Sense and Sensibility (1811), she was somewhat doubtful because, as she explains on the DVD’s commentary track, she felt that other Austen works, like the more expressive Emma and Persuasion […]

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Jane Austen: Persuasion

The 2012 Buddy Read This was a buddy read in the context of a private discussion group; I’ll therefore only include my own comments in full, and redacted / anonymized versions of the comments of others, to the extent relevant.  Quotes not italicized and not attributed to a participant of the buddy read are, unless […]

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