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The Mysteries of Udolpho
The Mysteries of Udolpho | Ann Radcliffe
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Follow the fortunes of Emily St. Aubert who suffers, among other misadventures, the death of her father, supernatural terrors in a gloomy castle, and the machinations of an Italian brigand. Considered by many to be the first "Gothic" novel.
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johncadams
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Once I got over just how long this novel was, I was on a roll. The heroine certainly got her money's worth out of adventure. Read my review here:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/the-mysteries-of-udolpho

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RaeLovesToRead
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I also got this fabulous mug decorated with books by female writers (I already have the other bookish mug they do!) from Santa 💖

I've only read 4 of the books, but I own a few more waiting to be read and I've found some new additions to the TBR too...

How many have you read? Are there any you'd particularly recommend?

Now to make myself a mug of tea 😁

erinreads My mom got me this mug for Christmas! 1y
RaeLovesToRead @erinreads It's awesome, right? 😊😁 How many of the books have you read? Do you have a favourite? I've already downloaded a couple of interesting looking ones on Kindle! 1y
erinreads I‘ve only read 5. Jane Eyre was my favorite! 1y
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RaeLovesToRead @erinreads I love Jane Eyre too! ♥ 1y
Vansa I can't recommend North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell enough.Its an excellent, thought provoking book that explores the Industrial Revolution,the rights of workers,and is still extremely relevant,and also manages to have an absolutely swoony romance.One of my favourite books,also a spectacular tv show.Im also a huge fan of Katherine Mansfield razor-sharp insights. 1y
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa Thanks! I have a copy of North and South in my cupboard and now I really want to read it! Will check out Katherine Mansfield too... 😊😁 1y
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Readerann
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Some lovely poetry and descriptions of nature (though excessive, perhaps). I did get a little weary of Emily becoming ‘insensible‘ (apparently the 18th century equivalent to swooning 😂).
#1001books

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jenniferw88
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Day 30: Lots of #mysterious characters in this book!

#maycharacters @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Sounds very mysterious 😳 2y
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johncadams
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“When the novel opens, Emily St Aubert is enjoying the kind of innocent, idyllic life that any reader of Gothic fiction knows will soon deterioriate into terror and superstition as her circumstances change.“

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“Gothic historical romance? Yes please!“

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe is one of the great Gothic Horror novels of all time. Read my review here.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/the-mysteries-of-udolpho

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Cuilin
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I loved this so much more than I thought I would. Little drawn out at times but overall compelling writing, enchanting plot and delightful characters. 5 ⭐️

@mklong how you doing?

BarbaraBB Great review! 2y
mklong I‘m still loving it too! I finally have time to relax after a very busy holiday and should finish in the next couple of days. 2y
mklong And I keep forgetting to mention how much I love the annotations in the Oxford World‘s Classic edition! I love that they show both the travelogues that inspired Radcliffe and the literature and art that was inspired by her. 2y
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Cuilin
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In to volume III and the gothic has intensified, with menacing, ominous, and sinister characters The wonderful Annette thrown in for comic relief. MC is getting gutsy and feisty by the minute, oh where will it all lead? Channeling Catherine Moreland right now!!!

Cuilin @Milara yes, I was surprised by the poetic prose. 2y
mklong I‘ve had a busy week so I‘m only about halfway through Volume II, but I‘m off work until the new year after Friday, so I‘ll catch up! 2y
Cuilin @mklong can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. I‘m loving it so much more than I thought I would. 2y
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Cuilin
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@mklong so this arrived in time for volume two!! Im still enjoying it, how about you? The poetry quotes though are sending me down rabbit holes. Howbeit the MC can be frustrating, the writing is flawless.

mklong We are reading the same edition now! The Kindle version I had from the library wasn‘t annotated and it was driving me nuts. I am loving it so far! There is perhaps a bit too much dramatic fainting, but I am otherwise impressed by how subtle and poetic the writing is 2y
mklong I was really moved reading about Emily‘s grief. It was beautifully written and her emotions were incredibly familiar. It‘s amazing to connect so well with a character who was created more than 200 years ago. 2y
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Cuilin
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@mklong so this finally arrived. I‘m a little concerned about the volume I part 😳 Didn‘t notice this when I ordered.

