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The Lady of the Lake | Walter Scott
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#OnThisDay in 1826, printing company Ballantyne & Co crashed, bringing with it the fortunes of Sir Walter Scott. The company began in 1810, publishing Scott's wildly popular The Lady of the Lake. Initial success led to bad decisions in a bad economy, and ultimately the creditors they came a-calling. Scott's health and wealth never recovered. #HistoryGetsLIT

The Sonnets and Other Love Poems | William Shakespeare
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It's been such a good reading weekend for me! I've finished several books and graphic novels. Now it's time to crack down on some school work but I hope to carve out a few more hours with a book later.

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My early Monday Morning Me Time with #PemberLittens & @jenniferw88 #BuddyRead.

Jane's niece Fanny - Lady Knatchbull had me ?.
But ending with this made me ?:
"Make friends with this quiet but brilliant woman, this superb artist in fiction, and you have made a friend for life."

Readings | Sven Birkerts

I am wondering how everyone is doing? @Lauranahe @Hwarren #LMPBC #Round13 #GroupN @suvata

Lauranahe Good! Hanging out after the snowstorm hit yesterday and reading and watching movies! 1d
suvata I have a bit of a cold so I‘m just kicking back and reading. 24h
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Out of mind | J. Bernlef
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#WeeklyForecast 03/22

I‘m having an emotional week. My mother in law passed away unexpectedly and we‘re arranging her funeral, to be held on Thursday. For comfort I‘ll reread one of my favorite Dutch books (tagged) and we‘ll be doing our Divers #buddyread, Cindy 💕
Nothing too ambitious except maybe for In the Freud Archives, which I am reading at the moment for the #NYRBBookClub. I‘m reading it slowly and so far am really enjoying it.

Reggie I‘m so sorry to hear about your mother in law. 1d
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 1d
Velvetfur I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Barbara 💔 1d
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Ruthiella You and your family have my condolences Barbara. ❤️ 1d
DrexEdit Sorry for your loss. It's good that books can be a comfort to you. 1d
Jas16 I am so very sorry for your loss 1d
squirrelbrain Sorry for your loss Barbara. Sending love to you and your family. ❤️ 1d
DivineDiana Sending condolences for your loss to you and your family. I hope that your books bring you some solace. ❤️ 1d
Simona So sorry for your loss 💔 1d
TrishB So sorry to hear Barbara. Sending love to you all ❤️ 1d
kspenmoll Barbara so so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love to you & your family. 1d
vivastory I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you find comfort in books 💙 1d
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so sorry to hear that. 💗 1d
Soubhiville I‘m so very sorry. 1d
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 1d
Megabooks Sending love to you my dear sister 💕💕💕 (edited) 1d
RaeLovesToRead Sorry to hear that. Sending well wishes to you and your family 💙 1d
marleed Oh, I‘m so sorry. 1d
Flaneurette So sorry to hear this Barbara, thinking of you and your family 1d
Chelsea.Poole So sorry for your loss. 💔 23h
Anna40 So sorry for your loss. 💕 23h
quietjenn I'm sorry for your loss 💙 23h
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 22h
staci.reads I'm so very sorry about your mother in law 💔 22h
Kdgordon88 Im so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort. 22h
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. Sending love. ❤️❤️❤️ 21h
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💗 21h
Mindyrecycles I‘m terribly sorry, Barbara. I had a very dear MIL and it was awful to lose her. My love to all your family. 16h
Cinfhen Barbara, if you want to push off our reading I‘d totally understand. Here for you and the family. Sending much love 💗 16h
Cathythoughts So sorry for your loss Barbara ❤️ 15h
Vansa Oh, I'm so sorry , a loss of a close family member must be devastating. What a difficult time for you and your family. 13h
batsy I'm so sorry, Barbara ❤️❤️ Take care. 12h
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry . Hugs to you and your family. 12h
youneverarrived So sorry Barbara ♥️♥️ sending love to you all 10h
MicheleinPhilly Oh Barbara. I‘m so sorry. Sending light and love to you and your family and will keep you in my thoughts this week. ❤️ 8h
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry. ❤️ Keeping you in my thoughts. 5h
BookNAround I‘m so sorry Barbara. May your memories bring more love and laughter than tears. 4h
BarbaraBB @Vansa @batsy @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes @BookNAround Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts. It means so much to me 💕 1h
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I am not artistic at all but I enjoy learning about blending colors and creating depth. I was so happy to participate in the #litsycrafters paint night. Thank you @Catsandbooks and @curiouserandcurioser for hosting this fun event. I LOVE putting faces to names ❤️❤️❤️

