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Hi, all. I'm looking for a way to get out of my reading slump. Too many distractions these days. I thought joining a buddy read would be fun. I know about #buddyread, #pemberlittens, #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, and #sundaybuddyreads. I plan to check these out. Any suggestions for others? I don't care for rom-coms, science fiction or short stories. Other than that, I'm pretty open.

Thank you!

CarolynM I must have missed this when you posted it, sorry. As well as #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub I‘m also in the #WhartonBuddyRead (reading Edith Wharton in chronological order - I think we‘ve done 5 or 6 so plenty more to go) and the #PersephoneClub group (reading books from the Persephone catalogue) You‘d be very welcome in any of those groups🙂 Hope you find something to get you out of the slump💕 (edited) 4d
Sparklemn @carolynm I love Persephone books. I have about 20 of them and always happy to buy more in the catalogue. I'll check it out. Thank you!! 3d
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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I'd like to retitle this book "Muriel's Progress". While it is very much about the times in which it was set & the limitations on women's lives then, it is also about what happens when other people's values, expectations & approval are allowed to drive the way you live your life. I was cheering for Muriel as she shook off her upbringing & took control of her own destiny.
I'm off to read everyone else's reviews now.

LeahBergen Perfect review! And she really did ‘progress‘ didn‘t she? I‘m adding more Holtby to my “buy list” now. 😆 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I got the impression from the Vera Brittain books that WH's novels would be rather turgid and dull. No idea why I thought that and obviously I was wrong. I definitely want to read South Riding now. 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! Yes, so exciting to see her ‘ take control of her own destiny‘. I thought the writing was lovely too. (edited) 1mo
andrew61 Great review Carolyn, I was really glad I joined the readalong. South Roding is very good and recently there was an interesting episode of Backlisted podcast about it. 1mo
quietjenn Yes, to all the cheering when she took control! This is my third Holtby, although I really feel I should revisit South Riding. 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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Ah excellent novel that vividly portrays the limited and stifling options available to women of a certain class, in the years surrounding the Great War. I was sometimes rather frustrated by Muriel and her passivity, even though it rang very true. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and learn to choose herself, rather than presumed duty and obligation. A terrific #persephonepick to read with the #persephoneclub.

LeahBergen Oh, that passivity of Muriel‘s was infuriating at times! I‘m reminded of her in the main character of the book I‘m currently reading, Taken By the Hand. I think I remember that you‘ve read and liked O. Douglas, too? 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes! I've read a few of them (although I don't think that one) and have enjoyed them all. Good your having a good time. 1mo
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CarolynM I kind of got the passivity, she was a good girl and wanted to please her mother but she didn't know how to do that except by surrendering her will to her mother. And then she did that with everyone else in her life. It was only when she began to doubt her mother that she started to exert her own will. 1mo
Cathythoughts I agree a terrific read ! I also got the passivity, I agree @CarolynM , she wanted to please her mother and everyone else.. the power of the mother was very strong. If mother called , Muriel felt she had no choice. Until she discovered , that she did have choices in life. (edited) 1mo
andrew61 Great review jenn. A really enjoyable readalong. 1mo
quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts I for sure got her passivity and saw where it was coming from! That desire to please and submitting to the stronger personalities in our life is very relatable. I think the fact that I both understood it, could relate to it, and was also frustrated by it speaks to how well Holtby portrayed things. 1mo
rubyslippersreads The “power of the mother” was even more tragic for Connie. 4w
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads no doubt! I really wasn‘t expecting that. 4w
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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#PersephoneClub Loved this. Muriel‘s story from when she was very young to her becoming a woman. Set in the early 1900s. I was completely engaged and fascinated by her relationships with her controlling mother, her sister Connie , and friends Clare , Godfrey…and the blossoming of her relationship with herself. Muriel is a character to remember. Set in the same time as Winifred Holtby‘s own life… I loved all the details of the lives they lived.

