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Middlemarch
Middlemarch | George Elliot
George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of modern changes during the Industrial Revolution. Instead of choosing to wed a wealthy landowner and settle for a comfortable life, Dorothea Brooke decides to marry Edward Casaubon-a dull scholar who is her senior by a few decades. Dorothea hopes the union will afford her with the opportunity to share in her husband's intellectual pursuits, but even her best efforts can't save the disastrous marriage. Meanwhile, idealistic doctor Tertius Lydgate has progressive ideas about the medical field, and he believes the village of Middlemarch is the place that will embrace his beliefs. But when he weds Rosamond Vincy, the mayor's beautiful daughter, his ideals come into stark contrast with his new bride's materialism and vanity, dooming their marriage from the start. Lastly, Rosamond's brother, Fred, is reluctantly destined for the Church. But his childhood sweetheart Mary Garth refuses to accept him until he settles into a more suitable career and one that interests him. But when circumstances lead to Fred losing a sizeable fortune that sets off a calamitous turn of events, he must reevaluate the choices he has made.
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lil1inblue
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Here's my list for April's #bookspin and #doublespin. I've decided to use it to work through my (very long) list of essential women writers.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I read Middlemarch last year with the Hashtag Brigade. It was... long 😂 3w
lil1inblue @TheAromaofBooks I'm still plodding along! I do like it, but, yeah...it's long. 😂 2w
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Tamra
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Is this the perfect novel as some describe it? Not in my humble opinion, but there are some really insightful observations about human nature and relationships. Some had me guffawing out loud!

One of my favorites:

“He took a wife, as we have seen, to adorn the remaining quadrant of his course, and be a little moon that would cause hardly a calculable perturbation.” 😂

BarbaraBB Oh yes. Loved this! 3w
Balibee146 I read this decades ago for uni and remember nothing lol. Must revisit many a classic to read for fun. What a beautiful edition. 3w
Cathythoughts Great quote 😂 3w
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Tamra @BarbaraBB I enjoyed being immersed in Middlemarch each night before falling asleep. I will miss it! 3w
Tamra @Balibee146 yes! I read it decades ago and couldn‘t remember at thing. Like brand new. 🤣 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts there are quite of a few little zingers in it. 3w
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Bookwormjillk
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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It‘s a beautiful night for an audiowalk. I‘m listening to the very weird Strange Bedfellows Death-march Through Middlemarch podcast. Members of the #hashtagbrigade might get a kick out of it.

https://open.spotify.com/show/3qhQK56wn0mbTmXGgEnKgX

AmyG Lovely! 1mo
BethM So pretty! 1mo
Deblovestoread Lovely sunset! 1mo
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dabbe
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#FreebieFriday
#LitsyLove
#favoritechunkster

I truly enjoyed MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot; it remains my favorite chunkster that I actually loved and finished! 😃

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Read4life @TieDieDude

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤎🤍🤎 1mo
Read4life I haven‘t read it. Thanks for sharing. 💙💌💙 (edited) 1mo
dabbe @Read4life It's (obviously) long, but it's good! 💚💙💚 1mo
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Tamra
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“He took a wife, as we have seen, to adorn the remaining quadrant of his course, and be a little moon that could cause hardly a calculable perturbation.” Perfection!!

Oh Lordy! No wonder Casaubon feels nary a whisper of passion for Dorothy. No good can come from this union.

Perhaps the well runs deep with Casaubon, but on the surface he has the personality of a doorknob.

monkeygirlsmama "personality of a doorknob" ??? 3mo
Ruthiella Read on. You ain‘t read nothin‘ yet. 😆 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella 👏🏾👏🏾 3mo
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Tamra
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My reward for peopling and course prep this week. ☺️ I am going to reread Middlemarch this year and savor it. I didn‘t want to suffer thru the tiny print of my mass market edition, so this is my treat.

I have I mentioned how much I love deckled edges?

