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Wide Sargasso Sea
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
This moving text recreates the social and cultural experience of a white West Indian woman struggling against the forces of disintegration in her life.
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DannyOlda
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Having recently finished Jane Eyre I thought this would be good to start. Also Rhys is the only author in my modernist ideal bookshelf print I haven't read yet, so I thought it's about time (a picture of that another time).

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kathedron
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Mehso-so

Read it years ago but this BBC radio version was my latest cardio-workout partner.
Antoinette is the daughter of former slave owners in the Caribbean. She has no sense of belonging anywhere, nor of basic safety. Then along comes Mr Rochester (yes, him!) to marry her for her money. It's something of a conundrum, the book comes across as fragmented and disorienting as Antoinette's mental state inevitably becomes. I'm just not sure how deliberately.

kathedron I'm none the wiser as to why Mr R insists on calling her Bertha, but I want to punch him in the teeth on account of it. 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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Jean Rhys is a #caribbean queen, having been born and raised on Dominica. I read this ‘prequel‘ to Jane Eyre recently; I don‘t think I could say I particularly enjoyed it, it was a bit odd.

#wanderingjune

julesG Odd is right. I had to read it for university ages ago. Strangely not in connection to Jane Eyre. 5mo
GlassAsDiamonds Compelling agree with that - it‘s a weird, weird book! 😊 5mo
batsy Lovely cover on that edition! 5mo
Cinfhen Almost bought this one but last minute I changed my mind!! And the cover wasn‘t nearly as stunning as your edition. 5mo
BarbaraBB The book didn‘t do much for me either. 5mo
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CarolynM
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Leftcoastzen Love your fluffy cat and this book! 5mo
Ruthiella Nice neutral color scheme 😻 I read the book many years ago but I‘m not sure I “got “ it. I should give it a reread! (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB I feel that way too, @Ruthiella 5mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB As a fan of Jane Eyre I had to read it. 😀Nice to know I‘m not alone! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I still need to read this! 5mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It's an interesting idea, but it didn't do a lot for me either. 5mo
jenniferw88 Damn... thinking cap back on! 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
CarolynM @jenniferw88 😂...sorry😘 5mo
Erofan 😻 5mo
Cinfhen Almost picked this up the other day xx but saw too many iffy reviews 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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How annoyed am I right now?! 😠

I‘m working on an interim basis and had a conversation yesterday about the main office door which is apparently *never* locked at any time.

Couldn‘t sleep last night (The worry squirrels were out in force!) so came in early to get some work done and guess what?!

Can‘t get in and I‘ve no idea what time the first person with a key will arrive...

I suppose the book‘s quite good...! (In a Pret having brekkie!)

Cathythoughts Good morning! Oh no! I hope the coffee ( or tea ) is good. 6mo
Weaponxgirl Arrgghhhh! 6mo
BarbaraBB I know exactly what you mean, being the interim at times as well 😬 6mo
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Oryx How annoying. Good excuse for a pret at least 6mo
RachelO So frustrating! Hope your day improves. 6mo
Caroline2 Argh! 🙄 how typical is that!! Thank god you have a book on you though! 😉 👍🏻 6mo
teainthelibrary Beautiful cover! Hope your morning improves 😊 6mo
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @Weaponxgirl @BarbaraBB @Oryx @RachelO @Caroline2 @teainthelibrary thanks for the support! I got let in by someone at 7.30 so not as bad it could have been! Still a bit 😠 though - got a workshop soon where I‘ll have to try and not snipe at people 🤣 6mo
Crazeedi This just made me laugh, Murphy's law!! 😉 6mo
tournevis I've heard good things about the book. There's that. 6mo
TrishB Sods Law...at least there was somewhere to go !! 6mo
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erinreads
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I came down with a gnarly cold this weekend and toughed it out yesterday for work, but had to give in to it today. Not complaining too much because I‘m finally watching Jane Eyre from the comfort of my couch, with a cat sleeping on my feet. Also looking forward to starting this book after the movie, all about Mr. Rochester‘s wife. I‘m so in love with the cover. 😍

cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 9mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Bailedbailed

1/5⭐ If there are any meaningful feminist themes like I expected given the praise for this book, they're completely buried in the muddled writing style. #projectnew

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Whitwhit
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Awesome

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julesG
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Please don't ask why. This was the first book I thought about upon reading the prompt.

