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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse (5 May 1927) is a novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skillfully manipulates temporality and psychological exploration.To the Lighthouse follows and extends the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, where the plot is secondary to philosophical introspection, and the prose can be winding and hard to follow. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls the power of childhood emotions and highlights the impermanence of adult relationships. One of the book's several themes is the ubiquity of transience.
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kspenmoll
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#LitsyLove

Thank you so much for all this love💕💕 Littens! I really needed it the last two weeks so it was wonderful to hear from you all. I am behind in my replies but have the time & energy to begin today. My hand/ arm nerve injury due to a needle stick to my nerve when giving blood has hampered my writing. Fortunately the MD does not think it‘s permanent but may take months to heal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

tpixie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ hope you heal fast! (edited) 5d
rjsthumbelina I had the same thing happen to me while giving blood years ago! It did heal, but it took quite a while. And I still get some weird tingles in that hand from time to time. Feel better! 5d
Pricel101 Feel better soon! 💐📚🤗 5d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5d
UwannaPublishme Sending healing hugs! Feel better! 🤗❤️ 5d
kspenmoll @rjsthumbelina Thank you so much for sharing your similar experience. It gives me hope. 4d
tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 3d
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“..To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others.”

Mrs Ramsay sits alone, her solitude allows her to distance herself from the others. She seems to be in a meditative state, hands busy but her mind, as if an #invisibletouch of a hand has swept over her, providing calmness.

Tamra How beautiful. 4w
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sarahbarnes
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I‘m with you @merelybookish - reading this book again has been quite an emotional experience. It‘s exquisite. The way she captures how time and space change (and don‘t) our perspectives and our feelings about one another and ourselves, is breathtaking. As Lily Briscoe says, “so much depends...upon distance: whether people are near us or far from us.” Thanks for reading with me!

merelybookish Exquisite! Great word choice. We will need to discuss this more, why it was so emotional! I'm still mulling that over. Let me know if you'd like to re-read Mrs. Dalloway. I'm curious if I will find it as powerful! 1mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I agree!! And yes, I would love to re-read Mrs. Dalloway! Great choice. ❤️ (edited) 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely. The quote and the picture 👌 1mo
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sarahbarnes
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I am in awe of how Woolf is able to shift between the perspectives of different characters to build the complex narrative of the story. This parenthetical chapter from the hikers‘ perspective answers Mrs. Ramsey‘s question about whether Nancy went with them. And then the narrative comes back to Mrs. Ramsey in the brief following chapter: “‘Yes,‘ said Prue, in her considering way, answering her mother's question, ‘I think Nancy did go with them.‘”

Emilymdxn She really is the master 💖 2mo
merelybookish Yes! It is amazing how she pieces all these small bits together, and each person emerges as a distinct personality. (I have to apologize. My reading got shelved for a day or two. But hope to get back to it soon.) 1mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I agree! She develops the characters so subtly through their inner thoughts. And don‘t apologize! I‘ve been moving slowly on my end, too. 1mo
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♥️

JSW Beautiful thought. 2mo
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sarahbarnes
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“Such she often felt herself-struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: ‘But this is what I see; this is what I see,‘.... And it was then too, in that chill and windy way, as she began to paint, that there forced themselves upon her other things, her own inadequacy, her insignificance, keeping house for her father off the Brompton Road....”
Always so taken with Woolf‘s ability to articulate the vulnerability of being human.

aquariusnat Where did you find a copy with a foreword by Eudora Welty? 2mo
kathedron Lily Briscoe ❤ 2mo
sarahbarnes @aquariusnat I‘ve had it since college (which was long, long ago 😁). 2mo
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sarahbarnes @kathedron Agreed. ❤️ 2mo
aquariusnat Pretty Cool ! 2mo
merelybookish I also marked this passage too! And later when she keeps comparing Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Bankes and all their contradictory qualities. 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish Yes, agreed! I love how we see the two from her perspective, then Ramsey from Bankes‘ perspective. And Bankes thinking about Lily, and about himself. She‘s brilliant at shifting among characters‘ inner thoughts. It happens so seamlessly. 2mo
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merelybookish
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"For the great plateful of blue water was before her; the hoary Lighthouse, distant, austere, in the midst; and on the right, as far as the eye could see, fading and falling, in soft low pleats, the green sand dunes with the wild flowing grasses on them, which always seemed to be running away into some moon country, uninhabited of men." ??
Only a few pages in but already remembering why this is one of her masterpieces.
@sarahbarnes @bookandcat