BarkingMadRead It‘s so pretty!!! 3mo
Cuilin 😍 beautiful cover, love Middlemarch. 3mo
Ruthiella Beautiful edition! 😍 3mo
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LeahBergen I‘m a deckled edge fan, too! And definitely not a fan of mass market paperback print size. 😆 3mo
Aimeesue The calligraphy cover is pretty sweet! 3mo
rockpools 😍 3mo
merelybookish Beautiful edition! And enjoy. I reread it a few years ago. Such a good book. 3mo
batsy That is so lovely 😍 Enjoy the book, it's pretty brilliant. 3mo
kspenmoll Love that edition! I reread Middlemarch last year & so enjoyed it! 3mo
tpixie Gorgeous edition! What edition? Or where purchased? I love deckled edges! (edited) 3mo
Tamra @tpixie it‘s a Harper Legacy edition. ☺️ 3mo
tpixie @Tamra thx! So beautiful 🤩 Classics should be read that way. Maybe all books! (edited) 3mo
Tamra @tpixie I forgot to say I ordered from Amazon. My local Indie didn‘t have any copies at all! 3mo
tpixie @Tamra 😊 3mo
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Gleefulreader
Middlemarch (Revised) | George Eliot
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Pulled this off my pile of partially finished books and so happy I did. This story was an absolute delight. The many trials and small victories of the residents of Middlemarch, it is a perfect window into early 19th century England with all its contradictions.

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Pip2
Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

I read four more chapters of Middlemarch after reading Frankenstein and I can honestly say after reading a good, enjoyable read that Middlemarch is unduly long winded and a bore with no rationale to be so except for the authors own self conceit and pride to prove herself and her mastery of the English language which is an unnecessary feat when writing a novel for personal enjoyment. She should have wrote a text book at this point.

282Mikado “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results“. -Albert Einstien.

Don't go back again, Pip. It won't get better. ☠
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Pip2 @282Mikado what can I say, I‘m a glutton for punishment. Since we last spoke, I have finished another two chapters and I feel the novel has once again regressed into morass of despair and confusion where I now have questioned the publishers intent on bringing out such a calamity for the rest of the public to take in…Eliot I bet was the type that loved to hear herself talk at a party. (edited) 6mo
SamAnne I keep trying to finish Middlemarch and failing. I really just need to DNF. 6mo
Pip2 @SamAnne same. I don‘t recommend wasting your time as it is only taking away from great reads that you will better appreciate. 6mo
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Pip2
Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve read up to chapter 19, page 167 of this early 19th century provincial plot and could no longer push through another page. I found the premise behind provincial life dull and could not beat any further interest. I am going to start giving a book about 50 pages before I toss it. If it hasn‘t hooked me in that time and the reality is, if the author hasn‘t hooked me at that length, he or she really hasn‘t done their job.

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ravenlee
Middlemarch | George Elliot

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/10/george-eliot-biography-marr...

Here‘s an interesting article for all the #PemberLittens who struggled through…er…read…Middlemarch earlier this year. It‘s about George Eliot‘s view of marriage and how it differs from Jane Austen‘s, and compares to her own relationship.

BarkingMadRead Fun!! 7mo
SamAnne Checking this one out! 7mo
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JamieArc
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Any other Jeopardy watchers who nailed the Middlemarch category tonight?? #pemberlittens

merelybookish Dream category!! 8mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 8mo
Ruthiella I was participating in a pub quiz a few years ago when one of the categories was book plots and I nailed ‘em all! 8mo
Leftcoastzen Me ! 👍👏😁 8mo
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HettyG
Middlemarch | George Eliot
Pickpick

My goodness, this book was a real project! I put it down for periods of time, but did manage to finish it through a combination of listening and print formats. I did like it, although truthfully I enjoyed Adam Bede much more. And now I feel like I‘ve had the George Eliot experience, and I‘m none to anxious to pick up any more books by her.

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CSeydel
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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#14books14weeks halfway point update …
As I suspected I got distracted reading book club and Camp Litsy selections. Not only have I let Middlemarch slide, but I only finished 3 of these books in the first 7 weeks 😳

I‘m going to have to step it up if I want to get close to finishing!

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TheBookHippie
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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BiblioLitten 😍 10mo
AllDebooks Oh I have to do this x 10mo
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks it‘s a lot of fun! 10mo
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CSeydel
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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#14books14weeks
Week 1 progress report: made it to chapter 6 of Middlemarch, yay

For those of your following along at home, some (maybe) bad news for my final total … my best-paying client just offered me a news feature due the first week of August, so I‘m going to be a lot busier this summer than I expected 😬

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JamieArc
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Mehso-so

This topped my list of books I was intimidated to read. I‘m sure I would have really disliked reading it if by myself but I came to quite enjoy my nightly ritual of reading a chapter and checking @BarkingMadRead ‘s post, hashtag, and comments. The pretty edition helped too 😊. While I would have needed to read this in an English course to be convinced of its merits, there were some little gems sprinkled in, like this last sentence that I loved.

