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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #theend Emma and Mr. Howard final get to talk about everything. She tells him about Penelope‘s lies, he tells her about Sis scandal and his delay in seeing her. The conversation ends in a proposal of marriage. My. Howard and Emma court where it is decide that Emma will start a school the poor children of the village. The book ends with Mr. Watsons marriage!

I am sorry for the delay in posting. I am

MicrobeMom Away with any good cell service and WiFi! I will post my overall book review next week when return. 2mo
sprainedbrain I didn‘t read a completed one, but I‘ve loved following you, and I‘m glad Emma ended up where I was hoping for her. ❤️ 2mo
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julieclair I totally enjoyed this book. I love a good happy ending! 2mo
BarkingMadRun I loved this ending, I was cheering for it the whole time! 2mo
Ruthiella It was a very satisfying ending! ❤️ 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Thoughts on the Ending⁉️

I was bit underwhelmed. Felt like I needed another Chapter and Epilogue to wind up the story. Especially since I read a Spoiler here for Mildred from her next book Jane & Prudence.

Or is that point. 'Mildred is an Excellent Women" and will continue to be one?

#Pemberlittens #TheEnd

Crinoline_Laphroaig That being said I definitely want to read more Pym. This is arriving today 2mo
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DivineDiana I just received my copy from the Library, but I will look back at the posts and comment. ❤️ 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @DivineDiana Yay! I'm excited to hear your thoughts. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I thought it was kind of vague and abrupt lol I like imagining the ending but also I would have like to read it 🤣 it kind of reminded me of the end of My Fair Lady lol 2mo
julieclair At first the abrupt (perfect word @BarkingMadRun ) ending bothered me, but the more I thought about it, I kind of liked the open-ended-ness of it. In my mind, Mildred ends up with Everard Bone, and improves his social awkwardness. I'm kind of tired of Julian Mallory, lol. I didn't realize there were more Mildred books. But I didn't read the link, thanks for the heads up about the spoiler, @Crinoline_Laphroaig . And I agree, need to read more Pym! 2mo
Ruthiella @julieclair There aren‘t any more books featuring Mildred. She just gets a one line mention in Less Than Angels which lets the reader know if she married or not. 2mo
Ruthiella I like the open ended-ness. I think part of the point of the book is that marriage isn‘t a HEA. It‘s just a different kind of burden for an Excellent Woman. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella I agree with the open ended-ness like. I am definitely reading more Pym! Where to start?!?! I loved your daily synopsis and our discussion so much fun I looked forward to it every day! 2mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie I would read Less Than Angels next and then No Fond Return of Love only because there are cameos providing glimpses of characters from previous books. Quartet in Autumn is good, but I don‘t think there is any connection to other books. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella that sounds like a plan! 2mo
sarahbellum @Ruthiella thanks for the suggestions for what to read next! I also want to keep reading Pym, but didn‘t know where to start 🙂 2mo
peanutnine I was surprised with the ending at first because nothing seemed to have changed really. But overall I really enjoyed this look into Mildred's life. And @Ruthiella I love that idea of marriage as a different kind of burden. So true! 2mo
AnneCecilie I think that is the point, that nothing really changes for Mildred. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Sorry for all the tags. Litsy was being weird this morning 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @julieclair @BarkingMadRun at first I was What⁉️ but then after I thought about it I was like yeah I get it. Not exactly more Mildred books she just is mentioned I think. 2mo
julieclair @Ruthiella Thanks for letting me know there are not any more Mildred books. I like the advice you gave to @TheBookHippie and will follow that Pym Reading Plan. My only question is when to read Less Than Angels. I‘m not sure I‘m emotionally ready yet to find out whether Mildred gets married. 😉 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thanks for reading order @Ruthiella @TheBookHippie @peanutnine Opened End is a good way to describe. I think you're right with nothing really changes @AnneCecilie 2mo
julieclair @peanutnine @AnneCecilie @Ruthiella Interesting thoughts about marriage being a different kind of burden, and nothing ever changing for Mildred. Perhaps Excellent Women will always carry burdens, no matter their life situation; that‘s just who they are. They are drawn to help people, are reliable, and have difficulty saying no. 2mo
DebinHawaii Vague & a bit depressing to me—the ending, not the book which I enjoyed. I don‘t care whether Mildred married but I wanted her to want & get more from her life. But true to the era for unmarried (Excellent) women I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I will look into reading more from Pam too. Thanks for the suggestions @Ruthiella And thanks for hosting @Crinoline_Laphroaig 🤗 2mo
Vansa I liked the ending,with Everard Bone dumping work that she doesn't even want to do,on her.It seems very in keeping with his character.Mildred actually is fairly content with her life,and I like that the more she sees of the married state, the less alluring it seems to her!If you hadn't found someone who made it all worth it,she seems to accept that she was ok in her own way. 2mo
Vansa The book and it's ending feel very timeless to me.This is still the case for single women,in most of the world.Finding love has always been difficult,and continues to be so,and single women are still looked on as people with nothing better to do than be at the Beck and call of others,without reciprocal help. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Vansa Everard Bone's way of courting? 2mo
Vansa @Crinoline_Laphroaig no,I don't think so at all,really.He's not the socially awkward geek or modern romcoms, he's genuinely a quite self centred man who would look on her as unpaid editorial assistant plus housekeeper! 2mo
eeclayton @Vansa I feel the same way about Everard Bone. He never contacted Mildred for the sheer pleasure of her company, he always wanted something, news about the Napiers if nothing else. I also agree with @AnneCecilie that the ending suggests that nothing changes and nothing probably will. 2mo
willaful I'm really not a fan of that kind of ending -- I'm glad to see from the article above that more interesting times were possibly in store for Mildred.

