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TheBookHippie
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Ruthiella Thanks! I have them in print but at that price! Why not get the e-version also! 😀 4mo
Ann_Reads Thank you for posting this! I decided to buy it, as I've never read any novels by Pym but keep seeing her name pop up on Litsy. It will also be helpful to fill in some of the gaps for my #192025 challenge book list. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Ann_Reads I just read her for the first time with the #pemberlittens SO MUCH FUN! 4mo
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TheBookHippie @Ann_Reads I am loving the #192025 challenge! 4mo
Ann_Reads @TheBookHippie Agreed! It is great fun so far. 4mo
CarolynM Bargain! 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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If Mildred from #ExcellentWomenandBoiledPotatoes ran away to the county and became a witch. 😆

Crinoline_Laphroaig A weird little book. Starts off Barbara Pym-ish. Next thing you know we've escaped to the country and become a witch.

Beautiful writing. Divided into 3 Parts with no Chapters which makes it feel like it is rambling sometimes. I like Chapters because it gives you a natural break.

Fun Fact the very 1st Book of the Month Selection from 1926.
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Kind of a Spoiler but I was glad to know. 4mo
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batsy Ooh, I like that description! I love both Lolly Willowes and Excellent Women 💕 4mo
DivineDiana Love your review! Already stacked! 4mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻😂😂 4mo
AllDebooks 🤣🤣📚 4mo
Sparklemn Sounds fun. On my wishlist. 4mo
Vansa Would love to read this. Thanks for sharing! 4mo
willaful I read this decades ago and it made an impression! I still remember the little poem at the end. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Fantastic review! 😂 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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#PemberLittens
I'd never heard the name Everard until
#excellentwomenandboiledpotatoes Readalong. Now it's popped up in Current Read: "Everard, the eldest son...." is ancestor of Lolly.

I picked this out from Book of the Month because it was the very 1st #BOTM back in 1926.
#conciedenceIthinknot

LeahBergen And it was a character‘s name in a book I just finished, too! 4mo
rwmg Those of us of a certain vintage from the UK may remember the stand-up comedian Larry Grayson's friend Everard 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen that looks like a fun read! 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @rwmg will have to look that up! 4mo
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TheBookHippie
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Thank you to @Crinoline_Laphroaig for excellent leading us through #EXCELLENTWOMENANDBOILEDPOTATOES my daily backyard reading was so much fun the perfect July read! #pemberlittens

Cinfhen Stunning photos 😍 4mo
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen I live it up June to September.....because after that the dreaded SNOW ..... 4mo
julieclair Beautiful backyard! And I agree that @Crinoline_Laphroaig did a great job hosting. #ExcellentWomenAndBoiledPotatoes 4-ever! 🥔👍 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig And it's beautiful! 4mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous flowers! 4mo
AllDebooks Beautiful blooms x 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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#Pemberlittens Sale for those wanting more Pym. #excellentwomenandboiledpotatoes

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Thoughts on the Ending⁉️

I was bit underwhelmed. Felt like I needed another Chapter and Epilogue to wind up the story. Especially since I read a Spoiler here for Mildred from her next book Jane & Prudence.
http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com/2013/03/six-degrees-of-barbara-pyms...

Or is that point. 'Mildred is an Excellent Women" and will continue to be one?

