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I thoroughly enjoyed this classic - which was new to me. It‘s a terrific novel. Apparently the first novel to really cut into the culture of the New York leisure class, through the life of Lily Bart, it was a instant success, a big seller and put Wharton securely on the map. It made for great reading for the #whartonbuddyread

Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️💔 6d
batsy It's a brilliant book! 5d
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Finished this last week, only getting around to posting now. Another one done for #whartonbuddyread and I enjoyed it. I could've gone into essay mode easily on this one, if I'd had to read it in school, lots to unpack. Wasn't expecting to be able to use it for #fourfoursin21 but the artificiality of high society turned out to be a major theme so I'm slotting it in there.

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I so enjoyed my reread … and I didn‘t remember the characters so clearly as I thought. A different reading for me .. Thankyou for your insights #WhartonBuddyRead @Graywacke @Lcsmcat , and all.. look forward to more comments & reviews & more Edith Wharton with you all ❤️💔

merelybookish I loved Wharton when I read her but it's been years... 2w
Cathythoughts @merelybookish She is so good ❤️ 1w
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House of Mirth - to the end of the book.

Lily continues her economic downward spiral, from secondary socialite to laid off milliner. When she is at her lowest there are hands reaching out, offering help. But she was unable to bring herself to accept it. It‘s a curious aspect of the book. Why not?

But, also we have finished a special novel and a classic. Share your overall thoughts.

(Early post as I‘m traveling tomorrow.)

CarolynM Bother!! I got busy this week, barely read anything and completely forgot about this😩 I'll look forward to reading everyone's comments once I finish the book. 2w
Graywacke @CarolynM well, i am early. ☺️ But, look forward to your thoughts whenever you finish. 2w
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mdm139 Overall, I liked the story. The anti-Semitic aspect did bother me to the point of wanting to put it down. I was hoping for a happy ending. I thought maybe she had. Her low point on the bench where Nettie found her. And then she would pay of Trenor and marry Seldon. But Wharton killed her off! Wanted to just toss the book up into the air at that point. But I can see why it was popular at the time and it is better written than her other books. 2w
Cathythoughts @mdm139 I hear you ! What an ending , so upsetting. @Graywacke I really enjoyed this reread & had forgotten a lot of the story ( except the end ) .. Beautiful writing , I was very struck with the baby in Lily‘s last dreamy moments , of the purity of the baby & of Lily‘s goodness & how wounded she had become in her life. I loved this book 💔 2w
Cathythoughts @Graywacke I don‘t know why she couldn‘t accept help , she‘s worn out , feels herself beyond help.. sadly she was heading only in one direction. Tragedy. (edited) 2w
Lcsmcat @Cathythoughts I was thinking that every time she tried to ask fo help in the past there were strings attached, often ones she didn‘t realize until later. And she always ended up worse off than before. Maybe she was too exhausted to play the mental chess to figure out what the end result of accepting help would be. 2w
Lcsmcat @mdm139 I agree that Wharton‘s writing is maturing in this one. I won‘t say that it‘s her best book (we‘ve got a lot to go!) but it shows marked improvement over Valley of Decision. 2w
Lcsmcat The saddest part for me was not Lily‘s death, but that she never really learned how to be happy. She would catch glimpses of it, but never managed to figure it out. Was her “fatal flaw” that she was always comparing herself to others? That she had no interior life? That she had never learned to be anything other than ornamental? Or a combination of all this. 2w
Currey @Lcsmcat Agreed, but she did accept help from Gerty and Carry. It was the big offer from Rosedale that she had to assume came with strings. Was she too proud to ask Selden for help? In her own way, I think she thought she did ask Selden for help ( be that person I need you to be). 2w
Currey @mdm139 @Lcsmcat Wharton has come a long way from Valley. What I found remarkable is how she took some of the same indecision/fate themes and transposed them to an environment she knew well. 2w
Currey @Lcsmcat Hmmm, no interior life… yes, she thought happiness was the luxury of a warm quilted bed and really that is the rare moment when she does seem happy. I will think about this 2w
Graywacke @Currey @Lcsmcat This line stayed with me “She wanted to get away from herself, and conversation was the only means of escape that she knew.” ( page 15 in my edition) 2w
Graywacke I agree Lily was always tragic. A self-destructive contradiction, always fighting herself into not making the helpful decision. (She was never willing to confront the cost.) And a master of the moment, she was always willing avoid the larger picture - but that larger picture was always so hard to face. 2w
Graywacke @Currey @mdm139 @Lcsmcat So far from Valley! 😂 But sharp catch, I can see she does repackaged many of those same themes. (The last section of her last consciousness felt to me very much like the author of Valley - I should add, in a good way.) 2w
Graywacke @Currey @Lcsmcat I keep thinking her rejection of help is a key point here, more meaningful than it seems. Partially help comes with a cost, which she learned bitterly. But - it seemed she couldn‘t break her social structure and codes (even everyone else did). And yet, she maybe didn‘t want what she was supposed want by code - a rich yucky husband. If she gets her inheritance…does she marry? 👇 2w
Graywacke More than the code, there seemed to be an independent streak in Lily. She wanted the freedom the men had, and the women didn‘t. A part of her wanted to be in control and to actually be in the boardrooms with Rosedale and Trenor, but making her own investments, independent of anyone‘s support. She couldn‘t. 2w
Graywacke @Cathythoughts @Cathythoughts I think I sensed the ending early on - a dark Pride and Prejudice - I did not expect her death, but a dark road ahead. But it‘s still sad to confront. If Selden could just have been a little more assertive … well, a lot more. @Cathythoughts so glad you enjoyed. Easily one of the most rewarding books i‘ve read in a while. I adored this. 2w
Graywacke @mdm139 on the antisemitic side - it‘s curious how much I liked Rosedale on closing the book. No angel, but he never turns away, and sincerely wanted to help her just because he felt bad for her. So, I personally feel more forgiving now. Perhaps he becomes an emblem of the times - nuveau riche Jew confronting antisemitism of the rich, but still just plainly human inside. 2w
Currey @mdm139 I also was impressed by Wharton‘s handling of Rosedale. She never relieved him of his “social climbing Jew” label, no doubt reflecting social conventions of the time, but made him human and likable in the end. More likable than Selden actually because he understood what Lily was going through in a way that Selden tied up with all sorts of pride and rules of class/gender/society took too long to break away from 2w
Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat Excellent point about the ‘ strings attached‘ … her trust was gone ! You understood her 👍🏻💔❤️ 2w
arubabookwoman I have been reading along, but unable to post due to some RL issues. And now I am a week behind. I will try to finish by early next week, read the posts here and possibly comment. I will say I read this probably 30-35 yrs ago, and loved it, and I have loved what I've read of it so far this time. 2w
llwheeler I admit I wasn't expecting that ending! I keep coming back to the image of her as the hothouse flower. Carefully pruned and cultivated for one particular function in one particular environment... 2w
Lcsmcat @llwheeler And then the environment was taken from her, and she couldn‘t survive. 💔 2w
Lcsmcat @Currey She did seem able to accept small help, but not the big life-changing type. And I think it was because she couldn‘t imagine a different life as being a happy one (until the end, with Nettie). And by then it was too late. 2w
Lcsmcat Did it strike anyone else that she was left $10,000 in turn of the century dollars, and believed that was being left in poverty. And her “set” called that being disinherited. It‘s more money than my mother made in 1964 as a teacher, and she raised 3 kids on it. So Lily‘s ideas were twisted by her mother‘s fear of “dinginess” and her being surrounded by the super rich. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I marked that escape by conversation quote too. Lily seemed pursued through the whole book by fear of true introspection. 2w
Lcsmcat @Currey @Graywacke @mdm139 I came to feel differently about Wharton‘s portrayal of Rosedale by the end, too. I feel like Wharton showed us his humanity in glimpses of him with children, in his trying to help Lily, etc. And I think he truly loved her, not just for what she could do for him. But like all that class, he was thwarted by his desire to penetrate the upper echelons. 2w
Graywacke @arubabookwoman wish you well and look forward to your comments. 2w
Graywacke @llwheeler i like that image. 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I haven‘t been able to context what $10,000 was then. I just looked up a calculator: “$10,000 in 1905 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $314,305.68 today, an increase of $304,305.68 over 116 years.” Wow. 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat of course she was supposed to inherit $400,000 which is roughly $12.5 million today. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke It was way less than she thought she was getting, but hardly poverty. If someone gave me $314k in a lump sum, I don‘t think I would feel impoverished. (I‘m willing to make the experiment 😂) 1w
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House of Mirth : Book 2 ch 1-8

Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. Poor Lily. Bertha Dorset betrays her, she is disinherited, dependent on Carey Fisher‘s plans and Gerty Farish‘s compassion. Even Rosedale has rejected her. What do you make of Lily and this world and her response? (And who is Norma Hartch? No spoilers please.)

Graywacke “It was before him again in its completeness — the choice in which she was content to rest: in the stupid costliness of the food and the showy dullness of the talk, in the freedom of speech which never arrived at wit and the freedom of act which never made for romance. The strident setting of the restaurant..,emphasized the ideals of a world in which conspicuousness passed for distinction, and the society column had become the roll of fame.” 3w
Lcsmcat “what she craved, and really felt herself entitled to, was a situation in which the noblest attitude should also be the easiest.” Kind of sums up Lily. She wants to see herself as good and different, but not put in any effort or have any personal unpleasantness. 3w
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Lcsmcat And yet she doesn‘t use the letters when Bertha betrays her. Is that because she knows it‘s despicable, or because they‘re to Seldon? 3w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat yeah, good question. Did Rosedale get it right? (This is really high stakes stuff. No one is likely to succeed cleanly. I‘m not sure Lily gets that.) 3w
Currey @Lcsmcat I have to admit that I appreciated the honesty of Rosedale. He knew what he needed and how to get it even if it seemed a game to him. To Lily, it was her life. 3w
mdm139 “And sometimes I think it‘s because, at heart, she despises the things she is trying for.” We were suspecting Lily didn‘t really want to get married last week. 3w
Currey @Graywacke @Lcsmcat I was working on the assumption that she did not use Bertha‘s letters because it was despicable but now you have me thinking….is Lily simply not wily to know how to use them? (edited) 3w
Lcsmcat @Currey It really shows the difference in their (R & L) power and autonomy, doesn‘t it. Lily could not be direct and get what she wants, because the life she sought didn‘t allow for unmarried women to be direct. Also, males were much more upwardly mobile than women! (edited) 3w
Currey “”she works like a slave preparing the ground and sowing her seeds, but the day she ought to be reaping the harvest, she oversleeps herself or goes off on a picnic.” (Carie Fisher about Lily) 3w
Currey I liked this one about Gerty‘s friendship with Lily: “Having once helped Lily, she must continue to help her; and helping her, must believe in her, because faith is the main-spring of such nature‘s”. 3w
Lcsmcat @mdm139 Right. And maybe doesn‘t want to be like these people, but has been so indoctrinated by her mother that she can‘t see any other way. 3w
Lcsmcat I think Lily is so conflicted. And Gerty, stable, faithful, disciplined to be kind and helpful Gert, serves as a foil to show us how scattered Lily is. 3w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat direct - yes, she doesn‘t. Oddly Carrie Fisher does do direct. And Rosedale does too. He basically tells Lily he wants her because she is of her value, and later he doesn‘t because she doesn‘t have that value. Definitely direct. There was a comment about his kindness that struck me - when with Carrie‘s daughter. Something about kind within his ambitious way. (edited) 3w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Carrie does direct because as a multiple divorcée she‘s already weathered the storm and come out ok. Lily doesn‘t have that option unless she were willing to risk being permanently cast out. I think R is kind, but also laser focused on getting where he wants to go. 3w
Graywacke In the @Therewillbebooks podcast they bring up how Wharton later openly explained Lily. That Wharton wanted to show how that world would destroy what‘s beautiful. 3w
Graywacke Also in that podcast they note that this book was an immediate hit. This is what set Wharton in the literary pedestal and immediately. I find that interesting because of what it seems to say about her readers. There is an exposé aspect to the book. 3w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat yup good points. It‘s interesting Carrie opens up to Lily only as she is about to fall. Selden saw the tension. Carrie saw the fall. Maybe. Anyway she never would have talked this way to Lily in book 1. 3w
Graywacke Any thoughts on Selden in this section? 3w
Graywacke @Currey on the letters - I think Lily is not willing to go low. She seems to have the kind of principles that won‘t let her actually hurt anyone (worth noting that this “anyone” doesn‘t include the servants) 3w
Graywacke @mdm139 @Currey these two quotes are terrific. They tell us a lot about who Lily is. 3w
mdm139 “If he clung to her, it was not in order to be dragged up, but to feel someone floundering in the depths with him: he wanted her to suffer with him, not to help him suffer less.” I hate when people do this in real life and I sense some foreshadowing here. 3w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I can see the shadenfreude her readers could have experienced! Kind of like people who love celebrity scandals. I wonder if those of her day would have recognized any individuals? 3w
Therewillbebooks I think a character like Lily was Wharton's way of satirizing the frivolity of this world. Lily isn't quite ready/willing to do what it would take to remain in it, but she knows no other way of life. 3w
mdm139 I am glad Lily didn‘t use the letters. She may not have used them because she didn‘t want to hurt Seldon. Or maybe because she didn‘t want to lower herself to Bertha‘s level. Either way it showed she has some decency. 3w
Cathythoughts “ that Wharton wanted to show how that the world would destroy what‘s beautiful “ great point. !! I feel Lily is sinking … and again I‘m struck with how ultimately alone she is .. there is a homelessness about her .. In reality & in her spirit. Her aunts will !!! I was so shocked & sad for her when I heard the will (edited) 2w
Graywacke @Therewillbebooks thanks. I was thinking it‘s a high stakes game. This is big money. The players, the women, have no other income but marriage and inheritance, and the alternative is poverty (well, not necessarily, but…it‘s a distinct possibility. Of course, they can marry down a notch or several.) So it‘s cut-throat covered with smiles. The presentation is frivolous, but I don‘t the world itself was. Not sure Lily sees the true ugly underside. 2w
Graywacke @mdm139 She is really admirable in that way, with the letters. What would you have done? 🙂 2w
Graywacke @Cathythoughts her state is so sad. (I keep wondering who she is if she gets that inheritance. ) 2w
BarbaraBB Loved this one 2w
CarolynM I've been away from home and I'm a bit behind. I'll catch up in time for next week. Still enjoying it🙂 2w
Louise Please keep me on the group list. I hope to catch up once things settle down a bit here. 2w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB it‘s really a terrific novel. 2w
Graywacke @CarolynM no worries. I have my issues coming up. I‘m traveling next weekend. Not sure yet how to manage our finishing this book. 2w
Graywacke @Louise definitely. And wish you well. 2w
Lcsmcat As we think about finishing this one, what is the group‘s feeling about when to start Madame de Treymes? I think it‘s a 2 week book. Short but not a novella. Do you want to wait til January after the holidays, or take two weeks in December? 2w
Currey @Lcsmcat I would appreciate waiting until January but a short book could also be squeezed in there if people are eager. 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat you get points for thinking ahead. I‘m ok with December as long as we avoid the holiday weekends. 2w
mdm139 I don‘t really care, but waiting for January may work better. There are lots of readathons in December and winter games and people are trying to finish any year long reading challenges and goodreads goals. 2w
Cathythoughts In terms of next book , I‘m easy & I‘ll go with the flow. Madame de Treymes .. exciting, I‘ve never heard of it .. I‘ll order today. Is there a list of the books we are reading in order ? I can look back over the posts & see. 2w
mdm139 @Cathythoughts if you got to The Mount‘s (her home is now a museum) webpage there is a link to her published works. We are reading that list in order. The novels/novella section. The list is in publication order. 2w
Cathythoughts @mdm139 @Graywacke Thanks so much !! Got it … I can order in advance, if I‘m going to read all her work it would be nice to have the books 💫 2w
Lcsmcat @mdm139 @Graywacke Thanks for jumping in with the list for @Cathythoughts . For those who prefer ebooks many of hers are out of copyright (at least in the US, check your local laws) and are available free from Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=Edith+Wharton+&submit_search=Sear... 2w
llwheeler For the timing of the next book, I'm ok either way. 2w
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(From Reynolds Mrs. Lloyd)