JamieArc Also completed for March #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks 11mo
BarkingMadRead Woohoo! You made it through, this was such a long one! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also wouldn't have made it through this one without the encouragement from @BarkingMadRead and the #HashtagBrigade!! 😂 11mo
ReadingRachael I love that quote! 11mo
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JamieArc
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So close to finishing Middlemarch, and this last sentence describes quite well how I‘ve read half of this book… 🫥. But #hashtagskeepmegoing

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keepingupwiththepenguins
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Mehso-so

I feel like a lone reed, buffeted by the wind but rooted firm in my conviction that – like Anna Karenina – it‘s just okay. I‘m sure studying the novel would illuminate more of it, make it feel richer and more engaging, but as a casual reader… *shrug*. I didn‘t hate it, but I‘m glad to have put it behind me. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/middlemarch-george-eliot/

JamieArc I still have a couple hundred pages left to go, but so far, I am feeling the same way. 12mo
annahenke I felt the same! 12mo
Ruthiella I loved Middlemarch but felt the same about Anna Karenina! 12mo
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JamieArc
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“If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us; for no age is so apt as youth to think it‘s emotions, partings, and resolves are the last of their kind. Each crisis seems final, simply because it is new. We are told that the eldest inhabitants of Peru do not cease to be agitated by the earthquakes, but they probably see beyond each shock and reflect that there are plenty more to come.”

JamieArc I am determined to finish Middlemarch. Revisiting the #pemberlitten posts and hashtags after finishing each chapter keeps me going. But paragraphs like this are why I can‘t bail on a book. I‘ve reread this paragraph 10 times. 12mo
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LitStephanie
Mehso-so

Oops, just realized I never posted a review after the #pemberlittens read. The prose is clever and often subtly funny, but I really had to slog through the first 2/3 of this book before I cared about ANYBODY, so it doesn't get a pick. Plus the misogyny, and I don't mean the times, I mean how Eliot describes women. The character development of Dori is my favorite part even though I despised her at first.

SamAnne I‘m still slogging through this one…. 12mo
LitStephanie @SamAnne good luck! It actually gets good toward the end, although probably not good enough to be worth the slog. 12mo
SamAnne @litstephanie yeah… and I have so many good books lined up to read right now! 12mo
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LitStephanie @SamAnne how much, percentage-wise, do you have left for Middlemarch? 12mo
SamAnne @LitStephanie a little more than a third…. 12mo
LitStephanie @SamAnne oh just quit! 🤣 12mo
SamAnne @LitStephanie @Rubyslipperreads hah! Yes….maybe DNF. But I have enjoyed the humor. But not as much as I‘m enjoying the biting humor in Birman Wood! 12mo
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bookishbitch
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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I learned a while ago that George Eliot was a pen name for Mary Ann Evans Cross. Because of that it immediately went into my tbr pile. I'm finally getting around to starting it.

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kwmg40
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Pickpick

I loved this brilliant examination of small-town English life in the 1800's, and reading it was made especially enjoyable with the chapter-a-day read-along with the #pemberlittens. Thank you @BarkingMadRead for hosting!

BarkingMadRead I‘m glad you liked it! 12mo
batsy One of my favourites! ❤️ 12mo
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peanutnine
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Pickpick

Wow what a ride this was. For such a long book, there's really not much plot 😅 I can honestly say that if I tried to read this on my own I probably wouldn't have gotten through it, but reading a chapter a day with the #pemberlittens made it enjoyable and something I looked forward to each morning! It felt like a soap opera with all the small town drama and the characters were not really loveable but I was invested in their lives
@BarkingMadRead

TheBookHippie I would have never finished! 12mo
Lizpixie 🙌🎉 12mo
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eeclayton
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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I didn't exactly like Middlemarch but I did appreciate the author's observations about life in a small town, people's expectations and especially marriages. In many books, the plot ends with a marriage, and we consider that a happy ending, but we don't get to see what happens after the wedding. It was interesting here to look at some of the ways marriages may fall apart or at least prove to be very different from what the husband and wife expected

eeclayton Thanks for @BarkingMadRead for leading the #pemberlittens buddy read, without which I might have never finished this book 😁 13mo
BarkingMadRead I feel this in my soul, y‘all kept me going as well! Our next read should be better lol 13mo
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead if not better than shorter! @eeclayton good point about seeing what happens after marriage. 13mo
eeclayton @BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk after Villette and this, I think we all deserve a read that is both better and shorter 😂 13mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Mehso-so