mklong 🤔How many pages is it? 2y
Cuilin @mklong 132 pages, 13 chapters and very small print. 2y
mklong Uh oh, mine is like 650 pages. I think you don‘t have the whole book 2y
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Cuilin @mklong oh dear. Guess I‘ll order the rest. How many chapters in total? 2y
mklong My edition is broken up into 4 volumes that each have like 10-15 chapters 2y
Cuilin @mklong got it! Thanks. I‘ve read two pages. So far it‘s good. I‘m surprised by the quality of the writing. Very poetic. 2y
batsy Hope you enjoy it! And yes, it's a chunkster in 4 volumes. I too was taken aback with the prose style; it's poetic and captivating (even if the novel itself has its highs and lows). 2y
mklong I‘m really enjoying it too. I was expecting melodrama, and maybe we‘ll get there, but so far it‘s lovely 2y
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mklong
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@Cuilin and I are going to squeeze in a #UdolphoBuddyRead before the #PemberLittens #TheItalianBuddyRead begins at the end of the month. Anyone else want to join in?

I have a vague plan to read a volume per week, but am not setting a schedule. All are welcome 😊

rubyslippersreads I just saw this and may try to squeeze it in. 😊 2y
mklong @rubyslippersreads Awesome! No need for a hashtag since it‘s just a couple of us. Just tag me and @Cuilin when you post about it. So far it‘s not what I was expecting, but I‘m really enjoying it 2y
Cuilin @mklong not at all what I was expecting either. I didn‘t think I would like it as much as I do. 2y
mklong @cuilin Same. How far in are you? I just read a very endearing section involving Petrarch‘s sonnets that made me want to give them another read. I always remember finding them stodgy when I was in school (edited) 2y
Cuilin I just read the Petrarch part and I agree, I haven‘t looked at his sonnets since school. Can‘t remember what I thought of them but I guess I‘ll be looking them up. I‘ve actually visited this part of France so that‘s also fun for me remembering the area. It‘s beautiful, Colioure in particular. Looking forward to seeing where they go next. @mklong 2y
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batsy
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I can't sum this up. Its energy is bonkers & I respect it. Had it been shorter I might have loved it. Radcliffe was doing all kinds of wild stuff stylistically; combining the sublime with the ludicrous. Some of it was enchanting & gripping. Some of it made me want to nap. It's the fact that we're living in 2020 & I've no attention span to speak of. But that's not Radcliffe's fault! She was writing for people like Henry Tilney & Catherine Morland.

