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message 1: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl You beat me to this one, Eve. Not sure when I'll get to it but it's staring at me right now…can't wait to see what you think.


message 2: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Haha, better late than never. Probably won't finish before the end of the year but hope to make some headway.


message 3: by Wanda (new)

Wanda This is a favorite. I hope you enjoy Middlemarch, too.


message 4: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Wanda wrote: "This is a favorite. I hope you enjoy Middlemarch, too."

I think it'll be a favorite too! I am in love with this edition! Cover love!


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Ehlers Great review, Eve. I have been wanting to read this, but it's such a long book that I kept putting it off until I found a really inviting-looking edition. I recently bought the one shown in your photo! Hopefully I'll get to it this year.


message 6: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Wonderful review of a wonderful book, Eve! And I loved the background story.


message 7: by Idarah (last edited Feb 08, 2016 02:17PM) (new)

Idarah Julie wrote: "Great review, Eve. I have been wanting to read this, but it's such a long book that I kept putting it off until I found a really inviting-looking edition. I recently bought the one shown in your ph..."

Thank you, Julie! This edition made it a joy to read. I hope you get to it soon and enjoy it was much as I did.


message 8: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Teresa wrote: "Wonderful review of a wonderful book, Eve! And I loved the background story."

Thank you so much, Teresa! :-)


message 9: by Heather L (new)

Heather L What a great review! Eve, has anyone told you that you should be a writer? As I read through your review, images effortlessly popped into my mind. I love that! I have to admit I'm envious of those who can utilize a Kichen Aide mixer and validate the need to have one in their possession. I will NEVER be that person... lol ;)


message 10: by Patty (new)

Patty Where's the love button!! Great backstory.


message 11: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Heather L wrote: "What a great review! Eve, has anyone told you that you should be a writer? As I read through your review, images effortlessly popped into my mind. I love that! I have to admit I'm envious of those ..."

Hi Heather! Aww, thank you so much! I'm glad you could envision it. Funny how little things shape us, huh? I'm beginning to wonder if it would be used should I buy one. Probably end up in a garage sale. :D


message 12: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Susan wrote: "Another wonderful review Eve!!! I must read this sooner rather than later."

Thank you so much, Susan! It's definitely worthwhile.


message 13: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Patty wrote: "Where's the love button!! Great backstory."

Hi Patty! You've made my day! :-)


message 14: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Wonderful review, I loved the personal memories that got you started!


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Idarah Susan wrote: "Just ordered my copy from Barnes and Noble!!!!"

Yay! I'm so excited for you to meet Dorothea!


message 16: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Wanda wrote: "Wonderful review, I loved the personal memories that got you started!"

Thank you so much, Wanda. Envy can be good sometimes, lol!


message 17: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Oh, Eve! I wish I could LOVE this review (which I do, by the way!) I cannot tell you how much I share your love of Middlemarch. I am always torn between Middlemarch and Wives & Daughters as to which is my favorite. Both!

And for what it is worth - I do not own a Kitchen-Aid Standing Mixer either. While both my sister and my niece each own one, I inherited my Mother's old Oster Kitchen Center (almond beige to be certain). I love that thing. It is really quite a beast - a mixer, blender, meat grinder, on and on). At 40+ years, it is still going strong. I bake nearly every weekend. So, hop on over one weekend and we will enjoy cookies, muffins, cakes, etc.

xxoo


message 18: by Wanda (new)

Wanda P.S. I will be watching for you on the British Baking Show. Wasn't it Ruby who soared to the #2 spot and she had limited resources at home, too?


message 19: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Dearest, Wanda! I love both of those books! Thank you so much. My grandma's Oster still gleams in her yellow kitchen. She owned if forever. :-)

I've seen pictures of your goodies. I want to be a baker so badly! I guess I hope the mixer will magically make me one. But if Julia Child could do it, I think there's hope for me. I wish I could just pop over to your place for dessert and book talk! But this will do until then.

Not sure which other classic to begin. It whetted my appetite for challenging books.


message 20: by Wanda (last edited Feb 08, 2016 03:08PM) (new)

Wanda Maybe:

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Esther Waters by George Moore

Or this one:

The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
(It focuses on the everyday-ness of life and how choices build upon one another.)


message 21: by Idarah (new)

Idarah I already bought Daniel Deronda but have never heard of the two others. They sound wonderful! Looking for copies as we speak! Thank you, Wanda!


message 22: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Find Esther free here - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8157


message 24: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Thank you again!!


message 25: by Wanda (new)

Wanda ;~}


message 26: by Diane (new)

Diane Barnes I love your opening picture, and would print it, frame it, and put it on my wall if I could. And I love your review. It's so interesting what we are exposed to with a simple visit to a friend, especially when we're young. I need to re-read Middlemarch, it's been 20 years or more, but I share your love for Dorothea. Unfortunately, when I asked for a Kitchen Aid mixer many years ago, my husband couldn't see spending so much money and got me a Sunbeam instead. That darn thing is still working.


message 27: by Zoeytron (new)

Zoeytron Loved the backdrop of your opening for this review, Eve. You really brought it to life.


message 28: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Eve, waiting for your review was worth it. I bought this book after reading My Life in Middlemarch and when I thumbed through it in the bookstore, I knew that it was worth the purchase. I plan on reading it within the next month or so and I'm glad to have come across your poignant and pointed review.


message 29: by Idarah (last edited Feb 08, 2016 06:12PM) (new)

Idarah Diane wrote: "I love your opening picture, and would print it, frame it, and put it on my wall if I could. And I love your review. It's so interesting what we are exposed to with a simple visit to a friend, espe..."

