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The Moonstone
The Moonstone: And The Woman in White | Wilkie COLLINS
When Rachel Verinder's legacy of a priceless Indian diamond is stolen, all the evidence indicates that it is her beloved, Franklin Blake, who is guilty. Around this central axis of a crime and a thwarted love, Collins constructs an ingenious plot of teasing twists and surprises, and an elaborate multi-voiced narrative that never flags in human interest. A huge hit when first published and popular ever since, The Moonstone keeps the reader guessing until the end.
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sprainedbrain
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I have finished my second Collins novel, and am once again surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Considered to be the first detective novel, it‘s a well-written Victorian era story that never got boring and has some really excellent characters. Gabriel Betteredge, despite his flaws, is fantastic whether he‘s narrating or not. Funny, smart, obsessed with Robinson Crusoe, he‘s basically the butler and carries this book with his detective fever.⬇️⬇️

sprainedbrain I mean, look at this: ‘We had our breakfasts-whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.‘ Betteredge was endlessly entertaining and I was riveted by this story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books
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KimHM Soooo . . . the butler can‘t have done it? 😂📚💚📚💙📚❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @KimHM Spoiler alert: The butler did not do it! Of course, there is only one ending to this one... 😂 2w
batsy I like this one a lot, too! So entertaining. 2w
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Bklover
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Which one should I get to read first??????

ljuliel I‘ve read them both, but it was a long time ago. They‘re both very good. I think The Woman in White is a bit easier to get into, but they‘re both the same level of good. 1mo
Jess I vote for the Woman in White. I just finished it and really liked it. Enjoy whichever you choose. 1mo
Librarybelle I liked The Moonstone. I haven‘t had a chance to read The Woman In White yet. 1mo
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Lucy_Anywhere I enjoyed The Moonstone - very high gothic! 1mo
batsy I've read them both and loved them! 1mo
Avanders These are both on my tbr! Will get to one of them, one of these days... 😬 1mo
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toofondofbooks
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I had no idea BBC had done a new adaptation of my favorite Wilke Collins novel. Im coming down with a lovely bug my son shared with me and this will be perfect to be sick with.

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EmilieGR
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Loved this book all the way through

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gradcat
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#anglophileapril

(Day 28 - #InvisibleTouch)

*I can only call this a stretch, but it‘s exactly where my mind went with the prompt. Some (suspend disbelief?) “invisible touches” in this novel:
~Rosanna Spearman, who manages to remove an article of clothing without the wearer, Franklin Blake, knowing it;
~Mr Candy, the doctor who secretly administers laudanum to Franklin;
~Franklin, who stole the Moonstone diamond, unbeknownst to himself.
💎 🧪 👰

Cinfhen Plenty of eye rolls 😜🙄well done!!!!! 8mo
Mdargusch I need to get to Woman in White. It‘s been on my TBR for a few years. 😬 8mo
emilyhaldi Works for me!! Woman in White could certainly work for this prompt too 8mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘ve got this on my TBR. 8mo
gradcat @emilyhaldi I agree...I had a hard time picking between the two books. 8mo
gradcat @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch I love these books...I hope you like them! 8mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Eye rolls, eh...I wonder what that means...🤔 8mo
Cinfhen Your examples were on point but the examples as a reader would cause me eye rolls a plenty!!! I don‘t like suspension of belief as a plot device 7mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Oh, yes...you‘re right... I‘m not a big buyer of suspension of (dis)belief either—I agree with you! 7mo
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Tashaxlynn
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1. Tagged
2. Try and get ahead with school work
3. Ewww no!
4. Hmmm idk, that‘s a difficult question. There are soo many names that I love that I would use!
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Gina
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Illustration by William Sharp. 1944

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Gina
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Isn't that a thing of beauty! 1944

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k.reads
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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I'll take creepy units of measurement for 1000.

Purrsistently 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The moonstone is a legendary diamond named after the Hindu God of the Moon. In this classic, a young English girl inherits the diamond on her birthday, not knowing that it was stolen from its guardians and that Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to finding the missing treasure.

