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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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What a delight visiting Cranford and the happenstances of its villagers! I absolutely loved this light, whimsical story. It has a much different voice to it than other books by Gaskell that I have read; it was quite refreshing to read something from this time period that was not as heavy. It makes me want to rewatch the Cranford series that was on PBS a number of years ago! #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade

BarkingMadRead I‘m so glad you liked it!! 1w
AllDebooks I've just looked the tv series up too! 1w
Sophronisba I keep meaning to read more Gaskell. I've only read North and South. 1w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Before we leave Cranford, I had to share this picture of my favorite character, Miss Betsy Barker‘s Alderney.

I‘m wondering if the cow had anything to do with Captain Brown‘s tragic demise? After all, as well as suggesting the flannel ensemble, he also recommended Miss Betsy “kill the poor creature at once.” Was that Alderney anywhere near the railroad tracks? 🤔🐄🤣

#PemberLittens #Moo-rdurAtCranford #hashtagbrigade

BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣 1w
TheBookHippie OMG 😂😂😂😂🏆👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
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dabbe Best pic of the day! 🤣🤣🤣 1w
Clare-Dragonfly Ahahahah! Excellent! 😂 1w
rubyslippersreads @willaful I ❤️ it! 🐮 1w
Ruthiella Love it! 😋 1w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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This book was a surprise win!! I absolutely hated North and South when we read it last year, so my expectations for Cranford were extremely low. But I ended up loving this one!! Delightful small-town shenanigans, a likable (if somewhat distant) narrator, and a pile of elderly ladies that made me laugh far more than I expected, yet also moments that genuinely had me choked up. I will definitely be rereading this one in the future.

TheAromaofBooks Thank you SO MUCH for hosting the #HashtagBrigade @BarkingMadRead !!! My enjoyment in reading this one was definitely amplified by the buddy read, daily discussions, and snarky hashtags!! Already looking forward to next month!! 2w
BarkingMadRead I totally agree, and I‘m so glad you liked it!! North and south was not a fave with me either 🤣 2w
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repost for @BarkingMadRead:

Ok #hashtagbrigade it‘s time to start planning your book for June! Put in a hold at the library, stalk your used bookstore, or maybe you already have it! Come back on June 1 to get started! Once I know how many chapters it has, I‘ll let you know what to read each day! Anyone can join in! Drop a comment below if I should add you! #pemberlittens #buddyread

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BarkingMadRead Thank you for sharing! 😍 2w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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At first I was 👀😵‍💫😅
However #hashtagbrigade for the win 🎉👏🏼
@BarkingMadRead our fearless leader reader!

I ended up loving this! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️♥️👏🏼

mcctrish Despite all the deaths it was a light read 🤣🤣 2w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish and warm fuzzies 😂😂😂 2w
BarkingMadRead Yay! I‘m glad you liked it! And @mcctrish that‘s so accurate 🤣🤣 2w
Bookwormjillk I was very surprised by how much I liked this one. 2w
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Ok #hashtagbrigade it‘s time to start planning your book for June! Put in a hold at the library, stalk your used bookstore, or maybe you already have it! Come back on June 1 to get started! Once I know how many chapters it has, I‘ll let you know what to read each day! Anyone can join in! Drop a comment below if I should add you! #pemberlittens @LitsyEvents

IndoorDame My used bookstore copy arrived a few days ago!🩷 Now I just have to get the horrible sticker residue off the cover so it doesn‘t drive me crazy every morning next month 🤣 2w
BarkingMadRead @IndoorDame ugh that‘s the worst!! 2w
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julieclair I'm in! Found a copy on paperbackswap. 🙂 2w
BarkingMadRead @julieclair 🎉🎉🎉 2w
Cuilin Please add me. I think I have copies for most of these reads. Thanks 😊 2w
eeclayton As always, I'm in! @IndoorDame have you tried warming it with a blow dryer? It usually works for me, the heat makes the sticker super easy to remove. 2w
IndoorDame @eeclayton oooh, good tip. Thanks! 2w
eeclayton @IndoorDame hope it helps! 2w
ravenlee I‘m in for June! My copy arrived a week or so ago. 2w
Bookwormjillk Can't wait! @indoordame that should be illegal 2w
IndoorDame @Bookwormjillk srsly! Mostly I‘m super laid back, but that is one pet peeve that really makes me seethe! 2w
peanutnine Looking forward to this one! ☺️ 2w
BarkingMadRead 😍😍 2w
DebinHawaii I can‘t wait! I have had this one on my Kindle for ages, so looking for the push to get it read finally! 💛 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve got a used copy and am ready to READ! 👍 2w
Deblovestoread Please add me for June. This is on my kindle ready for it‘s day. 😁 2w
BarkingMadRead 😍😍😍 2w
Allylu I have that one on my bookshelf! I‘m ready! 2w
rubyslippersreads Looking forward to all of these. I ❤️ Vanity Fair. Also, the tagged book is available on Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43741 2w
mcctrish I just bought the ebook version for kindle for $2.99 CAD ( I do this so seldom that it is always so PAINFUL 🤣🤣) I am ready to go 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Definitely put me on the list - my copy is on reserve at the library!! 2w
BarkingMadRead 😍😍😍 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘ll skip this one but tag me for A Room With a View! 2w
TheBookHippie I got it on hold ! 2w
Librarybelle Looking forward to it! 2w
BarkingMadRead 😍😍😍 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig I've got the Kindle/Audible combo. Count me in! 2w
bthegood @Carebear23 you might enjoy this group - the updates from @BarkingMadRead are worth the read - 🙂 2w
Bklover I‘m still on the list aren‘t I? I‘ve been painting my house and have been terrible at reading lately but there‘s only one more room to go! Having said that I may not make it for this one but definitely for the next one. (edited) 2w
BarkingMadRead @Bklover I‘ll put you on the list for the June book, you can just ignore me until you‘re ready 🤣 2w
Carebear23 @bthegood - thanks for the recommendation! @BarkingMadRead - count me in please! 2w
BarkingMadRead I‘ll add you, @Carebear23 2w
Bklover I cheat and read all your hashtags even when I‘m not reading the book! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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This was a delightful listen! I enjoyed it so much more than North & South, often because of the characters and humor. I don‘t think it‘s a story that will really stick with me long term, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and worth the read.

