Diane’s Big Books, 2021


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Diane’s Big Books, 2021

Feb 26, 9:31am

Hi, I’m Diane, new to Library Thing this year. Since two of my reading goals for 2021 will include a lot of long books, I’ll track them here. The goals are reading/rereading 19th century novels and reading a lot of non-fiction (history and biography). Can’t come up with specific numbers so early in the year...

Editado: Feb 26, 10:40am

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Editado: Feb 26, 10:40am

Completed in February:

Friedrik Logevall: Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam 864 pp.

George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss 502 pp

Feb 27, 3:58am

Welcome to the BFB-ers, Diane.

Feb 27, 9:29am

Good luck with your BFBs!

Mar 2, 4:58pm

Welcome to the group Diane my dear.

Mar 3, 7:53am

Thanks to John, Miss Watson, and Connie for the greetings and good wishes. My reading goals for the year have become clearer since becoming a member of LT. Looks like I’ll have 10 to 15 BFBs on my TBR, so I’ll make 12 my target.

Editado: Mar 18, 12:43pm

Middlemarch by George Eliot 838p

So far, I’m getting great pleasure from my Eliot rereads. I love Eliot’s voice, reliable, wise, and ironic. I love her characters, developed fully and with compassion (even the less admirable ones). I have enjoyed revisiting the 19th century town of Middlemarch with its surrounding estates, inhabited by a variety of people to make up a complete society, people whose lives intertwine with mutual effect. Next on my Eliot list is Romola, which I’ve not read before and am looking forward to.

Editado: Mar 18, 12:40pm

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse 574p
Set during the religious wars of 16th century France, The Burning Chambers is a most enjoyable page turner, the first novel in a projected series of 4. Main characters, Roman Catholic Minou and Huguenot Piet, meet and fall in love against the backdrop of the intense and violent religious conflict that led up to the 1662 massacre of Huguenots in Toulouse. Secrets from the past, treachery, murder, and romance make this a fast-paced story that had my attention from the first page; I have the recently published second novel of the series on hold at the library.

Mar 19, 2:34pm

>9 dianelouise100: I loved that book and the second one in the series is a good one too. Both books were 4,5 stars for me.

Editado: Mar 27, 5:39pm

The Man on a Donkey by H. F. M. Prescott
756 pages
This must be one of the finest works of historical fiction ever written. Set in the early part of the 16th century in Henry VIII’s England, it tells the story of the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion (1536-37) of Northern Catholics against the religious changes being imposed by the King and his henchman Cromwell. Prescott calls her story a “chronicle” and its characters are mostly historical. Following primarily six main characters, she treats of faith, integrity, courage, and self sacrifice, as well as tyranny, cruelty, betrayal, and despair. For sure, a 5* read for me.

Editado: Abr 19, 7:37am

The Barbara Pym Collection Volume Two (e-book) 592 pages in print edition

This collection contained Less than Angels and No Fond Return of Love. Set in England in the 1950’s, both novels are well written, mildly satirical social comedies. In a Jane Austen-like manner, they focus on the humorous complexities of uniting suitable people in romantic partnerships. I enjoyed both, but thought No Fond Return of Love the better of the two in terms of plot and character development.