Crinoline_Laphroaig @willaful I gave it 4stars on Goodreads. Would have been 5 with better ending 2mo
Sparklemn I also found the ending rather depressing. All that's really changed for Mildred is the number of her acquaintances grew with each one being a burden in their own way. My wish for Mildred is that she take advantage of these new relationships to expand, not narrow, her world. Take Italian lessons from her new neighbors. Join the Learned Society or the Prehistoric Society or whatever interests her and become a scholar in her own right. 🙂 2mo
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Wall of Silence | Tracy Buchanan
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who uses #bookly ? I have always loved this app! I always come back to it and Litsy when I start reading again!
#reading #finished #finish #theend

Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Loved this book, it has become one of my faves and I can‘t wait to read book 2. It‘s filled with drama and action. #theend #mustread #scythe #trilogy

A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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#SoaringScores #TheEnd? #SherlockHomes #HansZimmer


We‘ve come to the end of this month. Thank you for joining me and @Cinfhen for rousing movie and TV scores!

Here picture is @VioletCavalier Sherlock Holmes shelf! We‘re celebrating Halloween by watching Outlander, season two.

VioletCavalier 🦉🦉 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for being an awesome cohost and providing us with a great month!!!! 3y
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Cinfhen Best poetry collection EVER!!!!!!!! 3y
CrowCAH A terrifying thought, the sidewalk ending! 3y
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“Then We Came to #theEnd is about sitting all morning next to someone you cross the road to avoid at lunch. It's the story of your life and mine.”

#SoaringScores @CrowCAH

Not quite the end, we have one more Music Photo Challenge co-hosted by @Cinfhen for November.

CrowCAH Great choice; thanks for participating!!! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for joining in and giving me a shout out!!!! Have you read the tagged book?? It‘s been on my #ReadersRadar for a long time 3y
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Why not showcase at #TheEnd of #SoaringScores a creeptacular book? Halloween is my favorite holiday (and thus I took a day off from work in order to enjoy the day reading), and yet I‘m not a super huge fan of scary stuff. However, when it comes to gothic horror, written in the 19th century or older, I‘m all for it! Beware the creepy count who only comes out at night...

Thanks @Cinfhen and @CrowCAH for a fun month! 🧡🖤🧡🖤

Cinfhen I‘m listening to the audio now and it‘s BLOODY FANTASTIC ♥️🖤🧛‍♂️thanks for posting and sharing all month 🙌🏻 3y
Jess What a beautiful cover! 3y
CrowCAH You‘re welcome; thanks for joining in! 🎶 3y
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