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batsy
Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Letter L

It has to be Lolly for me 🖤 #spinsterlit

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batsy
Good Behaviour | Molly Keane
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Nothing gets me more than sharp, bleakly funny novels with a gothic tinge charting the psychological chaos that is an aristocratic family slowly going to (financial & psychic) ruin. What's more if it's narrated by an outsider spinster, unloved & ungainly, with minimal awareness or an almost defiant sense of cultivated ignorance. All this wrapped up in a darkly glittering bow of cool, assured prose that discreetly maps the horror of good behaviour.

batsy I had no idea that I was headed for some prime #spinsterlit with this one! I had a vague idea but the way the novel is structured feels so perfect; it's a shame that I've always had it in mind as a kind of minor novel of a family saga when it's obviously a pretty major achievement. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on it. #NYRBBookClub @vivastory 2mo
Graywacke Great review! 2mo
EvieBee Great review and picture! 2mo
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batsy @Graywacke @EvieBee Thank you!! 2mo
BiblioLitten Such a lovely picture🖤❤️ 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten Thank you! 😘 2mo
BiblioLitten Oh I just noticed the introduction is by Maggie O‘Farrell 😃 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I have yet to read her! (It's a good intro; brief but elegant & captures what makes the book good :) 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m about 75% done and loving it! 2mo
Tamra Can‘t wait! Your review has increased my anticipation. 👏🏾 2mo
BooknerdsLife Great review and I love your edition. 👏❤️📚 2mo
AvidReader25 Well that sounds amazing! 2mo
GatheringBooks Halfway through the novel. Love your take on it. Looking forward to a vibrant discussion, as always. :) 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Yay! It's really quite something, isn't it? 2mo
batsy @Tamra Oh, goodie! I hope you like it 🙂 2mo
batsy @BooknerdsLife Thank you! I love these Virago editions too ❤️ 2mo
batsy @AvidReader25 It's gone under the radar a bit but it really depicts a decaying aristocratic class so well. 2mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Thank you! I'm keen to see what others think of it, too! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review Suba 👍🏻♥️ we read this a few years ago for Bookclub, I need to reread. 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 😘 I imagine it's a book that will reward rereading! 2mo
vivastory 👏 👏 👏Fantastic review! I couldn't have said it better! This was a real surprise for me as well & I really look forward to the discussion. Lovely picture! 2mo
batsy @vivastory Thanks so much, Scott! I look forward to the discussion later! 2mo
Suet624 Wow! This sounds fantastic! Great review 😍 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Thank you! I'd love to read more of Keane now that I've read this. 2mo
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Jennifer promised her dying mother that she‘d never leave her father and has spent twelve years as his unpaid secretary and housekeeper. When her father suddenly shows up one day at tea time with a new wife (who‘s younger than Jennifer), she decides she must grab this opportunity to make a life of her own.

I‘m loving this 1931 #SpinsterLit novel (and von Arnim is rapidly becoming one of my new favourite authors)!

#BritishLibraryWomenWriters

Leftcoastzen Love the cover! 3mo
elkeOriginal Love these editions and love a good spinster. Stacked! 3mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I‘m always pretty impressed by these editions. 👍 3mo
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LeahBergen @elkeOriginal You can‘t beat a good spinster story. 😆 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm These editions are just lovely! 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm They are! I‘m so glad they decided to publish this series. 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying it! 👍 3mo
batsy Did someone say spinster?! 😆 This sounds great. 3mo
Tamra Such a fabulous cover 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy I was waiting for your comment. 🤣 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It is! 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen 😂😂 3mo
kspenmoll Now I must read this! Happy Litsyversary ! 3mo
LeahBergen @kspenmoll Thank you! And I‘m really enjoying this one. 👍 3mo
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Centique
The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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Had a night away in a lodge with my husband as a birthday treat and finished this wonderful book.
This is the best book I‘ve read this year 🙌😍 It was one of those experiences where I‘m aware of loving the way Laurence writes even while I‘m reading it. Astonishing too to feel I was the protagonist Hagar, I shared her regrets and weaknesses, when we‘re truly so different. Laurence almost performs magic to put you inside Hagar‘s head. 🔽