batsy I gave it 3 stars but it would have been higher if it was a tighter, more coherent novel. Also, some of the "big reveals" here might make people want to throw the book, but I honestly cackled out loud! I kind of loved that shit was just over the top NUTS. On a deeper level, it made me think about what would have gripped readers in the 18th-century: xenophobia, gender relations, women as property, & the real, underlying fears of social relations. 2y
batsy Shoutout to @sprainedbrain whose review of this years ago alluding to its "Scooby-Doo ending" was what really piqued my interest ? If you think about it, you can't have romanticism, Gothic, & the sublime without the hijinks & shenanigans! Even if some parts were tedious & overwrought, I was always happy to re-enter this world each day & linger in its weird, beguiling space. It's so fun seeing how Austen spoofs this genre in Northanger Abbey. 2y
sprainedbrain This is the best review of this book I‘ve seen! When I grow up, I want to be able to write reviews like you. Also, ❤️ she was writing for Henry Tilneys and Catherine Morlands! 😂 2y
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Smarkies Hahahha. My interest was piqued because of Northanger Abbey. But I find that I too have the attention span of a goldfish nowadays so may have to give this a miss and focus on other books 😞. 2y
BarbaraBB Superb review. Still tbr for #1001books... 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 I love your review, Suba! 👏💫 This book has been on my radar after watching (now reading) Northanger Abbey. Will want to read it some day. 2y
Liz_M Great review. And the desire to nap through large chunks of this book has more more to do with Radcliffe than a 2020 attention span. 😉 2y
Hamlet Terrific review! 2y
BiblioLitten Brilliant review! 👏🏼👏🏼 2y
batsy @sprainedbrain Hahaha, thank you! ❤️ 2y
batsy @Smarkies Oh, I hear you. I keep stopping to doomscroll twitter for the news. 2y
batsy @Liz_M 😂 I just wanted to be as rapt as the characters in Northanger Abbey were! 2y
johncadams I'm reading this at the moment! 2y
batsy @johncadams Nice! Would love to know what you think! 2y
Centique Perfect review! You can imagine me at 18 having No Patience with all the fainting and flailing 😂😂 But yes, it is an important and influential work, you‘re so right. I love the comment about Henry and Catherine. Must reread that one soon 😍 but I can‘t go back to Udolpho! 2y
batsy @Centique Hahaha. I totally understand not having patience for that at 18! I would have been the same. (And I think I didn't quite get on with Northanger Abbey at that age because Catherine's naivete and runaway imagination hit quite close to home 😂) 2y
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batsy
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This trillion-page book is a *lot*, but it's also fun & excessive & enjoyable (+ occasionally boring & frustrating, yes ?)

There was a nice moment where, Ludovico, part of the domestic help, settles down to read on a cold & stormy night. This quote appears, as I read this book & am myself "fascinated by inventions, which had captivated the careless imagination in every rank of society, in a former age". Very meta of Ann Radcliffe.

KVanRead Love those kinds of moments 2y
readordierachel I was just looking at the audiobook of this today. 30 hours! 2y
batsy @KVanRead Me too 🙂 2y
batsy @readordierachel It's so long!!! I swear all of my November has been spent on this 😂 2y
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batsy
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I've always wanted to read this pioneering Gothic thriller, and what better time than now as we read a chapter a day of Northanger Abbey! #pemberlittens 🏰

I've only just started so no dastardly acts as yet, though there's LOTS OF DESCRIPTION... 😅

Sace Oh I struggle with lots of description ? I think that's why I struggle with fantasy...though I believe they call it "world building". 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great pairing with NA. 👍 2y
batsy @Sace I didn't think I had an issue with it, but lately my attention span is telling me otherwise :( But you might have hit on something re: traditional fantasy; I struggle with the world building elements, too. 2y
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Have you read it, Jessie? 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I have it on my tbr. I‘m aware it‘s gothic, is it gothic horror? 2y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I'm not sure yet! I think there should be some supernatural stuff... 👻 2y
Currey @batsy This is on my TBR list but it has always been too daunting. Your efforts will be encouraging 2y
saresmoore Ha! I don‘t think I have the mental bandwidth for “lots of description” today, but I‘ve also long wanted to read it. 😅 2y
batsy @Currey I'm very intimidated by its length and language but I shall persist and hopefully get through it 😁 2y
batsy @saresmoore All the best for today ❤️ For many of us non-Americans this election feels quite close to us/personal, in a way...and we're rooting for you. 2y
LeahBergen It‘s one I‘ve always been meaning to read, too! 2y
RaeLovesToRead I've always wanted to read this since Northanger Abbey... I tried once but I only got 3 pages in.... Will try again though! Promise! 😂😂 2y
DebinHawaii I started it a couple of years ago on Serial Reader & got to issue 90 & stopped for some reason. I decided to go back to it & finish along with our Chapter-A-Day of Northanger Abbey! 2y
Freespirit I will look forward to your review! 2y
batsy @LeahBergen Feel free to join me if you're up for it! It's so long that I'm pretty sure I'll be reading it forever 😂 (though I'm enjoying it so far!) 2y
batsy @RaeLovesToRead Hahaha! I don't blame you. This is a chunkster that does require a bit of commitment 😅 2y
batsy @DebinHawaii Cool! 🙂 Just curious about how many issues there are? This is a long one! 2y
DebinHawaii @batsy It says 126 issues! It is a lot! 😆 (edited) 2y
Centique I studied this one at Uni - You‘re bringing back memories for me! I think my finals for it was on the “landscape of desire” or sexual imagery or some such 😂😂 LOTS of fainting anyhow! 2y
batsy @DebinHawaii Hahaha! You've done 90! You're near the finish line 😅💪🏽 2y
batsy @Centique Oh, I would've loved to read your answer 😆 2y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this “horrid novel” on my TBR for ages too. 2y
batsy @rubyslippersreads It's campy and over the top so I'm enjoying it, but boy is it loooong 😆 2y
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eeclayton
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Dear #PemberLittens, those of you who want to read The Mysteries of Udolpho, you can download the Kindle book for free today 😊
#dealalert

