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review 2016-10-10 17:06
The Yellow Wall-Paper
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges

From the first page (and I think this gives a good idea of the story's direction):
"If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression,—a slight hysterical tendency,—what is one to do?"
Written in first person, this chronicled a wife's forced seclusion by her (physician) husband. John didn't want her to write, go outside, or do *anything.* This chronicles her mental deterioration.
Throughout history, and sadly even today, women have lacked autonomy- over their lives, bodies, etc. This story is an excellent example of that. I don't see how I could give this any less than a 5.
We continue to see this today with the fight women's healthcare.

This is for the locked room mystery square.

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review 2016-09-29 16:32
Bingo card additions
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Dawn Harvey
Cujo - Stephen King,Lorna Raver,Simon & Schuster Audio
The Roll-Away Pumpkin - Junia Wonders,Daniela Volpari

I keep filling that bingo card a bit randomly..


The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Dawn Harvey 

I came across a different narration of the yellow wallpaper and I loved it. The narrator's voice nailed the creepy factor and even though I knew the story I loved every minute of it. Here is my original review of the story.


Cujo - Stephen King,Lorna Raver,Simon & Schuster Audio 

I first read Cujo when I was 13 or 14 I don't remember very well. What I do remember however was the nightmares that book gave me. I cannot look at a Saint Bernard dog and not get the chills. To this day it's one of the scariest books I have ever read and for the sake of the bingo I re-visited that book and purchased the audiobook. It's still scary but not as scary as I remember it. The narrator was rather good too, I must add.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin - Junia Wonders,Daniela Volpari 

This is a cute little story about a girl that chases her pumpkin with gorgeous illustrations!

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url 2016-09-20 14:56
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm glad I listened to
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath,Maggie Gyllenhaal,HarperAudio
The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness: A Novel - Shin Kyung-sook,Jung Ha-Yun
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People - Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
Euphoria: A Novel - Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Lily King,Xe Sands,Simon Vance
Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger
Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter - Carmen Aguirre
Rising Strong - Deutschland Random House Audio,Brené Brown,Brené Brown
Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok,Grayce Wey,Penguin Audio
Dangerous Women - George R. R. Martin,Gardner Dozois,Scott Brick,Jonathan Frakes,Janis Ian,Stana Katic,Lee Meriwether,Emily Rankin,Harriet Walter,Jake Weber,Random House Audio

These are the top ten books I'm glad I listened to! I'm sure they would have nice to read too, but the narrators all these all added a little something to them. 


Check out the rest of the Broke and Bookish's TTT Audio Freebie!


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text 2016-09-12 17:49
The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Robert Shulman

I finally started the Halloween bingo that is currently being hosted by Obsidian Blue and Moonlight Murder. I saw some peeps had done “The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman” So I picked that as my starter read. I wanted to reread The Exorcist as the Locked Room mystery, but chose this instead. I have to admit I was quite shocked! I wasn't expecting it to be such a short tale, but it really does leave you with a wtf did I just read. Even now i'm still thinking about it. So lets get into this tale a bit.





The story details the descent of a young woman into madness. Her supportive, though misunderstanding husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a rest after the birth of their child. The family spends the summer at a colonial mansion that has, in the narrator's words, "something queer about it". She and her husband move into an upstairs room that she assumes was once a nursery, having it serve as their bedroom due to its multitude of windows, which provide the air so needed in her recovery. In addition to the couple, John's sister Jennie is present; she serves as their housekeeper. Like most nurseries at the time the windows are barred, the wallpaper has been torn, and the floor is scratched. The narrator attributes all these to children, as most of the damage is isolated to their reach. But is it though!?

I wanted to read this tale for a while and one thing I noticed while looking it up is that it's a classic and that it has been classed as a feminist written work for how women were treated at that time. But to me, I read this from a point of horror. As Jane, the main character of the tale, falls into a decent of slowly succumbing madness, that comes from an almost maniacal fascination of the rooms yellow wallpaper.

I honestly loved this tale it was short but left so many thoughts in me afterwards. A truly spooky horror classic and a fantastic start to the Halloween bingo and a tale I think that will stay with me for a while.



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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-07 02:33
Oh, my.
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges

Oh, my. Oh, my. oh my oh my oh my oh my. 




I've never been so happy to get out of someone's head. This was almost brutal in it's relentless descent. Quite a feat for a mere 45 pages. 


“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.”


There is a lot to be said with the treatment of the narrator by her husband, though I didn't find his behavior malicious as much as I felt he was the perfect example of the attitude of the time. Still, damage unwittingly done can be just as horrifying as damage purposefully inflicted.




What gutted me was the knowledge, the sure knowledge, of how many women suffered postpartum depression before it had name, well before someone even cared enough to figure it out, and how many today suffer in silence. Having experienced just the trials of a newborn without the added hardship and overwhelming guilt, I was left horribly sad.


“It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight."

Couple that with the slithering invasiveness of insanity and it was all a little too much. I really had to concentrate on reading the words because my mind kept trying to skip, skip, skip.


"The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight."

 I had planned this read for my "Locked Room Mystery" square. I'm not sure it will remain there, I might find a 'truer' locked room mystery to replace it...




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