Leftcoastzen ❤️ 2mo
saresmoore Neat cover! 2mo
Theaelizabet My favorite of hers. This reminds that I‘m due for a reread. 2mo
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sarahbarnes Yes! I was awestruck by this passage as well when I read it. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
merelybookish @saresmoore Thanks! I have a few of these editions and like the covers a lot! 2mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet Well some of us just starting a re/read if you'd like to join. 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I was surprised by how beautiful the descriptions of nature are! 2mo
Theaelizabet @merelybookish Thanks for asking! Normally, I would jump at the chance, but right now I‘m booked-up (excuse pun). I will look forward to reading the comments, though. Again, thanks for thinking of me! 2mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet I understand! Always too many books... 2mo
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merelybookish
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Anyone in the mood to read/re-read To The Lighthouse? @sarahbarnes and I are planning a low-key buddy read starting this week. Feel free to join us!

kathedron I would love to join you but my TBR stack for next month is already teetering and I daren't add a re-read to it. I shall look forward to your posts, though. ❤ 2mo
bookandcat I might be able to join - feel free to tag me and even if I can't reread it I will still enjoy reading the posts! :-) 2mo
sarahbarnes Woot! 😁 2mo
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andrew61 Really tempted but think I'll struggle - enjoy and ill look forward to the comments. 2mo
merelybookish @kathedron I understand! But if you change your mind, you're more than welcome to join. 2mo
merelybookish @bookandcat Oh good! We will be sure to tag you either way! 2mo
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Qpri
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‘The very stone that one kicks with one‘s boot, will outlast Shakespeare.‘ -Virginia Woolf in To The Lighthouse. (Pictured: A San Francisco street mural)

Blueberry Love the mural ❤ 2mo
Qpri @Blueberry It‘s so much fun to walk around enjoying the work of local artists :) 2mo
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RadicalReader Never seen a more beautiful combination of sunset and ocean 2mo
Aashkaar Wonders of Nature! 2mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Not my favorite Woolf novel, but beautifully written as always

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Nebklvr I loved this!! Hope you enjoy it too. 3mo
Paperback.Propensity @Nebklvr Thanks! I am liking it so far 3mo
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I can‘t believe it‘s been almost 11 years since I read To the Lighthouse, but the torn receipts I found between the pages, used as bookmarks when I needed them, tell me that it was March 2008. I was living in Ohio. I had gotten a cheap haircut that I absolutely hated. I loved the brownies at Middle Ground. There is almost nothing in my life that‘s the same as it was then. Except, of course, for this incredible book.

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Paperback.Propensity
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The last of my bookmail.

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Mitch
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Happy Birthday Virginia 🥳

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
LeahBergen Yes!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
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suzie.reads
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What a breathtaking read this was it's left me feeling very satisfied.
It isn't really a plot driven story, it's quite gentle but I think this book is more about Virginia Woolf's writing style, which is simply stunning. I felt like I was sat exactly where she was describing, the detail was incredible. I love the Isle of Skye as well.

A book from my #booknerdchallenge a classic book I've been meaning to read but haven't.

Judybskt I‘ve had this on my bookshelf forever. Need to read it! 5mo
suzie.reads @Judybskt it isn't my type of book as I like an action packed thriller but I'm trying to read a few different books for various challenges. It it a beautifully written book and wad enjoyable. 5mo
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Litsi
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“ a life different from [mine], in Paris perhaps; a wilder life; not always taking care of some man or other; for there was in all their minds a mute questioning of deference and chivalry, of the Bank of England and the Indian Empire, of ringed fingers and lace...”
The thoughts of the three young daughters in To the Lighthouse. And hopefully the thoughts of mine.

jmofo 💜 5mo
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Lea
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Took a few days off from reading to go to the ocean for a much needed vacation with my husband.

julesG 😍 6mo
Caroline2 Awesome!!! 😍 6mo
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"What, indeed, if you look from a mountain-top down the long wastes of the ages? The very stone one kicks with one's boot will outlast Shakespeare."

Virginia Woolf, 1927, To the Lighthouse

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gradcat
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#graditude30 #inspiration @hermyknee

My sources of inspiration are, ta-dum, other artists. I am often inspired by architecture & location, or paintings & installations, or poets and poetry, or music & lyrics. I suppose I‘m kind of like a sponge to water: art just fills me up, saturates me.

hermyknee 💛 7mo
batsy Yes to this ❤️ 7mo
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Serenity_Within86
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Loved it. Definitely going be reading more books by her.

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Loving it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Litsi
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Yesterday at the half Stanford‘s football team was down 7-24. I said they could win. My husband was dismissive.
Today I realized that we had acted out the famous scenes in this novel where the wife says the weather might be fine enough the next day to go to the lighthouse & the husband says it won‘t.
If a novel is a classic somehow the writer has captured the elements of life. I encourage you to read one. They‘re free.
And Stanford did win.

MyBookSwapClub I listened to audio last week! I agree with your review - great book! 8mo
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MyBookSwapClub
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Today's a #AudioBook

Loving this book...Mrs Ramsey, and her description about books she has in TBR but hasn't got to it yet...

