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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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In addition to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Jane Eyre—one of the greatest books ever—was also published on this day. The 16th of October ... what a monumental day for #spinsterlit 🖤🙌🏽

batsy Obviously I'm ignoring the whole, "Reader, I married him" bit ? 4w
Sace I came to Jane late in life, but I loved it. 4w
Cathythoughts Great anniversary ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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Cathythoughts I need to read this again.... 4w
vivastory Obviously October 16 should be renamed Spinster Literature Day. I'd sign that petition. 4w
ephemeralwaltz Love love love!! Thanks for posting about this 4w
LeahBergen What a day, indeed!! 😍😍 4w
merelybookish Excellent! 4w
Readswithcoffee @Sace I am reading Jane Eyre for the first time right now, also late in life! 4w
Sace @vivastory I'd sign it too! 4w
Sace @Readswithcoffee are you enjoying it? 4w
saresmoore 🙌 4w
Readswithcoffee @Sace Absolutely! 4w
batsy @Sace @Readswithcoffee Happy to hear that! Every age is the right one to discover Jane Eyre, I think, but I might be biased 🙂 4w
batsy @vivastory I am absolutely on board 😆 4w
batsy @Cathythoughts I need to revisit it again, too 💜 4w
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I'm beginning to realise that this is exactly the kind of book I love/crave. Pitch-perfect existential horror. A masterpiece, really. The utter terror of the unknown in every human psyche. That, combined with who knows what exactly is *out there*. I was riveted from start to finish & knew I was in the hands of a master. Family, individuality, guilt, love, burdens. Her writing itself feels haunted, layered with meaning. #spinsterlit #femalegothic

batsy I just learned on twitter that it was published 60 years ago today. Happy birthday to this brilliant mindfuck of a book. 1mo
Billypar After 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' I'm ready for more Jackson - this sounds excellent. And speaking of existential horror - I'm in the middle of Oyeyemi's 'White is for Witching' and loving it. Scarier to me in many ways than straight horror. 1mo
Tanisha_A Gosh! Just so tempted to buy it right now. Brilliant review! 1mo
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Aimeesue Shirley Jackson! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
emilyhaldi 🖤 1mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! I loved this too ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Lcsmcat Great review! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Yes! Such a fan 1mo
batsy @Billypar I loved Castle! These are two masterpieces by Jackson 💜 And that Oyeyemi book sounds like my kind of jam so I'll definitely add it to the list, thank you! 4w
LeahBergen Wonderful review of a wonderful book!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve always remembered the sentence fragment, “Hill House, not sane...” 🖤🖤🖤 4w
andrew61 Great review - i read it last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminds me to try and pick up another by her soon in library. Interesting life as well. 4w
Centique I‘m going to have to read this despite being a terrible sook (is that term known everywhere?) I love creepy and I can do dark - but only if there are some breaks in the atmosphere to allow me to breathe! 🤞🤞 4w
saresmoore Ooh, such a good review! Must read ASAP! 4w
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! And yes, great phrase! The way the house itself is characterised is unforgettable. 4w
batsy @andrew61 Thank you! I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle as well, if you haven't read that. And I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. You're right about her life being interesting—the Ruth Franklin bio seems good! 4w
batsy @Centique No, that's the first time I'm hearing it! That's a cool word! I'm going to use it 😆 It's more psychological terror than anything but Jackson is a writer who keeps things weird and strange at all times. There are moments of respite, I think, that makes it all the more compelling/sad/scary. 4w
batsy @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! 4w
LeahBergen @Centique Sook is a word I only hear from east coast Canadians, mostly Newfoundlanders. I love it! 😄 4w
Centique @LeahBergen @batsy and if you want to add some syllables you can say “what a sooky lala” which is more or less the same, probably extra soft and nervous 😂😂 4w
LeahBergen @Centique I‘m going to use that! 😆 4w
batsy @Centique @LeahBergen That's perfect! I'm tickled because it's a Malaysian slang thing to end sentences with a "la" for emphasis ? 4w
Centique @batsy oh yes! I learnt two phrases from my friends mum and they both end in la. I think they‘re both super rude though 😂😂 4w
readordierachel Love this review! You've inspired me to pick this up next. Tis the season, after all 🙃 4w
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! And it absolutely is 👻 4w
Graywacke She really was a master, and she shows it so well here, fully in control. Brilliant book. It's especially good on audio, too. 4w
batsy @Graywacke Yup, agreed ❤️ I'm not very good with audiobooks because I really struggle to pay attention, but I can imagine it must have been intensely creepy as a listening experience too! 3w
Graywacke @batsy I was more entertained than creeped out. 🙂 Well, I was a little concerned who would do what. But mainly my inner skeptic demanded rational explanations and, to her credit, it still works that way. 3w
rohit-sawant 'brilliant mindfuck of a book' should be the official blurb 😄 So glad you enjoyed this! 2w
batsy @rohit-sawant Haha, thanks Rohit! I'm a Shirley girl for life now just on the strength of the two books I've read; she's amazing! 2w
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Holy #spinsterlit, Henry James! The Turn of the Screw is definitely not the frightening story I expected it to be, though it was disquieting & troubling in many aspects. Victorian morality, childhood innocence, claustrophobia, hysteria, & displaced feelings all converge in this deliberately cryptic, ambiguous tale. James' ornate, labyrinthine sentences will either drive you nuts or make you ignore your phone & read with rapt attention 🙃