jenniferw88 I'd like to warn (or remind!) #PemberLittens that it is a #chunkster! If you still want to read a Radcliffe but put off by the size, I'd suggest the tagged one. It's her first popular novel and so she's only just getting into her stride, but still good. Her best is The Italian but wasn't as much of an influence on Jane as my timeline post on the GR group shows - find the pub dates of Mysteries & Northanger to see why Mysteries did! 3y
jenniferw88 Ok, just checked my timeline post and pub date of The Italian (1797 & beware this is also quite long!) so it could have influenced Northanger but not as much as Mysteries of Udolpho did. Timeline post here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/21338633-timeline 3y
eeclayton @jenniferw88 Thanks Jenny! 3y
rockpools @jenniferw88 Thanks for the tip Jenny - I was totally going to attempt Udolpho, until Serial Reader said I‘d be done by Christmas 😱. I‘ll try A Sicilian Romance 3y
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Bookwomble
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And some boys, too...

Weaponxgirl Can I visit if you get this? I‘ll help lace you into one of those gorgeous velvet gowns 3y
Bookwomble When I get my Gothic castle, I'll send you an invite to the housewarming party 😉🦇🕷🕸🏰 3y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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So happy to hear The End. Been listening to off & on since my Austen in August reread of Northanger Abbey. Thought I should have a frame of reference to what Jane Austen was poking fun at. I could only take so much of the Histrionics & would bail for awhile. Apparently no Editors in 1794 when this was published. It rambles on and on. Finally I can get this 31 h 15 m 42 s mess off my phone. 🙄
#austeninaugust2019 #listenwhileyouwork

readingjedi Lol, I remember reading it at uni for a Gothic module. It wasn't my favourite....😂 3y
Ms_T 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @jenniferw88 :

New game!

Post a picture of the 5 books someone would need to put in a pentogram to summon you with the hashtag #mypentogrambooks and tag me @jenniferw88 in order to win litsy influence (I can't really do shipping costs at the mo, so I will repost some of your posts for a week in order to increase your litsy profile). Ends when I reach 250k (currently at 210k, so a while to go!)

jenniferw88 Thank you! 3y
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jenniferw88
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New game!

Post a picture of the 5 books someone would need to put in a pentogram to summon you with the hashtag #mypentogrambooks and tag me @jenniferw88 in order to win litsy influence (I can't really do shipping costs at the mo, so I will repost some of your posts for a week in order to increase your litsy profile). Ends when I reach 250k (currently at 210k, so a while to go!)

@LitsyHappenings can you share please?

Laughterhp Sounds like fun! 4y
BookwormAHN Nice idea 🌟 4y
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AnneCecilie
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#CastleontheHill #WanderingJune

The medieval fortress, Udolpho, is located on a hill, if I remember correctly

BarbaraBB Did you enjoy this book? 4y
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB Yes, I did. The story drew me in, and I would definitely read more of her books 4y
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Michael_Gee
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Another year, another library sale. This round: mostly cheap gothic romances. YES!!! 👄🏰😱

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LadyRuthven
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Well, life has been busy so I'm still on this book. Running behind of my goal but not giving up. It's been good so far. I hope to finish it up now that I'm taking time off for Spring Break. She was a talented author for sure.

