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Far From the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy
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I was not expecting #LetterF to be so hard!

📖 tagged, The Fifth Season (Jemisin), Fingersmith (Waters), Flight Behavior (Kingsolver)

✍️ Susan Fletcher, John Fowles

🎥 Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off

🎤 Fleetwood Mac, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters

🎵 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), Famous Last Words (My Chemical Romance), Feel Good Inc (Gorillaz), Fiction (Avenged Sevenfold), Footsteps (Pearl Jam), From Eden (Hozier)

LeeRHarry I forgot about Ferris 😔😏 3mo
CBee You did great for Letter F being hard 😊😊 3mo
sprainedbrain @CBee it was hard to narrow things down! Lol 3mo
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vivastory I feel like I get a F for forgetting Fake Plastic Trees, one of the songs that made me fall in love with Radiohead 3mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory so many good F songs, though… but yeah that song is awesome. 3mo
CBee @sprainedbrain I understand! I have the same problem 😂 3mo
persephone1408 @sprainedbrain I literally gasped when I saw fiction on there lol 💜 3mo
sprainedbrain @persephone1408 breaks my heart every time but I love it. 💔 3mo
persephone1408 @sprainedbrain I know! I'm still not over it. Dont think I ever will be. 3mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This is one of my all-time favourites. It has a strong but not faultless heroine, a slow-paced but compelling storyline with some quirky elements, and of course, Gabriel Oak ❤️

Honourable mentions:
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
The Far Arena, by Richard Ben Sapir
Fly Girls, by Keith O'Brien

Graywacke Hardy - I still haven‘t read him. 🙁 4mo
batsy Didn't know what to expect with Hardy when I started but I ended up really liking this 💜 4mo
eeclayton @Graywacke I resisted him for quite a while because he was the favourite author of a friend who is no longer a friend. But when I did pick this one up, I devoured it. 4mo
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eeclayton @batsy This was my first Hardy too ☺️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 4mo
rwmg I think Hardy was ruined for me by school. I've never picked one up since 4mo
eeclayton @rwmg I understand, I have some authors like that, too ☹️ 4mo
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I think If I had to chose then Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy would be my favourite book. #Alphabetgame

eeclayton It's so good! ❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Great choice. ♥️ 4mo
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BBC News - Thomas Hardy: Largest ever collection of author's objects on show

Vansa This is so amazing. I wish they would extend it! 6mo
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An amazing novel that will take you on a romantic journey through the pastoral English landscape. Hardy writes so eloquently placing you in the scene, surrounded in the pages as if you are really there. Even the use of language envisages the characters through the author‘s true lens. I also watched the BBC 2015 drama starring Carey Mulligan. Very well done, but the book still is better than the movie. Highly recommended. ❤️

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Recorded this on BBC 2 last night. So , I‘m going to chill out & watch … we read this for Bookclub and I read it years ago too .. I loved the book ❤️

Cathythoughts Some of us Littens did a buddy read of this 4 years ago ❤️ time flies 12mo
kplovesbooks There's just something about that pig farmer. 😍 12mo
LeahBergen I liked this movie. 😊 12mo
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MamaGina I ❤️ this adaptation! 🤓 12mo
Cathythoughts @kplovesbooks There surely is 😁❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @MamaGina Yes , it‘s so good ❤️ 12mo
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My vintage finds today. The Lenski is first edition!!! The Landmark has me happy. The Jewish cookbook is 1932.

aperfectmjk Great finds! I've been trying to find a good bookstore with some vintage options but I keep striking out. I think I'm going to hit some antique stores. 1y
BookDadGirlDad @aperfectmjk I am a used bookstore and thrift store shopper. I have an antique bookstore in my area that I've visited, but that is a once-a-year treat. The antique dealers know what they have and will charge for it accordingly. Wander the stacks at a Salvation Army, Goodwill, or in a flea market. I've had great luck doing that. 1y
Cathythoughts These look great 💫👏🏻 1y
BookDadGirlDad @Cathythoughts They are all in good shape for the age. (If I could say the same for myself....???) I'll put "The Silver Chalice" as a TBR. My wife will definitely peruse the Jewish cookbook. 1y
Cathythoughts @BookDadGirlDad 😂😂stop ! I‘m a bit of an antique myself! 1y
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Birthday books….my partner and I went to our favorite bookshop yesterday and I got these. I attempted to pay for them and he wasn‘t having that lol. I can‘t wait for a nice day to go to the park and sit and read Hardy and let my brain work a little harder. I love classics and I am so happy to have this mini edition. I looks for Austen and they where out.