#audiobook #1001books #HashtagBrigade #PemberLittens

Crinoline_Laphroaig I listened as well. Narrator was perfect. 2w
Daisey @Crinoline_Laphroaig Agreed! When I have to choose, I almost always go with these Naxos unabridged classics audio versions. (edited) 1w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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For some reason I thought this was book was much longer! I was surprised to see it was the last Chapter this morning of #Pemberlittens . But I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story. @BarkingMadRead thanks for the #HashtagBrigade! It was fun! 😊

BarkingMadRead It went by so fast! I‘m glad you had fun! 2w
Ericalambbrown I‘ve got her North and South in my TBR list. 4d
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Bookwormjillk Yay!! This was a great read! 2w
IndoorDame I loved this ❤️ 2w
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peanutnine This was so great! I love that Peter brought them all together again 🥰 2w
Ruthiella Wonderful ending. Thanks so much for leading us in this read-along. It was awesome! ❤️👏👏👏 2w
dabbe Leave it to a MAN to have to fix the ladies, so to speak. 😏 Still, I will miss Cranford and these wonderful ladies. Thanks for leading us and making us laugh, @BarkingMadRead. 💙💚💙 2w
Allylu Reading this with you folks was soooo much fun! Love the #hashtags. Thank you! 2w
Ann_Reads Lol @dabbe :-) Thank you to @BarkingMadRead for another fun discussion. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Thank goodness, the book ended before Peter died 😂 Thanks for the hashtags! 2w
Vansa I could not love this more. I absolutely love how Peter continues to be cheeky and invent stories about shooting cherubs.Mrs.Jamieson is obnoxious,I love how Gaskell very cleverly shows the slow acceptance of a more fluid form of interactions among classes- Ms.Matty is " in trade",Martha and her husband live with her,Lady Glenmire thinks nothing of chucking her meaningless title.Its interesting that Georgette Heyer wrote nearly 200 years later(1/2 2w
Vansa (2/2) and displays far more rigid views towards class. Absolute delight and thank you for this, I would never had read this if not for this excellent reading group #Pemberlittenz 2w
julieclair This was such a fun read! The Cranford ladies are a hoot! Reading it together made it all the more fun. Thanks for another great job as host, @BarkingMadRead ! 👏 2w
rubyslippersreads Like @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m somewhat concerned for Peter‘s safety. 😆 Thanks for hosting a great readalong @BarkingMadRead 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
mcctrish I think Peter broke the curse 🙏🏻🙏🏻 thank you so much for leading us @BarkingMadRead this was a really fun read 2w
willaful So what do we think -- Peter marry one of the Cranford ladies or no? Which would be safer? I like your take, @mcctrish !

I just remembered, I was surprised to see the term “cast up her accounts“ in the book. I've only encountered it before as slang for... er... feeling unwell. 😄
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BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin I finished both this month already! Finally ahead of the game for a change lol 2w
TheAromaofBooks I genuinely loved this one, which was a huge surprise because I HATED North & South! But this one was full of such gentle humor and likable characters, and not nearly as many funerals as I feared!! 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Vansa - I do think Heyer's books are set in the earlier Regency period vs. Cranford's Victorian era. Also, Heyer's stories tend to focus on a richer, more upper class than we find in Cranford, so I think that also changes how various class interactions are portrayed. But it was fun to see some of the distinctions change throughout the story!! 2w
Vansa @TheAromaofBooks I know they're set in a different time period! Obviously😀I'm talking about the author's own attitudes,not the characters'.Heyer demonstrates the sort of attitudes towards class that Mrs.Jamieson does,if you read her books. 1w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 15: Martha has a baby and Matty has a visitor #PETER #thatsallohavetosayaboutthat #pemberlittens #hashtagbrigade

julieclair It‘s so sweet, and a bit sad, how much Matty loves the baby. 💙 And yes! #PETER ! 2w
Bookwormjillk Finally! Seems like this could have been the last chapter but there are more? #PeterMustNotDie 2w
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk seriously the first thing I thought when I saw that there‘s one chapter left 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2w
dabbe See? That is what we were still waiting for! Except for one more chapter. #donotdiepeter 🙏 2w
willaful Seriously, he's taking his life into his hands. Love is not safe for these poor men, even fraternal love! #BubbleWrapPeter

I hope Martha's husband isn't annoyed at having being pushed into marriage unnecessarily. Hopefully being a proud father will keep him sweet. 😁
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 Live, Peter, Live! 2w
Daisey @Bookwormjillk I thought the same thing! This very much felt like a final chapter to me. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I also thought it felt final! It was super sweet—all the sibling love makes me so happy. Maybe the final chapter will just be an “and they all lived happily ever after” epilogue 🤞🏻 2w
TheAromaofBooks It did crack me up that Miss Matty hadn't even SUSPECTED that there was going to be a baby! 😂 2w
peanutnine @TheAromaofBooks lol yes! That tickled me too, like how did you not notice that?? 😂 2w
mcctrish @TheAromaofBooks same!!! Miss Matty is seriously clueless but Mrs Jamieson is horrid #veilsathalfmast 2w
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