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Breely
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The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.
Ann Radcliffe- Mysteries of Udolpho

BookNAround What a cutie patootie! 4y
Breely Thank you! 4y
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Settings
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Been on the to-read list for like 20 years.

This one has like 3.38 on Librarything, which seems to stem in part from a dislike of weepy virtuous-type characters again. Idk, I kinda prefer them. Emily tries hard to be a decent human being and stick to her principles. She isn't weak.

Librivox audiobooks are free, but this is my worst experience with one. Some of the readers mispronounce words or have background noise.

Settings Realizing the low rating might be because one member gave it 1 star multiple times. 4y
Lcsmcat @Settings That shouldn‘t happen. I don‘t understand what a reviewer gains from deliberately trying to lower the rating. Did they have a book out titled “Why the Mysteries of Udolpho Sucks” and need to drum up readership? It just seems juvenile. (edited) 4y
Liz_M For me it was the fainting. And the amateur poetry, had to knock a star off for the poetry 😁 4y
sprainedbrain I listened to a really good version read by Karen Cass. I found it on Scribd. ❤️ 4y
Settings @Liz_M Yeah lol. Sometimes I'd forget there were literary quotes at the beginning of each chapter and I'd be like "what is this vastly improved writing?". Still liked it though. :P 4y
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sprainedbrain
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I probably never would have finished this book if it wasn‘t for the excellent audiobook.

Holy buckets, Ms. Radcliffe could go on! And clearly this book wasn‘t edited in the least. It‘s long, y‘all. It gets convoluted and outlandish, but somehow it was still never boring. 🤔 The Scooby-Doo wrap-up ending was almost too much, but I loved the gothic, creepy castle vibes and the love story. Just call me Catherine Morland. 😂

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

batsy "Scooby-Doo wrap-up ending" ?? Now more than ever I want to read this! 4y
Gezemice Well now, that sounds like fun. I should look for the audio! 4y
Tamra That is funny! I wish my library had the audio version. 4y
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Emilymdxn I felt just the same! I loved the audiobook but not sure if I could have survived physically reading it 4y
Daisey Agreed! I listened to this and also skimmed through on Serial Reader, and constantly thought it would take forever and be less compelling if I read in print. 4y
sprainedbrain @batsy @Gezemice @Tamra I got this version for free with my free trial of Kobo. 😉 4y
sprainedbrain @Emilymdxn @Daisey I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me! I was going nowhere fast with the kindle version. 😜 4y
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Liatrek
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I love when reading one book ( Northanger Abbey) leads you to discover a new book to add to your TBR pile. Catherine and Isabella seem to love it so I‘ll have to give this a read in the future 😊 What are some books that lead you to read another book referenced?

ravenlee Constant references in this book made me want to read Dombey and Sons and Ivanhoe (which was already on my TBR), and glad I had read Jane Eyre. 5y
Birdsong28 I didn't realise it was a 'real' book until someone on here was reading it, I thought it was just a made up book for the story. So I had to add it to my already massive TBR lol!!😂😂 5y
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bookwrm526
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For #PrinceOfJuly #letsgocrazy I immediately thought of this book - in true gothic style, the main character is unsure if she is going crazy, or being driven to desperation by her supposed caretakers, or if something more sinister is occurring. I didn‘t like this one quite as much as I have others in the genre, but it was still pretty creepy, like this old picture of my cat in our previous apartment! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Creepy 💜💜 5y
Reggie That photo is already giving me nightmares!!! Lol 5y
EllanaRose One of my favourite books ever. I'm glad you liked it, even if you didn't love it 5y
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bookwrm526 @Reggie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is how he greeted us most days when we got home from work! 5y
vkois88 Lol my cat used to do that... except it would be dark and you'd ONLY see eyes 😂😂😂 5y
SilversReviews Love this photo...I don‘t know the book, though. 5y
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Laura317
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Yesterday, a friend and I went to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Manor outside Nashville, TN. There was beautiful gardens, and one cool little library. Seems this book was everywhere back in the day.