The House of Mirth : Book 1 ch 9-15

A masterful presentation and some dramatic fallout.

We‘re about half way. How are you enjoying? Thoughts on this section, or this world and all its crazy social pressures and hierarchies.

Graywacke Brief hopefully helpful summary: Lily returns to her aunt‘s and is confronted by a servant with some letters. She puts on a show at Bry‘s, stunning everyone. Gerty loves it. Gus Trenor goes all creepy. Selden is amazed, then hurt and runs off. And Lily is all over the place and desperate to pay Gus off. 4w
Graywacke I noticed the book page has a podcast just released two days ago on our book. I haven‘t listened yet and don‘t know anything about the presenters, but if it interests, check it out. https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8/episodes/Episode-72-The-House-of-Mirth-e19kolf 4w
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Graywacke Some quotes: “To a torn heart uncomforted by human nearness a room may open almost human arms, and the being to whom no four walls mean more than any other is, at such hours, expatriate everywhere.” 4w
Graywacke “She might have married more than once — the conventional rich marriage which she had been taught to consider the sole end of experience — but when the opportunity came she had always shrunk from it. “ - the sole end of experience… !! 4w
Currey I have to admit I am loving the book even with all the horrid social conventions for women of the time. Gerty‘s introduction has provided a nice balance to Lily although she too dreams of marriage. She at least has a higher aim in life also. Wharton has been brilliant at making Lily‘s plight feel as if it is not the result of Lily‘s own decisions and yet clearly her indecision is at the center of everything. (edited) 4w
Lcsmcat Crazy busy morning, but I will chime in this afternoon. Thanks for sharing the painting! 4w
mdm139 I was really hoping Lily would be more progressive, especially when Gerry got some more page time. Become a woman before her time and realize she doesn‘t need a man to save her. Lily is a bit naive - she really didn‘t think Gus would want something in exchange for paying her doubts? A bit disappointed in Seldon as well - running off so quick and assuming the worse in her and not giving her a chance to explain. 4w
mdm139 The painting you picked for the post is on the cover of my copy. 4w
mdm139 “She was realizing for the first time that a woman‘s dignity may cost more to keep up than her carriage, and that the maintenance of a moral attribute should be dependent on dollars and cents, made the world appear a more sordid place than she had conceived it. “ 4w
mdm139 I am also wondering if we will see the letters from Mrs. Dorset to Seldon any more. If they have a bigger rule to play. 4w
Currey @mdm139 I was wondering the same. I suspect that once again Lily may have made the “wrong” decision there by even acknowledging that she knew they existed. 4w
Graywacke @Currey I‘m loving it too. It‘s so much better than most I‘ve been reading the last several months. I found the look into Gerty fascinating. And I agree Wharton blurs cause and effect. I think Lily is responsible for her actions and also a victim of this crazy world she is not responsible for creating. 4w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I had a crazy morning too. 😐 I‘m family uber lately. Just not getting a break. 4w
Graywacke @mdm139 so much in that quote. And glad you now know where your cover comes from. 🙂 (or…at least I now know why that picture comes up every time I Google-search this novel). Lily definitely is not progressive. I think on a conscious level she isn‘t interested in criticizing this world. It‘s more her unconscious that undermines her. I‘m not sure she was naive exactly with Gus. Maybe. But 👇 (edited) 4w
Graywacke he really only offered her a business tip - same as Rosedale gave him. The costs is different for her. But I think she imagined him decent and not expecting that kind of return… on the surface he is decent. 4w
Graywacke @mdm139 @Currey very nosy and curious what‘s in those letters. I was also fascinated at the servant/guest relationship. Whoa. Bitter hierarchy there. Lily is so easily cruel. 4w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I wondered if Gus Trenor actually invested Lily‘s money, or if he gave her money under that guise. A “polite fiction” if you will, since he felt entitled to “perks”, and she felt she must pay him back. 4w
Lcsmcat @mdm139 I highlighted the quote about a woman‘s dignity too. 4w
Lcsmcat “It was horrible of a young girl to let herself be talked about; however unfounded the charges against her, she must be to blame for their having been made.” This one is still true to a degree today. 4w
Lcsmcat Gerty was the saving grace of this section. Gus and Rosendale gave me the creeps, both expecting things from Lily just because they have money and they want her. They‘re so used to having everything their way that Gus tantrums and R thinks if he just waits a bit he can have her. Seldon isn‘t much better, attributing Lily‘s looks to himself and then running off at the first hint that she isn‘t on the pedestal where he placed her. (edited) 4w
Lcsmcat But I don‘t blame Lily. All her upbringing was aimed at running with the fast set. And her Aunt hasn‘t done anything to show her a better way to live. She reminds me of a character in a Greek tragedy with a fatal flaw she can‘t avoid. 4w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat had the same question about Gus‘s investment. Completely agree about Selden - dramatic but silly response - and yes, he built her up on a pedestal. 4w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat i was thinking, if i had grown up with Judi Peniston - the anxiety would be suffocating. So much extreme judgment 4w
Graywacke So I listened to the There Will Be Books podcasts. It‘s quirky, very much male, and not to everyone‘s taste. I enjoyed it. The best thing I got out of it is the point that Lily really doesn‘t want to married to anyone. Period. She wants to be free and independent, and also live this wealthy lifestyle. She just can‘t find the money. Her smoking and gambling can be seen as aspects of her independence, or desire for independence. (edited) 4w
CarolynM I was starting to think this about Lily too. Still enjoying the story🙂 4w
Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat I love your Greek tragedy idea about Lily.. and @Graywacke so interesting to read your points about Lily‘s gambling ( a frightening addiction) I‘m on Chapter 12 .. a bit behind , but I‘ll be caught up by next weekend…. I‘m really enjoying the book 3w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke That‘s a great way to look at Lily‘s life. I don‘t see the gambling is so much a reflection of that (it was epidemic for women and men in that social class as far back as Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire) but the fact that she was so beautiful and yet unmarried at 29 does. She alludes vaguely to early offers of marriage and we saw what happened with Gryce. 3w
Graywacke @Cathythoughts glad you‘re enjoying. What do you think of Lily? 3w
Cathythoughts @Graywacke I love Lily! Underneath her mask , I see her as lost & vulnerable. Trapped in a life & wanting to be free. I see her as very solitary , directionless., rudderless. I worry about her. (edited) 3w
Graywacke @Cathythoughts There is something especially appealing about her. I‘ve been thinking about that and her flaws and what that says about her. She seems extremely vulnerable, and maybe that is part of her appeal. As for that mask, I think she feels like she should like it, and hasn‘t considered that she may not. 3w
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Just released our House of Mirth episode! It's one of the best books I've read all year. Tune in to hear our thoughts on Lily Bart, Edith Wharton, upper crust New York in 1905, and the state of literature in general.


The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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The House of Mirth : Book 1 ch 1-8

A catastrophic opening 8 chapters? Wondering what we all make of Lily Bart and her world of characters, the dark undercurrent of financial distress and its compromises? And of what we make of Wharton‘s construction? The reader‘s questionable sense of seeing a big picture even as we are always in the moment - in Lily‘s thoughts, and briefly in Selden‘s. Are you enjoying?

