2023: The Operative Word is Adapt!

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one. Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth I have no idea how this new year is going to go. I do know this part, though: as for my personal medical issues, some are not …

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Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne (1873)

I thoroughly enjoyed the escapades of Phileas Fogg and his trip around the world as he tried to settle a wager of completing his trip in 80 days. With his loyal manservant, Passepartout we are treated to an exciting, armchair-traveling journey that spans the globe, cultures, modes of transportation, class and race from the perspective …

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Classics Club Spin #32. Or The ‘This-is-what-is-Sustaining-my-Blogging-Life’ Edition. Update: Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

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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