#winterwonderland #crystaldays

TrishB Beautiful pick ❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful ✨✨✨✨ 12mo
Cinfhen Sounds good 👌🏽 12mo
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batsy Clever! 12mo
vivastory Well played! 12mo
Freespirit This is one of my top reads...also loved The women in White by Wilkie Collins. Highly recommend. 12mo
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rwmg
Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Still an intriguing puzzle told with a sly sense of humour by a chain of witnesses

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rwmg
Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Ericalambbrown I really love this book. 12mo
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k.reads
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Aw, I know that feeling! ❤️📚

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vivastory
Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Well, it's not the 300+ that I read last year, but I'm still quite pleased. The Moonstone was a great one to finish the challenge with. So, what has my reading year been like? I spent quite a bit of time with mysteries (Dublin Murder Squad #2-6 & the first 3 Cormoran Strike), I read several classics this year that immediately became all-time favorites (Northanger Abbey, Crime & Punishment, Great Expectations) & several astonishing contemporary 👇

Liz_M That is a fabulously large number of books! Congrats 13mo
vivastory works that are destined to become classics (Half of a Yellow Sun, House of Leaves, The Blazing World, Song of Achilles). I read a lot of titles that have been on my TBR for years, & they did not disappoint. I participated in several enlightening, fantastic buddy reads ( #littleraskols The Blazing World, Confederacy of Dunces, Les Mis) & read mostly backlist titles. A good year! 13mo
Minervasbutler Wow that is impressive! 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Awesome 👏👍🤓 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! 13mo
Daisey Congratulations! That is an impressive list! 13mo
JoScho 🎉💖🎉💖🎉 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, that‘s amazing. Congratulations!🎉 13mo
TheLibrarian Congrats!!! That‘s a lot of books!!! 13mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 And I ❤️ The Moonstone too. Great book. 13mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 13mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻😲👏🏻📚 13mo
rubyslippersreads 🎉📚🎉📚🎉🎉🎉 13mo
Cinfhen Wow!!!! That‘s fabulous 🙌🏻💕🌈 13mo
kitabi_keeda 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 13mo
RachelO Wow! 13mo
Kalalalatja Well done Scott! 👏👏👏 13mo
julesG Congratulations! 13mo
LeahBergen Wow!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 13mo
Leftcoastzen Wow , I‘ll be lucky to hit 90! Great job 13mo
Moray_Reads Congrats! 13mo
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! 🎉🎉⭐️ 13mo
kspenmoll Congrats! Amazing! 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
irre 🎉🎉👏👏 13mo
HardcoverHearts Congratulations!!!! 13mo
readordierachel Hot damn! Way to go! 🤘🏼🎉🙂 13mo
Suet624 That‘s amazing. Congrats! 12mo
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vivastory
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"Hush, for Heaven's Sake!"
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lauraodom
Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Current Read.

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Gezemice
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I unexpectedly loved this Victorian twisty-turny mystery. I enjoyed the story and investigation, the snarky characterizations, humor, little jabs at contemporary society. The reason I am deducting a star is because it is at least twice as long as it needs to be.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Peter Jeffrey. His narration is superb. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

erzascarletbookgasm I want to read this soonish. I liked 1y
Gezemice @erzascarletbookgasm I think I will need to read that one, too! 1y
jillrhudy Love! I need to get this audio! 1y
Redwritinghood I love this book too. I will have to look for the audiobook. 1y
Gezemice @jillrhudy @Redwritinghood It is worth it. I got mine on Libby through the library. 1y
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Gezemice
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This is an unexpectedly fun read - the earliest mystery story I have read. It also has some snarky observations about contemporary society. This one made me chuckle.
#currentlyreading #classics

BarbaraJean I really enjoyed this one, and think I enjoyed The Woman in White by him even more! 1y
Gezemice @BarbaraJean Yes, I am enjoying it, I should definitely check out The Woman in White. Thanks! 1y
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toofondofbooks
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Finally got my hands on a Modern Library edition of my favorite by Wilkie Collins. The first great detective story 😊

#modernlibraryclassics #litsyclassics

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Hidie
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Reading The Moonstone because...why not??

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Moray_Reads
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It's so difficult to know when a #tvadaptation will work, even the BBC doesn't always get it right. I found 2016's The Moonstone so painful to watch that I haven't dared see their recent Woman in White which is my favourite Wilkie Collins 😨 #maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

julesG Haven't seen The Woman in White yet, but agree with you on The Moonstone. 2y
Moray_Reads @julesG it was so stilted and awkward and poorly-acted. I cringed all the way through! 2y
kathedron I haven't seen The Moonstone but rather liked The Woman in White, though it's over twenty years since I read it so I can't judge how successful it was as an adaptation. One thing, though: Count Fosco was described in the BBC blurb as "enigmatic". No, no he was not that. And in one episode he insisted on singing in a voice like a bear several hours in to an extensive pub crawl. (Am I putting you off? ?) 2y
julesG @Moray_Reads my friend described it as "They had a budget of 20 pounds and went for an ice-cream with all the staff after the last 'cut'" ? 2y
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Henrik_Madsen
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Pick, pick, pick. I loved this book. Great plot, great characters, great writing. T.S. Eliot might have been right when he called it “the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels.”

