Classics Club Spin #32. Or The ‘This-is-what-is-Sustaining-my-Blogging-Life’ Edition

My book blogging has taken a big hit this year. Physically I continue to do well and I appreciate, so much, all the care and support everyone has shown me. I have figured out the best bed situation for my back, I am walking longer and faster with my cane and my knees seem to …

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The Touchstone, Edith Wharton (1900) #NovellasInNovember

The Touchstone sets up a moral dilemma for Stephen Glennard, whose career is floundering making it impossible to marry the woman he loves. He is resentful of his contemporaries who always find a place at someone's dinner table or invitation to the opera, while he has to calculate cab fares, clothing and food to make …

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My Ántonia, Willa Cather (1918) #CCSpin31

More than any other person we remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood. To speak her name was to call up pictures of people and places, to set a quiet drama going in one’s brain. Willa Cather is an incredible nature writer. She loses …

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The Maracot Deep, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1929) #1929Club

This is a surprising novel by an author I never realized had Jules Verne aspirations.The Maracot Deep by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fateful ocean adventure of the discovery of the lost civilization of Atlantis by three modern men whose research vessel has detached from their ship. The story is mostly old in epistolary …

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Classics Club Spin #31

Who can resist a CC Spin? I can’t, even though I have very spotty success, I did finish the last two I entered. And since three is a charm I am back for more! The Bare-Bones Basics: Go to your Classics Club list. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read. Post that list, …

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Persuasion, Jane Austen (1817)

I didn’t expect to go from Mansfield Park to Persuasion, but it turns out I wasn’t ready to leave the Austen universe. Persuasion was the only book I hadn’t read and it was a pleasure to get to know Anne Elliot and the characters that make up her world.I found the premise to be fairly …

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The Classics Club | 10 Year Celebration Questionnaire

One of the best things I have experienced through the Classics Club is that it helped me organize my reading-lists!-as well as gave me a start and finish line. It has been so nice, not only to see how much reading I have accomplished, but the variety, too. I am on my second list and …

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Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) Round Two

This reread was a challenge to myself to see if my initial reading of the character Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s, Mansfield Park, would change. In that first reading I found her moralizing tone and timidity quite tedious.  Although I have softened that assessment somewhat—and I wouldn’t call her conniving now, either—she remains one of …

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