#Middlemarch13 – Vol. V and VI

Volume V – The Dead Hand The fifth book, “The Dead Hand,” focuses mainly on Dorothea and Casaubon’s marriage, which is continuing to deteriorate.  When the volume opens, Dorothea has decided to seek out Lydgate and find out exactly what he has told Casaubon about the nature of his illness.  Dorothea presents herself at Lydgate’s house, […]

#Middlemarch13 – Vol. III and IV

Back for another installment of the Middlemarch readalong!  This week, we read through Volumes III and IV of George Eliot’s masterpiece. Volume III – Waiting for Death Volume III focuses on the health woes of two old dudes: Mr. Casaubon and another member of the country gentry, Mr. Peter Featherstone.  When Volume III opens, Mr. […]

#Middlemarch13 – Vol. I and II

It’s the mooooooooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeear! No, not Christmas.  Well, yes, Christmas, but also… READALONG TIME!  I can’t believe that before 2013, I’d never participated in a readalong, and now this one will be my third.  (Last spring, I read Villette along with Beth and Amal, and this fall I joined in Kerry’s […]

Reading Round-Up: March 2020

Reading is my oldest and favorite hobby. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love to curl up with a good book. Here are my reads for March, 2020… Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot – Eliot’s final novel is often regarded as her masterpiece, although I will confess myself still partial […]

The Classics Club Challenge: Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot

Daniel Deronda was George Eliot’s final and most ambitious novel – even more ambitious than her most famous work, Middlemarch.  Like Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda follows two main characters on parallel paths that occasionally join up.  But while in Middlemarch Dorothea Brooke and Dr. Tertius Lydgate rarely encounter one another until the end – they are in different social spheres, […]

The Books of the Decade

So the sun is setting on this decade and rising on a new one, with all the mixed feelings that brings – optimism, hope, maybe some trepidation, and the expected amounts of nostalgia for the past ten years.  A lot happened in my life in the 2010-2019 decade.  I had two babies, traveled to Europe […]

Reading Round-Up: August 2019

Reading is my oldest and favorite hobby. I literally can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love to curl up with a good book. Here are my reads for August, 2019… The Butterfly Mosque, by G. Willow Wilson – I’ve been a fan of Wilson’s writing since first meeting Kamala Khan as […]