Swe_Eva It‘s really very engaging. And looong. 😉 2y
Henrik_Madsen @Swe_Eva It is long, but I think the alternating narrators made up for it. I especially enjoyed miss Clack. 2y
Swe_Eva @Henrik_Madsen It's the same with all of those that were published as serials first, but this one was very engaging. Ms. Clack is quite the pill! 😂 2y
Swe_Eva @Henrik_Madsen I just realized I used "engaging" twice about it, so it must be true. ? 2y
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“So I passed that blissful night. On rising the next morning, how young I felt! I might add, how young I looked, if I were capable of dwelling on the concerns of my own perishable body. But I am not capable - and I add nothing.”
Miss Clack is just the perfect hypocrite!

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amber_ldsmom
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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Favorites: The Moonstone, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Miracle Worker

Least Favorites: Alice Parker‘s Metamorphosis, Holy Cow, The Music Shop

5 hard copies
5 e-books
1 audiobook

TheFunkyBookworm Wow u go girl! I‘ve always been curious about that Moonstone book- I need to give it a try! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Whaaaattttt The Music Shop wasn‘t your favorite?!?! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
amber_ldsmom @TheFunkyBookworm It‘s long, but soooo worth the read! 2y
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CaitlinR
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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I was unprepared for, and delighted by, the humor that graced this wonderful mystery. The first Wilkie Collins that I‘ve read, but it won‘t be the last. Finally, thank you Litsys for introducing me to Serial Reader, a great way to read a classic.

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Henrik_Madsen
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The Moonstone will have its vengeance yet on you and yours! - He spoke those words, and fell dead on the floor.

sprainedbrain Welcome to Litsy! Always happy to have other #1001books people to follow. 😃 2y
Henrik_Madsen Thanks @sprainedbrain It is nice to have some followers on the quest. I have so read about 160 books. How far are you? 2y
sprainedbrain @Henrik_Madsen I just finished my 107th. I just got serious about the list in the last year or so. 2y
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amber_ldsmom
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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Do you ever just take a moment to hug the great book you‘ve just finished and smile, remembering the great moments of pleasure it gave you? Yeah, me too. {sigh} This volume was so full of mystery, suspense, and fantastic characters that I know I‘ll come back to Mr. Collins again and again. Mr. Gabriel Betteredge will be forever one of my favorite characters!

TheFunkyBookworm Thanks for the tag- this sounds like a good one!!! Adding it to the top of my towering tbr stack 😂 2y
C.Perone I actually have 😊 2y
BookaholicNatty This looks really good!!!!! Thanks for the tag 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Wilkie Collins does it again! He‘s the best suspense/mystery novelist ever in my mind. I‘m always on the edge of my seat, reading furiously, lol. Master of #suspense!
#ReadingResolutions

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amber_ldsmom
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😂😂😂😂😂😂
Wilkie Collins, FTW! So funny, bruh!

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amber_ldsmom
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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1. Still reading The Moonstone and loving it!
2. Newbery books! I know that‘s not really a genre, so I‘ll also say classic literature.
3. Both!
4. @thebluestocking @Lovesbooks87 @StephanieGeiser

#happyeaster

StephanieGeiser Thanks for the tag! 2y
TheReadingMermaid @amber_ldsmom Glad you're still enjoying it! 😃👍🏻 2y
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amber_ldsmom
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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“We had our breakfast - whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn‘t matter, you must have your breakfast.” 😂

I feel this way about lunch. 🌭🍔🍕🥪
Holla if ya hear me!

RaimeyGallant Holla! 2y
Snikt6 Holla! 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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My current read! #thewomaninwhite is one of my very favorites, so I hope this one is just as good. Ima just jump right in!

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awishman
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The first detective novel, it's apparent how much the genre owes to Collins. The pacing was a bit slow, but overall enjoyable.