What are you reading today?

MaGoose Think I read this book once years ago but don't recall the plot, so I'll put it on my TBR list. 8mo
Litsi How perfect that you don‘t recall the plot. 8mo
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Cupicedtea
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A great modernist text

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Deborah42
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The story of a family‘s life, told in two parts. In the first part, the beautiful, optimistic Mrs. Ramsay balances the needs of her prickly husband, her children, and the guests who arrive for a dinner. She‘s the unsung center of everything, the glue that holds them together. The visit to the lighthouse is a metaphor for all that will go undone.

In the second part, Mrs. Ramsay has died and her husband is on a mission to finally take that trip.

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Liza24
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“it had become, she knew, giving one last look at it over her shoulder, already the past.”
#litsyclassics #virginiawoolf #studybreak

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Litsi
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Next up! Glad that my copy is water-warped. Adds to the sensory experience of it all!

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up!

Branwen Love this book so much! 😍 11mo
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Bertha_Mason
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"...watching [the beam from the lighthouse] with fascination, hypnotized, as if it were stroking with its silver finger some sealed vessel in her brain whose bursting would flood her with delight..."

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ElisabethRose
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I enjoyed her writing style but I had a hard time keeping focused on the story. She uses a method that I believe is called stream of consciousness and it makes it hard for me personally to differentiate between speech and narration. Besides that I enjoyed it.

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ReadingEnvy
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I finished this audiobook Thursday before recording a podcast episode with @lindy. I realize now that I only read Mrs. Dalloway in school, and besides, how could I have appreciated (back then) the nuanced capture of a marriage where two people say everything but what they mean and still communicate what they mean? Nicole Kidman is a great narrator although I had to listen at 1x speed. #readingwomenchallenge for bonus: read a book by Virginia Woolf

Libby1 I finished Between the Acts yesterday. I‘d recommend it! 😀 11mo
melissajayne I‘ve read Mrs. Dalloway and really didn‘t like it. 11mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Some books just need older eyes. 👀 11mo
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ReadingEnvy @Libby1 Woolf is in the air. I didn't know of that one until you mentioned it! 11mo
ReadingEnvy @melissajayne too meandering? 11mo
ReadingEnvy @missnavigation absolutely. 11mo
Libby1 Excellent! Thanks to @River_Voice for introducing me to it. 11mo
melissajayne @ReadingEnvy I think so. 11mo
ThatBookishGal Oh wow I didn‘t know Nicole Kidman narrated it. Maybe I‘ll listen to it on audio! 11mo
ReadingEnvy @ThatBookishGal report back if you do! 11mo
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scripturient
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Listening to one of my favourite books ever to freshen up my memory before I teach the novel again in two weeks. You always think not much is happening in this story but all those little everyday events tend to slip my memory. Actually, there is so much going on here. ❤️

llwheeler This is on my tbr... Is this audio good? Would you recommend print or audio for a first time read? 12mo
scripturient @llwheeler There were three different audio versions on Audible but this is the one I like best. For a first time read, however, I‘d definitely recommend the print version. You have so many characters talking and thinking and Woolf sort of frequently merges their thoughts so that as a reader you sometimes lose track of who you‘re actually following. It‘s definitely easier to keep track when you read it. 😊 12mo
llwheeler @scripturient Good to know, thanks! I'll do print for sure then ☺ 12mo
scripturient @llwheeler You‘re welcome! Let me know how you like it. 😊 12mo
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TheBookKeeper
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"So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea."

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

#reading #books #classics #virginiawoolf #tothelighthouse

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There was not much of a plot to this novel. Nothing dramatic or fantastic happens, and it is very everyday. A lot happens to characters and within those characters minds, but that is not why you should read this book.
I would recommend this book for its hypnotic and highly enjoyable use of language. The way Virginia Woolf writes is so careful and beautiful that I find myself enraptured.

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This has got to be at least my fifth rereading of an all-time favourite. ❤️ I‘ll be teaching the novel again in a few weeks so I‘m refreshing my memory. This is the stunning Folio edition and my ‘working‘ copy with all its annotations. 😊

Daisey Love this photo! (edited) 12mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 12mo
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Moray_Reads I love To the Lighthouse. Still my favourite by Woolf ♥️ 12mo
Billypar Only read it once, but I wish it could have been for a class. I really liked it, but there's so much to appreciate- I probably missed a lot. 12mo
Laura317 My gosh, look at all those sticky notes! 12mo
Sarah83 I must missed, that you ordered the folio edition... 😊 12mo
scripturient @Sarah83 It‘s second hand. I got it through AbeBooks. :) 12mo
batsy My favourite Woolf 💙 12mo
Sarah83 How many books do you already have? 12mo
scripturient @Sarah83 Folios? Ahem, ahem, ... 🙈 12 already. 🙈🙈🙈🙈 I spent way too much money this past month. 🙈 12mo
Sarah83 So many... You have to take a picture. 😍 12mo
scripturient @Sarah83 Will do when I‘m home this afternoon. :) 12mo
Sarah83 Sounds great 12mo
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KellyMuser
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My first Woolf, and I‘ve wanted to read it here for so long. I love the way she writes. 📖💗

BarbaraBB Great location 💜 12mo
KellyMuser @BarbaraBB One of my favorite vacation spots. A family tradition. 😁👍 12mo
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Bertha_Mason
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I started listening to this one today. It's hard to go wrong with Virginia Woolf.