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batsy The intro to this edition says that Oscar Wilde described this as "a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" which is quite lovely. Lurid & poisonous ... yes. (Pic above because that child on the Cadbury tin disturbs me a little ?) 1mo
TrishB 😂 that child is a bit disturbing!! 1mo
quirkyreader Does this one have the light green spine. 1mo
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Billypar I just finished Daisy Miller, but I think I would have liked this better! 1mo
teainthelibrary Haha I love the hashtag #spinsterlit :) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll stay away from that child on the tin! 😂 Thanks for reminding me of Henry James..will read it for this month. 🙂 1mo
Nute I must remember to call his sentence structure ornate and labyrinthine...this makes me smile. I love it! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review.... “ ornate labyrinthine sentences “ I love this description. I read Washington Square years ago & put in on kindle to read again .... 1mo
Leftcoastzen I love your review , you nailed his style ,sometimes I have read him, soft smile on my face, wrapped in a blanket of his subtle detailed description of another era, his era, where a touch of a mans gloved hand to the sleeve of a young woman‘s coat held great significance.I have not read everything, love The American ,Washington Square, & The Golden Bowl (it was a wow for me)I have not read “Screw” or “Miller” because teachers make you read those😂 1mo
batsy @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm Something there behind that smile 😆 1mo
batsy @quirkyreader No, it doesn't. Just the same white as the cover. 1mo
batsy @Billypar I need to read that one! 1mo
batsy @Nute @Cathythoughts Haha, yes his sentences are twisty, turny, elaborate things 🙂 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Haha! Assigned reading can be a bummer sometimes 😆 I love your description of how it feels like to read him! ❤️ Every moment definitely feels significant; my brain needs to adjust from the way in which it takes in stuff these days on the internet to a different mode of engagement. 1mo
Ruthiella I‘ve heard his style gets more and more labyrinthine as his books progress in publication. I read The Wings of the Dove a few months ago and had to read it seemed every sentence twice if not three or four times! 😣 1mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t it a bizarre read?? 😮 1mo
batsy @Ruthiella Oh, that seems quite difficult! That's why I've been holding off on the long books. I feel like I will need some undisturbed time. Henry James seems like a vacation read, but not a beach one, more like an isolated cabin by the woods-type read 😆 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen So weird and strange! 1mo
LeahBergen You might be interested in this book I just bought last week. I‘m hoping to get to it soon! 1mo
Graywacke Love that Oscar Wilde quote. Great review. James intimates me. I would need more than a vacation to get to him. (But, I still hope to!) 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Ooh, thank you! Never heard of it & sounds great. Such a shame it seems to be out of print. Look forward to hearing what you think of it. I'm also keen to check out this one 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! He is intimidating indeed. 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen The Litsy blurb doesn't say it but apparently Florence & Giles is a take on the Turn of the Screw. 1mo
Sace I read this about 20 years ago and I don't remember a thing about it but those long, labyrinthine sentences that drove me nuts. It wasn't a fun experience for me. 1mo
batsy @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I can definitely understand that! I find with him I have to be in the right frame of mind and have lots of uninterrupted reading time. 1mo
twohectobooks Very late to this party but chiming in anyway. I‘ve read five James novels now, plus this and Daisy Miller which I think fall into the novella category. My love/hate is a 50/50 split for what I‘ve read so far, and sadly this one was on the hate side. I ended up reading it twice, first on my own and then for a class. The second time I appreciated it more but still hated it. Glad you enjoyed though! 4w
batsy @twohectobooks I've only read this one and Washington Square so far, I think! I'm trying to remember if I've read anything else but I don't think so 😆 I enjoyed both. He does seem to be a pretty divisive author. 3w
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Men and Wives | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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batsy @LeahBergen Thanks, I love a good #spinsterlit sighting 😆🤩 Stacked! 1mo
MariettaSG Jeepers what a quote, load of $&@;! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😧🙄 1mo
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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"And will you rent our ancient love asunder
To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly."