Lcsmcat Random thoughts: Sometimes I feel like Lily doesn‘t stand a chance, given her upbringing. But I love her anyway. And Seldon? He‘s more self-aware than Lily, but does it make him happier? I‘m glad Lily won‘t be marrying Gryce. And I‘m not thrilled with Wharton‘s antisemitism either, but we‘ve seen a lot of that in literature of this era, haven‘t we? 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m running behind, but will catch up on comments when I can. 1mo
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Currey @Graywacke So glad we read Valley of Decision, as there are so many parallels with Lily born to a higher economic class and destined, as least according to her mother‘s wishes, to grasp the heights due to her beauty. Also Lily believes that she can and should use her wealth (which is yet to be attained and would actually be someone else‘s wealth), to “do good” although even she doesn‘t know what that means. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat the antisemitism - oye. Of course I can‘t help but sympathizing with Rosedale, and cursing all the antisemitic bastards. It‘s the flip side of The Rise of David Levinsky. 1mo
Graywacke Some quotes I wrote down - but they is not that representative. This is a really rich text. Anyway- a favorite: “She wanted to get away from herself, and conversation was the only means of escape that she knew.” 1mo
mdm139 “The afternoon was perfect. A deeper stillness possessed the air, and the glitter of the American autumn was tempered by a haze which diffused the brightness without dulling it.” I am enjoying Wharton‘s writing better in this one. I keep forgetting it is set in America as well. I am getting Austen vibes. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a poor woman is want of a rich husband. 1mo
mdm139 “Don‘t you ever mind not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?” 1mo
Graywacke On Gryce and Maria Van Osburgh: “the two had the same prejudices and ideals, and the same quality of making other standards non-existent by ignoring them. This attribute was common to most of Lily‘s set: they had a force of negation which eliminated everything beyond their own range of perception.” 1mo
Currey @Lcsmcat I agree with you that the antisemitism as personified by Rosedale is disturbing. I agree with you also that Wharton is setting us up for Lily‘s fall while making sure that we empathize with Lily‘s struggles. So far I am really enjoying the book as I had some trepidation about reading about “society” again. 1mo
mdm139 “One of the charms of tea is the fact of drinking it together…” 1mo
Graywacke Oops - delay. Back again. I always have to read this one twice to get it right. And i read a criticism within, subtle: “In the rosy glow it diffused her companions seemed full of amiable qualities.” 1mo
Graywacke Lily and Lawrence: ‘Freedom? Freedom from worries?‘
‘From everything — from money, from poverty, from ease and anxiety, from all the material accidents. To keep a kind of republic of the spirit — that‘s what I call success.‘
Lcsmcat @mdm139 I love the quotes you pulled. And I too had to remind myself we weren‘t in England! 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @currey - I find Lily is so curious, and fatally hybrid. She wants to master her world and but actually also wants something completely different. And the two completely cancel each other out. She can only be master of the moment, but brilliantly so. Fortunately she‘s not reflective… and… 👇 1mo
Graywacke I suspect her non-reflective aspect is what makes this novel work. She sees everything and so thanks to her we do too. But she is only in the moment. So (1) As readers we can see both the moment and the bigger picture. (In a weird way (maybe) it allows us to be voyeur: we see everything while concealed by being part of the bigger picture she can‘t see.) And (2) It also allows her to careen towards whatever disaster the plot has coming. 1mo
Graywacke @Currey interesting comparison with VoD. I‘m glad we read her earlier works too because it gives me some insight in how Wharton works. (I have two things in mind: We know she‘s ruthless and won‘t hesitate to ruin Lily for literary impact. She has no mercy. And we also know that Lily‘s observation of the female compromise is Wharton‘s passion. She was fiercely feminist in a non-listening world.) 1mo
Graywacke @mdm139 @Lcsmcat definite Austen vibes. And I completely agree about enjoying the writing here more. I think this is somehow a much better writer. 1mo
Graywacke @mdm139 love that we were both posting quotes at the same time. Great quotes. 1mo
Graywacke Anyone else continually contrasting with Willa Cather? They‘re so different in perspective and purpose but they overlap here in NYC c1900 and I can‘t help feeling Cather read Wharton, and thought, “huh…” 1mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke She‘s a very different writer than Cather, but I do see some similarities. And she‘s coming into her own here. The introduction in my volume said that it was prior that Mirth that Henry James advised her to write about New York as she saw it. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat Do you think this is really as she saw it? I feel some caricature. (That‘s fascinating, by the way) 1mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I think there‘s still some caricature here. She‘s moving in the direction of realism though, and “writing what she knows” more than she did in in Valley. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat definitely more than Valley! 🙂 1mo
Currey @Graywacke @mdm139 @Lcsmcat Great reflections on our being voyeurs in watching and seeing more than Lily herself can. I love that Wharton is presenting us with a feminist perspective while none of her characters can be true feminists in a world where marriage is almost the only door to any kind of safe haven from poverty. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Currey About the feminism, what about Seldon‘s cousin Gerty? Is she there to show us that, if you didn‘t aim to be “society” you had more options as a woman? Do you think we‘ll see more of her? 1mo