#ExcellentWomenandBoiledPotatoes
#Pemberlittens #TheEnd

Crinoline_Laphroaig That being said I definitely want to read more Pym. This is arriving today 4mo
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DivineDiana I just received my copy from the Library, but I will look back at the posts and comment. ❤️ 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @DivineDiana Yay! I'm excited to hear your thoughts. 4mo
BarkingMadRead I thought it was kind of vague and abrupt lol I like imagining the ending but also I would have like to read it 🤣 it kind of reminded me of the end of My Fair Lady lol 4mo
julieclair At first the abrupt (perfect word @BarkingMadRun ) ending bothered me, but the more I thought about it, I kind of liked the open-ended-ness of it. In my mind, Mildred ends up with Everard Bone, and improves his social awkwardness. I'm kind of tired of Julian Mallory, lol. I didn't realize there were more Mildred books. But I didn't read the link, thanks for the heads up about the spoiler, @Crinoline_Laphroaig . And I agree, need to read more Pym! 4mo
Ruthiella @julieclair There aren‘t any more books featuring Mildred. She just gets a one line mention in Less Than Angels which lets the reader know if she married or not. 4mo
Ruthiella I like the open ended-ness. I think part of the point of the book is that marriage isn‘t a HEA. It‘s just a different kind of burden for an Excellent Woman. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella I agree with the open ended-ness like. I am definitely reading more Pym! Where to start?!?! I loved your daily synopsis and our discussion so much fun I looked forward to it every day! 4mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie I would read Less Than Angels next and then No Fond Return of Love only because there are cameos providing glimpses of characters from previous books. Quartet in Autumn is good, but I don‘t think there is any connection to other books. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella that sounds like a plan! 4mo
sarahbellum @Ruthiella thanks for the suggestions for what to read next! I also want to keep reading Pym, but didn‘t know where to start 🙂 4mo
peanutnine I was surprised with the ending at first because nothing seemed to have changed really. But overall I really enjoyed this look into Mildred's life. And @Ruthiella I love that idea of marriage as a different kind of burden. So true! 4mo
AnneCecilie I think that is the point, that nothing really changes for Mildred. 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Sorry for all the tags. Litsy was being weird this morning 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @julieclair @BarkingMadRun at first I was What⁉️ but then after I thought about it I was like yeah I get it. Not exactly more Mildred books she just is mentioned I think. 4mo
julieclair @Ruthiella Thanks for letting me know there are not any more Mildred books. I like the advice you gave to @TheBookHippie and will follow that Pym Reading Plan. My only question is when to read Less Than Angels. I‘m not sure I‘m emotionally ready yet to find out whether Mildred gets married. 😉 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thanks for reading order @Ruthiella @TheBookHippie @peanutnine Opened End is a good way to describe. I think you're right with nothing really changes @AnneCecilie 4mo
julieclair @peanutnine @AnneCecilie @Ruthiella Interesting thoughts about marriage being a different kind of burden, and nothing ever changing for Mildred. Perhaps Excellent Women will always carry burdens, no matter their life situation; that‘s just who they are. They are drawn to help people, are reliable, and have difficulty saying no. 4mo
DebinHawaii Vague & a bit depressing to me—the ending, not the book which I enjoyed. I don‘t care whether Mildred married but I wanted her to want & get more from her life. But true to the era for unmarried (Excellent) women I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I will look into reading more from Pam too. Thanks for the suggestions @Ruthiella And thanks for hosting @Crinoline_Laphroaig 🤗 4mo
Vansa I liked the ending,with Everard Bone dumping work that she doesn't even want to do,on her.It seems very in keeping with his character.Mildred actually is fairly content with her life,and I like that the more she sees of the married state, the less alluring it seems to her!If you hadn't found someone who made it all worth it,she seems to accept that she was ok in her own way. 4mo
Vansa The book and it's ending feel very timeless to me.This is still the case for single women,in most of the world.Finding love has always been difficult,and continues to be so,and single women are still looked on as people with nothing better to do than be at the Beck and call of others,without reciprocal help. 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Vansa Everard Bone's way of courting? 4mo
Vansa @Crinoline_Laphroaig no,I don't think so at all,really.He's not the socially awkward geek or modern romcoms, he's genuinely a quite self centred man who would look on her as unpaid editorial assistant plus housekeeper! 4mo
eeclayton @Vansa I feel the same way about Everard Bone. He never contacted Mildred for the sheer pleasure of her company, he always wanted something, news about the Napiers if nothing else. I also agree with @AnneCecilie that the ending suggests that nothing changes and nothing probably will. 4mo
willaful I'm really not a fan of that kind of ending -- I'm glad to see from the article above that more interesting times were possibly in store for Mildred.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig @willaful I gave it 4stars on Goodreads. Would have been 5 with better ending 4mo
Sparklemn I also found the ending rather depressing. All that's really changed for Mildred is the number of her acquaintances grew with each one being a burden in their own way. My wish for Mildred is that she take advantage of these new relationships to expand, not narrow, her world. Take Italian lessons from her new neighbors. Join the Learned Society or the Prehistoric Society or whatever interests her and become a scholar in her own right. 🙂 4mo
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Librarybelle
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I‘ve yet to read anything by Pym, but I suspect I‘ll be reading more by her.