My word, what a book! I can see why this one has never been as popular as Austen's novels. The characters here were not particularly likable or relatable, almost nothing happens, and I didn't particularly hold out any hope for the long-term happiness of anyone haha I am glad to have read this classic, but it is way too long for the amount of story it contains. Never would have made it through without snarky hashtags from @BarkingMadRead !! ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Thank you so much for hosting this buddy read! (I think... on the other hand, that's 923 pages of my life I'll never get back 😂)

#atleastIcansayIvereadit
#MtTBR
#FourFoursin23 - Three-Way Screenplay @lauredhel
#ChunksterChallenge2023 @Amiable
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Amiable Yay! 💃🏻🕺🎉 13mo
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BarkingMadRead I‘ve said this on a few posts by you Pemberlittens, I gave this a pick, but it‘s a soft pick. This could have been so much shorter and still conveyed everything George wanted to convey 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
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TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead I agree, was it to make a point? We get it people are insufferable🤣😅😵‍💫👑😅🤷🏻‍♀️🙄😬 #WEDIDIT #WHERESOURTROPHY 13mo
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead Yes!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆for everyone! We earned them! 13mo
ravenlee I think this was an ultramarathon, or one of those endurance trail run things! 13mo
BarkingMadRead @ravenlee in the ultra world there is a challenge called the Barkley Marathons. This was a Barkley for sure. 13mo
Bookwormjillk Congrats all, and thanks @barkingmadread . I liked the beginning of this book so much better than the end. I think soft pick is a fair rating. 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead I agree this was a Barkley 13mo
ravenlee Wow, I‘ve never heard of the Barkley Marathons - which is funny, as I married a Barkley (no relation, I think) and my in-laws live in Tennessee. My SIL and her husband frequent Frozen Head on their hiking expeditions. Weird! 13mo
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead the Barkley is wild! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Hmm. I'm not sure how I feel about this book at this point. Parts of it were interesting, parts of it weren't. I have a lot of love for many of the classics, but this one not so much. @BarkingMadRead - I agree that Eliot could have made her point with a shorter book. 🤔 13mo
TheAromaofBooks I would never have made it through without your hashtags @BarkingMadRead !!! I can see why this has never been as popular as Austen's novels. None of these characters were particularly likable or relatable - definitely don't see myself daydreaming about any of the men I met in these pages! 😂 13mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks not a Darcy to be found 🙄 I wouldn‘t want any of these dudes 🤣 13mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Literally none! And honestly I didn't think any of the women were particularly prizes either! 😆 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly I guess nobody loves Fred and Mary like I do? 😅 I definitely wouldn‘t say I love this book—Rosamond and Lydgate give me too much anxiety—but Fred and Mary!!! 13mo
kwmg40 Thanks for hosting, @BarkingMadRead! I loved the novel, as well as the commentary from everyone here. 13mo
JamieArc Congrats to you all! 🎉🎉. I got quite behind when I didn‘t want to take this chunkster on vacation, but I will carry on and look forward to each chapter‘s post as a reward! 13mo
BarkingMadRead @kwmg40 hooray!!!!! @JamieArc I wouldn‘t want to lug that thing anywhere either! 13mo
Bklover Ahhhh, this was fun! And long. Really enjoyed reading this with all of you. And @BarkingMadRead ❤️❤️❤️❤️🏆 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bklover So loooong.. 12mo
TheBookHippie @JamieArc the posts are the best part 😅🤫🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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TheBookHippie
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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#PEMBERLITTENS

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@BarkingMadRead you are the BEST 👑

You guys we DID IT!!!!

Bookwormjillk Woo hoo 🎉🎉🎉🎉 13mo
wisherwishinguponastar Did you make your bookmark? 13mo
eeclayton Yay 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
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TheBookHippie @wisherwishinguponastar No -it was a gift from a fellow Litsy peep -seven years ago now! I love it. ♥️ 13mo
BarkingMadRead Yesssssssss that book felt 5000 pages long at times lol 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead seriously!!!! Could not have done it without you!!!! First time I tried I bailed at part 5! 🤣 13mo
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TheBookHippie
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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In case you wanted the translation 🙃 #pemberlittens