#BacktoClassicsChallenge2018
#ClassicCrimeStory

Tamra Loved it! 2y
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Librarybelle
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Going very classic for #standalonecrimenovel , one of the first published detective novels. It‘s long but entertaining, and the MC or main narrator has a penchant for Robinson Crusoe...#MarchMadness

SilversReviews Love it. 2y
rachelk I think Gabriel Betteredge is one of my all time favorite narrators, what a character! 2y
somebooksaround 🙌🙌 love this! 2y
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HotMessJess
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#SunMoonStars: a favorite read from undergrad, The Moonstone. Picture from my run this evening. It‘s 70 and perfect in the Bay on this Blue Blood Moon Eve #NewyearReads @bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! I‘m jealous!!! ❤️ 2y
Eggs Gorgeous 2y
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Ericalambbrown
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1946 illustrated version. I think it‘s time to revisit my old friend. ❤️

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KimHM
The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
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If you like crime fiction of any kind give a listen to this terrific episode of Criminal featuring Marilyn Stasio. She is so feisty!

http://www.thisiscriminal.com/episode-75-the-gatekeeper-9-22-2017

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Brie
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A precious and cursed Indian yellow diamond called the Moonstone falls into the possession of wealthy Rachel Verinder on her birthday. But before the night‘s festivities are over, the jewel is stolen and everyone is suspected. Plenty of twists and turns, including opium, sleepwalking, and unrequited love. Hailed as the first detective novel, with Sergeant Cuff on the case and a rotating cast of narrators relating the story.

JazzFeathers I read it so many years ago. Only thing l remember is tgat l really liked it. I've been thinking l should reread it 2y
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Brie
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On this dreary morning, I'm pairing The Moonstone with a cup of Earl Grey. 📚☕️ #bookanddrink #bookandtea #uncannyoctober

ephemeralwaltz Nice!👌 2y
Nat_Reads Excellent combo! Where are you in the book? I love the butler's narration so much--he's a hoot! 2y
LauraBrook Thank you for reminding me that I need to get back to this book! Haven‘t read a page in months. 😔 2y
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TaylorMay I've owned this book forever and I don't even know what it's about 2y
Brie @Nat_Reads I only just started it today so I'm not that far into it but I'm enjoying it so far 2y
Brie @LauraBrook Haha you're welcome. I hope you enjoy it. I'm liking it so far 2y
Brie @TaylorMay It's about a jewel theft and it's been described as the first detective novel. Good so far. 2y
TaylorMay Nice I'll have to move it up on my TBR it sounds like a good Fall read 2y
JazzFeathers I read this book so many years ago and even if l remember very little of the story, l remember liking it. I should really pick it up again 2y
Kaylamburson Ohh I'll have to read this! I read The Woman in White in college, and was surprised by how much I liked it! 2y
Brie @Kaylamburson I also read and liked The Woman in White in college! That's why I decided to pick this one up. 2y
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Nat_Reads
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The first detective novel in English! TS Eliot enjoyed it, and so did I.

Libby1 And so did I! 2y
Nat_Reads @Libby1 Who was your favorite narrator?! 2y
Libby1 Oooh... I read it so many years ago... I seem to recall that the Gardener stood out to me with his love of Robinson Crusoe! Was he one of the narrators? Who was your favourite, @Nat_Reads ? 2y
Nat_Reads @Libby1 Betteredge! He's my favorite--the butler. Hehehehe! 2y
Libby1 😃 2y
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k.reads
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I love this podcast! This week they interview Marilyn Stasio who writes the crime column for The NY Times Book Review. What a character! I feel like she and I have similar views on crime fiction. I'm in it for the puzzle 🕵🏻‍♀️

PrincessLibrarian It‘s SO good. I listen to it everyday. Only relatively obsessed with it. 2y
Tamra Such interesting stories, they don't come out fast enough! 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Getting ready for my friend's bridal shower ( @aplunk ) and reading about Rachel's nuptial prospects! The narrator is hilarious and obsessed with Robison Crusoe. Loving this one as much as Woman in White so far!

Lacythebookworm Yes, his devotion to Crusoe! 😂 2y
Nat_Reads @laceythebookworm What is it with him and Crusoe. I left off where he couldn't even get solace from DeFoe and I thought--hmmm, he is quite perturbed in his spirits, isn't he? 🤣🤣🤣❤️ I don't even care who stole it. This narrator is a hoot and a half. 2y
batsy Great bookmark! That Groucho Marx quote never fails to crack me up. 2y
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Nat_Reads
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A cozy Saturday night in after a blissful Saturday afternoon out. I loved the Woman in White, so I'm excited to read this one--especially since TS Eliot approved! How have I not read the first detective story ever? My education has been remiss. This edition has all the original illustrations from when it was serialized in Dickens's paper, too! Has anyone out there read it?