Sace Ah ha! There you are! I forgot who mentioned this and drove me to a blame it on Litsy moment. 5y
Laura317 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder 🤣 I‘m just here to help out. 😜 5y
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jenniferw88
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Day 6 of books that changed my life. Yes I know it's another 18th century book but this one led me to my MA dissertation topic and my love of the Gothic genre.

Tagging @TrishB if you'd like to join in.

#Booksthatchangedmylife

TrishB I think I started this and then just forget!! 5y
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EllanaRose
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Reading an ARC for #FangirlFriday but not saying what it is until tomorrow!
In the meantime, have a reminder about #HyperUdolpho

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EllanaRose
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#HyperUdolpho begins! Yay!

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EllanaRose
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Tomorrow I'll be reading an ARC for the return of #FangirlFriday! Yay! Not saying which ARC, you'll have to read the blog post to find out.
In the meantime, have a reminder about #HyperUdolpho which also starts on Friday.

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EllanaRose
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The Hyper RPG book club on Goodreads is doing a 15 week read along of The Mysteries of Udolpho starting June 1st. Come join us!
#HyperUdolpho

Daisey I read this last year and enjoyed it so much more than I expected! 5y
EllanaRose @Daisey - I adore it. Fancy rereading it with us? 5y
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Librarybelle
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Not #horror per se, but more gothic in nature. I‘m still reading this from last year and hope to get back to it soon! When library books, book discussion books and other “must read first” books get in the way, sometimes books find themselves going to the bottom of the pile....#maylovesclassics

BeansPage ❤️ gothis style novels 5y
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AnneCecilie
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Count Montoni is the #villain in this gothic classic #litsyclassics

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I recommend SO much! I was intimidated because it was so long and from the eighteenth century, I was sure it would be difficult to read, but it turned out to be the most exciting book I‘ve read in ages. It was a genuine page turner and I totally forgot how old it was most of the time.

Yes the heroine was old fashioned - very gentle and lots of fainting - but still believable, brave and stood up for what she believed in. Pleasantly surprised.

Emilymdxn Hiding this in comments cause spoilers - the fact that the heroine would send the love of her life away because of how he‘d been acting, and maintain her standards and self belief even though she was devastated without him, and take him back on her terms only when he proved he could make her happy, was something I very rarely see in books this old. Their love story was so emotional and really got me in the heart 💓 5y
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#25infive challenge officially completed! That puts me at nearly 26 hours in five days and I am SO proud of myself. I hope everyone who took part feels proud of themselves too - the most important bit wasn‘t the numbers we managed it was talking about it together (god I sound gooey). Well done to everyone who took part!

britt_brooke Nicely done! 5y
Pamwurtzler Nice!! 5y
JoScho 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5y
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wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻🙌🏻 5y
Emilymdxn @britt_brooke @Pamwurtzler @JoScho @wanderinglynn thanks guys! You all make me feel so supported ily all 💖💖💖 5y
Andrew65 You smashed the 25 hours. Congratulations 🎈💐🎉🍾🥂😊🎈💐🎉🍾🥂🙌😊🎉🎈💐🍾🥂🙌 5y
Emilymdxn @Andrew65 thanks so much! For your congratulations and your amazing emoji-craft 5y
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Emilymdxn
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I genuinely can‘t remember the last time I found a book this exciting! I can feel a gothic literature phase coming on...

rwmg Have you got to the black veil? 5y
Emilymdxn @rwmg yeah and I know it covers something *shocking* but haven‘t been shown what it is yet! 5y
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Emilymdxn
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#25infive two days in! 7 hours today on top of 6 yesterday so 13 in total so far which I‘m pleased with. Finished the History of Western Philosophy and moved on to the Mysteries of Udolpho!

