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message 1: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

Loretta | 5978 comments Mod
This will be a monthly thread for members to share what classical book(s) they've read for that month and was their favorite! Tell us a little bit about why it was your favorite without giving away any spoilers! If you need to spoil, please make sure you use the "spoiler alert" link! It would also be helpful if members would use the "add book/author" link for the book(s) so that other members can look up the book it they're interested in reading it and want more information


message 2: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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I had two five star reads in July:

10 Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly, which I would highly recommend but with a warning that it's pretty brutal.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, which I also highly recommend because well come on, it's Shakespeare!!


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Rosemarie | 1551 comments I have just finished Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell and really enjoyed it.
The story was exciting and I really liked the main character, Jem, all the way through. Mary was a weak character at first but became stronger as the book progressed.
There are some very suspenseful chapters towards the end of the book.


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Rosemarie wrote: "I have just finished Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell and really enjoyed it.
The story was exciting and I really liked the main character, Jem, all the way through. M..."


I've read my first Elizabeth Gaskell, recently, Cranford. I wasn't too impressed. Do you think that I would enjoy Mary Barton more Rosemarie?


Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ... Loretta wrote: "Rosemarie wrote: "I have just finished Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell and really enjoyed it.
The story was exciting and I really liked the main character, Jem, all ..."


I will but in and recommend her North and South. As much as you like Austen and Bronte, I would be surprised if you didn't like North and South.


Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ... I had THREE 5 star reads in July which is huge for me. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving and The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk


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Rosemarie | 1551 comments Mary Barton is completely different from Cranford. It is set in Manchester, with the main characters being factory workers. There is much more action in Mary Barton.


message 8: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Rosemarie wrote: "Mary Barton is completely different from Cranford. It is set in Manchester, with the main characters being factory workers. There is much more action in Mary Barton."

I'll check to see if my library has this one. Thanks! 😊


message 9: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Kelly wrote: "Loretta wrote: "Rosemarie wrote: "I have just finished Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell and really enjoyed it.
The story was exciting and I really liked the main char..."


Got it! 😊


message 10: by MJD (new)

MJD | 372 comments The King James Version of the Bible was good. I will say that Revelations went by a bit too quick for me.

The story of the dragon drew my interest, and I wish that it was more detailed. For those interested in the story I would recommend viewing the paintings of the dragon by William Blake as a companion piece: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gre...


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Inkspill (runinkspill) For July Don Quixote gets my vote, the main 2 characters made this a v entertaining read for me --- ace. !!!


message 12: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) | 563 comments I didn't have any outstanding classical read in July, but I gave some 4 stars:

Little Red Riding Hood - I know it's for children but I do read children's books from time to time ;)
Ten Days in a Mad-House
The Soul of Man Under Socialism


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Marina (Sonnenbarke) wrote: "I didn't have any outstanding classical read in July, but I gave some 4 stars:

Little Red Riding Hood - I know it's for children but I do read children's books from time to time ;)
..."


I've never read Little Red Riding Hood. It's your go-to-book Marina. I get it. I think we all have them!

10 Days in a Madhouse, agree!


message 14: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Inkspill wrote: "For July Don Quixote gets my vote, the main 2 characters made this a v entertaining read for me --- ace. !!!"

Sounds like you're still enjoying the book Inkspill! 😊


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Tahera | 57 comments The Moonstone!!!! Loved it!!


message 16: by MJD (new)

MJD | 372 comments Inkspill wrote: "For July Don Quixote gets my vote, the main 2 characters made this a v entertaining read for me --- ace. !!!"

I will get around to it eventually. Was it a quick read for you?


message 17: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Favorite Read - July 2019


message 18: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments I read a lot of YA books in July, mostly not classics, and my favourite books of the month was My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.

I reread The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, another five star book, and a classic as well.


message 19: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Favorite read: Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Favorite classic: Fidelity by Susan Glaspell.


message 20: by John (new)

John I know I'm in the minority here, but The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was a 5 star for me.

It was a complete adventure story, nothing more, but it was exciting. I didn't want to put it down. And this was the 2nd time I read it.

Cooper's writing was a little less wordy than The Deerslayer, but just as vivid in its descriptions.


message 21: by Ila (new)

Ila | 118 comments I had two 4.5 stars, as good as 5 star reads for me

1. Lonesome Dove which was my first ever Western and one should read if only for the powerful characterisation. Gus and Call are my favourite characters of all time.

2. The Cellist of Sarajevo on the Bosnian war. A quiet yet relentless portrayal of the futility of war and hate.


message 22: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

Loretta | 5978 comments Mod
I've got nothing...😕


message 23: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments That's not good, Loretta. I hope you have better luck in August!


message 24: by Pillsonista (last edited Aug 02, 2019 03:55AM) (new)

Pillsonista | 261 comments William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

"Et tu, Brute?- Then fall, Caesar!"

The man's genius knew no bounds.

He understood totalitarianism so well, and yet he wrote a play exposing its well-intended, and finally capricious viciousness without directly exposing it as the subject of his play. I loved it.


message 25: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Rosemarie wrote: "That's not good, Loretta. I hope you have better luck in August!"

Me too Rosemarie! 😕


message 26: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Carrie wrote: "Loretta wrote: "I've got nothing...😕"

I hope this month is better. July was a great month for reading for me.