andrew61 Great review Cathy. What an interesting period of time and the life of women. 1mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Thanks Andrew. I love this time too as it holds all the little details of my mother and fathers time ♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m loving this so far. 1mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful review, Cathy! I love this time period, too, when opportunities for women were just starting to change. So fascinating! 1mo
LeahBergen And Muriel was my grandmother‘s name. 😊 1mo
quietjenn Lovely! I hope to finish up today. 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah! Muriel will be one for you to remember too especially as it was your grandmother‘s name ♥️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads Oh good 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @quietjenn It‘s a good one ♥️Look forward to your thoughts! 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review💕 It's a fascinating period but I'm so glad I didn't live in it. 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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I'm so glad I joined this group read as the story of muriel Hammond from 1900 + her childhood/ adolescence as the perpetual wallflower under the thumb of her self obsessed mother to the dramatic final pages in 1920. As much a social history of the lives of women in this period the introduction allows an insight into an equally fascinating author. There are many highs and lows in this book and I was absorbed in muriels life.⬇️

andrew61 As to the ending I was on tenterhooks but releived when muriel popped Godfrey arrogant bubble and would gave loved an extra chapter to see Mrs hammond's face that she was not joining the gentry. And poor Connie, what a dramatic few chapters in the bleak North Yorkshire moors. Finally hooray for Delia. I loved the intro and the insight into how the characters mirror Holtbys own life and relationships. 1mo
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And as I said in the reply to your comment on my own post… YES! I was so worried that she would just blithely accept that Godfrey. I was fascinated to read how autobiographical this novel was as regarding the friendship of Holtby and Vera Brittain. I must pick up some of the latter‘s memoirs soon! (edited) 1mo
andrew61 @LeahBergen yes testament of friendship is a great memoir of their relationship and I think I will reread it. Remarkable women . 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Viragos! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! 1mo
Cathythoughts I was so glad of the ending too, that Muriel went her own way and the world was her oyster at last, and that she made the break from her mother ! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I was very happy to see Muriel turn down Godfrey. (I think it was good for him too.) 4w
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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This is the lovely and heartbreaking Bildungsroman of Muriel, who we watch grow from an awkward child to a struggling adult in the confines of Edwardian era, middle class Yorkshire. There were two options available to a woman of her class and time: snapping up the first remotely acceptable husband or tending to your aging parents for the rest of your life as an unpaid and unappreciated spinster.

What do you think of her choice, #PersephoneClub?

CarolynM Still reading🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review👍🏻❤️ I‘ve finished too and loved it. 1mo
Cathythoughts I was happy for Muriel and her choice. I think she loved Clare when she was young , and then she loved the idea of Godfrey. Connie‘s tragedy changed her. I was so glad to see her step away from her mother ! ‘ It‘s Muriel at last ‘ .. she says. The thing that matters is ‘ to take your life into your hands and live it ..‘ Id love to know how she got on in the rest of her life. 1mo
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andrew61 Just into part 2 and muriel has taken tea at Delia's with deia's new fiancee. I really enjoyed the clare section and looking forward to reading some more this evening. 1mo
batsy Lovely review! I've been meaning to read more Holtby after South Riding. 1mo
quietjenn I've been reading this one slowly, so no opinion on that yet. But her world is feeling very small and I feel for her. 1mo
elkeOriginal I am distracted by ALL of the books on your shelves! 🤯🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @quietjenn Yes, sorry, I posted this a little early but I had to jot my thoughts down while they were still fresh. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I was happy, too, and dreaded the thought of her accepting a life back in that village under her mother‘s eye. And I somehow feel that her future turned out to be a happy one! And wasn‘t Godfrey a lame and ineffectual man in the end? 🙄 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it, too! 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I think you‘ll like this one as it definitely falls right into the #SpinsterLit wheelhouse! And I‘m happy to have South Riding waiting on my shelves for me. 👏 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen no apologies necessary! It's a good motivator 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB So I‘d probably like it too? 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you might! 🤞 1mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Just punched the air that muriel popped pompous Godfrey's arrogance albeit he immediately focuses on Phyllis's pink dress. I was on tenterhooks in final pages dreading her answer, and would have loved to see Mrs Hammond's reaction. Great introduction as well which I of course read afterwards. Thanks Leah for the suggestion of this fascinating book. 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I was so anxious that she would accept him in the end! And yes, Mrs Hammond is going to be livid. 🤣🤣 I‘m glad that I always save the introductions to read later, too, as that one certainly gave it all away. Yikes. 1mo
CarolynM The romantic in me had a little hope that love might conquer all but the way Muriel described her feelings at the end made the whole thing a lot more satisfying than a romance happy ending would have been. 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I was hoping (a wee bit) for that happy ending, too, when it seemed as if Godfrey had changed. His bland reaction to her refusal of him, though! Let Phyllis have him. 😆 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think Muriel, Godfrey, and Phyllis will all be happier. (Although not Mrs. Hammond. 🤣) 4w
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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Started the prologue just now and what an uncomfortable opening, poor muriel, never has a sweet turned sour so quickly.
I'm looking forward to enjoying the book particularly after recently listening to the Backlisted episode on South Riding.