#BirdsOfParadise #WinterWonderland @TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Another one I‘ve never read! 12mo
julesG @TrishB It's a quick read. You could squeeze it in one day. 12mo
Cinfhen It seems very tranquil and @TrishB could probably squeeze it in between cups of tea 😛 12mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen 😂😂 12mo
Billypar I never read it, but I do see a small bird in the lower righthand corner 😉 12mo
GatheringBooks ooooh! i have yet to read this one!!! 12mo
julesG @Billypar A special bird of paradise! Might be a Galapagos penguin. 😉 12mo
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AutumnRLS
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Didn't realize this was a classic. I may be more interested in the premise than the actual writing on this one. 50 pages in and I'm not in love.

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andrew61
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#NoFemmeber #BurningBride
I think I've probably gone for an obvious choice in Bertha Mason as the mad woman in the attic Mr rochester's first wife who in this book is allowed a life beyond the demented images of the victorian gothic illustration i managed to find.

BarbaraBB Well chosen! 13mo
Billypar Good one! ☺️👍 13mo
batsy Great pick! 13mo
Cinfhen Clever 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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As a native of the Caribbean, Jean Rhys was shocked by Brontë's portrayal in Jane Eyre of Bertha Mason, Rochester‘s Creole wife, who was locked up in the attic. In this book Rhys tells the story of Brontë's #blackmagicwoman and gives Bertha her own voice. #OctoberXFiles

#1001books
(Pic: Google)

hermyknee I absolutely love Jean Rhys 💕💕💕 14mo
Cinfhen Haunting image 14mo
charl08 I've just bought a collection of her short stories - need to read it! 14mo
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batsy Love this book. 14mo
MaGoose I've tried twice before to read this book and couldn't get into it. I'll have to try again. 14mo
emilyhaldi Oooohh #stacked 14mo
Beatlefan129 I took a class in college called Jane Eyre and her Literary Daughters and this was one of the books we read. I loved that class 14mo
BarbaraBB @Beatlefan129 I can imagine. It sounds great! 14mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

We had a rainy afternoon in Bergen (quelle surprise) so I snuggled up with this little volume with the lovely St. Mary‘s church in the background. The language lost me in a few places but I liked the way Rhys imagined the story.

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MadCatRamble
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Panpan

I remember hating this book in high school, so I thought I‘d re-read it for the @bookriot Read Harder Challenge to see if I liked it more 20 years later. The answer is, apparently, no. I have no idea what my issue is because I can objectively see how good it is. It may just be the wrong book for. Maybe I‘ll try it again in another 20 years...

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BkClubCare
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What the heck is happening?! Rochester is an asshole, I got THAT figured out.
#classicsclub #ccspin #TheClassicsClub #notmanyclassicclubbersonLitsyHuh

Ruthiella I had trouble understanding most everything that happened in this book. It was all so hazy and atmospheric😧 1y
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podking
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Mehso-so

Nice read with beautiful language. Having read Jane Eyre many times, it was interesting to read about the side plot of the first Mrs Rochester.

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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Godmotherx5
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I meant to post my books for season two of #Booked2018 & time got away from from me. Seasons 3 & 4 may suffer as personal projects & weddings are keeping me busy.

