Mystery and Gothic Fiction
Date started: October 16, 2019
Date finished: October 30, 2019
I thought the cover was quite beautiful. After reading the synopsis, this mystery set in the Victorian era got me hooked. I really liked the alternating narratives from different characters.
A gripping Victorian Gothic - an evil husband, a wronged woman, a noble suitor. Asylums, locked rooms and a race across London. I enjoyed this mammoth book immensely, although, as a modern reader, I much preferred the forthright and practical character of Marian to the simpering and childlike Laura.
“It is the grand misfortune of my life, that nobody will let me alone. Why, I ask everybody why, why worry me? Nobody answers that question and nobody lets me alone.” - Frederick Fairlie, Esq.
One of the best sets of opening chapter lines ever!
I feel so much more terribly about the fate of Anne on reread. Collins didn‘t write enough empathy into the other characters for her sad existence and fate.
Two #NYC bookclubs today 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! First one was the #2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub, and we read the tagged book. Everyone liked this thick Victorian novel, arguably the world‘s first mystery novel. 😊
Have you read it?!
#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this chilly, dark evening: broccoli florets, carrots, cauliflower, chicken, and mushrooms, in extra virgin olive oil; grape tomatoes; mozzarella balls; walnuts; shredded cheddar cheeses, parmesan & romano cheeses; and garlic parmesan dressing. With sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
🎶 : “The Victorian Governess” Spotify playlist
“This is the story of what a Woman‘s patience can endure, and what a Man‘s resolution can achieve.” My husband‘s in Italy, my children are in their rooms, me, wine, fire, a Victorian Gothic novel and my dogs - bliss
Finished this purple chunkster in the car (on audio) this morning, and what a ride it has been! Thanks for sending it to me @BarbaraBB 🙌 I loved experiencing the story unfold, and being sucked into the drama and intrigue. I wish Marianne had narrated more of the story, because I loved her voice, and some of the male characters got a bit too sexist (I know it is a product of its time, but it is annoying to read, still).
#BookNDinner! Couldn‘t wait for the broccoli 😂👏🏻. Accompaniment this cool and comfortable evening: NY strip steak with mushrooms, baked potato, rolls, and Guinness. MMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
#BookNDessert! What does a #TATERTOT(!!!)-loving, ice cream-indulging fellow like myself do? Tater tots to accompany dinner, and ice cream for dessert. Specifically, an Arctic swirl of twist soft-serve packed with Reese‘s peanut butter cups chunks. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
After a 5km #audiowalk I prepared breakfast for the next week - home made granola for my bf, and baked oatmeal porridge with blueberries and hazelnuts 👌
I‘m really enjoying the book so far, and it has been a perfect companion for my afternoon activities today 🙌
“On a lonely moonlit road, a young drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman, dressed all in white, only to be struck by her eerie resemblance to his pupil, the beautiful heiress Laura Fairlie. Who is this #ghost-ly woman in white? And what secret does she hold over Sir Percival Glyde, Laura‘s sinister fiancé?” #screamathonphotochallenge
Book #62: Of all of the books that I have read across these 100 greatest books lists, the genera that is by far one of the least represented is the mystery. Luckily we get an excellent taste of mystery in The Woman in White. The story focuses on a mysterious woman who recently escaped from an asylum. Through the story she crosses paths with the...
It‘s a foggy day at sea here on the Queen Elizabeth as we make our way to Southampton.
@BookishMarginalia overheard this conversation about tagged book while having breakfast in the Lido deck.
I ran out of audio books on hold because, like a total moron, I went backwards in the alphabet on Grafton instead of forward 😖 so I tried out one of the #1001Books I had on my list... say a prayer for me. #25hours #alreadyterrified
This was a fun read... er, I mean listen! I always want to read more books labeled as a “classic” but it never really appeals to me to sit down with one. I‘d much rather be reading a fast-paced fantasy or thriller instead. So hurray for audiobooks! This mystery was slow to unravel but it had me hanging on chapter by chapter. My morning walk to work has been much more exciting these past few weeks! 4/5 stars from me!
