Emma, Jane Austen (1815)

The real evils indeed of Emma’s situation were the power of having rather too much of her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself: these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any …

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My Second Classics Club List

I’m back with a new list of over 50 books to read in 5 years! I am trying something new this time around. Every book on this list is a book I own either on my shelves or on my Kindle (except for the Anthony Trollope 2021 Readalong). Like book lovers everywhere I love buying …

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5 Years/50 Books-My Completed Classics Club List

  I found the Classics Club soon after publishing my first blog post on Relevant Obscurity. I remember the excitement as I made my list of never-before read classics. It seemed like an easy task to finish in five years. O those days of naiveté! I am not going to lie...I struggled through a fair …

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What Maisie Knew, Henry James (1897)

The mother had wished to prevent the father,...from 'so much as looking at the child;' the father's plea was that the mother's lightest touch was 'simply contamination.' These were the opposed principles in which Maisie was to be educated....Nothing could have been more touching at first than her failure to suspect the ordeal that awaited …

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A Room With A View, E.M. Forster (1908)

For Italy was offering her the most priceless of all possessions--her own soul.   I enjoyed this story very much, but had a bit of an issue with Forster’s writing style. He starts paragraphs with allusions to culture or history; off-hand phrases that seem to come out of nowhere and are hard to see how …

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Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

The daily life into which people are born, and into which they are absorbed before they are well aware, forms chains which only one in a hundred has moral strength enough to despise, and to break when the right time comes--when an inward necessity for independent individual action arises, which is superior to all outward …

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New Goals for 2020: I am a Snail

  “Finding myself in the middle of a book I never want to end is among the greatest joys of reading. I live for the desire to finish a book in one sitting, and the competing desire to slow down and make the pleasure last. Sadly, I robbed myself that pleasure this year. I blew …

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