Mildred is an “excellent woman,” an unmarried woman of a certain age who helps her church and her community. When new neighbors move into her house, chaos, to a degree, ensues. I found myself sympathizing with Mildred quite a lot. The characters are witty, & Pym‘s writing style is satirical and engaging. Great choice for #PemberLittens ! #ExcellentWomenAndBoiledPotatoes

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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What a nuanced, lovely conversation. And again, what lovely writing. Rocky isn't a bad guy, or a shallow one. But love can be... disappointing at time.

Brimful I love and share your love of Barbara Pym‘s writing! 4mo
Karons1 Another one ☝️ on my huge TBR 😆 4mo
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Vansa @Brimful this is the first one I've read, I'm so grateful to @Crinoline_Laphroaig for leading this buddy read! I'm planning to read at least one Pym a month now. 4mo
Vansa @Karons1 managed it through the Litsy #Pemberlittens chapter a day read! It's a short book 4mo
Vansa @Brimful any particular reading order you would recommend? 4mo
Brimful Definitely Jane and Prudence next! 4mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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#Pemberlittens #Excellentwomenandboiledpotatoes @Crinoline_Laphroaig
How does she write sentences that are so simple, but so acutely capture a feeling.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Her way with words was amazing. 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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For the last few years I've done this thing where I've Celebrate my Birthday for as many days as I am years old. And while I do spend money( it's my Birthday 🤷🏻‍♀️) that's not the main focus. It's about taking time to enjoy the little things in life. Like spending time with #Pemberlittens!

#ExcellentWomenandBoiledPotatoes has been a treat to host. Today is the last day of #56DaysofFun. Thanks for joining in the Celebrations. 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

Crinoline_Laphroaig My 📚 & 🍻Club is always a big part of the fun. Day 4 of the Celebration was June Discussion of The Guncle.

📸 is from Day 32. July Read was The Lincoln Highway so I dressed up in my British Retro 50s dress. 💋
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BarkingMadRead Happy birthday month!! 4mo
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sarahbellum How fun! Happy birthday! 🥳 4mo
Ruthiella Have a fantastic birthday. Thanks for a very entertaining read along! 😃 4mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! And you look gorgeous! ❤️ 4mo
AllDebooks It was a great readalong, thank you. Happy birthday xx 4mo
AnneCecilie Happy birthday 🥳 I like your way of celebrating (edited) 4mo
TheBookHippie LOVE LOVE LOVE this! And the Dress! Happy Happy Birthday!! The 50s are the best, right? 4mo
TrishB That sounds fab! 4mo
rwmg Happy birthday and thank you for the excuse to re-read Barbara Pym 😘 4mo
MaureenMc 🥳🍷🎉 4mo
Sparklemn Enjoy!! 🍻 4mo
julieclair What a lovely idea! And thank you for including us all in your celebrations. This has been such a fun buddy read! 📚 🎂🥳 4mo
eeclayton Thanks for hosting and happy birthday! 🥳 4mo
RedxoHearts Happy belated birthday! I love your outfit 4mo
DivineDiana You know how to have fun! Belated Birthday greetings! You look fabulous! 🎉🎂❤️ 4mo
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