Centique Such an incredible look at approaching death as one become frail. Laurence is so realistic and must have life experience of this I think to get it so right. 3mo
Centique It‘s nice to have read this just after Eudora Honeysett because Eudora gave me enough optimism that this didn‘t feel bleak. 3mo
Centique I seem to be having an unofficial and coincidental theme of #readingoctagenarians and I‘m loving it. Yay for POVs from the elderly 🙌🙌 3mo
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vivastory I'm so thrilled that you loved this one so much! This made me fall in love with Laurence's books last year. If you haven't read the rest of the Manawaka series, I *highly* recommend them!! 3mo
Centique Also kudos to all the Littens who read this as a buddy read and were much more eloquent about it! @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @merelybookish 3mo
Centique @vivastory I am definitely going to read the rest! What an absolute talent she had 😍 3mo
BarbaraBB A wonderful read indeed. And so is your getaway 😍 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review, Paula. I‘m happy to say I have this book , I‘m looking forward to reading it soon. ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Eee!! 👏👏👏 I‘m so glad you loved this one; I‘ve been pushing it on people for ages. 😆😆 3mo
Cinfhen Looks like a marvelous getaway and book sounds fabulous 💕 3mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a lovely break! I‘ve just started Eudora on audio, after Cindy‘s recommendation! @Cinfhen 3mo
rockpools Wow! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy you‘re listening to Eudora @squirrelbrain it‘s heartwarming 🥰 3mo
batsy I need to read this! I read all of her others books thanks to a Litsy buddy read. I'm all onboard with #readingoctogenarians and it kinda dovetails with #spinsterlit in a way. 3mo
merelybookish It makes me so happy when people fall in love with Margaret Laurence! She really is special and this isn't even my favorite by her! 3mo
Megabooks Excited that you got to get away. This was on @vivastory ‘s #NYWD list, and I got a copy earlier this month. Excited to read it! 3mo
vivastory @merelybookish I vacillate between a couple of favorites, depending on my mood 3mo
vivastory @Megabooks I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it. Her name popped up during a NYRB discussion, thanks to @leahbergen & after the Stone Angel there was no looking back 3mo
vivastory @batsy Have you read Anita Brookner? I have been meaning to for eons & I know she is a #spinsterlit saint 3mo
batsy @vivastory She is, isn't she 😆 I've only read her first one A Start in Life and I loved it. I plan to go down the list in publication order. Was actually thinking of having a Brookner year in 2022 but I'm already behind, so maybe next year 🙈 3mo
vivastory @batsy It's so funny you mention that one. I added it to my TBR over the weekend after watching a 5 Best English Novels video w/ 2 of my favorite people on BookTube. A Brookner year sounds delightful! I can see her being one of those authors that I want to read everything they wrote 💙 3mo
batsy @vivastory I feel the same! Just the reviews of her work plus a few interviews I've read suggests that she might become a favourite. 3mo
Centique @batsy @vivastory putting my hand up for any Brookner group reads. She‘s so insightful too ✋😘 3mo
TrishB Lovely review and I read this from a copy sent to me by @LeahBergen because she‘s obviously on commission 😁😁 it‘s a great read. 3mo
LeahBergen @TrishB 😆😆 3mo
Centique @TrishB @LeahBergen she should be on commission! 😂😂 (in the best way 😍) 3mo
CarolynM I think you‘re pretty eloquent too😘 I‘m looking forward to reading more Margaret Laurence. Have you read Moon Tiger or Tirra Lirra By The River? Two more elderly ladies on their deathbeds and both excellent. 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I loved Moon Tiger! I haven‘t read Tirra Lirra so I will put that on my list. ☺️ 3mo
Rissreads Your best book this year, then it‘s definitely stacked! 1mo
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LeahBergen
The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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This is the lovely and heartbreaking Bildungsroman of Muriel, who we watch grow from an awkward child to a struggling adult in the confines of Edwardian era, middle class Yorkshire. There were two options available to a woman of her class and time: snapping up the first remotely acceptable husband or tending to your aging parents for the rest of your life as an unpaid and unappreciated spinster.

What do you think of her choice, #PersephoneClub?