Favorites:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky- ..."


I hope so too Carrie!

Looks like you had a stellar month! Excellent! 👏🏻👏🏻


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Pillsonista wrote: "William Shakepeare's [book:Julius Caesar|13007}.

"Et tu, Brute?- Then fall, Caesar!"

The man's genius knew no bounds.

He understood totalitarianism so well, and yet he wrote a play ..."


I have not read this play yet Sara! It's on my list too so I have no idea why I haven't read it yet!!!


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 409 comments The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner was my five-star read for the month.

I actually went back through my last year of rating--I dropped a lot of books from three stars to two. I think I had a kind of aversion to rating books at two stars because I used to be very active on Amazon, and there the two star rating meant 'I didn't like it'. Here it's 'it was okay'. I think I'm finally getting comfortable rating books that I thought were 'okay' with two stars rather than guilting myself into bumping it to three. Plus, if a book is critically well regarded, sometimes I can feel like, 'who am I to rate this book two stars?'. I'm starting to get over that as well.


message 29: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) | 563 comments I had no 5 star reads in July, and I haven't been reading many classics lately. However, my favorite 4-star book for July was The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, which you might or might not consider a classic, since it was written in 1956.


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WhatIReallyRead | 479 comments I think in July I've read the most 5-star classics ever!

The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Masterpiece by Émile Zola


message 32: by Pillsonista (new)

Pillsonista | 261 comments Loretta wrote: "I have not read this play yet Sara! It's on my list too so I have no idea why I haven't read it yet!!! "

It had been years since I had read it, Loretta, but on rereading it this month, it's now become one of my favorites.


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Marina (sonnenbarke) | 563 comments Piyangie wrote: "The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins"

My favorite by Wilkie Collins (so far). Good to know you liked it, too.


message 34: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments I have read The Moonstone twice and I can see reading it again sometime. It is such a fun read.


message 35: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments I must have been half asleep when I looked at my list of July books, because I forgot to add Plainsong by Kent Haruf.
I did a binge read of YA books in the last week of July so I completely forgot that amazing wonderful book, Plainsong.


message 36: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Rosemarie wrote: "I must have been half asleep when I looked at my list of July books, because I forgot to add Plainsong by Kent Haruf.
I did a binge read of YA books in the last week of..."


What did you rate Plainsong Rosemarie?


message 37: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments Five stars


message 38: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

Loretta | 5978 comments Mod
Rosemarie wrote: "Five stars"

Wow...I really should start it. I'm so all over the place! 😩


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Bryan "goes on a bit too long" wrote: "The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner was my five-star read for the month.

I actually went back through my last year of rating--I dropped a lot of books from three stars to two. I think I had a kind ..."


I've tried several times to crack open Faulkner but with little success. Glad that you enjoyed the book Bryan. 😊


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 409 comments Loretta wrote: "I've tried several times to crack open Faulkner but with little success..."

I was trying to come up with a Faulkner that I thought might be a good one to 'ease' into, but either the style or his subject matter kind of make me leery of recommending anything. Both can be powerful, I think, but there are some I like more than others. Have you ever tried reading his short-stories?


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Frances Richardson | 3 comments Faulkner’s short stories are splendid. Two favorites of mine are “Barn Burning” And “Go Down, Moses.” Both are very moving stories.

I read Amos Oz for the first time this summer: Judas, in July, and A Tale of Love and Darkness now, in August.


message 42: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1551 comments I read Judas earlier this year, my first Oz book.


message 43: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Bryan "goes on a bit too long" wrote: "Loretta wrote: "I've tried several times to crack open Faulkner but with little success..."

I was trying to come up with a Faulkner that I thought might be a good one to 'ease' into, but either th..."


No I haven't read any of his short stories Bryan but maybe that would be a good starting point. Recommendations? 🤔


message 44: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Eve wrote: "I’ve read a couple of books, widely spaced apart."

Any that struck you Eve?


message 45: by Loretta, Moderator (new)

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Frances wrote: "Faulkner’s short stories are splendid. Two favorites of mine are “Barn Burning” And “Go Down, Moses.” Both are very moving stories.

I read Amos Oz for the first time this summer: Judas, in July, a..."


Thanks for the titles Frances. I'll look for them this week on my library run! 😊


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Chrissie | 1210 comments My favorite classic book for July was In the Night Cafe by Joyce Johnson.

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

It hit all the right buttons for me, probably because I lived in NYC during the early 60s. It is written by a female author of the Beat Generation.


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Rosemarie | 1551 comments My favourite book was Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman.
I first read in high school in the 60s, and then as a retired teacher in July. I loved it!


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Chrissie | 1210 comments Rosemarie wrote: "My favourite book was Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman.
I first read in high school in the 60s, and then as a retired teacher in July. I loved it!"


that looks good; I will have to read it. Thanks for mentioning it here.


message 49: by Nidhi (new)

Nidhi Kumari | 208 comments I too have added it in my TBR thanks for sharing Rosemarie 😀


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WhatIReallyRead | 479 comments Rosemarie wrote: "My favourite book was Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman.
I first read in high school in the 60s, and then as a retired teacher in July. I loved it!"

Oh, I read this one in high school, too, and it became a favorite at the time. Should re-read!


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