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Valeka
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Ernest Hemingway
Virginia Woolf
Sylvia Plath
William Faulkner
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tennessee Williams
Sandra Cisneros
Junot Díaz
*Alternate - Stephen King

monalyisha Just heard about the reports of misconduct made against Diaz. I still haven‘t read anything by him, but was planning to listen to Oscar Wao on audio. Do they impact your decision to invite him to your party? https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thecut.com/2018/05/author-junot-diaz-accused-of... (edited) 12mo
Valeka I‘ve heard about the misconduct allegations and I am disappointed. My invitees are solely based on their literary influence on me as a writer and avid reader. 12mo
Litsi 8. Hmm. #Thomas Hardy Virginia Woolf Fitzgerald Rachel Cusk Rowling Proust Dickens Emily Bronte 8mo
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zezeki
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Four new books!! That's what happens when you feel a little down and to cheer yourself up, you go to the bookstore where it turns out to be a really student budget friendly sale! I would've bought even more books if I hadn't already been carrying a bunch of other stuff. Now I finally have my own Jane Eyre copy *squeak* 😁😁📚📓📚 #haul #bookhaul #bookstore

Moray_Reads Such great titles! I love those Collins covers 12mo
Wife Sounds like excellent therapy! 🌹 12mo
ephemeralwaltz Yay!!!! Great haul! 12mo
zezeki @Moray_Reads There were really lovely Jane Austen covers, I don't know how I managed to control myself. 12mo
readordierachel Good choices! 12mo
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Anna_k8t
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scripturient
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Seminar preparation. 😊

julesG Post-Apocalypse? Cool 14mo
Demanda To the Lighthouse 😍 14mo
JazzFeathers 💪😄 14mo
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JenP
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I forgot to post my review for this #booked2018 #feministclassic

Not the best example of feminist classic (her other books would have been a better fit) but it is a classic and there are definitely some feminist threads. I struggled through this. It had some beautifully written passages but I found the first section pretty boring. I don‘t love stream of consciousness and struggled to stay focused through the rapidly shifting perspectives.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good call for the prompt. We support adjacent books. I‘m tagging @4thhouseontheleft also, since she is the keeper of the master list. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚😍😍 14mo
JenP @BarbaraTheBibliophage oh, thanks! I haven‘t been tagging her in any of my posts 😬. I post a photo of my completed list tomorrow and will tag her just in case 14mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been taking notes...you‘re in good hands @JenP 🙌🏻😍 (edited) 14mo
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readinginthedark This one wasn‘t so hard to follow on audio, for future reference if you have trouble with Woolf‘s writing style. I listened to the version narrated by Juliet Stevenson. 14mo
JenP @readinginthedark that‘s a good idea. I also love Juliet Stevenson 14mo
4thhouseontheleft I follow the #Booked2018 so if you use the #, I usually see them! 😃 (edited) 14mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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I basically loved this book just because of its #BeautifulWriting #ReadingResolutions
@jess7

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scripturient
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Visit the lighthouse - yes or no? High-maintenance husband, oedipal kid, independent artist and everyone does what they want. 10 years later things are different but still the same. The final brushstroke is an I.

Suet624 👍👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
kathedron Love it! 1y
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AnneCecilie
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In this novel we meet the Ramsay's who is staying at their summerhouse with some friends. Everyone get to tell their view of what happens. A lot of the focus is on Mrs. Ramsay and how her mind is drifting. Even if this is a technique that requires a lot of the reader, I think it shows what life really is like. Who hasn't had I mind that is drifting? I know I have.

Thank you @JenP for organizing a buddy read so that I finally read it.

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In the first part of To the Lighthouse, The Window, we see the Ramsays' youngest asking his father when they can go out to the Lighthouse... the text that follows, mainly from Mrs. Ramsay's point of view, flows on, reflecting on domesticity, perspective, time, life, and art. My first Woolf last year which I greatly enjoyed.

#InTheWindow #MagicalMarch
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

vkois88 Ooooh sounds good 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your pic!!!! ❤️❤️ 1y
rohit-sawant Beautiful picture! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @rohit-sawant thank you!!😍 1y
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