Next up. 🙂Not sure what to expect. I love starting new books. There is such a sense of adventure.
So fun going through this journal today! Brings back a lot of memories for two books I originally read over a year ago. Great comments from everyone, and I loved our #Reading1001 picks.
And thank you so much for the wonderful bookmarks @Daisey The George RR Martian quote is actually on my Litsy profile, it‘s one of my favorites.
I loved this book as a young adult, so I decided to reread it. I wasn‘t quite so enthralled this time, but the book is quite beautiful. Despite a quiet plot line that includes a lot of characters playing bridge, the story perfectly explores the monied class of NYC during the time of the Robber Barons. This is an early feminist novel that explores the rigid gender norms and the lousy choices available to smart, proud, less monied women.
A scathing novel on the elite upper class in New York, where Lily Bart tries to play nice and be accepted by a group of people from “old money.” This story is slow placed and difficult to get through, and while interesting and important, maybe not the best book that presents issues on social class divides, vanity, or shallow self worth.
This is another one that I‘ve already used for a different prompt but whatever. How do the rest of you find quotes to use? I do write things down but I don‘t remember them unless it‘s something I‘ve referenced frequently.
Since I just finished House of Mirth and have also read Age of Innocence, it seemed a good time to listen to the BBC‘s In Our Time podcast episode about Edith Wharton. It included a bit of background on her life and discussion of these 2 novels (I would not listen before reading) with a few comments referring to some of her other writing as well. I added more books to my TBR and downloaded more book related episodes.
#EdithWharton #podcast #BBC
To be honest, I had a hard time deciding whether this was a pick or a so-so for me. It took an incredibly long time for me to feel invested in this story. I wanted to feel more sympathy for Lily, but her materialistic views meant I had a hard time getting there. Yet, I appreciated the writing, the social commentary, and the difficult realism of the later part of the story.
The town where I teach had scheduled overnight maintenance on their water system, but they ran into an unforeseen problem. The water wasn‘t back on when school started, and we dismissed after 2 class periods. So, I‘m back home, where there is water, reading more of this book with a Philly cheesesteak sandwich for lunch. I‘ll admit I‘m still not wowed by it, but I seem to appreciate it more if I can read a few chapters at a time.
I‘ve hardly had any reading time at all this past week, but today I finally got a chance for a few more pages with Lily Bart along with lunch. I‘m not quite sure what I think of this one yet, but I also expect a slow build with Edith Wharton so I‘m being patient.
I‘ve had this lovely scratch off art of 100 Essential Books for a year, finally getting around to doing the scratching! #bookart
#NoFemmeBer #Sympathy Lily Bart comes to mind. I felt great sympathy for her ... even love .. we can really love our characters sometimes. ♥️♥️♥️
A big Thankyou to our hosts Cindy & Vinny
It was a brilliant month ...I really enjoyed it Thankyou 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️♥️
Lily 💔 I was rooting for her to find her happiness. She‘s a complex character who starts off in wealthy society but finds herself on the outskirts of it. Brilliantly written 🙌 #underdoghero #booked2018
Morning coffee and starting a new book 👌
Thanks to @Cathythoughts for this beautiful edition 😘
I've seen the movie. I knew going in how this one would end. Did that detract from my fascination? No. Did it stop me from hoping it would turn out differently, cringing at every poor choice Lily Bart makes throughout the course of the novel? No. It did not turn out differently, though the novel is far superior to the film (forgive me, Gillian Anderson!). I really did feel for book-Lily far more than film-Lily.
My first Wharton! Oof, what a punch in the gut. I often felt as if I was watching a train wreck in slow motion. The writing was top-notch, though, and I can see why it‘s considered a classic.
Oh my gods. Thank you Jo @Itchyfeetreader for this incredibly thoughtful and sweet surprise. And for such kind words too! #JBUK I will be sending out some Just Because treats on Friday with @JazzFeathers #TolkieniteSwap box and @kaysworld1 #summerbookmarkswap package so I will be certain to make sure something finds it‘s way to you! #penguinenglishlibrary #classics #classicliterature #litsyisthebest
Lately literary fiction has been letting me down, so I picked up Whatorn since I loved The Age of Innocence. I loved this equally although it‘s really dark. This is the story of Lily Bart, a woman whose reputation worsens each time she attempts to improve her social status. This book truly centers around money and the ways that our worries can drown us in ways that feel inevitable. And for a woman, these monsters are dealt with alone. I loved it.
#GetMovin #FunHouse In this novel Edith Wharton writes of the rich materialistic society of New York in 1870 - 1900‘s ... and the casualties of this superficial lifestyle.. maybe not so much mirth as we look deeper .....
My first Wharton, and I can see why so many people love her. The writing is excellent, the social commentary is strong, and the female characters especially in this book feel authentic. I found myself equal parts annoyed by and enamored of Lily. Her movements within ‘society‘ as an independent woman, and her fall from that society, make for a compelling story. Lily Bart will stay with me for a long time. So many feels.
Out for my #audiowalk and it‘s a gorgeous 70 degrees 🌞
Now, if I could just get some leaves on these trees.
New audiobook, and I‘m not crazy about the narrator, but loving the story.
#BDayMonthGiveaway Happy Birthday month my friend 🎉❤️... @erzascarletbookgasm for your kind #giveaway , I fancy set B 👍🏻.
Fave book so far ?? Tough one ! I‘m going with The House Of Mirth , I‘m so glad I read it. 🙏🏻thankyou X
What a twisted web we weave...when first we practice to be independent young woman, make our own choices, control our own money, and future, and still live by the dictates of “society” and our own moral compass. Oh this is a good and twisty one, with lots to say about the class divide, the immorality of the moral and wealthy elite, and so much more. #Reading1001 #Discoveries1001 #MountTBR #MountTBR2018
Lily Bart will be with me for a long time!
Anyone else go to school around the 80‘s, around that time there was a huge ‘I ain‘t going to say ain‘t anymore because ain‘t ain‘t a word‘ push.
I know it‘s my age showing, but it jumped out at me in this Edith Wharton circa 1905, and it isn‘t being used as a cockney/lower class accent in Dickens or the like, but as the American of an educated man climbing society‘s ladder.
Guess my English teachers in High School just weren‘t that well read😂
Finished The House Of Mirth. I‘ll be thinking about Lily for a long time ❤️
#MarchInBooks #currentlyreading I am still currently reading the tagged book. So my plan is to stay off Litsy for the day , we are snowed in , I must finish this book. If I can stay off Litsy ..... I can hear Dr. Phil‘s voice saying : “how‘s that working for you ? “ 🙄
#FierceFeb #FreeYourMind House of Mirth . I‘d love to be able to free Lily from her society & to free her from her fear of her mind, so that she could enjoy her solitude And become who she wants to become ❤️ Oh Lily !
Last day @batsy @Cinfhen I‘m going to miss #FierceFeb Thankyou so much It has been an interesting & fierce & brilliant month. Well done ! I loved it 🙏🏻
( pic taken in snow ❄️ )
I have spent all weekend so busy, no reading time.
So , finally, so happy to be here with my book , The House of Mirth ✨God only knows what Lily has been up to ......better find out ...