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s all good! You‘ve got some entries for the Season Three drawing now! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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GabrielleDubois
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Pickpick

A pray is supposed to go up to heaven, to touch God or his angels, and fall back on you in grace, strength, or hope. But sometimes it fails, and that gives this beautiful quote: "I prayed, but the words fell to the ground, without meaning." #gabrielledubois #bookreview on #goodreads
#widesargassosea #jeanrhys

#historicalfiction #bookworm #jamaica #creole #book #bookstagram

#painting by #martinjohnsonheade #19thcentury

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GabrielleDubois
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Currently reading and enjoying, even it's not usually the kind of writing I like. Some very good quotes, I'll send my review soon... I'm glad I read this author for the first time.
#widesargassosea by #jeanrhys

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Julsmarshall
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What a strange, lovely, lyrical little book. Gorgeous prose with an island setting that feels like a mystery all on its own. This one kept me reading, hoping to find my way Thornfield Hall. Eventually I did, though it seemed little like the place I remember. Highly recommend for Jane Eyre fans!

Weaponxgirl I remember loving this book so much 2y
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Julsmarshall
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rubyslippersreads I have this on my #litsyclassics list too. 2y
readordierachel It's been awhile, but I remember loving this one! 2y
Verity I think this is one of those books that I think I‘ve read that I may not actually have in fact read! 2y
LeahBergen I enjoyed this. 👍🏻 2y
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Giovannacb
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Pickpick

5 star re-read! One of my favorite books!

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emmaturi
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Just started this but liking it! I hadn't know before I got the book that the main character is the first wife of Mr Rochester! Very interested to know more! #books #bookcover #widesargassosea #currentread #lovetoread #bookmad

Vikkiha I‘m planning at some point this year to read this and Jane Eyre together - just can‘t decide which order to read them in 😐 2y
emmaturi Well I suppose if you wanted to find out why she ends up in the attic in Jane Eyre, then maybe this one. @Vikkiha 2y
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youneverarrived
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Rhys writes the story of Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre before, and how, she became the ‘mad woman in the attic‘. #retelling #litsyclassics #maylovesclassics

batsy I was thinking of this well! 😁 I loved it. 2y
youneverarrived @batsy I did too! Rhys is one of my favourite writers. Horrible cover this one though 🙈 2y
merelybookish @batsy me too! @youneverarrived Like minded again! Will have to come up with something else. 🤔 2y
youneverarrived @merelybookish oh really 😂 I like your choice! 2y
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ladyonequestion
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Pickpick

A magical journey into the heart of the Creole islands and into the mind of the passionate 'Bertha' Antoinette Mason. This is a really different, tragic novel exploring the life of former slave owners living in a postcolonialist society alongside their former slaves.

My one criticism is reserved for the Penguin edition I read which had a crazy amount of footnotes to the point that the editor was explaining things that seemed completely obvious.

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Heideschrampf
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Mehso-so

#bookanddinner while finishing this Jane Eyre prequel i long wanted to read, but i must say i‘m not as raving as everyone else - mostly because i simply didn‘t understand much of what was going on. Much of it surely intentional i found myself a bit too lost in the plot and it‘s protagonists‘ motivations. As much as the novelette suceeds in recreating multiple horrors of oppression (slavery, family, the patriarchy...) and 👇

Heideschrampf 👉... it‘s psychological consequences -forcing you to reevaluate our beloved romantic hero 💔- the more i am confused by the source of Rochester‘s hatred and Antoinette‘s lies. And why the hell does he take up calling her Bertha?! 2y
TheKidUpstairs The changing points of view can definitely be disorienting, and I can understanding how it could put you off. This is one of my faves though, but I had the help of an amazing university course, professor, and discussion when reading it! (Your food looks delicious, btw) 2y
Skyrimir I had a really hard time with this one when I read it. I may go back and try to read it again and see if I understand it better the second time around. 2y
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Heideschrampf
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Hard at work... ☀️🧘‍♀️

Augustdana This ones high on my TBR 2y
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Heideschrampf
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After leafing through my new Jane Eyre edition the choice what to pick from the TBR pile was pretty clear! #booksandbreakfast

Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 2y
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Bookworm-Bobbie
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#AprilBookishMadness Day 8: Illness

Poor Bertha. Wide Sargasso Sea is written as a prequel to Jane Eyre and follows Antoinette Cosway as she transforms into the Bertha Mason who we see in Jane Eyre. We follow Antoinette as she descends into madness and we the reader asks was she always ill or was it the cause of Mr Rochester.