Currey @Lcsmcat I hope we meet her. Lily seemed to feel her life was not enviable but perhaps Gerty herself is a member of Seldon‘s republic and has some freedom? 1mo
CarolynM I am enjoying it very much, it has made me laugh out loud a few times. I agree with everything @Lcsmcat said in her first comment and, like @mdm139 I am enjoying the writing more than previously. The "society" thing is frustrating, not just in terms of money but the whole issue of what is acceptable behaviour depending on your status including (but not limited to) as a single or married woman. 1mo
Cathythoughts I am really enjoying this too … I love the writing & the descriptions of Lily & her clothes & laces & jewels are gorgeous. Yet this society is the “ gilded cage “ as she describes it .. and for all her cunning , I feel her vulnerability & her longing to be free … 1mo
Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat I agree with all you say in your first comment too , and @CarolynM the society thing IS frustrating! I can feel the deep frustration in Lily … she‘s caught in a web (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts QUOTE: “ Her intentions in short had never been more definite; but poor Lily for all the hard glaze of her exterior, was inwardly as malleable as wax. “ … “ She was like a water-plant in the flux of tides “ ….. Oh Lily ❤️ (edited) 1mo
Lcsmcat @Cathythoughts Great quotes! Perhaps that‘s another implication of her name. In addition to “gilding the lily” maybe we‘re supposed to think of her as a water lily, buffeted by the movements of the “water” she lives in. 1mo
Graywacke @Currey @Lcsmcat I found an article on Gerty yesterday (but it has significant spoilers, so maybe wait till later to read). The article claimed that after Lily and Selden, she is the most interesting character. https://zachoward.com/2015/11/09/gerty-farish-edith-whartons-stunning-portrait-o... 1mo
Graywacke @CarolynM glad you‘re enjoying! 1mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts great quotes and glad you‘re enjoying! 1mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat I hadn‘t considered her name in that light. A kind if lily, how fitting, in many ways - cut flowers for show, for example. Thanks for highlighting. (Any thoughts on “Bart”?) 1mo
Graywacke @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat - interesting thoughts on society and the gilded cage. Nothing to add, but thinking about this strange heavily structured and kind of removed world. It doesn‘t seem so long ago… 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh I must have a look at that article you shared !! Thankyou, sounds interesting 1mo
Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing the article! Since this is a reread for me I‘m not going to wait. One comment about the title, it‘s from Ecclesiastes 7:4 “ The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” I can‘t help but wonder how someone who obviously knew the Old Testament, and therefore should have known that the Jewish people are “the apple of God‘s eye” could have been so anti Semitic. 1mo
llwheeler I'm behind already... I have started though and hope to catch up this week 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat thanks for the reference. (For what it‘s worth, the antisemitism here is racial and social, not really religious. And I think that was the nature of how the old wealthy families viewed the successful Jewish entrepreneurs with their rags-to-riches immigrant stories and nouveau riche sensitivities.) 1mo
Graywacke @llwheeler no worries. Enjoy. Jump in whenever you finish this section. 1mo
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So I‘ve begun. The introduction to the introduction insisted I read the book first and the introduction afterwards. I know that logically if they think that they should put it as an afterword. But, still, I‘m charmed by that.

Lily is awfully terrific with her crowd that “had a force of negation which eliminated everything beyond their own range of perception.”


Cathythoughts That‘s nice about the introduction tip 👍🏻 1mo
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A couple of Litsy buddy reads I need to get moving with … ❤️❤️ ( and half a small bar of chocolate.. I‘m trying to be good 🙄

sisilia I love the cover of Zhivago 😍 1mo
batsy I love that chocolate! ... Eat the whole bar, Cathy 😈 1mo
Cathythoughts @sisilia It‘s a lovely cover 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy Stop 😂😂 you are a divil alright … 😂👿 1mo
Reggie I‘m with Batsy, just be bad, Cathy! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie oh what the hell !! I‘ll have it all 😂 thanks guys @batsy 1mo
Graywacke Hey, chocolate is good for you. Hope you‘re enjoying Lily Bart. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Graywacke I‘m glad it‘s good for you .. I love it. 👍🏻😁 Lily is a reread for me , but I‘ve forgotten the other characters.. so it‘s good to reread, and Yes ! I‘m really enjoying it ❤️ 1mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts awesome 👍 I have a chocolate thing too. A square or two of dark chocolate is basically my sweetener for coffee. 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen I love that cover of Doctor Zhivago! 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s a lovely cover ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Graywacke Same !! Only I‘m a milk chocolate addict .. and it‘s my coffee sweetener too 👍🏻 1mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts that sounds good. With expresso I need a lot of sweetener - steamed milk, sugar. Milk chocolate would work wonderfully. With regular coffee I prefer it black, if it‘s to my picky taste, and, of course, just the exact right temperature. Sorry… I must be tired posting all this about coffee. ☺️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Graywacke ☕️You can‘t beat a good cup of coffee 👍🏻 1mo
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Just a reminder (not at all because I almost forgot myself…well 😁☺️). See you Saturday.