Dilara That's lovely! 13mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Bookwormjillk Fred!!!! 13mo
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Bklover Favorite Mary quote: “I should never like scolding anyone else so well; and that is a point to be thought of in a husband “. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk 🎉🎉🎉🎉 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bklover 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼♥️ 13mo
TheBookHippie FRED!!! 13mo
Bookwormjillk Confession: I finished today 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead I‘m drawing it out because I‘m parochial school trained 🤣🤣🤣🤣😬 13mo
Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie c‘mon everyone else is reading it 13mo
BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk ah but does @BarkingMadRead have a ruler that swats hands 😵‍💫😅 I‘m too old for detention 🤣🤫 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly Fred 🥰 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Bklover Yes! I think that‘s part of why Fred and Mary are a perfect couple to me—they remind me of Eilonwy/Taran and of course of Aravis/Shasta (aka Cor). 13mo
LitStephanie But Fred never paid Mary's dad back, right? 13mo
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Daisey
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Pickpick

I finished the last few fairly short chapters this morning. I just couldn‘t stick to the #ChapterADay any longer. I didn‘t love this book, but I also think it might have been better if I‘d read it more straight through. It‘s still a light pick because I think it was an interesting story of several characters, and I was always curious to know what would happen to them.

#PemberLittens #audiobook #1001books

Daisey Thanks again to @BarkingMadRead for another great readalong and fantastic hashtags that kept me amused when I was frustrated with the book. 13mo
IndoorDame What an awesome cover image! 13mo
BarkingMadRead I definitely think this one could have been shorter and still gotten the point across. This one was very Dickensian 🤣 13mo
Daisey @BarkingMadRead Agreed! 13mo
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TheAromaofBooks Sir James is being a bit dog-in-the-manger-ish, isn't he?? 13mo
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BarkingMadRead Sir James is an ass 🤣 13mo
IndoorDame They‘re being awful! Especially James!!! 😡🤬 13mo
Bookwormjillk She‘d be better off without James and Kitty. Ugh, so self centered. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Sir James and Celia are acting like petulant little children. 🙄 @Bookwormjillk - I agree she'd be better off without them! 13mo
LitStephanie I had a hard time following the blah blah politics. I think this book was much more interesting to read by British contemporaries. Dodo's second husband is 100% superior to her first and I was happy it worked out! 13mo
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Bklover
Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Well, I am pretty proud of myself. Read this a chapter a day with @BarkingMadRead whose hashtags could get me through any book at all. What a fun experience this was, and thank you soooo much, my friend. ❤️
@BarkingMadRead
#pemberlittens #whatsnext #whatsafterthat #youcanneverstop #justkiddingsortof

KristiAhlers Wasn't it a good read? 13mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👍 13mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m so glad you liked…. My hashtags 🤣 I feel like she could have cut that book in half and still said the same stuff 🤣🤣 13mo
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Bklover @KristiAhlers Yes, it was! Don‘t know that I‘d have gotten through it without the buddy read though. 😉 13mo
Bklover @Ruthiella Thanks! It inspires me to tackle more of the classic chunksters. I just have to get @BarkingMadRead to do lots more buddyreads😂🤣😂🤣 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover anytime!! 13mo
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ravenlee
Middlemarch | George Elliot
Pickpick

I first started this in my Victorian Lit class, spring semester of 2000, but ran out of time and stopped around the 3/4 mark. I always intended to come back - I just didn‘t realize it would be 23 years later! Thanks to @BarkingMadRead and the amazing hashtags, I have finally defeated it! It was very good, though some parts were better than others, and all the characters were frustrating (and some were loathsome). Worth the investment.