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#OppositeDay #Near

The main events of this book take place far from the maddening crowd and in the country. Very beautiful prose; loved this book!

TheKidUpstairs 💜📚 2y
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Currently reading. Am I the only one who can‘t stand Bathsheba?

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This is sadly true today also sometimes!

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#SciFiSeptember #MadMaxFuryRoad

I chose this book for three reasons:
1. In the title is the word MAD
2. “Tom Hardy” wrote the book and is an actor in the movie 😉
3. Both are about finding your “home”in this world.

MicrobeMom This is a good one! 2y
Ruthiella Clever! 😀 2y
Klou Very clever! Great job!! 2y
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Pageturner1 Had no clue Tom Hardy wrote books! I am a fan!! 2y
CrowCAH @Pageturner1 well, it‘s not the same Hardy. Thomas Hardy is the author who wrote this in 1874. While Tom Hardy is a current day actor. 2y
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom @Ruthiella @klou thanks! I think I am clever 😂 2y
Pageturner1 oh, LOL I feel silly. 🤪 2y
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Does anyone else feel the same, or is it just me ? 😂

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Day 19 - #StarCrossedLovers #TropesInAugust
#FarFromTheMaddingCrowd #ThomasHardy

Bethsheba and Boldwood became star-crossed lovers in the end. Such a good book with a great lesson!

Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️ 2y
EadieB @Cathythoughts I love this book too! 2y
Klou I have heard of this one before. Sounds good! 2y
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EadieB @Klou it‘s a long book but tells a great story! 2y
Klou @EadieB I don't mind long books! Love them in fact. 2y
EadieB @Klou You should give it a go! 2y
Klou @EadieB I'll stack it!! 2y
EadieB @Klou Great idea! 2y
Klou @EadieB 👍❤ 2y
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"It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs."

I am enjoying this book so much more than I expected to.

AmyG I love when that happens. ❤️ 3y
JSW Damn. Never thought of it that way. 💡 3y
batsy I loved this! 3y
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readordierachel @AmyG Me too ❤ 3y
readordierachel @JSW Makes a lot of sense 3y
readordierachel @batsy I just finished and I loved it too! 3y
JaclynW I love Thomas Hardy's work! 3y
readordierachel @JaclynW I'm excited to explore more of it! 3y
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#ManicMonday @JoScho

This week was hard to narrow down!

Book: Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

Author: John Fowles

Movie: Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off

TV show: Friends

Band: Fleetwood Mac

Song: Fiction by Avenged Sevenfold

JaclynW Great choices! A few of ours are the same! 🙌🏾 I love Thomas Hardy too! I forgot about that book while choosing today. So many to choose from! 3y
eeclayton Far from the madding crowd is one of my all time favourites too ❤️ 3y
JoScho 💙💙💙 3y
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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fiddler on the Roof
Freddie Mercury
Feels Like Rain by Buddy Guy

#ManicMonday #LetterF @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙 3y
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#7days7books day 5 Since joining litsy ive enjoyed lots of classic books but as a teenager i loved Thomas Hardy (though probably more that i loved the hardy heroines) and Far from the madding crowd is my favourite. Here are 2 of my copies from those days and they helped me appreciate classics.

TrishB Well loved copies 👍🏻 3y
Blaire These are books my dad loved. I need to give them a go. 3y
Nute Lovely post!💕 3y
erzascarletbookgasm My earliest encounter with classics was with these Penguin editions too. 💙 3y
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Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3y
Cathythoughts Beautiful book ❤️ 3y
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There aren‘t that many books about Demophobia - the fear of crowds. So I‘m stretching today‘s #AuldLangReads prompt to its limit and going for a novel with a title that indicates where I prefer to be - as far away as possible from the madding crowd!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 3y
Kimberlone I recommend the movie version when you finish the book. So Romantic! 3y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3y
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One last yearly update: my reads for the #1001books list. I read only 20 in 2019, somehow I‘ve been more in the mood for modern fiction. However, my total is now 614 of 1001 so I hope to get there one day. #ReadingEurope2020 and @Reviewsbylola ‘s #classicschallenge2020 might help to read some more classics this year!

