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MaCa
Birchwood | John Banville
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This is a very knowing and very political gothic magic realist novel about the rotten and rotting Irish gentry. Banville's first novel and one of his most accessible ones (well, accessible by Banville standards). Time travel, a 19thc-century circus, a famine, a gothic pile, and all done in exquisite prose. Quite the ride

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MaCa
Beautiful and Damned | F Scott Fitzgerald
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Not the perfect gem of artistic integrity that Gatbsy is, but still great. follows the social and moral decline of 1910s WASPs Anthony and Gloria Patch. While awaiting an inheritance, they descend into addiction, debauchery, disinheritance, and relationship breakdown. The inheritance is restored at the close, but by then they are damaged A portrait of alcoholism and the idle waiting-to-be-rich and the connections between these phenomena

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BarkingMadRead
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Chapter 30: after Lydgate tells Dodo to keep the old dude calm, she reads the letter from Will. #hewantstohanddeliverthepainting #dodocanthavethat #gottakeeptheolddudecalm #sheasksbrooketohandleit #hehandlesitallright #allthedrama #pemberlittens

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jenniferw88
The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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@Amiable Just started Volume 2! Luckily I am enjoying it.

Just wondering, can we change our books if we read a book that fulfils a category before we get to the planned one? #chunksterchallenge2023

swishandflick My favorite classic! I remember being in the sixth grade, and checking out an unabridged copy from my school library. The librarian was so shocked, told me I was the first student to check it out in 8 years, and told me to keep it. Somewhere through the years I lost track of that copy and it makes me sad! 8h
eris404 @swishandflick that‘s a really sweet story ♥️ 6h
Amiable Of course! You can read whatever you want. The goal of the challenge is just to encourage people to aim for the book with the higher page counts that they might normally avoid.
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Karisimo I‘m on chapter 17 (he just met Faria)! It‘s been moving along faster than I expected! 5h
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GatheringBooks
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TheSpineView Love the imagery. ❤️ 9h
IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 9h
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SamAnne
Demons | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I rarely bail on a book. I want to give it a chance until the last page. But I‘m working to get over that ridiculousness. A major health scare helps! Why spend my precious time on the tagged book when I could be reading something so more fulfilling? Begone Demons!!!! 😂😂😂😂. I will go on to other Russian novelists I enjoy. Maybe I will try Brothers Karamozov one day. But I banish the Demons! #SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Banish those demons! ❤️ Thank you for sharing! 6h
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BC_Dittemore
Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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I first read the Grossman translation when it was released in 2003. I remember it distinctly because it was the most difficult book I had ever read up to that point, but I couldn‘t recall much about the story. Revisiting it on Audible, I have to say Don Quixote is made to be listened to. It‘s such a delight; I found myself smiling almost the whole time. Yes, it‘s long-winded but considering it‘s over 400 years old, it holds up surprisingly well.

BC_Dittemore As usual, I ran out of room to give the narrator their praise… George Guidall really brought Don Quixote to life. His voices for The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha and his squire Sancho Panza are exactly how I would imagine them. So, so good! (edited) 17h
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LitStephanie
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Chapter 16. So Lydgate, new doctor in town, is kindly invited to a dinner party by the Vincys, and he decides to insult another guest, Chichely, by stating that lawyer coroners are incompetent at their jobs, then doubles down and insults post-morten medical examiners, too? Does anyone else think that is a little rude and not the best way to ingratiate yourself in a new town, LOL?

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Susanita
Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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I don‘t finish every book I start. Some books I circle around and finish them eventually, but others I intentionally abandon.

The specific reasons might be varied (boring story, characters doing things that don‘t make sense, can‘t figure out what‘s going on, etc.) but usually boil down to I just don‘t care what happens.

#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz That‘s an excellent way to think about it. If I don‘t care, why continue? Thank you for sharing! 21h
kelli7990 I like to finish every book I start but if I don‘t like the writing style or I‘m not emotionally invested in the story then I‘m more likely to bail on the book. 20h
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missjean2
How to Read and Why | Harold Bloom

"The reader became the book; and summer night was like the conscious being of the book." - Wallace Steven's, qtd in What to Read and Why by Harold Bloom