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TheBookHippie Singing the Barney song… I love you you love me We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?
😅🤣
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TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie why! Why would you get that stuck in my head?! I was a babysitter and nanny during those years and I always tried to forbid my kids watching that show in a bid to save my sanity a little, but I rarely won that fight 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
BarkingMadRead @IndoorDame my nephew loved that show 🙄 when I was a nanny, it was Caillou. What a whiney little brat! 13mo
IndoorDame @BarkingMadRead some of those shows are the worst! I miss kids tv and books that made sure there were enough levels for the adults in their life to appreciate it alongside them 13mo
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead Caillou- grrrrr. That little brat taught my kids to whine. I could not stand that show. #CuriousGeorgeForever (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead @IndoorDame OMG CAILLOU he was is and forever banned here. Barney omg my daughter LOVED him LOVED 😫😝😵‍💫 (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame my son loved Little Bear thank god. (edited) 13mo
BarkingMadRead Y‘all what a rabbit hole we just went down 🤣 13mo
Addison_Reads @BarkingMadRead To be fair most of these characters act like whiny little children, so it's not a completely unrelated rabbit hole. 😂 13mo
dabbe @BarkingMadRead Maybe Barney loves Dodo, too. 😄 (edited) 13mo
Bklover @TheBookHippie That is now stuck in my head. 💜🎶🎵🎶🎵 (but I do love Little Bear) (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @Addison_Reads ♥️🙃👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣🐇🐰🐇🐰🐰 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bklover Little Bear is soooothing 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Addison_Reads I legit just cackled, and I‘m in a plane 🤣 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly OK… not what I thought all those comments would be about 😂 Is this the chapter where he‘s all “but your inheritance!” And she‘s all “THAT‘s what you‘re worried about?! I have my OWN money!” 13mo
CoffeeNBooks The Teletubbies were worse! 🙄 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Clare-Dragonfly lol yes 🤣🤣 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh good. Maybe someone can answer my question. I‘ve read this book twice and never figured out what would happen to Casaubon‘s property if Dorothea breaks the stipulations of the will and doesn‘t inherit. It doesn‘t just vanish into the ether! Is there another heir? 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Clare-Dragonfly I have no idea! @StayCurious do you know? 13mo
LitStephanie @Clare-Dragonfly I was wondering the same thing! Wouldn't Will have a claim on it as the only remaining relative? Or maybe he left it to the church, but I think it is weird that was left for us to wonder. And whatever happened to Riggs? 13mo
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TheBookHippie 🤷🏻‍♀️ #howwillthisallend 😵‍💫 13mo
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peanutnine The pining is getting ridiculous 13mo
Addison_Reads I never would have stuck with this book without this buddy read. The characters are insufferable.😲 13mo
Aimeesue @Addison_Reads Right? If, say, they‘d just TALKED to each other, these problems would‘ve been easily solved, but no. But then I guess there wouldn‘t have been much of a book. 🤐 13mo
LitStephanie @Addison_Reads same here! I don't really like anyone! Will is better than most of them, though. 13mo
Bklover I did a bad thing. I finished it. 🫣 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover ummmmm I finished it like 3 days ago 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk it must be seriously exhausting to be her! 13mo
LitStephanie It was nice to see Rosy humbled although I still strongly dislike her. This dialog was an interesting psychological study in how small cues, both verbal and nonverbal, can affect the outcome in huge ways. 13mo
TheBookHippie @LitStephanie I so agree. With everything you said! 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead FOR REAL 😝 13mo
Bklover Probably the only time she ever does the right thing. 13mo
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Bookwormjillk I really liked this book at the beginning. 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I‘m really hoping for a miraculous turnaround and a good ending! 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 13mo
ravenlee I…may have finished it this morning. I couldn‘t take it anymore. I had to KNOW! 13mo
BarkingMadRead @ravenlee I‘ll probably finish it on the next couple days, I‘m not gonna lie. I gotta know how it ends 🤣🤣 13mo
Bklover Yeah, we haven‘t seen Fred and Mary in a while. (edited) 13mo
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BarkingMadRead Y‘all. 50ish pages to go! #alightattheendofthetunnel 13mo
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Bookwormjillk We‘re almost there! This chapter would have been interesting except it was Rosy so… 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead YAY!!! WE CAN DO IT!!! also OMG ROSY. WHAT A __________.... 13mo
ravenlee I feel like Dodo could have slapped the smirk off Rosy‘s face and nobody would blame her. #shehaditcoming #ifyoudabeenthereifyoudaseenit #howcouldyoutellmethatiwaswrong 13mo
BarkingMadRead @ravenlee 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Bklover @ravenlee yes! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @ravenlee agreed! 13mo
ravenlee @BarkingMadRead to be honest, I get it stuck in my head all the time. 13mo
BarkingMadRead @ravenlee it‘s a fave, my daughter and her friends actually performed it at a fundraiser in high school. So much fun! 13mo
ravenlee @BarkingMadRead it‘s actually the only reason I own the dvd of Chicago. I don‘t care about the rest of it. 13mo
LitStephanie @ravenlee @Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie yeah Rosy is just awful. I think Eliot did such a great job of describing her character. It isn't that she is evil. She just lacks the capacity to empathize and to imagine herself ever being wrong. 13mo
TheBookHippie @LitStephanie I agree!!!!! Narcissist 😵‍💫 vapid comes to mind as well 😝 13mo
LitStephanie @TheBookHippie vapid! Perfect! 13mo
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TheBookHippie 🙄 I do not like her AT ALLLLL….🤢 self-absorbed social climber 😵‍💫 13mo
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BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie she has not one redeeming quality 13mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead seriously ZERO😵‍💫.. 13mo
Bklover She amazes me with her ability to turn things around so she is never guilty of anything and everyone (Will) loves her. 🙄 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover seriously. She‘s a pro. I totally fell for it in the beginning, but damn! She‘s something else. 13mo
ravenlee Rosy is a f***ing toddler. And also emo with her “sigh, what have I to live for?” bs. It took me twice as long to read this chapter as it should have because I was rolling my eyes so much. 13mo
Bklover @ravenlee I know what you mean. Your description is perfect. 13mo
Bookwormjillk Piece of work. But hey, Will is coming back. Hmmmmm. (edited) 13mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I have high hopes for Will that do not even remotely involve Rosy 13mo
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Chapter 74: the Middlemarch women love talking smack, but nobody wants to talk to Mrs Bulstrode…. Until her brother spills the beans. #pickalittletalkalittle #sodepressing #ineedbetterdrama #pemberlittens and for those who‘ve never seen the Music Man… https://youtu.be/mvhFs2bdRpE