House of Mirth
Oct 30 : Book 1 ch 1-8
Nov 6: Book 1 ch 9-15
Nov 13: Book 2 ch 1-8
Nov 20: Book 2 to the end

Lcsmcat I‘m loving this reread! 1mo
CarolynM Thanks Dan 1mo
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rubyslippersreads Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat i put the World Series on mute and read the first couple chapters tonight. Lily Bart is quite something. 1mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou !! Lily ❤️ 1mo
Louise Thanks, Dan! I hope I can remember how to speed read! 🥸 1mo
Graywacke @Louise You‘re always welcome to post late. (I think this one reads better slowly.) 1mo
Louise @Graywacke Thanks, Dan. I‘m going through a really difficult time at the moment, and I‘m not always in the right headspace for reading things on a schedule. 🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Graywacke @Louise not fun. 🙁 I wish you well and hope life gets easier soon. 1mo
Louise @Graywacke Thank you, Dan. Much appreciated. 1mo
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“Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart.” #fristlinefridays #whartonbuddyread @ShyBookOwl

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“Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart. “

Here we go .. so good to be in Lilys‘ company again.
Making a start on #WhartonBuddyRead

Lily ❤️

Therewillbebooks Happen to be reading this right now! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Such a pretty edition! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Therewillbebooks Such a wonderful book … what a writer 💫 2mo
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Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen Thanks!! A Litsy gift 💝, I love it. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous edition! 2mo
LeahBergen How pretty! 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks my friend… 🙏😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah X 2mo
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I just picked up The Limited Editions Club edition of The House of Mirth from my local library. It comes in a box with a very elaborate cover and many color plates. It is number 1384. I am almost afraid to touch it. #whartonbuddyread

Cathythoughts That‘s gorgeous 💫 I must get out my copy too 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Simona Looks beautiful❣️ 2mo
Graywacke Cool! 2mo
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(!) Note the date change (!)

I moved this schedule up two weeks to avoid Thanksgiving in the US. (Thanks @Lcsmcat for the breakdown. Page numbers are from my edition.)

House of Mirth
Oct 30 : Book 1 ch 1-8 (86 pages)
Nov 6: Book 1 ch 9-15 (72 pages)
Nov 13: Book 2 ch 1-8 (80 pages)
Nov 20: Book 2 to the end. (51 pages)

Cathythoughts May I join ?? I‘d love to .. 2mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts yes! Adding you. (We are reading Sanctuary this week. You‘re welcome to join us there too.) 2mo
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Cathythoughts Thankyou !!! I‘ll try my best for Sanctuary… but I‘ll definitely be ready for House of Mirth 😍 2mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts Oh, awesome. Have you read HoM before? (All Wharton will be pretty much new to me.) I‘ll tag you for Sanctuary. (I just started this morning. ☺️) 2mo
Cathythoughts Tjankyou ! just got Sanctuary on my kindle ( I‘ve never read it ) 👍🏻 I read House of Mirth a few years ago .. excited to reread it with you all .. 2mo
Graywacke @BookishTrish the key House of Mirth post. 🙂 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Are you going to the book festival this Saturday?
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess No, I‘m limiting my exposure to people so I can be with my mom after her hip surgery. Are you going? 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @lcsmcat. I wasn't going to attend but since they said that indoor require vaccine I plan on attending. I have planned it out so I'm only doing three with breaks in between. I plan on packing food and sitting my car in between the sessions. 2mo
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Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘ll be interested to hear your take on it afterwards. Have fun and stay safe! 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Thanks! I have an n95 mask plus I will be wearing another mask over it. I now double mask whenever I am out. 2mo
Lcsmcat I don‘t blame you. I have 3 work colleagues who have had breakthrough infections. 2mo
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Oh my word, how I loved this book! I'm endlessly fascinated by the Gilded Age, New York City, and critiques of the super-rich. This book has it all!

#mmdchallenge #classicyoudidntreadinschool #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

LeahBergen I love Wharton and have been meaning to read this one for years! 10mo
Chrissyreadit Hi!!!! Do you like mystery‘s? I‘m reading two different series that take place in NYC gilded age. They are fast and fun. One by Victoria Thompson the other by Rosemary Simpson. And one of my favorite authors (who has great social media engagement with her readers and is very politically progressive ) wrote 10mo
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My breakfast. I make great decisions. (There's a Diet Coke on the side.) #24in48 @24in48

Cathythoughts And the book 👌🏻❤️ 10mo
Kloves2read Weekends are meant for making great decisions! 😉 10mo
TheLibrarian This looks like a perfectly fine breakfast to me! 10mo
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Such a frustrating main character, but so beautifully written, and SUCH a disappointing ending. Why, why did it have to end that way.

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Beautiful writing

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Ah, spoiled Lily Bart

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Ugh, this was so good. I‘ve had it on my TBR shelf for ages and only picked it up to make more room. So glad I did - Wharton really is masterful.

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My copy is a little tattered on the outside but maintains Wharton‘s brilliance on the inside.

Tamra 💜 Wharton 12mo
Nebklvr @Tamra This was my first Wharton. Have Age of innocence on my shelves yet 12mo
Tamra @Nebklvr her snarky social sensibilities are spot on! 12mo
Nebklvr @Tamra Yes! I was surprised at how funny it was while being simultaneously so very tragic 12mo
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... #setinnewyorkcity

Three very different versions of New York City ...

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 1y
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1. One of my favorite books!!
2. This is difficult because I can see the value in it, but it doesn‘t appeal to me personally, and that is Ulysses.
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Sing Unburied Sing by Jessmyn Ward.

ozma.of.oz I feel the same about Ulysses. Thanks for sharing! 1y
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 155 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

Bianca This is on my tbr, too! 1y
Ruthiella This book is worth the wait. 1y
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I was thinking about modern day robber barons which led me to the Gilded Age which led me to Wharton and now I am just thinking about the Wharton/Gossip Girl parallels yet again. *cue Young Folks*

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Part 2 #quarencationswap @Dostoyes

And thank you so much for the books. I can‘t wait to read both. House of Mirth is a lovely addition- I am leaving it out on the counter of my bookshelf. Your swap was spot on! I love everything. 💕


lauren.lerner It‘s been 15 yrs since I read A Canticle for Leibowitz and I‘m still not over it. 1y
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 1y
AmyG @lauren.lerner Oh wow....that‘s some endorsement. Now I am even more excited to read it. 1y
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Dostoyes Yay! I‘m so so glad! 1y
Bookish_B Love The House of Mirth. Enjoy! 1y
Sparklemn I think this is the only major Wharton that I haven't read. Should be good! 1y
AmyG @Sparklemn I have only read one of her books and was hooked! 1y
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“Sheldon paused in surprise.“


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A 29 year old orphaned woman is taken in by relatives, and suffers from pride and upperclass social mores...and a gambling addiction! As usual, Wharton‘s main character falls in love with the wrong man. After reading five of her books in a row, they start to blur together. Still, there‘s something comforting about them.