I had so much fun completing the first quarter of #booked2019! 🎉🎉🎉 in part because I chose some wonderful books 💁🏻♀️ the tagged one and Ladder to the Sky being faves.
After 4-5 months, I have finally finished this!!! It‘s strange to me that it was both a good read AND a slog to get through at times (I think mostly because of Collins‘ need for every detail to be given). The other book I‘m reading right now, The Stranger Diaries, is referencing this book and Wilkie Collins a lot, so that‘s fun.
This book qualifies for #femaledetective by a very slim margin, and I‘m counting it! Collins is such a masterful storyteller that I didn‘t want to put this densely written mystery down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1. White Night by Jim Butcher and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
2. We just watched Four Weddings and a Funeral last night. I had mentioned a few days ago that I had never seen it so my husband said ok we‘re watching it. I thought it was ok. I liked the humour but didn‘t care for the love story.
3. Probably tea.
Reading during the work week is so difficult for me. By the time I get in bed I have no motivation to pick up my book 😩Anyone else?!
This was great 👍 Classics are often a hit or miss for me, but this was definitely a hit. The characters, the setting, the atmosphere... I loved it all. I did think the ending dragged a bit but that's quickly forgotten! #recommend #aroundtheyearin52books
#aty2019 - a book not written in traditional novel format
#Booked2019 - new to you author
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
This weekend has been freezing cold so I've been snuggled up with this #chunkster under my homemade blanket! I might have to find an audiobook again so I can #readandcrochet at the same time
A real chunkster with over 600 pages, it could have easily lost a couple hundred pages. It wavered between a pick and a so-so. The most interesting parts were those narrated by Marian, my favourite character. She's not allowed to be the protagonist, though, or the love interest, because although she's smart and brave and has an alluring figure, she's ugly! Oh no! 🙄
My next classic will be written by a woman again, I think.
#MountTBR2019 no. 2
Book 4 of the year, finished January 13th. Audio
This is the second time I've read this one and I really enjoyed it again. If I have one complaint, Mr Collins is a bit on the verbose side, but it's not the end of the world.
Overall it was a great Who Done It and How and I will look for more Wilkie Collins on Librivox.
Hufflepuff scarf for JC!
So I was about to stop listening to this book cause of the weird casual sexism I didn't really have time for, but I looked it up on Litsy and everyone was like "plots great, loved it" so I kept with it for a few more chapters and it's getting gooood.
Book 24 on my challenge W, was a cracker. Wilkie Collins crafts a gothic thriller which had me hooked with count fosco being a sinister villain to match with the best. I can easily forgive the coincidence that the plot relies on when the story is so compelling.
Nearly finished a small book for number 25 and final bk is novella after some chunksters this yr so should cross the finish line before midnight Tuesday.
#nofemmeber #sympathy #litsyclassics
Im only 60 pages into my 23rd in the challenge and already am sympathising with Anne Catherick the woman in white who having escaped an asylum scares walter on a moonlit Road - later with goggle eyes mooning over Laura he notices her resemblance to anne ' de de der '
Was a bit shocked by 'The lady is ugly' when he 1st meets miss Halcombe.
If i finish this chunkster i shd finish the challenge 😀
Just finished the final episode on my DVR. I enjoyed this third remaking of The Woman in White by BBC. I have not seen the other two but this one was pretty true to the novel. Any deviations helped explain the story not change it.
Favorite character in book and movie: Marian
Birthday mail pt. 2/3
Thank you dear @BarbaraBB - both for the books, and for the very sweet and caring card. ❤️ these editions are lovely, and both have been on my tbr for such a long time! Thanks, and thanks again Barbara!
Late start on this month‘s #screamathon but so far this first one‘s a winner! I‘m also excited to watch the miniseries on PBS starting Sunday 😱
1. Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Marian Halcolmbe from Woman in White
2. Purple is my favorite, and pink or neon/pastel colors are my least favorite.
3. A latte and a ham and cheese croissant. You know, the breakfast of champions 😆
4. When I have time I like to bake and make chocolate pieces. I also bullet journal.
5. My glasses! I‘m basically blind without them.