Lacythebookworm Yes, I read it at the beginning of the year! It's fun! 2y
Nat_Reads @Lacythebookworm Yay! I'm excited to get into it! 2y
Melissa_J OMG I want those pants (PJs?). 2y
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DGRachel Ooh, I saw that edition on the shelf in the store today, but didn't look closely because I have a copy at home. If I'd realized it had illustrations, it would have come home with me! 😭😭 2y
Nat_Reads @Melissa_J HEHE! I found them randomly online and do not remember where--but they are PJs and I love them. 2y
Nat_Reads @DGRachel Oh no! Now you know!! 🎅🤶🏻💕 2y
DGRachel I must have it. I've read Woman in White, but not Moonstone. Guess it's a good thing I have a book on order from the store and will therefore be forced to go back to the store next week. 😱 2y
Nat_Reads @DGRachel I like the way your mind works 2y
LauraBrook I'm slowly reading it now, though it's not an illustrated version! I love Wilkie Collins. 2y
Nat_Reads @LauraBrook I do, too! I'm only 50 pages in, but I'm loving it! It's funny at the moment! 2y
KathyWheeler I loved this book! I haven't read The Woman in White yet; although, I think I have more than one copy. 2y
batsy I loved it :) Enjoy, that looks like a fab edition! 2y
Nat_Reads @batsy The illustrations are really worth it! 2y
Nat_Reads @KathyWheeler I slogged through Clack's part and had to take a break--what an old biddy! Hehe!! 2y
Nat_Reads @laurabrook I'm also taking a slow read through it. Where are you?! 2y
LauraBrook @Nat_Reads Sadly I'm still in the same place, chapter 6 in the first book, like 70 pages in. My copy got buried in a stack and I just uncovered it this afternoon. 🤦🏻‍♀️ How far are you? 2y
Nat_Reads @LauraBrook I'm about halfway through! But I just read it in bursts. 2y
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Reader651
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Back to the classics! I've passed this one over for far too long. Very much enjoyed The Woman In White and remember an MSU prof intimating this was even better.

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catebutler
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Five hours into the #24in48readathon and just finished my 2nd book. This was read for my real life 'Real Readers' book club for the month of July. And I really enjoyed this! Considered the first detective novel, I loved the format of this book, multiple accounts, a locked room mystery, and plenty of suspense. Really looking forward to discussing this one.

#themoonstone #wilkiecollins #bookreview #24in48 #readathon #classics #booksy @24in48

HotCocoaReads Oh me too! 2y
catebutler @HotCocoaReads I know we'll have a great discussion!! 👍🏼 2y
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catebutler
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Already posted this on the #24in48 website, but thought it would be fun to post here too. I have thoroughly enjoyed their challenges every three hours. Great way to take a break, stretch and rest for just a few moments. These are my bookish road trips, I'd take in a heartbeat. Love to hear what yours would be!

#roadtrip #24in48readathon #readathon #bookishroadtrip @24HourReadingRoom

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HotCocoaReads
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I got up early and finished reading The Moonstone during a thunderstorm--Isn't that the perfect way to finish the "first" detective novel written in English!?! It does end nicely with all those loose ends all tightened up. If you've read The Moonstone, you know why I paired it up with Robinson Crusoe. ?

catebutler I'll be finishing this up over the weekend. Can't wait to discuss next week! 2y
zsuzsanna_reads I love that novel! 2y
Nat_Reads I just bought this one today and am cozied up with it now. My edition, however, is not nearly as pretty... 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Loved this sweeping detective story told by multiple narrators. Wonderful, memorable characters: impetuous Franklin Blake, religious zealot Miss Clack & Betteridge the faithful servant whose bible is Robinson Crusoe. An intricate plot, set in 1848 England, but tells modern truths - the dynamics in a marriage, social prejudices & the idea that possessions can own us. Witty observations, long but a pleasure to read & go back in time.

DeborahSmall Need to read this again 💙 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. Did you read 2y
BarbaraBB I liked that one even better! 2y
Abailliekaras Yes @BarbaraBB I preferred woman in white too! Read it last year. @DeborahSmall he's so good! I want to read his other books now. 2y
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