TheAromaofBooks Yessss this is the perfect picture for this chapter! It's so sad how everyone is so willing to kick them when they're down 😕 13mo
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Bookwormjillk Who gives a fig about Mrs. B I want Fred. 13mo
Bookwormjillk Also seeing The Music Man later this month so it will make sense then. 13mo
Bklover If I have to like someone in this chapter even a little bit it‘s Mrs Bulstrode. 13mo
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Bookwormjillk Lydgate is losing it, but also is afraid of Rosamond. 13mo
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk so scared of Rosy 🙄 13mo
ravenlee @Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead he‘s afraid she‘s going to do her neck turn thing. It started as a cutesy thing, right, but the more it got mentioned the more it turned into a horror movie thing in my mind. 13mo
ravenlee I have to say, I loved that Lydgate rode miles away from town just to be unreachable. Oh, for the days when you could actually “get away from it all,” if only for a minute. 13mo
BarkingMadRead @ravenlee it showed great restraint. I almost wish he‘d gone home and screamed at Rosy though, it would have been good for both of them 🤣 13mo
Bookwormjillk @ravenlee haha neck turn thing. But yes, very self aware on his part. 13mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee I now want a horse for this very reason. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk 💯👏🏼 13mo
Bklover @TheBookHippie Yes! 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎 13mo
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I‘ve been following along with the #ChapterADay readalong of Middlemarch without commenting or posting much, but a few quotes in today‘s short chapter caught my attention.

The discussion preceding this quote in chapter 72 is a frustrating one as all the men tell Dorothea what she shouldn‘t do, but I did appreciate the humor of Cecelia‘s response, even if she didn‘t mean it to be funny.

#PemberLittens #SerialReader #quote

TheBookHippie I wrote this quote down too! 13mo
Daisey @TheBookHippie It‘s a good one! 13mo
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I‘ve been following along with the #ChapterADay readalong of Middlemarch without commenting or posting much, but a few quotes in today‘s short chapter caught my attention. I think there‘s some real truth in this comment by Dorothea in chapter 72.

“People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.”

#PemberLittens #SerialReader #quote

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Chapter 72: Dodo wants to help Lydgate but everyone is telling her not to #suchagoodfriend #herfamilynotsomuch #shortchapter #happymonday #pemberlittens #ps #lessthanahundredpagesleft #partytime #almost

TheBookHippie Short chapter 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 13mo
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Bklover This “men know best” business is making me nauseous. 🤢 13mo
peanutnine @Bklover same. I audibly groaned 🙄 13mo
Aimeesue @Bklover same! UGH 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @Bklover same! 🤨 13mo
ravenlee But why is Celia so awful too? Do she and Rosy share a brain, so if Rosy is using all of the will and stubbornness then Celia has to be a doormat? I mean, I think James is being a jerk, but Celia encouraging it…ugh. Everyone sucks. 13mo
Addison_Reads @ravenlee "everyone sucks" describes how I've felt through most of this book. ? 13mo
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