@maich

Reviewsbylola I read this in school and the vibe was just too far off for me. I just couldn‘t get that Jane Eyre connection. 2y
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ladyonequestion
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Inspired by the recent audiobook Jane Eyre Laid Bare. I haven't read this since university, but I believe I might have written a lit theory essay about Cixous's theory of women reclaiming language using this as a text. #feminism #postcolonialism #littheory

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RachelO
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#marchintooz

Because Litsy people the best, and they know I neeeeed lots of books about #deepwater. 🌊🌊🌊🐠🐳🦈🌊🌊🌊

@Cinfhen @Lizpixie

I think maybe I should spend April just reading the swap-books I haven't read yet.

Cinfhen I‘m gonna try that approach in May...it‘s a good plan👍🏻 2y
RachelO @Cinfhen Tbh I'll probably spend April finishing the books I started in February 🙄. But I need to do this SOON! 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Love your honesty 😂😂😂 2y
REPollock Oh I loved Wide Sargasso Sea! 💙💜🖤 2y
RachelO @REPollock So looking forward to *actually* reading it! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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A favourite classic about a VERY toxic relationship.
#Scar #MarchintoOz @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

P.S. I was super excited about today's prompt. I was in Australia shortly after Scar was released, and I've loved Missy Higgins ever since. It's not exactly a happy song, but this brought back a lot of happy memories!

MarriedtoMrT I need to re-read this one! 2y
rubyslippersreads This is on my #litsyclassics list. 2y
readordierachel Great book 2y
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batsy I love this book. 2y
Cinfhen I love how a song can bring you right back to a specific time/moment 🎸😎🤘🏽🖤 2y
4ravens I loved this book 2y
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LouieSylvester
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Current read 💙

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Daisey
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@Librarybelle Congrats and thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I just finished rereading Jane Eyre and want to move Wide Sargasso Sea up on my TBR, but I need to find a copy in order to do so. #50k1k

Librarybelle Thank you! Good idea! 2y
marlenabea One of my world lit. favorites. 2y
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Johoney
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After reading the biography of Anne Lister (by Angela Steidele) who was an inspiration for the Brontë sister's books, I remembered to finally read "Wide Sargasso Sea" which a teacher at uni recommended years ago.

Heideschrampf I recently got this as a present, and i always wanted to read it since i love jane eyre so much. I hope i'll pick it up soon 2y
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Kathrin
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Pickpick

Rhys writes very disjointed and in this book she changes the narrator several times and yet, I didn't mind.

I thought this was an interesting and heartbreaking novel.

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eris404
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Technically my second backlist read of 2018, but I posted the first last week #beatthebacklist

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LouieSylvester
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Yesterday's book haul. I always say I'll buy less books, but how could I resist?

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Foxyfictionista
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Pickpick

🌊🌊🌊🌊 This was an interesting book to read as I was reading it around the same time as I read The Black Count. They both addressed slavery in the Caribbean (albeit in different ways) and the way people dealt with ethnicity. This book had a distinct 'Jane Eyre' feel to it although I got a bit confused at one point as to whose point of view I was reading from. I might have to reread this one day.

Leniverse I haven't read this yet, but I was under the impression it was from the point of view of Mr. Rochester's mad wife! 2y
tricours I think Jean Rhys can be a bit confusing sometimes. 2y
Foxyfictionista @Leniverse It switches povs but there isn't any sort of indicator as to whom we're with. You just kind of have to figure it out. I read two pages thinking it was a woman's pov and it turned out to be the man. I had to back track a few times so that it would make sense. 2y
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Foxyfictionista @tricours This was the first book of hers that I read but it was definitely a bit confusing. 2y
Leniverse Ah, nice. I kind of like that. Unless it gets too frustrating. 😂 Must get around to reading this. 2y
Foxyfictionista @Leniverse I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you're paying attention. 2y
CoffeeK8 Your post makes me want to reread this book now! 2y
Foxyfictionista @CoffeeK8 You should! 😊 2y
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Heideschrampf
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IT'S HERE! Thank you so so much @Itchyfeetreader for the wonderful presents! I dig your book choices and can't wait to put that sloth-book mark to work! 😍 thank you so much #secretsantagoespostal ! What a great surprise to find on my doorstep after a long long day of work...

