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Classics Club Spin!

It's time for another Classics Club Spin! I've had limited success with these so far - I completed the first book a few days late, and have yet to complete the second - but I can never resist this sort of thing so I thought I'd have a go at this one anyway. I've been making pretty slow progress with my list so far so I need something to spur me on to read more from it :)

My Spin list:
Rose in Bloom by Louisa May AlcottThe Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. ChestertonLittle House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls WilderOn the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WilderIn the High Valley by Susan CoolidgeThe Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonaldThe Growing Summer by Noel StreatfeildThe Painted Garden by Noel StreatfeildThe Watsons by Jane AustenSylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth GaskellClouds of Witness by Dorothy SayersThe Little White Horse by Elizabeth GaskellJane of Lantern Hill by L.M. MontgomeryVillette by Charlotte BrontëAgnes Grey by Anne BrontëMy Antonia by Will…

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List. So here are ten books on my physical/Kindle TBR that I'm hoping to get to in the next few months. I'm not very good at sticking to lists, but I'm really excited to read some of these so I hope I can get to most of them soon.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers Forged in the Fire by Ann Turnbull The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay Five Magic Spindles by various authors

Classic Remarks: Jane Austen Adaptations

This week's discussion prompt for Classic Remarks (hosted by Pages Unbound) is Which Austen adaptation is your favourite, and why?

My choice for this would have to be the 1995 (Emma Thompson) Sense and Sensibility, which is on my top five list of favourite films. I really like the story of S&S, and I think it is brought to life really well in this adaptation. Although it isn't the most faithful adaptation to the book, I feel that it captures the spirit of the story very well and I like the additions, such as the much greater development of Margaret's character - she is a very minor character in the book and basically only exists as a plot device in one or two scenes. The acting is also superb as well, and the characters are very well done. I enjoyed the two other versions of Sense & Sensibility that I've seen (the 2008 and 1981 ones), but although they were good they didn't quite manage to captivate me as much as this version did.
Honourable mentions have t…

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

This is the first of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books that I've read. Although Peter is the series' main character, it takes him a while to appear in this book - the main character is Harriet Vane, a friend of his who has been involved in some of his previous cases, who is called back to her (fictional) old Oxford college, Shrewsbury, to investigate a series of unusual occurrences, including anonymous letters sent to residents of the college and other unsavoury happenings.

I enjoyed the mystery itself; it was unusual (in not being a murder mystery, or a straightforward crime), and I definitely didn't see the ending coming - looking back, there were some clues, so it might have been possible to have had a guess at the culprit, but I obviously wasn't paying enough attention.

I also liked the characters a lot and the development of Harriet's and Peter's relationship was really well done - although this book does rely on some backstory in the previous no…

Ten All-Time Favourite Mystery Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Ten Favourite X Genre Books. I've decided to go with mysteries - a genre I neglected for quite a long time but have recently been reading quite a lot of.
(Books are listed in no particular order. Where I've read several books in a series, I've just listed my favourite of the ones I've read; I haven't been reading all of them in order.) (Covers link to Goodreads.)
The Bard's Daughter by Sarah Woodbury The Matters at Mansfield, or, The Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris Monks-Hood by Ellis Peters Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St. John The Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence The Silver Pigs by Lindsay Davis Honourable mention: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley; I didn't enjoy this as much as th…