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tenar
Carmilla | Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
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As one of the oldest vampire fictions, this novella predates Dracula! Hugely gothic, with a picturesque and isolated setting, Carmilla describes a surprisingly sapphic central relationship. Though there are precious few frightful scenes, they lit up my imagination like a cat‘s eye in the dark. Not a mystery, as any modern reader will understand what‘s happening from the start, so just come for the fun. (I read this aloud, and we had so much fun.)

tenar SPOILERS: Some parts of the vampire myth here seemed certain to become iconic, yet I had only seen them in this work. The ghost-like abilities, and especially that coffin full of blood! 😱 Belated #Victober 2mo
LeahBergen Great review! 2mo
Emilymdxn I've got this sitting on my kindle and I'm so excited to read it on a cold winter night - perhaps eating somethign decadent with a big glass of red wine... 2mo
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wideeyedreader This is one of my favorite vampire stories! A must-read for vampire fans imo! 2mo
tenar @LeahBergen Thank you! I think the more jazzed I am about a book, the easier I find it to review. 2mo
tenar @Emilymdxn That‘s the perfect setting! 😍 If you have the time, I think this would be fabulous to read in one sitting. 2mo
tenar @wideeyedreader Absolutely! I feel the same way after reading and can see myself recommending it often. 2mo
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tenar
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A #Victober surprise! I picked this up after reading a few of its lines on the Welsh countryside- ah, the gorse and heather. Its nature imagery is luscious, and the land is truly the heart and soul of the novel.

The simple religious and romantic plots are enriched by the care taken in developing the full family dynamics of the Owens of Garthowen. A gentle story that weighs up thoughtful questions about duty, longing, and our faith in one another.

tenar P.S. I would like to thank this book for healing the festering sore in my heart that was left earlier this year by Willa Cather‘s O Pioneers!. 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
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batsy
Gothic Tales | Elizabeth Gaskell
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For several years now I've meant to join in for #Victober (which started out on booktube). This year I managed to squeeze in the group read and enjoyed it! These are stories of dread, menace, and the quotidian terror of patriarchy. As a collection of stories, some are simply better than others. Yet I think anyone who's read Gaskell before and knows of the ways in which she can pull a reader in will find lots to think about and take pleasure in.

shawnmooney I love Gaskell, but not gothic stuff. Right now I am delighted by listening to the audiobook while reading the text of her novella Cousin Phillis. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 love this cover & stacked 3mo
batsy @shawnmooney I'll add that to my list! I realise I've gone far too long with too little Gaskell. I loved Cranford. 3mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! Yep it's an appropriately spooky cover and the stories are lovely to get into on a cold night (I'm counting the slight dip in temps here brought on by tropical thunderstorms as "cold weather" ?) 3mo
JazzFeathers I never knew of the existence of Victober! 😱 3mo
tenar I‘m reading this for #Victober as my first ever Gaskell! A weird place to start, but I‘ve been enjoying it. We‘ve been reading it aloud, and it comes to life. Would Cranford be a good choice next? 3mo
Centique I haven‘t read Gaskell yet! It‘s a hole I plan to fill soon ☺️ Great review 💕 3mo
batsy @JazzFeathers It seems like such a fun challenge that I keep missing out on each year 😂 3mo
batsy @tenar @tenar Cranford is totally different in style, theme, and tone, so you might be disappointed if you're looking for more of the same dark vibes. Otoh it's a fun, witty, satirical book that gives you a good picture of the breadth of Gaskell's style 🙂 3mo
batsy @Centique Thank you! I'm glad there's a lot more of her to discover. 3mo
rubyslippersreads This looks nice and spooky. I‘ve only read North and South, so I need to catch up on my Gaskell. 3mo
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Gissy
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I read this one long time ago so this re-read was like the first time. This novel can be annoying and controversial in the treatment/position of women in that era; religion; and the cheesy romance we see. But maybe I love it because of that, a general overview of the era. Jane was different, trying to be genuine, independent even in that historical circumstance. Still she lived in the era, so you will see those traces. I still loved it 5⭐️

Gissy Live these editions.I read the edition in the center. Still want some other pretty editions.
Reading hours 19x10 points=190 points
Readathons
#Scarsthlon @Staycurious
#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft it has some mystery elements
#BookSpinBingo (free space) @TheAromaOfBooks
#AutumnalWitchReadathon (read with candle)
#Victober (5 prompts)
#GR52BooksAround2021 prompt #37
Late March #Thatsclassic (I hope it counts) ⬇️
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Gissy Cont.
190 (hours read x10 points) =1330
No theme related 5 points
Movie Watched 5 points
Litsy post 1 point

Total-1,341
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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sisilia Beautiful 3mo
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 3mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Thank you!🤗 3mo
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tenar
Untitled | Unknown
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Dropping my usual TBR for Booktube‘s #Victober! It‘s my fav month, and my Victorian October read last year, The Woman in White, was a highlight of 2020.

We‘ll see how many I get to; most count for multiple prompts. For ‘Popular‘, I wanted to read a book more popular then than now and thought Anne Brontë‘s book fit the bill. I learned Charlotte stopped its later reprinting! For the bonus “read aloud” challenge, I‘ll read Carmilla to my mom ?

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SaraFair
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Beautiful writing, family life, theology and a bit of humor- I am enjoying this representation for #Victober.

SaraFair Y‘all must think I am crazy. Went back and realized this is from the 1700s. Should have known by the wigs on the front! 1y
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The Woman in White | William Wilkie Collins
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For #Victober I‘ve begun reading The Woman in White, a mystery novel by Englishman Wilkie Collins, published in 1859.

I haven‘t read a book written before 1900 nor one over 600 pages in a couple of years, so I figured I‘d take the opportunity to vary my reading diet.

It‘s been an engaging and easy read thus far, sexism and ableism aside. Reading a “sensation” mystery has been perfect for my otherwise totally unspooky October! 🌙☁️🕯

BarbaraBB I loved it! 1y
tenar @BarbaraBB I‘m excited to hear that! I‘m about 120 pages in and can‘t wait to see how it unfolds. 1y
BarbaraBB I felt that way until the end. And that for such an oldie! I was really surprised how much I liked it! 1y
tenar @BarbaraBB Oh man, you‘ve got me just itching to pick it up! I‘m going to try to clear some time for it this afternoon 😌 1y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts! 1y
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MargaretPinardAuthor
Tales of the Islanders | Charlotte Bront
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I am irked by how I can‘t edit things in instagram and display them here anymore...
Anyway, this juvenilia work from Charlotte Bronte was weird and mostly meh—lots of gore and magic deus ex machina with the Duke of Wellington playing the part of Superman...had a very #fanfiction feel.
...but it works for #victober and #octreadsbingo so I‘m not complaining! Lol

#booktube #bookstagram #gothic #juvenilia

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Lindy
Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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My first Thackeray… and now I‘m willing to try others. What an amusing cast of greedy, foolish characters! This satirical classic is engaging in #audiobook format, read by Jane Lapotaire. #Victober

Sace It's written for children but The Rose and the Ring is one I enjoyed (and is my only Thackeray so far.) 1y
Lindy @Sace Thanks for the recommendation. I like children‘s literature so I will give it a try. 😊 1y
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