When you feel the need to support the local (independent) bookstore. 🤦🏼♀️
When the local bookstore has a shelf of Word Clouds. 🥰
I found an old print record of La TBR when I cleaned out my closet. It stretched to 496 books, most of which I marked as read by highlighting them. Those I never highlighted are almost all books I ended up discarding unread. LES MISERABLES is the only exception on this two-page spread, though I did read big chunks of Burton‘s paragraph-free Arabian Nights translation and Jack Zipes‘s fairy tale textbook before I drifted away.
“How could it be? The chink in society‘s armor could be found by a magnanimous wretch! An honest servant of the law could find himself suddenly caught between two crimes, the crime of letting a man escape and the crime of arresting him! Everything was not certain in the order given by the state to the official! There might be blind alleys in duty!”
#StarTrekSummerMay | 7: #Ethics
📷: Made with Typorama
I‘ll be watching the new Les Mis book adaptation on PBS tonight! We‘ll see if it will be a pretty close adaptation to the novel or not.
Still proceeding with my #lesmiz365 project, despite being behind.
This is the section where I‘ve previously bailed on rereads. I find the Napoleonic Wars fascinating and I even attended the 200th anniversary re-enactments of the final battle, but Hugo‘s Waterloo chapters are a hell of a slog.
Still love you Victor! I know Cosette is waiting on the other side. 📚❤️
Zelda says, “You better get reading, hooman. The year is a quarter over.” #catsoflitsy
Alright. It's officially time to tackle the beast...
Update on my #lesmiz365 project. I‘m missing the occasional day, then reading two chapters the next to make up for it, but I‘m (mostly) on track.
Immensely enjoying finally rereading this book.
Poor Fantine has just been abandoned by Cosette‘s father, Tholomyès.
Bring on the Thénardiers!
...and for this week's #friyayintro, here are my answers!!! @howjessreads
1. Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo
2. Galentine! Going out with friends to a '90s theme party!
3. Am I weird if there's no color I don't like?! I wouldn't wear orange, though.
4. Luca (the name they gave my younger brother).
5. Love, love and love to everyone!!! ❤💕🥰
Curious now about @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kaye and @TheReadingMermaid 's answers!
Zelda loves the human‘s new #bookseat. Two hands free for cuddles, even when she‘s reading the heavy books. #catsoflitsy
I‘ve been waiting for the book store‘s post-Christmas shipment to arrive before I was allowed to buy one. It will definitely make my #lesmiz365 project easier on the wrists.
Also, yay for the first appearance of Jean Valjean!
So, I finished it you guys. Oh my goodness, that ending...
Ok, I get it, I should‘ve really taken in those parts where I kinda half listened to the story because they had a great message. Hugo was ahead of his time. He was essentially speaking up for the less fortunate, those wronged by the “justice” system, those judged by society. He wanted fair punishment for criminals and rights for children and women as well. I will listen to it again.
Just shared my current thought on ☝🏽, my current read/listen, on #BookishImpulsesPodcast. I‘m 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the end. I‘m almost there you guys.
#podcast #lesmis #classics #audiobook #hoopla #anchorpodcast
I have so many year-end & new year posts I haven‘t written yet! But here is my top #18in2018. It was so hard to narrow it down! There are a ton of runners-up I could also list, but I‘ll leave it at this and will probably do a few other posts highlighting favorites in certain genres. The tagged is definitely my biggest reading achievement this year—finally moving that 1200-page monster off the TBR! What were your 2018 favorites & big achievements?
Not a fan of these tie in covers... But only £4 for a new copy.... Do UK Littens know when it's on BBC One... Hardly ever watch telly but would give this a look if it hasn't started already (or iPlayer I suppose lol)
Les Miserables is the most moving and beautifully written work of fiction I have read thus far, combining an incredible drama with an excellent social commentary. I love how Victor Hugo delves deeply into the mind of Jean Valjean and the development of his character throughout the narrative. My only frustration is that Hugo is quite long-winded at times, but I still wholeheartedly recommend reading the unabridged version in its entirety.
