Goodreads Monday: 19/09/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week so far. I have gone for another book off my Classics Club list because they are all on my vast Goodreads TBR.

Alongside Edgar Allan Poe in America, Britain’s Wilkie Collins stands as the inventor of the modern detective story. The Moonstone introduces all the ingredients: a homey, English country setting, and a colorfully exotic background in colonial India; the theft of a fabulous diamond from the lovely heroine; a bloody murder and a tragic suicide; a poor hero in love with the heroine but suspected of the crime, who can’t remember anything about the night the jewel was stolen; assorted friends, relatives, servants, a lawyer, a doctor, a sea captain—suspects, all; and, most essentially, a bumbling local policeman and a brilliant if eccentric London detective. Adding spice to the recipe are unexpected twists, a bit of dark satire, a dash of social comment, and an unusual but effective narrative structure—eleven different voices relate parts of the tale, each revealing as much about himself (and, in one case, herself) as about the mystery of the missing Moonstone.

Filled with suspense, action, and romance, The Moonstone is as riveting and intoxicating today as it was when it first appeared more than a century ago.

I read The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins recently and I could not put it down, so I am quite excited to read this soon, as I just love Wilkie Collins.

Have you got a favourite Wilkie Collins book?

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Happy Reading

Etsy

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Goodreads Monday: 12/09/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good Monday so far.

My chosen book this week is by another new author for me, Sir Walter Scott.

Scott’s magnificent historical romance Rob Roy is set against the background of the 1715 Jacobite Rising

In the foreground of the novel we meet young Francis Osbaldistone, who, following a quarrel with his father, has been banished to join his feckless cousins on the Northumbrian estate of Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone. When Frank discovers that his treacherous cousin Rashleigh, a Jacobite intruder, has designs on beautiful Diana Vernon, and is scheming to bring about the financial ruin of the family, Francis travels to Scotland to enlist the help of the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

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Happy Reading

Etsy

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August 2022 Wrap Up

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August was not such a good reading month for me but I am pleased I made progress with The Wheel of Time series.

Statistics

Books

Pages: 310

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Books: 150

Format Read: Kindle

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Review to follow

Pages: 144

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 674

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Goodreads Challenge: 39/60

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Goodreads Monday: 29/08/2022

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Hello!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week. I have had a lovely day off because it has been a bank holiday today.

My chosen book today is by a new author for me but one I have always planned on reading. Anthony Trollope wrote a great many books but I have gone for one of his more popular books.

At first savagely reviewed, The Way We Live Now (1875) has since emerged as Trollope’s masterpiece and the most admired of his works. When Trollope returned to England from the colonies in 1872 he was horrified by the immorality and dishonesty he found. In a fever of indignation he sat down to write The Way We Live Now, his longest novel. Nothing escaped the satirist’s whip: politics, finance, the aristocracy, the literary world, gambling, sex, and much else. In this world of bribes and vendettas, swindling and suicide, in which heiresses are won like gambling stakes, Trollope’s characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury, a 43-year-old coquette, ‘false from head to foot’; her son Felix, with the ‘instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog’; and Melmotte, the colossal figure who dominates the book, a ‘horrid, big, rich scoundrel … a bloated swindler … a vile city ruffian’.

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Happy Reading

Etsy

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Goodreads Monday: 22/08/2022

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Hello!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week so far.

My chosen book this week is one I have wanted to read since I heard it mentioned on Downton Abbey. I actually found a copy a couple of weeks ago at my local church so plan to read it soon.

Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and will not reveal her lover’s identity. The scarlet letter A (for adultery) she has to wear on her clothes, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy. She struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

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Happy Reading

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Goodreads Monday: 15/08/2022

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Hello!

Happy Monday my fellow book lovers,

My chosen book for Goodreads Monday this week is one that I read as an abridged version when I was a child and would love to read the full version in the near future.

The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, first encounters another human being and fights off cannibals and mutineers. With Robinson Crusoe, Defoe wrote what is regarded as the first English novel, and created one of the most popular and enduring myths in literature. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of ‘natural man’ or as a moral fable. But above all it is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe’s transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of his island.

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Happy Reading

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Goodreads Monday: 8/08/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello and Happy Monday!

I have spent a lovely day working in the garden and reading. I also did a little bit of teaching which was good.

My chosen book today is one I should have no excuse to read. My husband has also never read this book but he owns many copies. Every time we go to a second hand bookshop my husband looks for The Vicar of Wakefield and if there is an old copy that is particularly nice he buys it. Hence, we have a lot of copies in the house.

Oliver Goldsmith’s hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel’s popularity owes much to its recognisable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationships.

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Happy Reading

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July 2022 Wrap Up

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July has been a really good month reading wise. I must be honest going on holiday really helped.

Statistics

Books

Pages: 880

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 115

Format Read: Kindle

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 260

Format Read: Kindle

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Review to folloow

Pages: 449

Format Read: Kindle

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 96

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 149

Format Read: Kindle

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 320

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 226

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Goodreads Challenge: 34/60

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Goodreads Monday: 11/07/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good Monday so far. My chosen book today is by the author Jules Verne. I have only ever read one book by Jules Verne so I included some more of his books on my Classics Club challenge as I wanted to read more of his books.

One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

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Happy Reading

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June 2022 Wrap Up

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June has not gone well reading wise. I am bogged down with Dombey and Son but I am making slow progress with it and really enjoying it still which is the main thing.

Statistics

Books

Pages: 64

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 112

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 536

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 310

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Goodreads Challenge: 26/60

Happy Reading

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