Thank you so much, Diane! That really makes me happy. :-) I don't have a cool camera or other props but that's my reading corner. I like to sip on something in the evening and hunker down in my chair.

Haha, I know exactly what you mean! I've heard many good things about classic Sunbeam appliances.


message 30: by Idarah (last edited Feb 08, 2016 06:12PM) (new)

Idarah Zoeytron wrote: "Loved the backdrop of your opening for this review, Eve. You really brought it to life."

Thank you so much, Zoey!


message 31: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Cheryl wrote: "Eve, waiting for your review was worth it. I bought this book after reading My Life in Middlemarch and when I thumbed through it in the bookstore, I knew that it was worth the purch..."

Thank you so much, Cheryl! At first I was sad I didn't finish it before the end of the year, but I'm glad I savored it! It really is worth taking in meditatively.


message 32: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Thank you for this wonderful review!
And I love that you have a special story to go with it. Nothing beats discussing books we love with friends :-)


message 33: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Sandra wrote: "Thank you for this wonderful review!
And I love that you have a special story to go with it. Nothing beats discussing books we love with friends :-)"


Thank you so much, Sandra! You are so right; when we have people to share ideas with it is so awesome! :D


message 34: by Negin (new)

Negin Beautiful review, Eve. I really enjoyed the story behind it. I've been meaning to read this for a few years. Now I'll move it up on my list.


message 35: by Deanna (last edited Feb 09, 2016 01:13AM) (new)

Deanna Eve, I love this review. I congratulate you for finishing the book and writing such a fantastic review. Well done <3


message 36: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Oh , I loved that review , Eve ! I liked your thoughts on the novel but also personal bacground you depictured so vividly . Great review ! And , needless to say I can't wait to read Middlemarch too !


message 37: by rahul (new)

rahul Great review, Eve. Anything that I read these days about a fan appreciating Eliot and her work gives me joy comparable to reading Middlemarch itself.
Each day, I can't wait to get back to its pages :)
Well, I read a chapter at night and then revisit it on my commute to office the next morning :D


message 38: by rahul (new)

rahul And that copy looks so gorgeous.


message 39: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Negin wrote: "Beautiful review, Eve. I really enjoyed the story behind it. I've been meaning to read this for a few years. Now I'll move it up on my list."

Thank you so much, Negin! I can't wait for you to read it.


message 40: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Deanna wrote: "Eve, I love this review. I congratulate you for finishing the book and writing such a fantastic review. Well done <3"

Thanks a bunch, Deanna! :-)


message 41: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Agnieszka wrote: "Oh , I loved that review , Eve ! I liked your thoughts on the novel but also personal bacground you depictured so vividly . Great review ! And , needless to say I can't wait to read Middlemarch t..."

Thank you so very much! :-) I have a feeling this one will be a favorite of yours.


message 42: by Idarah (new)

Idarah rahul wrote: "Great review, Eve. Anything that I read these days about a fan appreciating Eliot and her work gives me joy comparable to reading Middlemarch itself.
Each day, I can't wait to get back to its page..."


Thank you so much, Rahul! That's a great plan for keeping in touch with the Middlemarchers. This really was a delightful copy to hold and read! Not to mention the cover, right? I felt it justified the purchase. :-)


message 43: by Homeschoolmama (new)

Homeschoolmama Great review, Eve. I have been wanting to read this. Recently I've been reading The Road to Character by David Brooks. In it he gives a mini biography of George Elliot. I am so curious now to find out more and take this book by storm.


message 44: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Homeschoolmama wrote: "Great review, Eve. I have been wanting to read this. Recently I've been reading The Road to Character by David Brooks. In it he gives a mini biography of George Elliot. I am so curious now to fin..."

Thank you so much, Mama :-)

I've been reading a little bit about her, and wasn't she pretty unconventional for her time? I read that she lived with her lover for many years before marrying another. I'm going to look into that book you mentioned. I love reading about authors' lives.


message 45: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Eve, I love the stories you often include in your reviews, including this one. The story of your first "adult" conversation about a serious book touched my heart. And the conversation you've sparked has been fun, especially everyone confessing to not having a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, me included!

I should look into reading this. The cover art/design is beautiful! Sometimes great cover art adds to the reading enjoyment.


message 46: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Suzy wrote: "Eve, I love the stories you often include in your reviews, including this one. The story of your first "adult" conversation about a serious book touched my heart. And the conversation you've sparke..."

Thank you so much, Suzy! I agree, great conversations! A declutter book said that we buy for the life we want, not necessarily the life we lead. I'd have to include the mixer and all my board games into this field. I rarely entertain and I wish I could bake! I'm an introverted bookworm. I guess I save on having to buy good china. :D


message 47: by Tim (new)

Tim Brilliant review, Eve. Thanks.


message 48: by Idarah (new)

Idarah Tim wrote: "Brilliant review, Eve. Thanks."

Thanks so much, Tim!


Cathrine ☯️ I love this review. Lately I have stopped reading the longer ones, but because I have wanted to check this book out I thought it might encourage me. The thing is, this review would encourage anyone to finally pick up that one book that has been calling to be read over the years. Also, I should have bought a KitchenAid mixer years ago when I baked often. Thank goodness my interest in reading has only increased. :)


message 50: by Idarah (new)

Idarah ☯Cathrine wrote: "I love this review. Lately I have stopped reading the longer ones, but because I have wanted to check this book out I thought it might encourage me. The thing is, this review would encourage anyone..."

Thanks for making my day, Catherine! I really appreciate you kind words. And hey, we'll always have reading super powers, right? That comforts me when my cakes turn out lopsided.


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