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This one was not for me. I just couldn‘t get into this one and I didn‘t care about the characters. Pushing through to the end, has left me wishing I had DNF‘d it. The one positive that I have for the book is that Edith Wharton‘s text is well written, some would even say beautiful. I actually liked The Age of Innocent better, and I didn‘t really like that. #AuthorAMonth #AuthorAMonth2020

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This is the story of Lily Bart, a member of New York's high society.
#AuthorAMonth #EdithWharton

QuietlyLaura One of my favorites! 2y
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#Authoramonth Soubhi I finally got this in the mail today! Starting this minute. I‘m finally going to have a book for #authoramonth. 👍

BayouGirl85 Book mail is the best b 2y
Soubhiville Yay! 2y
Bookish_B Love this book! Enjoy 😊 2y
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Wharton is an excellent writer and storyteller. House of Mirth is her 1st literary success. Lily Bart is an accurate portrayal of NY‘s aristocracy at the turn of the century. Bart is her most unforgettable character. She is beautiful but finds herself broke from gambling debts and needs to find a wealthy husband. This ultimately leads to her tragic downfall. I found this book most interesting and look forward to reading Age of Innocence next.

Andrew65 👏👏👏 Great review. Book added to TBR. 2y
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EadieB @Andrew65 I enjoyed it very much. More so because of the audio. 2y
SamAnne I finished House of Mirth and Age of Innocence last week. And I didn‘t even know she was #authoramonth LOL. Now a fan. I love how she really sets the physical scenes down to small details of a room, a house, a seating. I started reading more about her life and she was trained in interior design. Definitely reflects in her novels. 2y
EadieB @SamAnne Interesting! I know she was in Paris for a while after she wrote House of Mirth. She fell in love in Paris and her husband embezzled money to set up his mistress in Boston. They finally got divorced in 1913. 2y
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I‘ve read and reviewed 5 of Edith Wharton‘s works so far-I also posted each one separately to #authoramonth. I hope this helps @Soubhiville

BookishMe 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
Texreader Wow! You must be a fan. I‘m very nervous about the one Wharton book I‘ve set aside to read as very much not in my genre. But we shall see... 2y
Eggs It‘s a nice change of pace wandering back to early 20th century America. Which Edith are you planning to read? @Texreader (edited) 2y
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Eggs Thanks so much @BookishMe 2y
Soubhiville Thanks @Eggs I‘m just going to ask for totals at the end of the month from now on. It‘s gotten too difficult to track them all! You are so far in the lead I think you could take several month off and no one would catch up 🤣🤗. 2y
Andrew65 @Soubhiville I second that! 🤣 @Eggs (edited) 2y
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Another great Wharton novel! I liked Age of Innocenxe a bit more, but this one was great too. So much biting humor and commentary on the hypocrisies and shallowness of society. Which Wharton novel should I tackle next? #authoramonth

batsy Ethan Frome, if you haven't read it yet :) 2y
SamAnne @batsy it has been at the top of the list. 2y
fleeting Been wanting to get a copy of this! 2y
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#AuthorAMonth starting with A House of Mirth

TheBookHippie @Soubhiville I got it now!!! ❤️ 2y
Soubhiville I hope you‘ll enjoy this! 2y
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This quote from Edith Wharton felt apt for the current situation...

Due to the extreme numbers of AAM books being read, I‘m going to have to start logging them differently, as I can‘t keep up! Please all participants comment below with the number of books you think I should have logged for you so far this year. If my number doesn‘t match yours, I‘ll ask you to give me your list of read and reviewed books. MORE ⬇️