CarolynM Still reading🙂 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review👍🏻❤️ I‘ve finished too and loved it. 4mo
Cathythoughts I was happy for Muriel and her choice. I think she loved Clare when she was young , and then she loved the idea of Godfrey. Connie‘s tragedy changed her. I was so glad to see her step away from her mother ! ‘ It‘s Muriel at last ‘ .. she says. The thing that matters is ‘ to take your life into your hands and live it ..‘ Id love to know how she got on in the rest of her life. 4mo
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andrew61 Just into part 2 and muriel has taken tea at Delia's with deia's new fiancee. I really enjoyed the clare section and looking forward to reading some more this evening. 4mo
batsy Lovely review! I've been meaning to read more Holtby after South Riding. 4mo
quietjenn I've been reading this one slowly, so no opinion on that yet. But her world is feeling very small and I feel for her. 4mo
elkeOriginal I am distracted by ALL of the books on your shelves! 🤯🥰 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @quietjenn Yes, sorry, I posted this a little early but I had to jot my thoughts down while they were still fresh. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I was happy, too, and dreaded the thought of her accepting a life back in that village under her mother‘s eye. And I somehow feel that her future turned out to be a happy one! And wasn‘t Godfrey a lame and ineffectual man in the end? 🙄 4mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it, too! 4mo
LeahBergen @batsy I think you‘ll like this one as it definitely falls right into the #SpinsterLit wheelhouse! And I‘m happy to have South Riding waiting on my shelves for me. 👏 4mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen no apologies necessary! It's a good motivator 😉 4mo
BarbaraBB So I‘d probably like it too? 4mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn 😆😆 4mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you might! 🤞 4mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Just punched the air that muriel popped pompous Godfrey's arrogance albeit he immediately focuses on Phyllis's pink dress. I was on tenterhooks in final pages dreading her answer, and would have loved to see Mrs Hammond's reaction. Great introduction as well which I of course read afterwards. Thanks Leah for the suggestion of this fascinating book. 4mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I was so anxious that she would accept him in the end! And yes, Mrs Hammond is going to be livid. 🤣🤣 I‘m glad that I always save the introductions to read later, too, as that one certainly gave it all away. Yikes. 4mo
CarolynM The romantic in me had a little hope that love might conquer all but the way Muriel described her feelings at the end made the whole thing a lot more satisfying than a romance happy ending would have been. 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I was hoping (a wee bit) for that happy ending, too, when it seemed as if Godfrey had changed. His bland reaction to her refusal of him, though! Let Phyllis have him. 😆 4mo
rubyslippersreads I think Muriel, Godfrey, and Phyllis will all be happier. (Although not Mrs. Hammond. 🤣) 4mo
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To Each His Own | Leonardo Sciascia
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batsy To Each His Own is a Sicilian small town unconventional detective story with a dash of noir. Good Behaviour is billed as a dark satire of 20th-century Irish society and, true to my brand, seemingly with a dash of #spinsterlit vibes. Two Young Wives is a 19th-century epistolary novel of two best friends from a convent who go on to live two very different lives of duty vs. decadence. 4mo
vivastory Great selections! My vote is for Good Behavior 4mo
Hamlet I‘ve always wanted to read some Balzac, plus I like the “duty vs. decadence” idea. 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not in the club, but these all sound great. Will look them up 👍 4mo
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BarbaraBB Great choices Suba! I‘ve read and loved two of them so my vote goes to the one I haven‘t read: 4mo
GatheringBooks Awesome picks, dear @batsy - my pick goes to 4mo
LeahBergen I love the sound of all of these but you KNOW I gotta vote for that spinster lit. 😆 4mo
sarahbarnes Ooh, fun choices! Spinster lit for me as well, please - I‘m voting for Good Behaviour. 😁 4mo
quietjenn Ah, you are not making it easy! But my vote is for 4mo
Leftcoastzen They all look great but spinsters win ! 4mo
Billypar These sound great! I never read Balzac before and this one sounds really interesting, so I'm going with 4mo
arubabookwoman I'm voting for the Balzac, #TheMemoirsofTwo YoungWives. I have read the other 2, both very good. 4mo
Liz_M I've had my eye on the tagged for a while - love the cover - so that is my choice 4mo
youneverarrived I‘m due in June so don‘t think I‘ll be able to join in the reading or discussion but these all sound great! I would have voted for Good Behaviour 🤍 4mo
vivastory @youneverarrived How exciting! Do you know wat it will be, or are you waiting? 4mo
vivastory *what 4mo
Suet624 I might have to order Good Behavior just from your description. 4mo
Suet624 Well that was quick. I couldn‘t wait. Ordered it. 4mo
batsy @Hamlet It does sound really good. I like the concept of a study of two contrasting personalities via correspondence. 4mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm They're always so tempting, aren't they 😆 4mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @arubabookwoman Happy to hear you both enjoyed Good Behaviour, as that's what the group voted for. Really looking forward to it 🙂 4mo
batsy @Suet624 We're always happy to enable each other's eager book-buying over here 😁 4mo
batsy @youneverarrived That's wonderful! 🙂💕 4mo
Suet624 So I ordered it and then 10 minutes later, after organizing my shelf of NYRB book, I discovered that I already had a copy. I quickly sent the company an email to cancel the order. Five minutes later they responded that they would cancel it. All on a Sunday evening. I‘m exhausted now. But at least I have the book in hand. LOL. 4mo
batsy @Suet624 Oh no! I would be exhausted too, hahaha. With thanks to the book gods that it all ended well 😆 4mo
Suet624 @batsy Now the Order Department is joking with me through email. :) Gotta love the personal touch. 4mo
batsy @Suet624 😁 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I decided to wait to find out, I like the surprise of it. 4mo
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BarbaraBB
The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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This oldie uses a highly original approach to the classic crime story. Set in Tokyo, just after WWII in an apartment complex for single women, mysterious things start to happen. Many of the women carry secrets, big and small, safe in the anonymity of their homes, when suddenly they are revealed.