Andrew65 Brilliant, you are over halfway! 🙌 5y
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Iceangel9
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Pickpick

One of the classic Gothic romances, mentioned by Austen in Northanger Abbey.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Panpan

This book felt never ending. Reading it reminded me of watching long-running soap operas: recycled plots, change of locales (because only so much can happen in Pine Valley... erm... one place), long lost characters coming back. Just yesterday I told my wife that all that was missing were pirates and lo and behold, today we have pirates! In short, this book has the gothic equivalent of everything but the kitchen sink.

Andrea4 😂😂😂 5y
TrishB Great review 😁 5y
JSW 😂😂 Pretty sure this was the soap opera of its day. 5y
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cherinium Thanks for the chuckle! 😆 5y
WanderingBookaneer @dgingo : Finally finished! Here are my 2¢. I just noticed you had liked the post. Sorry! (edited) 5y
dgingo @WanderingBookaneer Don‘t be sorry! I appreciate you thinking to tag me! And, kudos for finishing! 5y
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I am so behind on this book!

JillPill How're you liking it? It sounds really interesting 5y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m so behind on it too! But I‘m determined to finish it... at some point this year. 😜 5y
WanderingBookaneer @JillPill : I‘m not a huge fan of the melodrama in gothic fiction, but it hasn‘t been too bad. 5y
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WanderingBookaneer @PurpleyPumpkin : I‘m reading it for #AroundTheYearIn52Books . The new week starts tomorrow. I want to finish it today, but I‘ll be ok if I finish it tomorrow or Tuesday. 5y
PurpleyPumpkin Ah, yes, it‘s a good gothic novel pick. I started reading it for #udolphoread, but wasn‘t able to get through it. That was a few months ago. 😬 5y
dgingo Let us know what you think. I was assigned to read it in grad school, but I never finished it—our professor introduced it by saying, “it‘s really long and slow, and not that engaging, and not really that good, but it‘s important, so read it by next week.” 🙄#NotAllProfessorsAreGoodProfessors 5y
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I picked this one up because I needed to read a #GothicNovel for #AroundTheYearIn52Books and I knew it had been influential to Austen when writing Northanger Abbey. As this was all I knew of the novel I decided to Google its plot and found this character description in Wikipedia. The last line is priceless.

VanChocStrawberry 😂😂😂😂 5y
JacqMac 😂 5y
KaatjeH 🤣😂 5y
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Megara
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@SerialReader 🙌 If anyone wants to be friends on this #app, let me know. 😊

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Megara
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Megara @TheBookDream if you haven‘t already, you should check this app out. 5y
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DebinHawaii
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Progress Update: Good golly! How come no one told me this was an almost 600 page book?!?! 🤣I obviously did not pay attention when I got it from Serial Reader and thought it was shorter. 80 issues read and still 46 issues to go, so it won't be finished until next year. I don't know if I would have stuck with it except in a chapter a day format, but I'm actually enjoying it in all its gothic-ness. 👍📚

TommieMarie74 Do you like Serial Reader? I was thinking of trying it out. 5y
Leniverse Haha, yes that's a 600 page book that feels like 800. So many twists and turns, it just goes on and on. 😂 But it is oddly enjoyable. 5y
StaceyKondla @TommieMarie74 - I just started using Serial Reader and I like it. It's kind of fun reading classics in bite sized pieces and knowing exactly how many days it will take you to finish. I actually think it helps me read more because it's a great use of 10minutes here and there. 5y
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DebinHawaii @TommieMarie74 Yes! What @StaceyKondla said! I have read six serials of varying sizes plus this one and I love it. Each issue is about 10-12 minutes of reading a day and it encourages you with messages & badges that make it fun. It is great for getting to the classics you want to read but keep putting off. 👍👍📚 5y
DebinHawaii @Leniverse I like that! "Oddly enjoyable" is a great way to describe it! ??? 5y
CatLass007 I think Serial Reader is terrific! It‘s a great way to read the classics. 5y
TommieMarie74 @StaceyKondla @DebinHawaii @CatLass007 Thanks!! Sometimes it‘s hard to get those classics in. They aren‘t always as easy to devour as newer books. think I‘ll give it a shot! 😊❤️📚 5y
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