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The Vatican Diaries by John Thavis
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The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
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The summary of this novel, which I read first, gave away a surprising amount of the story. In all honesty I think Trollope’s novels are less about the plot than they are about the social interaction and moral development of the characters, so it didn...more
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey
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It’s been a decade since I read Northanger Abbey for the first time. Re-reading it was such a delight.

Catherine Morland is a young woman who lets her imagination run wild and loves to get lost in novels. While staying in Bath with family friends she...more
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In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
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“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.”
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“Let me be something every minute of every hour of my life...And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
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