squirrelbrain That‘s amazing! ❤️ 3y
Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful! 3y
Cinfhen Bravo 🙌🏻❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
TrishB That‘s a great total! 3y
Butterfinger WOW!! 3y
Amiable Fabulous! 3y
Kalalalatja Well done! 3y
ValerieAndBooks You‘re doing so much better than I am (even though you‘ve been doing this challenge much longer)! Wow 🎉🎊! 3y
Liz_M You're almost halfway there -- 46.7%! Well done! 3y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve been reading them since 2010 so I am not going that fast 😀 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Not even halfway ... it sounds like it‘ll take forever. But I‘ll be extremely happy if I make it to 1001 of the 1315! Are you almost there? (edited) 3y
Liz_M I, too, only plan to read 1001 of the 1315. I'm at about 841 (so behind on reviews!) (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola I think 20 is great!! 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I know, you always are (no offense!) so that‘s why I asked 💜. 841 is so close!! 3y
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Thank you 😊 3y
sprainedbrain You and @Liz_M are my heroes! 3y
BarbaraBB @sprainedbrain I feel flattered, @Liz_M is mine too. But I have the feeling you are catching up fast, you read many more classics than I do these days! (edited) 3y
Daisey Great list for this year! Also, wow to @Liz_M on that total! I always enjoy seeing both of your posts about list books. 3y
BarbaraBB @Daisey Thank You ☺️ 3y
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I‘ve fallen behind on reviews... To save some time during final exams, here are a few I haven‘t posted yet:

I‘m Not Dying With You Tonight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sincerely Cinderella ⭐️⭐️.5
Far From the Madding Crowd ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (#Booked2019: Public Domain)
The Winter Soldier ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (#Booked2019: Soldier‘s Story)

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders

Eggbeater I'm Not Dying With You Tonight is my book club pick for January. Good to know you liked it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job! 👊🏻📚♥️ 3y
Lcsmcat I love Hardy! 3y
Cinfhen Yay!!! 3y
Clwojick 61 pt 3y
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This is one I #readinhighschool, and it ignited a love of Hardy that survives to this day. #gratefulreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

EadieB Loved that book! 3y
Redwritinghood Me too. I‘m a huge Hardy fan. 3y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3y
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Jas16 I love Hardy too 3y
SW-T It was my first, but not last, Hardy. 😊😊😊 3y
Lcsmcat @EadieB @Redwritinghood @Jas16 @SW-T I had no idea there were so many Hardy fans out there! 3y
EadieB @Lcsmcat I want to read Jude the Obscure next. Have you read that one? 3y
Lcsmcat @EadieB I have. And not to discourage you, but it‘s the bleakest of his that I‘ve read. 3y
EadieB @Lcsmcat I picked that one because it's on the list of 1001 books to read before you die. 3y
Lcsmcat @EadieB Don‘t get me wrong. It‘s worth reading. It‘s just different from his other works. 3y
EadieB @Lcsmcat Ok! Tess is a good one too! 3y
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Day 16 - #ThoughtYouWouldntLikeItButDid #GratefulReads
#FarFromMaddingCrowd #ThomasHardy

Loved this book and glad I finally read it!

aquariusnat On my mental TBR , lol ! 3y
EadieB @aquariusnat This book has a great message at the end! 3y
CafeMom I have this book on my Kindle but still haven't read it yet. 3y
EadieB @CafeMom The size is a bit threatening but I did the audio and it was a good way to read it. You can also follow along in the book. 3y
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Now that I'm back at home my world-tour continues. This evening it was Great Britain with Cones and some Colcannon. The according book is Far From The Madding Crowd, besides many more.

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I enjoyed the descriptions of the life at the farms way more than the love story. And of course in autumn it's time to #harvest.


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Thanks for the tag, @melissajayne !

1. Tagged book - I meant to read this last year but didn‘t have a chance to pick it up...
2. Pride and Prejudice - I‘ve lost count how many times I‘ve read it
3. Too many to count! 😂
4. The Castle on Sunset - 4 star rating. Fun history of the Chateau Marmont
5. Tag...you‘re it!

LauraBeth I‘ve also read P&P quite a few times! 😀 3y
Librarybelle @LauraBeth 😁❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗📚 3y
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I spent part of the weekend reading this at a yoga festival. The book is better than I was expecting (never read Hardy before), and the festival was a little more eh than I was expecting. 🤷‍♀️😀