Soubhiville At the end of each month I will ask you all to post how many books you read and reviewed that month by the correct author. Please be honest. MORE⬇️ (edited) 2y
Soubhiville There will be 2 prizes at the end of the year: the one participant who read the most books, and a random prize to anyone who participated no matter the number of books. Thanks everyone for reading along, and for your understanding of this change! Enjoy your Wharton‘s! 2y
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phatsallylee You should have 3 for me. Ty 2y
Susanita You should have 3 for me as well. 2y
MoonWitch94 0 for me 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Bookwormjillk 7 for me, thanks (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie 😫🤯🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️I don‘t keep track of what I read and all my months are blurred but I am currently reading a house of mirth I will post 2y
ValerieAndBooks 3 so far. I haven‘t started April yet. And, great quote! 2y
DHill 3 for me. Thanks! 2y
LibrarianRyan 0. Shame on me 2y
Soubhiville @TheBookHippie I don‘t have any logged for you, as I‘ve only been keeping count of reviews logged using the hashtag and tagging me. 2y
Soubhiville @DHill I‘ve got 2: Ove and Underground Railroad. What did I miss? 2y
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan that‘s ok! 2y
Lcsmcat 2 - Beartown and Absolutely About Music 2y
KarenUK Just 1 for me...... 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch Just 2 for me - soon to be 3! 2y
Mtroiano 1 for me 2y
Skygoddess1 I‘ve read 11 so far 2y
Cinfhen I think 3 / maybe 2?!? I can‘t remember... but I‘m just happy to read along. Don‘t worry about the logging for me 😘 2y
BookishMe Thanks for looking out for us but I am ok for my books not to be logged 🤗🙂 2y
CareBear Your last comment on my post said 4! I‘m with @Cinfhen though .. you don‘t have to worry about logging me either, I just like reading along when I can 💜 2y
CoffeeNBooks 0 for me so far- I'm reading my first book now. 2y
JaclynW 4 total for me - 1 in January, 2 in February, 1 in March I'm not super concerned about you keeping track of mine either. I'm just doing it for fun and to experience new (or more from) authors. I don't want to add stress for you!! Thanks. 🤗 2y
TrishB Just the one for me. 2y
Melismatic I have 2 finished total for the year. Started my Wharton pick the other day. 2y
MoonWitch94 @Soubhiville phew! Good to know 🤣😉 2y
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville ❤️ no worries. I started today right and will continue on this way -thank you so much! 2y
AmyG 4 2y
Andrew65 I should be on 12. 3 for Fredrik Backman, 3 for Colson Whitehead, 6 for Haruki Murakami. Should have been 7 for Murakami but I forgot to post a review for one I read. 2y
DHill @Soubhiville just this last one for Edith Wharton-Ethan Frome makes 3. Did I not post that one correctly or are April‘s not being counted yet? 2y
Soubhiville @Lcsmcat @KarenUK @Sarahreadstoomuch we‘re matching up. @Mtroiano I didn‘t have you on my spreadsheet... I‘ll add you to my tag list as well. What book have you read so far? 2y
Mtroiano Just Wharton‘s House of Mirth. I was a little late to the party. Sorry! 😬 2y
Soubhiville @JaclynW @Melismatic 👍 we‘re good. @TrishB I have 2- Britt-Marie and nickel boys 2y
Soubhiville @AmyG @Andrew65 I gotcha. @DHill I hadn‘t counted April yet as I realized I needed to create a new way of keeping track. 😊 2y
Soubhiville @mtroiano that explains it- I‘ll ask for April‘s total at the end of the month. I‘ve added you now! Thanks! 2y
TrishB Ahhh forget about Britt-Marie 😁 2y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve only posted 2 so far, both back in January for Backman. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Three!! Two Backman & one Whitehead. Thank you!!! 2y
Megabooks 5 - 2 Backman, 1 Whitehead, 2 Murakami 2y
Eggs Thanks for all you‘re doing - the hosting💗 @Soubhiville 2y
Amiable I think 3 (2 Backman and 1 Whitehead), but it‘s not a big deal if we don‘t match or if you‘re logging mine! I‘m not in it to rack up any points. 🙂 (edited) 2y
Texreader 3 total for me so far: 1 Backman, 1 Whitehead, 1 Murakami. 2y
BookwormAHN I have 6: 3 Backman, 1 Whitehead, 2 Murakami 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 2 Backman, 1 Whitehead, 2 Murakami. Total 5 for me. Thanks. It‘s a good idea to ask us to post our totals at the end of each month. 2y
rockpools Hi Soubhi. Just 1 (Ove) for me - I can‘t imagine trying to track this lot! Thank you 😊 2y
sheshedbooks I have 3 "Logged" comments : A Man Called Ove (Backman), Pinball (Murakami), and The Underground Railroad (Whitehead). Thank you! 2y
Jess861 I have read 3 books so far: 1 Backman, 1 Murakami and 1 Whitehead. 2y
dariazeoli You have me at 7, which is correct! 2y
nicebicycle Just the one Backman for me. 2y
tjwill I have 6 so far. 😁 2y
Bklover I‘m at 0 but just ordered House of Mirth. You are wonderful!💜💜 2y
Bookzombie I‘m at 3. Thank you for keeping track! 💗 2y
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Joining in on #authoramonth

SamAnne Chose to read 2 Wharton novels before I knew she was this month‘s #authoramonth. Finishing this one this weekend. Love her writing! 2y
Mtroiano @SamAnne I‘m really enjoying this one so far! I‘ve already found myself giggling out loud a few times 😁 2y
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1. Tagged book for #authoramonth
2. Between series reads, book clubs, and other obligations, there‘s not much space for mood reading...but I‘ve been known to grab something shiny at the library or bookstore. #two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩 2y
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“Don't you ever mind," she asked suddenly, "not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?”

I think we all can relate to this one!! ????


TK-421 😂 Totally relatable! 2y
Cindyelizavaz Do I buy 3 books? Or 4 books? 🤔😜 2y
CarolynM Absolutely! 2y
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Desha 😂🤣😂🤣 yes and especially when you also dream of a huge library that contains leather bound classics lol...Folio Society? Easton Press? Juniper Books? Everyman‘s Library? Ooooh all the dreams...♥️📚📚📚📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Desha yes!!!! 🤣🤣 2y
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#QuotsyFeb20 Day 8: #Rich
And yes, I do mind very much, Edith Wharton.
Here‘s to buying all them bookses!!!

Tamra I love her wit! 2y
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Reading this for The House of Mirth Readalong w/ Cleo and several others @ClassicalCarousel.com, November 1 - December 15.


Cathythoughts This book ❤️❤️💔 2y
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Next up. 🙂Not sure what to expect. I love starting new books. There is such a sense of adventure.

Tamra This is sooooo good! Wharton is a favorite of mine. Queen of Social Snark. 2y
Becker @Tamra So glad to get this feedback. That is exactly what I‘m in the mood for. 2y
Cathythoughts I love this book ♥️ Lily ♥️ 2y
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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.



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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.

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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.

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#MayMovieMagic #WhenTheLeveeBreaks One unforgettable book for me. And after all the “mirth” ... the levee breaks for Lily Bart... this woman breaks my heart ♥️💔

TrishB Gorgeous copy 💕 3y
JennyM That‘s such a lovely cover 3y
Cinfhen Echoing the #covercrush 🤩 (edited) 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this..joining the cover love 🙂 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @JennyM @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s a lovely cover & The Penguin is looking quite dapper in the midst of it all ♥️👍🏻 3y
Tamra Favorite! 3y
rohit-sawant Gah, this has been on my TBR for years! Must read soon. Wonderful edition! 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra one of mine too ♥️👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant we need more time .... for all the books 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Tamra @rohit-sawant it‘s so good! I‘m a Wharton fan girl. She reminds me of Dowager Grantham from Downton Abby with her sharp wit. 3y
LeahBergen I love Wharton but haven‘t read this one! 3y
Blaire @LeahBergen you would love it! It‘s my favorite Wharton. 3y
Cathythoughts @Blaire I agree ! I think you would love it too @LeahBergen 3y
Tamra @Blaire yes @LeahBergen, bump it up! 3y
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My mom loved this book but I hated it and the characters

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#audacity #quotsymay19

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.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa You can good to Goodreads under quotes and search any word or phrase or topic. 3y
gradcat Anyway, I love this—I love the language! 3y
TK-421 Searching Goodreads by keyword is helpful (or by author, keyword if you have a particular writer in mind). I‘ve used Google Books preview too. Most often I search through e-books on Libby, Cloud Library, or iBooks. I‘m also trying to train myself to take a pic of the page when I come across a good quote instead of dog earring or using sticky notes. I also screenshot, bookmark or highlight while reading e-books to save quotes for later. (edited) 3y
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twohectobooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I gave that a shot with limited success prior to posting this one but I‘ll keep trying! 3y
twohectobooks @gradcat Edith Wharton turns a great phrase! 3y
twohectobooks @TK-421 thanks! I definitely save quotes I just don‘t necessarily remember the content of them if that makes sense. 3y
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