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review 2017-05-03 10:28
August Folly - DNF
August Folly (Virago Modern Classics) - Angela Thirkell

I hate to do this to an Angela Thirkell book, because I've truly enjoyed every other book of hers I've read so far, but I can't keep on.

 

I don't like Richard, who, as of page 63, is the main character.  He's sulky and immature and even worse, he's starting to moon over a woman his mother's age who is happily married and has 9 children.  I have no doubt whatsoever that subsequent events will mature him and his romantic interests will soon be redirected into more appropriate avenues, with much hilarity ensuing in the process.  But I can't make myself go through the painful bits to get to the funny bits.

 

Angela Thirkell was a prolific author so there was bound to be one I didn't love, and I'll not let this one damp my enthusiasm.  

 

 

 

 

Total pages: 284

Pages read: 64  (~26%)

$ banked:  $1.00

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text 2016-01-22 23:07
TBR Thursday January 21 Addendum (or, part III)
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase - Mark Forsyth
Wild Strawberries - Angela Thirkell
August Folly (Virago Modern Classics) - Angela Thirkell

These three came late in the day via post, bringing my physical TBR up to 196 books.

 

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review 2015-10-18 00:36
#readathon Finished Book #3
Jane of Lantern Hill (Virago Modern Classics) - L.M. Montgomery

Page count so far: 900

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text 2015-07-01 20:45
Books of June and my summer re-reading plan
The Professor of Poetry - Grace McCleen
Little Pretty Things - Lori Rader-Day
The Bellbottom Incident (The Incident Series Book 3) - Neve Maslakovic
Trouble is a Friend of Mine - Stephanie Tromly
August Folly (Virago Modern Classics) - Angela Thirkell
Run You Down (Rebekah Roberts Novels Book 2) - Julia Dahl
Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio - Jessica Abel
Killer Getaway: A Killer Wasps Mystery (Killer Wasps Mysteries) - Amy Korman

I finished 8 books in June, less than usual, partly because I've started a summer re-reading project. For my mid-June birthday I received TWO different annotated copies of Pride and Prejudice, this one and this one. I'm reading both now, which takes much longer than just reading Austen's text but the commentary is so interesting, and sometime after I finish P&P I plan to re-read War and Peace because I also received  a very beautiful illustrated edition of my favorite translation published by The Folio Society (found here)  as birthday present. 

 

Reading an annotated book turns out to be trickier than I expected. At first I kept getting distracted by all the information in the sidebars and was missing the joy and flow of just reading Austen. Now I'm reading a chapter or two of P&P on my Kindle, then going back to read the annotations in my books, which is working out much better. 

 

I didn't review but greatly enjoyed The Bellbottom Incident, the final book in Neve Maslakovic's trilogy of time traveling academics. Normally I enjoy time travel books because they bend my mind with temporal and causal paradoxes while taking me to eras I haven't experienced, but in this adventure Julia & company end up on a university campus in the 1970s, which was a blast from my own past since that's when I was going to college.

 

Also unreviewed by me but equally wonderful is August Folly, one of Angela Thirkell's highly entertaining Barsetshire books set in Britain during the 1930s. This one involves a collection of country families, at least 2 Jane Austen references, a summer holiday production of the Greek play Hippolytus by Euripides, and the misunderstandings of several young couples as they fall in love. 

 

Here are links for my reviews of Little Pretty ThingsTrouble is a Friend of MineRun You Down, and Out on the Wire.

Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/books-of-june-and-summer-reading-plan
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text 2014-09-06 23:15
A Small but Wonderful Virago Haul...Thank you Romain!

From the wonderfulness and generosity that is the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group, I recieved seven books in total: 3 original green, 2 Newer Italic Green, 1 Modern Cover and 1 Non-Virago by a virago author.  So many book hauls this summer! I am a happy camper.

My two semi-modern italic greens, with lovely floral covers by authors that I'm very excited to read for the first time.

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Three original green Viragos, all of high interest! *claps* Added them to my Virago Marathon Reading List, once I'm finished Inkspell, Inkdeath, and Strump. Just to take a break from fantasy.


And finally, another Elizabeth Taylor in a modern style cover and a non-Virago by a Virago author. Lots of tea and reading and reviews to come!

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