I‘ve started this huge classic, reading slowly and while I‘m also reading other things. #chunkster
I usually get really excited about big chunky books but I‘m slightly intimidated by this one. I think it may be because of the French names and words? My “thick” Southern drawl doesn‘t pronounce them as beautifully as George Guidall does on my audiobook 🤷🏻♀️
Yesterday I discovered my Nook copy of Les Mis is abridged. Then it was down a rabbit hole, which led me to pondering whether I want to read the book throughout 2019. I am drawn to Julie Rose‘s translation... has anyone read it? Is it 365 chapters? Am I crazy? 😝
Victor Hugo produced some lovely atmospheric ink pictures now on display in the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles https://daily.jstor.org/victor-hugo-surrealist-artist/
Was I really 5 months away from Litsy now? I guess sometimes I'm more of an offline person, or maybe I'm just more a cozy winter Litsy-reader 😅
But now I got hooked again. So here is the last book I read. I was so curious about this one but I have to admit I was kinda disappointed. I know that's a weird argument for a book with this title but I just found it so depressing 😅 I also had huge difficulties remembering all the names and characters🙈
Speaking of belated reviews, I finished this on Halloween, nearly a month after the #LesMisBuddyRead ended—but I finished! And I‘m not sure how to review this beast of a book. It felt like three books mixed up together—a novel, an overly-detailed historical retelling, and a book of essays. The latter two were a slog, but I‘m glad I stuck with it—the Jean Valjean thread is such a powerful story of redemption & sacrifice (and I 💜 the bishop!). ⤵️
Did I need this new copy of Les Mis? No. I already have five. But it‘s so nice, and I have no impulse control when it comes to this book, so here we are...
After a few hours of handing out candy to a whole host of witches, pirates, princesses, skeletons, movie & video game characters, and that one girl dressed as a Target employee...😂...my husband has claimed the remnants of the candy bag. We‘ve turned out the porch light, and I‘m curling up with my jack-o-lantern quilt to finish the last few pages of Les Mis. I‘ve managed to time it so it‘ll be my 100th book of 2018.👏🏼🎃Happy Halloween, everyone!
I‘m really happy about my reading this month. A lot of amazing reads so it‘s impossible to pick a favorite.
“Marius...had finally entered Cosette‘s garden as Romeo did the garden of Juliet. It had been even easier for him than for Romeo; Romeo was obliged to scale a wall, Marius had only to push aside a little one of the bars of the decrepit grating, which was loosened in its rusty socket, like the teeth of old people.”
I got past the slang and was rewarded with this simile: a bar loose in its socket, “like the teeth of old people.” 😂 #lesmisbuddyread
I know I‘m way too late for #LesMisBuddyRead as I kind of gave up on this book in the middle of September 😅. But I just found an unabridged German audiobook on Deezer so I‘ll give listening to it a try.
My trouble with the book was never that I didn‘t like it but rather that it‘s just so huge and I couldn‘t carry it with me every day, especially as I was reading other books at the same time. Hopefully the audiobook will work for me 😊.
This book is the biggest I have ever read. I read somewhere that 900 pages of the 1500 Are the personal ramblings of the authors opinions on society and having read this book I fully agree. Did I enjoy the actual story? I did! I got really drawn into the characters and the plot. Did the authors ramblings and in-depth descriptions ruin it for me? Yes and no, some of them I enjoyed, some bored me to tears, but I'm glad I've read it all the same.
I miss you guys. Something happened a couple of weeks ago that has had a massive impact on me. Every day has been a struggle but I‘m determined to get through and come out a stronger person. I‘m trying to find some sense of normality in life and Litsy is a part of that so expect lots of likes and comments as I catch up on all your posts. Hope you‘re all well 🧡
I FINALLY FINISHED. I don‘t feel like I have any right to criticize the great classics, but this book was just too damn long. It could have been three separate books—a history retelling, an essay collection, and a novel—and each of those 3 could have been a quarter of the length of the actual book. Hugo‘s flat and obnoxious female characters made me roll my eyes. There were plenty of nuggets of wisdom, but not enough to make me enjoy reading it.👇