kricheal I've always wanted to go to a yoga retreat/festival, but I feel like I'm not new age enough to go🤷 3y
802Librarian @kricheal That was exactly how it felt!! 😜 3y
kricheal @NHLibrarian I took my youngest(13 yr old) with me to a three hour long workshop in the spring and she giggled the whole time and I was trying to be serious about it. There was meditation and other things too, I held it together most of the time because I really wanted to explore all of this and she was my partner in crime...but some of the people get really really into the breathing. I had to keep my eyes tight shut. 3y
kricheal I knew if I made eye contact with my daughter at that point I would've caught the giggles too. 😂😂 3y
802Librarian @kricheal Yup! I went alone, but I know if my partner was there it would have been impossible to not giggle at the chanting and rapping. 3y
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It may be that for a non-native like me English books are harder to listen to than to read.
I think I understand what I hear but audiobooks don‘t often touch me as a book that I read myself can do.
This book, for example, to me felt just like listening to a lot of landscape-with-sheep descriptions, and a soap opera in which three men circle around one woman. There must and will be more to it, but I missed it. #1001books

jenniferw88 Actually, that's pretty accurate when it comes to this book! 3y
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Haha, you‘re right! But O think I miss some of the style or meaning that makes it one of the books I should read before I die...?! 3y
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB there's the background of the Napoleonic Wars. Hardy was local-ish to me & i used this book for a uni presentation so feel free to ask me questions! 3y
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BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 that is interesting about the Napoleonic wars. Troy was a soldier of course but I didn‘t make the connection. What is your favorite Hardy? 3y
jenniferw88 Probably this one, actually. I also like The Mayor of Casterbridge, but if you like plot twists/surprise endings I can thoroughly recommend 3y
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I read and loved Tess! Hardy has 7 books on the list of 1001 books, so a lot to come. My next one will be the Mayor of Casterbridge! 3y
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB ? enjoy! If you're wondering (you're probably not!), my uni presentation was on the literature of sexuality & i presented this book in "blind date" format! (Google "blind date cilla black" if you don't know the tv show!) 3y
TrishB I think you summed up Hardy exactly right!! 3y
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I Googled and I know that tv format. How cool to use that! I wonder how you did it?! 3y
BarbaraBB @TrishB 😉😘 3y
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB with a lot of help from my team partners! Basically the same format as the tv show with Bathsheba looking for 'mr right'! 3y
Liz_M (Shameless plug 😁): I summarize the reason for the 1001-inclusion in my LT reviews: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590#5285625
Basically, it's because of the scenery. 😂
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 That is so cool! I can visualize it completely! 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M the link doesn‘t work? Which year did you read it? Then I can look it up myself! 3y
Liz_M Shoot, I thought @litsy/LT had fixed the link-with-pound-signs problem. I read it in 2015, post 46 in my previous thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Great and helpful review. You may like it too @jenniferw88 💜 3y
Litsy @Liz_M On the web, yes. Fixing it on the app will have to wait for next release—it's not something we can just push without a proper update, unfortunately. 😞 3y
Suet624 I‘m the same way with audiobooks. Fiction generally doesn‘t stand a chance. I can handle non-fiction on audio for some reason, but not fiction. 3y
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My first Thomas Hardy book! 😁

readingjedi I have this copy & I absolutely love the painting used for the cover - so atmospheric! 4y
SW-T This is my favorite Hardy, probably because it‘s the first one I read. 4y
Ericalambbrown I‘ve never read Hardy. I really should remedy that. 3y
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'But some women only require an emergency to make them fit for one.' - Pg 44


"...nobody has got me yet as a sweetheart... I hate to be thought men's property in that way..." -pg 26


'On a day which had a summer face and a winter constitution'. -Pg 22


'This well-favoured and comely girl soon made appreciable inroads upon the emotional constitution of young Farmer Oak.' -Pg 22


'She seemed to prefer a less tragic probability'. -Pg 20


'... a case more trying by far to the nerves is...' -Pg 12

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Happy Easter! I'm enjoying this beautiful spring day sitting out in the sunshine, reading, and sipping this Donut Shop coffee shot. How is your Sunday going?

CrowCAH Loved this book! Happy Easter 🐰 4y
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#classics #spring 🌼
I have a hard time reviewing classic books...
I will say this one was surprisingly hilarious every once in a while. 😆
I liked that it has a female main character 👍

Made me want to travel to the English countryside lol 🐏🐏🐏🐏🐏

Pricel101 Too few classics have a strong female mc like Bathsheba. Loved this book! Reco‘d by @youneverarrived @monalyisha #newyearwhodis 💛 💚 4y
Carissa-Green-Reads She makes mistakes, she gets hurt, she figures stuff out. I like it very well. 4y
abandonedonearth My second favourite fiction book! I have read it many times, and get just as pleasure from it each time. 4y
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Starting book 7 of 30 for my 2019 goal!

I've been reading very heavy, dense fantasy stiff lately and I needed something easier. #amreading #classic scored a free kindle AND Audio copy! I do own the physical, I have been kind of switicng between all of them depending.