I'm rescuing "maidenly" & turning this into a #spinsterlit rallying cry ? I know it's because everyone is #BewitchedBotheredAndBewildered & it's a misunderstanding, but I love Helena so much for saying this to Hermia! #ShakespeareReadAlong #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen @merelybookish

batsy Painting: "Hermia and Helena", Washington Allston (before 1818) 6mo
rohit-sawant There can never be enough #spinsterlit posts! 😄🙌🏼 Perfect pick!🏆 6mo
saresmoore This post is gold! #rudeladyreadergenius 6mo
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Manymelodies The more I learn of the argument that Shakespeare was a woman, and the more I read and understand the texts, the more convinced I am it's true!! Perfect example right here. 6mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @saresmoore 😁❤️ 6mo
batsy @Manymelodies I read an article recently about it that @erzascarletbookgasm shared and I'm very intrigued by the possibility 🙂 6mo
readordierachel Yes to all of this! 👍🏼 6mo
merelybookish Excellent! Wouldn't it be a great ending if Hermia and Helena ditched the guys and lived happily ever after, together or apart! (Interested in writing some fanfic? 😆) 6mo
Manymelodies @batsy yes. That was the one I read. The list of heroines, and their perspectives, are so quintessentially feminine. The possibility resonated at a deep level. 😊 6mo
batsy @merelybookish A #spinsterlit fanfic take on Shakespeare is a dream genre 😂 6mo
GatheringBooks ooooh! nicely done! 💕📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 6mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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You know me, I'm all about the bleak and depressing #spinsterlit 💀 But this is one contemporary novel about #modernlove that I found deeply thoughtful and affecting.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Excellent choice 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
batsy @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️ 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Spinster lit. 😂😂😂😂 6mo
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Centique 🙋🏻‍♀️ here for the spinster lit 😍😂😂😂 6mo
rohit-sawant What @Centique said! 🤣 🙌🏼 6mo
batsy @MicheleinPhilly @Centique @rohit-sawant The best kind of lit is spinster 😎😆 6mo
merelybookish Haha!! I get it! I'm usually such a black-hearted curmudgeon and then a book like this exposes the little romantic hiding underneath! 6mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes, you've described me in a nutshell! 😆 #curmudgeonsunite 6mo
merelybookish @batsy 🖤🖤♥️🖤 6mo
LeahBergen But spinster lit still rules. 😆 6mo
batsy @LeahBergen Absolutely! 💁🏽‍♀️ 6mo
GatheringBooks this is one of my most unforgettable reads this year! 6mo
batsy @GatheringBooks It's so brilliant! 6mo
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