tracey38 I love it! Looks great. 1d
tpixie Oh! What a fun time. Love your painting! 💚🦁 🧙‍♀️ 🚪 💚 (edited) 1d
megnews I‘ve loved seeing everyone‘s paintings. Yours is beautiful. I love all the purple! 1d
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Kdgordon88 It‘s lovely! 1d
curiouserandcurioser @Chrissyreadit that looks so beautiful!! It was my first time doing a painting!! So happy you were able to join in the fun!💜 1d
SolaRaynor I love the lamp and snowy scene! 1d
BookwormAHN Lovely and I enjoyed seeing everyone too 💜 1d
Catsandbooks Fantastic job! I love your leaves! Thank you for helping make this event happen! 🥰 24h
Gissy It is pretty and lovely 😍👌 21h
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This was a pick for me and I see why The Chronicles of Narnia is so popular. I was engaged in the story from beginning until the very end. I loved that not all the kids were inherently good - it really adds to the story. I was bothered by a few sentences in the book (basically stating that it's a boys job to fight, etc.), but understand that the book was written in a different time. I'm excited to continue on with this series this year.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 My favourite is the tagged book which covers events before The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. 1d
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Jess861 @Andrew65 I'm reading in publication order so I think that'll be the last of the series I read - kind of exciting to know the last book will be strong 😀 1d
Andrew65 @Jess861 Hope you enjoy them all. True classics. 1d
TheSpineView Great job! 1d
BookDadGirlDad A series worth reading.
Kimberlone I love this cover version! 1d
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Vansa Oh, I absolutely LOVE Northanger Abbey,should be considered as one of the 6.I love her spirited defence of "women's fiction",and Henry Tilney is my favourite Austen hero-sweet,unassuming,and so kind. 1d
sprainedbrain I‘m with you… it‘s definitely complete and a full novel. And it‘s wonderful!! 1d
RaeLovesToRead Definitely with the novels 💕 1d
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MaureenMc Yes, I agree, should be considered one of her 6 novels. 1d
Ruthiella Novel for sure! 1d
DebinHawaii I vote for novel without a doubt! 💜 1d
Andrea313 Northanger absolutely deserves its place among the novels! I've heard the argument before that it lacks depth, and it makes me so mad. Just because it's lighter in tone than Persuasion or Mansfield doesn't mean it's not well-constructed. And I agree with @Vansa about the defense of women's fiction! 1d
ravenlee It‘s definitely different, but it‘s a novel. I haven‘t read any of the juvenilia yet, but I just don‘t see how it couldn‘t be a novel. 24h
inthegreensandblues I also disagreed with Carson's assertion that it "can't carry the burden" of being classed with her other novels. But I did find her argument about the improbability of the Catherine+Tilney pairing intriguing (and the question of whether they'd end up like Mr & Mrs Bennet). 19h
mollyrotondo Definitely a novel and an excellent satire/tribute to the gothic novel. I also felt like this critic was missing the mark. It‘s not all supposed to be taken so seriously. Especially Catherine and Tilney. She was writing a very gothic novel couple so they don‘t have to be like Elizabeth and Darcy or Elinor and Edward. They are perfect for one another according to the “rules” of a gothic novel. It‘s a novel and a very smart one at that. 17h
Vansa Banged out my response in a hurry yesterday,so here's a longer response to this essay.I didn't agree with even one of Carson's assertions in this essay-I'm not sure which “Janeites“ feel let down by NA,which is beloved by many.I can't agree at ALL with Carson's argument in this essay that Catherine and Henry are completely ill-matched.I would argue the opposite-this is one of the few novels where we see a relationship slowly develop(1/n) 17h
Vansa (2/n)and the protagonists have multiple conversations,about mutual interests such as literature,life,other people's foibles.Catherine might be naive,and sheltered,but she's not an idiot-she holds her own perfectly well against the completely obnoxious John Thorpe.Carson seems to confuse kindness with stupidity,and this essay suffers from that basic flaw.FOrtunately,Henry TIlney does not suffer from that,and he clearly recognises her basic decency 16h
Vansa (3/n)and that unlike most typical young women of the time,who were told to keep their opinions to themselves,Catherine stands up for what she believes in.I find this one of her best character sketches,so recognisable to this day-the 'frenemy' Isabella,the rich snob John THorpe,the quite avaricious General Tilney.I also thought she captured that feeling of isolation you get when you feel you're not one of the 'cool kids' really well, 16h
Vansa (4/n)and the absolute thrill you get when someone else likes the same books as you-isn't this why we're all on Litsy?!These are such universal feelings,and I'm not sure there were books till then that showed the power and delights of sorority.Austen sends up her heroine gently,but at no point does she patronise or condescend to her-something Carson does.And a mark of just how modern this book is-Val Mcdermid's 21st century update just tweaks 16h
Vansa (4/n)and the absolute thrill you get when someone else likes the same books as you-isn't this why we're all on Litsy?!These are such universal feelings,and I'm not sure there were books till then that showed the power and delights of sorority.Austen sends up her heroine gently,but at no point does she patronise or condescend to her-something Carson does.And a mark of just how modern this book is-Val Mcdermid's 21st century update just tweaks 16h
Vansa (5/n)the language a bit to modernise it,it's otherwise exactly the same as the original-reflecting how truly universal Austen's writing is.As for the comparison to the Bennett marriage-completely misguided.Mr.Bennett,while he might be witty and sarcastic,isn't a nice person at all-as a father,or as a husband.Henry's affection for Catherine isn't entirely for her looks,it's also for her disposition.He knows she's naive,and also knows she'll mature. 16h
Vansa (n/n)He's a much kinder person than Mr.Bennett,apart from sharing his wit and humour.I think among all the couples, this was my favourite pairing,since we get to see them genuinely interact and fall in love. And that ends my hundreds of comments! 16h
MaureenMc Excellently put, @Vansa ! 👏 5h
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The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway
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When I buy a new book, I can't force myself to mark it up or highlight passages. But when I buy an old book like this Modern Library Hemingway, I find the markings someone else has made add to my experience of the book. I'm just weird that way.

Anyway, it's been years and years since I read The Sun Also Rises - it's time for a re-read.

marleed No not at all. Just today I realized a owned a thrifted paperback of the tagged. I pulled it out to set aside for Black History Month in February. I flipped through and saw that it‘s all marked up. I can‘t wait to read and find out why all the markings! 2d
stevesbookstuf1 I have a bunch of Modern Library editions I bought in used book stores some years back, just because I love the idea of these small hard covers. I've never read one of them, so I gave myself a goal of reading one of them each month this year. I am guessing I have more markings to find... 🙂 2d
Leftcoastzen I get it completely.😁 2d
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Ugh had to stop reading this biography half way through & then came back to it a year later. Bought this book in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Memorial Library. Although famously known for his literature, he was not a great guy - struggled to finish this one. Incredibly detailed account, so if you‘re into Henry Miller would probably be of interest.