Itchyfeetreader Yay it made it - again so sorry it was late but hopefully brightened up early Jan a little !! Happy reading! 2y
Heideschrampf Don't worry! I'd love it any time of the year. I hope you're feeling better! 2y
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AnneCecilie
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The #shortestbookIread this year. Without introduction and notes it's 136 pages and is a prequel to Jane Eyre

#AllTheBooksOf2017

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Moonpa
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Miss_Kim Great choices! 2y
Jess7 I loved The Lakehouse 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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#five novels in one volume works for #NovemberByTheNumbers !Jean Rhys is an amazing writer as many of you know . I have read 2 of the 5 , the title above and “Quartet”

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RachelO
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Thank you @julesG ! I've wanted to read Wide Sargasso Sea for *such* a long time - I really don't know why I've never read it. It'll have a good home here! And Daughter of Smoke and Bone may well be exactly what I need to read next!

And the gloves are gorgeous and cosy and fun - thank you 😘 You've put so much thought and time into these gifts - 😍.

And thank you @BookishMarginalia for being awesome! x

#halloweengoespostal #fallbookexchange

batsy Ooh, lovely! I loved Wide Sargasso Sea. 2y
LeahBergen I am in LOVE with that mouse bookmark. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
julesG It was my pleasure! I loved putting together this box. 2y
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RachelO @batsy Can't wait to read it 😁 2y
RachelO @LeahBergen He might just have a starring role in future posts...🐭 2y
RachelO @julesG I love it all! And the gloves would take me years to knit (seriously!) - I'm quite in awe ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen 😍 2y
maich I love this trilogy😍 2y
Kalalalatja Lovely! 😍 2y
Mdargusch This gloves! How sweet. ❤️ 2y
Avanders Those gloves look so comfy! And it‘s a wonderful book: 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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I suppose this isn't really an #alternative story, but perhaps an alternative point of view? I can't believe I haven't read this yet. #30daysofreadathon

diovival This book is the reason I could never swoon over Rochester. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @diovival Haha, YEAH. I never felt I could swoon over him anyway, but I have a feeling that once I read this it's going to get a whole lot worse. 2y
diovival Yup, he is THE WORST. Enjoy! 😂 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @diovival I always seem to gravitate towards the most painful books. Ah well, BRING IT ON 2y
batsy What @diovival said. Loved the Rhys. I just want to fast forward to Jane Eyre and be like JANE JANE STAY AWAY NO WHY WHAT ARE YOU DOING 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy Hahahaha 😱 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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LeahBergen I enjoyed this one. 👍🏻 2y
DGRachel I'm scared to try this one. I ❤️ Jane Eyre so much, I'm worried this will ruin it for me. #chicken 2y
JacintaMCarter @DGRachel I actually read this before I read Jane Eyre, not knowing that there was a connection. But, personally, I liked this one way more. 2y
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katelucia
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After I finish my reread of Jane Eyre, I'm onto Wide Sargasso Sea. Then more Bronte Ladies!

http://lithub.com/reading-jane-eyre-while-black/

This article is a great read. While I'm not black, I'm not really white so I ran into similar problems as a kid and certainly within academia. Though Jane is and always will be a favorite heroine, it is equally important to me that I challenge the literature that gives her life.

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Leigh0906
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I was trying to decide what books to take on our trip, and my husband says "I don't know why you're even doing this, we both know you're going to end up taking all of them." #truth #heknowsmewell #vacationbooks

Alfoster Haha! Duh!😂😂😂 2y
jfalkens All the books 📚😀📚 2y
merelybookish 😁😁 2y
Smrloomis 😂😂😂👍🏽 2y
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