LeahBergen Yes, poor Muriel! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes , poor Muriel ❤️ 1mo
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Friday night reads. And yes, those ARE dog toes on my desk. #JohnnyBergen


RaeLovesToRead Aww.. the toes! 🐾❤ 1mo
sarahbellum Toes 😍 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Hello, Johnny 🐾 and Leah 💖 !! 1mo
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Chrissyreadit So cute! ❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😀🐶 1mo
rubyslippersreads Johnny‘s little tippy-toes are so cute! 🐶❤️ 1mo
quietjenn Excellent! And I love the pup peek. 1mo
Tamra 😆 Why not? 1mo
batsy Awww 🥰 Johnny's toes just about distracted me from the pretty cover 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB That Johnny 🤣🥰 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s so dotey 🥰 Johnny toes 1mo
Cathythoughts He‘s really getting into the whole book scene .. copying the book hand 😍 1mo
CarolynM 💖 1mo
LeahBergen @RaeLovesToRead @sarahbellum @ValerieAndBooks @Chrissyreadit @Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @Tamra @batsy @BarbaraBB @CarolynM Johnny thanks you all for being on his side in the desk matter. 😆😆 He‘s not supposed to be up there but the desk is in front of a window that looks down into my neighbour‘s yard … and right at the neighbour‘s dog. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s true! It IS like the little peeping brass hand. 🤣 1mo
Smrloomis 😂 Love the doggie toes 💕 1mo
LeahBergen @Smrloomis He‘s horrible. 😆 1mo
britt_brooke Too funny! 🐾 1mo
BiblioLitten Maybe he‘s trying to hi-5 the girl on the cover 🙌🏼 1mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke You understand my pain. 😉 1mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten I think you‘re onto something there. 😆 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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From the surprising bow upon her sleek brown hair to the shining buckles on her trim brown shoes from her odd short dress of pleated tartan to the frill of muslin. .she defied all Marshington and Hardrascliffe conventions of the proper attire for young girls of fifteen. Wholesome as an apple , tranquil as a September morning, and unmysterious as a glass of water , she yet held for Muriel all mystery and all enchantment

batsy I loved South Riding a lot; it made me want to read everything Holtby wrote! 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I loved South Riding too 👍❤️ (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen That Clare! I just started the book yesterday and I‘m absolutely loving it. 🥰 1mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Loving it too. Clare ! 1mo
andrew61 @LeahBergen I've obtained a library copy so hoping to start this weekend. 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I‘m glad you‘re joining us! 1mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 That‘s great Andrew ! 1mo
Centique That sounds so good! 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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LeahBergen Me, too! Well… not in the sun. 😆😆 I started it today and was surprised how immediately I was sucked in. 1mo
TrishB Lovely pic ♥️ 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Poor Muriel! I know how she feels. 1mo
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CarolynM @TrishB Thanks 😘 1mo
LeahBergen Her poor little self at that party in the prologue! 😩 1mo
BarbaraBB Liking forward to what you all will think ! 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic! I‘m enjoying too and I also feel for Muriel … who will walk with her on the school walk 💔I know how she feels too. 1mo
quietjenn Lovely! I've just started as well. 1mo
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