It‘s a great read! Thank for sending me this one @Vansa such a good choice ❤️

#pop22 #ProtagonistWithMobilityAid #52BooksIn52weeks #UnlikelyDetective

vivastory This sounds fantastic! 5mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory It is your kind of book, no doubt about that! 5mo
squirrelbrain It does sound good! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead This looks like my sort of thing... and I haven't fulfilled that prompt yet! 5mo
charl08 Tempting! Love these editions of Japanese classic crime. 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, this sounds good! 👌 5mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead @charl08 @LeahBergen I can really recommend the book to all three of you. It is a kind of a Japanese #Persephone book, classic mystery and spinster lit in one book! 4mo
LeahBergen Well, consider me SOLD! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Already ordered myself a copy!! 😁 4mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead Really? Ooow That‘s cool! I really think you‘ll like it! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I read a lot of Japanese fiction, including some mysteries, so it sounds right up my street! 😊 4mo
quietjenn This sounds right up my alley! 4mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead @quietjenn I‘m glad to bring attention to such an old book (published in the 60s). It deserves to be read! 4mo
batsy Japanese mystery slash #spinsterlit? Hell, yes 😁 I just saw this in a bookshop over the weekend but managed to somehow not buy it ... I need to rectify this 😂 4mo
BarbaraBB @batsy you need to indeed 🤣 4mo
Vansa Apologies for the late reply!! So glad you liked it!!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa I really did! I‘m so glad you introduced me to a new author! And as you can see above, many people now want to read the book 👍🏽😘 4mo
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Centique
Fraud | Anita Brookner
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Anita Brookner manages to do solitude and even gloominess in such a way that it is DELIGHTFUL. She‘s a magician! In this novel she painstakingly dissects the quiet lives and thoughts of a very well behaved spinster who seems to have missed out on love and friendship and a curmudgeonly widow. It is also a close look at a few parent and child relationships and tensions and how others expectations may ensnare us. #spinsterlit for sure

Centique I saw that you liked this too @Cathythoughts 💕 6mo
batsy Lovely review. I really need to read more Anita Brookner and soon! 6mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 6mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful review! I just went to check my Brookner shelf to see if I own this one (as I‘ve amassed quite the little collection from snapping them up at charity book sales over the years 😆). 6mo
MaureenMc I‘ve been wanting to read some more Brookner this year, and I‘ve got this one on my shelf. Thanks for helping me decide! 😁 6mo
Centique @batsy you can count on her to always transport you in a different time and place. 😍 6mo
Centique @squirrelbrain I‘m so glad 😘 6mo
Centique @LeahBergen I aspire to have a Brookner shelf of my own and keep my eyes open for them! 😍 6mo
Centique @MaureenMc I so hope you like it! Definitely a quiet little book with lots of pondering 💕 6mo
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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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More mystery book mail from Book Depository! ❤️

Who sent this lovely little number to me? I have a hunch but let‘s see… 👀

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 7mo
IndoorDame Great cover! 7mo
Amiable I love that cover. 7mo
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BiblioLitten 😍😍 7mo
batsy That's from me, Leah! 😆 It gets mixed reviews but I really enjoyed #spinsterlit Hope you do, too! 7mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @IndoorDame @Amiable @BiblioLitten It‘s a great cover, isn‘t it? 😊 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😘😘 And you KNOW I can‘t resist a good #SpinsterLit, either! 😆The description sounds right up my alley; I know I‘m going to really enjoy it! 7mo
batsy @LeahBergen You're most welcome! ❤️ 7mo
Gissy Beautiful cover😍❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Cathythoughts Very lovely gift 💫 7mo
LeahBergen @Gissy It‘s so pretty! 😊 7mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m thrilled! 😊😊 7mo
BookBabe Pretty cover! The premise sounds interesting too. 🙂 6mo
Suet624 Such a pretty cover. I‘m missing those colors in my snowy world right now. 6mo
Centique Oh it‘s gorgeous! 6mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Me, too! 🙄 6mo
LeahBergen @Centique I could crawl right into that scene. 😄 6mo
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